We’ve all dreamt of going into space one day. Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated with its beauty and mystique. But while it can be extremely enchanting, it’s also an incredibly hostile place and no movie has ever managed to capture the beauty and terror of space quite like Gravity.
Gravity primarily deals with being stranded in outer space. The main characters in the movie get separated from their shuttle after being struck by fragments of satellite hurtling at breakneck speeds. After that, they are on their own, stranded in space with no radio communication and a depleting oxygen supply.
The trailers for the movie have been pretty vague and what you see there is just a tip of a very interesting iceberg. Once you see the movie you’ll understand that it was a good decision not to show much in the trailer.
The main characters in the movie are played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The former plays a novice astronaut on her first mission in space and the latter her experienced, cocky yet likable counterpart. The two have done a remarkable job, even though you just hear their voice over the radio for a major portion of the movie.
But the main attraction here is the cinematography. The opening scene itself, where the camera just moves around the Hubble Telescope, following the characters in the zero gravity environment, is so utterly fantastic you wonder how they could have managed it. There are some other neat camera tricks as well, where it would smoothly go from focussing on the characters face and then gliding inwards into the helmet and turning into a first person view of the person. The movie is also littered with jaw dropping shots of the Earth, filling the frame and providing an unsettlingly calm backdrop in even the most tense moments.
And there is no shortage of tense moments in this movie. Even though most people will never experience it in their life, the fear of getting lost in space, left to die slowly and never to be found again, is very real and this movie absolutely feeds on that. The sheer helplessness of the characters when they get separated and go hurtling into a starry blackness produces a strange feeling of fear and despair. And the beautifully framed shots makes you feel like you’re are there.
The 3D gets a big kudos here. Although I’m not a 3D hater like most people out there and I do enjoy good 3D, few movies actually manage to do that and Gravity is one of them. It’s not the gimmicky sort of 3D where people stick objects towards you every now and then just to to make it seem worthwhile but is used to convey real depth and even when objects fly towards the screen you are literally taken aback by just how realistic it looks.
Overall, this is the best movie to have come out this year, at least among the ones I’ve seen. The trailer showed a lot of promise and the movie delivered in spades. Go out and watch it, preferably in IMAX or any theater with good 3D. You won’t be disappointed.