Rated: PG-13, 91 mins
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Firstly, I’m going to start off by stating the obvious; this is one of the most visually stunning films you will watch this year. The views of earth are really moving and simply breathtaking. I sat there watching this film still wanting to go into space, despite the devastation taking place, and this is sort of the pull of the film – the real allure of the unknown.
The start of the film is a light hearted look into a ‘day at the office’. Though I’m sure the story telling from Matt (George Clooney) to Houston during the mission is slightly unrealistic for an astronaut at work, it’s a good way to get us straight to the characters we’re dealing with. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra) is new to space, previously a scientific engineer on earth, and is having trouble adjusting to being in the real atmosphere out of training. It’s not long before an accident causes debris to start orbiting the earth at high speed putting the lives of everyone on the mission in danger.
It’s a terrifying and tense look into life in space and just how helpless we can be in such an inhospitable environment. The movie really has no plot line, other than to get back to earth alive, but it doesn’t need it. The glimpses of character development are enough alongside the thrilling attempt of Matt and Ryan to survive in a dire situation after losing contact with Houston.
Several astronauts have turned round to say that the science isn’t exactly perfect, but Sandra was in contact with astronauts in space and they did their research around the emotional side of being there which is what comes across the most. You really can envision yourself being there. It’s perfectly easy to ignore any minor glitches in accuracy in awe of the gripping action taking place.
Oscar season is just around the corner, and I’m willing to put money on a nomination for Sandra Bullock in this incredible thriller, as her performance and character is what holds the film together. She draws us in and you’re rooting for her survival as she attempts to clumsily use her training to aid her in an unpredictable situation.
Definitely one to rush to the cinema for, and if you’re keen to pay the extra money, I’m sure this would be absolutely fantastic at an I-Max cinema.