Gravity (2013)

A review - by Shlomoh Sherman
October 6, 2013

Gravity (2013)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
Producers: Alfonso Cuarón,David Heyman
Executive Producers: Christopher DeFaria (as Chris DeFaria), Nikki Penny, Stephen Jones
Associate Producer: Gabriela Rodriguez
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Plot Keywords: astronaut - space - trapped in space - space mission - space shuttle
Plot: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Genres: Drama - Sci-Fi - Thriller - Adventure
Runtime: 90 min
Music: Steven Price
Soundtracks: Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa - Written by Rahul Dev Burman (as Dev Rahul Burman) and Gulzar - Performed by Lata Mangeshkar, Rahul Dev Burman, and Kishore Kumar Courtesy of Saregama India - By arrangement with The Royalty Network, Inc.
Cinematography [Director of Photography] : Emmanuel Lubezki
Film Editing: Alfonso Cuarón
Taglines: Don't Let Go
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language
Official Sites: Official site - Official site [Brazil]
Country: USA - UK
Language: English
Release Date: 4 October 2013 (USA)
Also Known As: Gravedad
Filming Locations: Lake Powell, Arizona, USA
Box Office:
Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $22,451,514 (USA) (November 21, 2012)
Gross: $124,976,634 (USA) (July 5, 2013)
Company Credits:
Production Co: Warner Bros., Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films
Sound Mix: Datasat - Dolby Digital - Dolby Atmos
Color: Color
Trivia: Gravity had languished in development hell for four years, because the film's ambition - in terms of the cinematography, visual effects, and realistic "story atmosphere" of outer space - proved to be too challenging and Cuarón had to wait for the technology to be far more advanced and progressed to meet his vision; that was finally realized in 2009 with James Cameron's Avatar.
Quotes: Matt Kowalski [Clooney]: "I know I'm devastatingly good looking but you gotta stop staring at me."


I went to see this film on opening day and was practically the only one in the theater; that's because I am an ALTER KAKER who is retired. Even as a senior I had to pay $10 for 3D glasses.

The movie is true to all the hype. It's a cinematic marvel much like Life Of Pi which I recently reviewed here. After the first few moments, the action is non-stop and breath-taking!

Ryan Stone, a medical engineer, and Matt Kowalski, an astronaut, are outside their space station working on repairs as directed by NASA. All is serene as the audience is treated to a stunning view of the earth beneathe them. Suddenly they are advised by Houston that the Russians have fired a missle at one of their own satellites as a military test. Amazingly the Russians did not even bother contemplating the consequences of such a mindless act. Their satellite shatters causing it's debris to shoot out along the same orbit in which it was travelling. This means that the debris will keep shooting around the earth in orbit until gravity drags the pieces down into the atmosphere.

NASA advises the astronauts to enter the craft and come back down to earth before it is hit by the debris. Unfortunately, they hesitate due to Stone's insistence that she finishes the repairs she is making on the craft. Too late! The debris comes flying around the earth and slams into the space station, breaking it apart and casting the astronauts adrift in space.

Now they have to figure out how to survive before they either float out into space or are drawn down by the earth's gravity. In either event they are doomed.

I was on the edge of my seat as the drama enfolded, watching both the courageous space travelers using their wits to avoid death. The acting, cinematography, and powerful music blended together to keep me mesmerized.

The movie reminded me very much of the film OPEN WATER.

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Cast (in credits order)
Sandra Bullock ... Ryan Stone
George Clooney ... Matt Kowalski
Ed Harris ...      Mission Control (voice)
Orto Ignatiussen ... Aningaaq (voice)
Paul Sharma ...      Shariff (voice) (as Phaldut Sharma)
Amy Warren ...      Explorer Captain (voice)
Basher Savage ... Russian Space Station Captain (voice)

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