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'Gravity movie: Out of this world

Movie Review

By Noah Satern
On October 31, 2013


Few films leave moviegoers struggling to describe what they have just experienced. Yet "Gravity," from director Alfonso Cuaron ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"), leaves viewers staggered.

The film shows the story of two astronauts, played by Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side") and George Clooney ("The Descendants"), on a routine spacewalk when tragedy suddenly strikes. Their shuttle is destroyed and they are stranded and drifting alone in space.

Moviegoers should not expect contemplative questions about the evolution of man, such as those in "2001: A Space Odyssey." Instead they should expect one of the most intimate and immersive movies in recent memory. The movie's precise tension and tone creates an almost physical experience as it increases the viewer's sense of dread.

Clooney's performance is as cool as always and he uses his soothing voice to great effect as the veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski. Bullock is also perfect as the everywoman hero, Dr. Ryan Stone, who is trying to survive and get back home. 

From the opening title to the end credits, "Gravity" takes viewers on an unforgettable ride with unbelievable effects and awe-inspiring visuals. The film's look and feel creates a totally immersive experience for viewers as the intimate cast struggles against the void.

Watching this movie in 3D is a must because it adds an extra layer of realism which makes the experience all the better. The 3D effects never feel cheap or gimmicky as they can in other movies.

However, "Gravity" is not for everyone and the film comes with an epilepsy warning. Those who choose to brave the cold reaches of outer space will be rewarded with an astonishing experience that will remain long after leaving the theatre.

"Gravity" is now playing in Cedar Rapids at Wehrenberg Galaxy 16 Cine by Lindale Mall and Carmike Wynnsong 12.

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