Gravity is an all enveloping, physical and emotional experience that catapults you into space and leaves you grasping for air until the last pulsating frame.

Sandra Bullock is medical engineer Ryan Stone and George Clooney is veteran astronaut and mission commander Matt Kowalski. The two are part of the Explorer space shuttle crew. Except for the fact that they are in space, it’s an ordinary expedition until disaster strikes. The shuttle is hit by satellite debris, which detaches Stone from the Explorer and sends her tumbling into space. Kowalski, in a jetpack, manages to reach Stone but when the two get to the Explorer they find it is destroyed. Together they must find a way to survive the loss of their ship and all communication with Houston.

George Clooney is perfectly cast here as the charming and in control Kowalski, a man who lives life to the fullest and isn’t afraid to let go. Sandra Bullock makes you feel every heart pounding moment of fear, desperation and longing for home that Stone experiences during her ordeal.

Alfonso Cuarón’s visionary direction seals the effect of being in space with the stunning visuals he creates. Like James Cameron and the Wachowskis before him, Cuarón has catapulted filmmaking to another level with Gravity. There isn’t one second in the film that looks like CGI or doesn’t feel real. Cuarón puts you right there in space alongside the characters and always maintains the momentum from the spectacular start and the ensuing jolting journey to survive all the way to the white knuckle end.

The music lends an eerie ominousness that helps propel the story forward but is never intrusive. This is key in a film that is not heavy in dialogue. All the elements come together in Gravity to deliver an extraordinary experience that is the reason people still come together in a theater.

Gravity is the rare film that is an exciting, thrilling crowd pleaser and a thoughtful, heart-wrenching drama about the frailty of life and our tenuous hold on the vast universe that surrounds us.

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