I’ve been seriously slacking on the blogging front lately, sorry! I haven’t had all that much to write about, I’m afraid.
I recently saw the film Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I’d never heard of it until I saw a poster on the side of a bus (old fashioned marketing still works in the digital age) and was sufficiently intrigued to look it up. What I saw convinced me to see it.
The film centres around a rookie astronaut, Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) on her first trip into space where she’s helped by George Clooney’s retiring veteran Matt Kowalsky. There’s an accident and they end up the only survivors of their mission, with the shuttle too damaged for them to return to earth. The film is the story of their attempts to survive and to say much more would ruin it!
The film does a spectacular job of conveying the vastness and loneliness of space, helped by spectacular (and seamless), CGI which must have taken years to plan and produce. The effects are staggering, but never showy. It’s designed to be watched in 3D and while I’m not normally a fan of 3D, it did work for this – I was particularly impressed by tears floating towards the camera in zero gravity.
I can easily see this film walking away with a good handful of Oscars and confidently predict it to be at least nominated for Best Actress, Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.
If you can handle the tension it’s easily worth watching.