A new review from The Movie Snob.
Gravity (A-). This is a terrific film. It’s been the #1 movie in America for three weeks now, I believe, so you’ve probably already seen it. Sandra Bullock (The Heat) and George Clooney (The American) play astronauts on a space-shuttle mission to work on the Hubble Telescope. Things go horribly wrong when the Russians attempt to destroy one of their own satellites; although the Russian satellite is a long way off, the attempt sets off a chain reaction that sends a shower of deadly debris smashing into the space shuttle. Before you can say “Houston, we have a problem,” Sandra and George are fighting for their lives and desperately trying to figure out some way to cross the 600 kilometers between them and Earth in a non-life-ending way. It’s a taut (91 minutes) thrill ride, and the special effects are spectacular. I saw it in IMAX 3D, and it made for a truly immersive experience. I’ve liked all of director Alphonso Cuaron’s films that I’ve seen (Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Great Expectations) but this one tops them all.