Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock ('The Blind Side') and George Clooney ('Syriana') star in 'Gravity ' a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón ('Children of Men'). Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but... each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. [show more]
Gravity is the kind of film that comes along once in a blue moon, if you're lucky. Visually stunning, emotionally-grounded, and technologically astounding, its status as a successful blockbuster is matched in recent years only by Christopher Nolan and his The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises epics.
Director Alfonso Cuaron's work is beyond worthy of the Best Director honour recently bestowed upon him by the Academy at the Oscars a few weeks ago. Watching the beauty unfold before you, it is very easy to see how he came away with the statue on the night. His creative ingenuity in the director's chair is everywhere evident.
The seventeen-minute unbroken long-shot with which the film opens is an excellent example of such artistic brilliance. In one long, sweeping stroke of his brush, he paints us a picture of life in space, bringing the miniscule details to life in a way that remain realistic on even the largest of canvases, such as those found in an IMAX theatre. And it is a joy to discover, following its release on Blu-ray, that not only does the film hold up so well to a second viewing, but it also retains the quality of its exceptional visuals in stunning HD on a television screen in the average home. If you missed it in the cinemas, now is the perfect time to enjoy it, because it really does need to be seen to be believed.
Along with the incredible work clearly put in by the special effects teams, much praise has been rightfully placed on the leading acting performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who truly bring the script to life, lifting it off the page. In the hands of lesser actors, you would never even buy the film's setup, let alone be taken in for the duration of the film.
The basic premise is simple: What happens if you are stuck in space?
It's as scenario many of us have nightmares about. It's a story told in many sci-fi novels. But it's one that was previously untold in cinema, making Gravity that much more of a unique film. With the simple setup laid out for us relatively early on, it is then almost solely up to Bullock and Clooney to keep our interest for the next ninety minutes, and it's their impressive work doing this that has rightfully led to so much praise lauded on them alongside Cuaron and his crew.
The lion's share of the praise is naturally attributed to Bullock, who gives us as close to a first-person experience of this traumatic situation as is possible in cinema. And make no mistake, this is very much a traumatic scenario that we are invited to watch unfold. Cuaron is tremendously skilled in managing the tension and adrenalin fuelling the film after tragedy strikes, leaving Bullock and Clooney stranded and alone, with nothing and no one to talk to but each other.
With Bullock starring as a novice astronaut, really a scientist who has been asked to take on a space-bound mission, we are given a character we can relate to, someone way out of their depths when it comes to traversing the seemingly infinite territory of space, placing our life in the expert that is George Clooney's character. With no one to talk to but each other, and nothing to do but try to keep the less experienced astronaut calm, Clooney slowly begins to unravel the inner pains of Bullock's life on Earth, and why she signed up for this mission in the first place.
It is this story that is ultimately at the heart of the film that lends it its most power, even beyond the special effects, which is why Bullock's performance has been so critically lauded. It is a story of tragedy and aspired redemption, set within an explosive, heart-racing blockbuster of a thriller, quite unlike anything you've ever seen or are likely to ever see. Its brilliance is sheerly undeniable. Cuaron's work, along with that of everyone involved, is breathtaking. He and his co-writer son, Jonas Cuaron, have spun a tale here worthy of the ages, and they bring it to life masterfully.
It comes as no surprise to discover in the Bonus Features that Cuaron and his team needed to invent many of the techniques used to shoot the film. With such a singular story, previously untold in cinema, it's no wonder the techology didn't already exist. Powerful, eye-opening, mind-blowing work. Cinema at its very finest.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. Please note the UV copy is only compatible in participating regions, please visit the UV website for full details Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and George Clooney (Syriana) star in Gravity, a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men). Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. Actors Sandra Bullock & George Clooney Director Alfonso Cuarón Certificate 12 years and over Year 2013 Languages English
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in this award-winning sci-fi thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Seasoned astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) is on his final mission in space, while medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is making her first outing on the NASA Space Shuttle Explorer. While they are engaged in extra-vehicular activity, debris collides into the shuttle, damaging it irreparably. Kowalsky and Stone now find themselves drifting in space with low oxygen supplies and cut off from all communication on Earth. They work together in their attempt to survive but will they make it back to solid ground? The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven including Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), Best Director (Cuarón) and Best Original Score (Steven Price), and also picked up the Golden Globe for Best Director and BAFTAs for Best Director and Outstanding British Film.