Brian Henry Martin at the movies

Get Ready For Gravity

Published Thursday, 07 November 2013
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Finally the 3D film to knock your socks off. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is a spectacular watch, which leaves you with a jaw dropping, head spinning, truly immersive space experience.

Gravity took four years to make but it's worth the wait, as this is the must-see movie of the year.

"You have to admit one thing, you can't beat that view" says veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) as he gazes down on the vast beauty of planet Earth. This is his final command before retirement and the old-timer is joined by a new-comer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer enjoying her first spacewalk.

"What do you like about being up here?" Kowalsky asks Stone "The silence" she replies "I could get used to it." But then disaster strikes, the tranquility is suddenly shattered by a deadly shower of meteorites hurtling towards them. Killer shrapnel from a splintering Russian satellite which destroys their shuttle, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness.

"I have a bad feeling about this mission" Kowalsky had earlier told mission control. Words that now come back to haunt both ailing astronauts as the deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. No-one in space can hear their screams and the only way home with diminishing supplies of oxygen is to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Director Alfonso Cuarón has painstakingly created a breathless adventure, a phenomenal cinematic thrill ride of sound and vision, which delivers both the majestic wonder of space and the compelling emotions of the human face.

George Clooney we know is one of the great screen actors, easy on the eye and effortless in creating instantly engaging characters, whether in or out of a spacesuit. So the real revelation here is Bullock, in a brilliantly fierce and furious performance. Dr. Ryan Stone is haunted by her past but desperate to survive the present danger, determined to return home, with what she believes 'will be one hell of a story.'

But who would have thought that it would be Sandra Bullock's floating tears, six hundred miles above the Earth that would be a defining moment for 3D cinema. Proving once and for all that wearing 3D glasses to watch movies can be more than just gimmicky spectacle but heartbreaking drama too.

Growing up, my generation were obsessed with the future and the frontiers of space. In school we would watch together the almighty lift-offs of U.S. shuttles from Cape Canaveral, dreaming of a life beyond the stars. Gravity takes us closer, like no other film before, to that place where our imaginations were sparked.

So the only gravitational pull that you should now feel, is the irresistible tug towards your nearest cinema to see this mesmerising film.

Gravity (Cert 12a) is on general release from Thursday 7th November.

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B. H. Martin
B. H. Martin

Brian Henry Martin is an accomplished documentary filmmaker and UTV's resident film critic, appearing regularly on UTV Live Tonight.

No matter what the film, there's a good chance Brian has seen it.


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