As some of you may know, from my Top 5 Movies I can’t Wait To See this Holiday Season List I have been looking forward to this one. The trailer alone, drew me in because it scared the breath out of me. The scenario shown in the preview is probably the scariest thing I can think of happening in real life – although, my chances of going to space are close to nil. I LOVE intense movies with “no-way-out” scenarios that celebrate the beauty, creativity, and tenacity of the human being. Especially when the person is triumphant in overcoming a HUGE obstacle (in one way or another). So, this movie does exactly that.
I had the privilege of attending an advanced screening of it this week (thanks Dana!), and so here I have a few things for you to know before you go.
It comes out tomorrow, Friday October 4th, 2013.
5 Things to Know Before You Go:
This film is Beautiful.
The cinematography and CGI in this film are STUNNING. The next-best-thing would be to actually see it in real life, but only a handful of people ever get that privilege. The film was praised by filmmaker James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar etc.), who said, “I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time”
It’s a 3-D Film – (See it in 3-D).
If there were ever a movie to see in 3-D, this is it. It is made for the Big Screen, and made to be experienced, not just watched. Without resorting to cheap, common, 3-D parlor tricks this film delivers a “ride”. Which brings me to my next point…
It is not for those prone to motion sickness.
If I had been in my first trimester of pregnancy, I may have lost my lunch, tossed my cookies, hurled (insert your verbage of choice here). There were times where the film didn’t stop moving for long, extended periods of time. Great for establishing the setting, and making you really feel like you are there- but bad for those who are don’t do well on simulators. Viewer be warned! There were a few times where I didn’t know which way was up – (which, I know, was the point). I like that feeling on a roller-coaster, but when I go see a film, I only like it in a metaphorical sense… CLOSE YOUR EYES if it gets to be too much for you.
There are only 2 actors in this film-
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney headline this movie. There are a couple of other characters, but you never really “see” them – and you’ll
see er, not see what I mean. Knowing this going in, means you can sit back, relax and get to know the characters. Because they are the story.
This film is not about outer space, although that is where it takes place.
If you are going because you think you’re going to see a great action-packed Sci-Fi film, you will not like it. Action-packed, it is. But, like I said, it is not about outer space, or the future. “Outer Space” is almost like the 3rd character in the film. The villain, if you will- or, the obstacle. It is a beautiful story about overcoming, the will to live, and the human drive to survive. Think “Castaway” but set in outer space.
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Is this a good movie for kids?
I personally wouldn’t bring my kids to it. It is really intense at times, there is one “F” bomb, and there is one scene that is gruesome enough to cause nightmares for the littles, or those highly sensitive. Also, since much of this movie is emotional and character driven, they might be bored.
How long is it?
It’s pretty short – only 91 minutes, but the longest roller-coaster, ever!
George Clooney was not the original cast.
Robert Downey Jr. had signed on, but because of filming conflicts, had to leave the project.
Sandra Bullock will probably be nominated for Best Actress for this one!
She’s the best I’ve ever seen her. Complex, deep, multi-dimensional, non-typical of comedic Bullock.
The film won the “Future Film Festival Digital Award” at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. Bullock was awarded with the “Best Actress Award” at the 2013 Hollywood Film Festival, for her “outstanding work in Gravity” and “a stunning and emotionally layered performance that shows once again why she is one of Hollywood’s most respected and popular actresses.”
There were actual Astronauts on the team that helped create this movie. And because of this attention to detail, the movie has been praised for the realism of the premises and overall adherence to physical principles, despite a few inaccuracies and exaggerations.
See the Trailer here: