Director Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates as well as mission control. As the two are on a space walk, debris hits the area where they are working, and soon the pair finds themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether. Gravity screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.~Perry Seibert
The IMDB reviews are pretty accurate on this one. The Metascore of 96 is higher than historical blockbusters like Titanic (74) and Saving Private Ryan (90). Only topped by the likes of The Wizard of Oz, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Godfather, each at 100. What the plot lacked in complexity was more than made up for by the visual stimulation.
The cinematography is incredible! As detailed in the special features of the movie, every aspect, every line, every movement was scripted and well captured in film. The crew created new ways to manage lighting and exhibit the weightlessness of space. Surprisingly, similar to Avatar, most of the movie was created with CGI but looked as real as, well, being in space. They did an exceptional job of taking the viewer from the void of space to close-ups of the characters to actually inside of the astronauts' helmets to give a full depiction of being in the emptiness of space high above the earth.
The movie was action-packed, challenge after challenge to be introduced and conquered, pushing one's will to the brink. The overall plot was a bit extravagant but still within the realm of suspending disbelief. The 91 minutes went by quickly and put it near real-time. It was a long day! Definitely watch in Blue-ray format or better to fully appreciate the full visual effects.
Gravity features two eye-popping, near-perfect, top tier video transfers -- a 1080p/MVC-encoded 3D presentation and its 1080p/AVC-encoded 2D counterpart -- both of which have already solidified their place as two of the best Blu-ray presentations of 2014. Color and contrast are flawless, with excellent saturation, lifelike skintones, deep black levels and terrific shadow delineation. Detail is remarkably well-resolved too, with crisp, clean edge definition, wonderfully revealing fine textures and stunning close-ups. Notice the pinpoint stars. The hairs on Bullock's neck or the rough stubble on Clooney's chin. The fingerprints, smudges, dust and scratches on the space suit visors. The age and weathering on the metal tools and tethers Stone and Kowalski have to work with. The thousands and thousands of pieces of debris hurtling around the Earth. The ridges of the mountains and the swirling clouds on the face of the planet. Or the fact that, at the beginning of the film, you can spot Kowalski circling the NASA shuttle almost from the moment the ship comes into view far off in the distance. Just as outstanding is Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. There will be some who complain that the Blu-ray edition of Gravity doesn't include a 7.1 mix, and for good reason. But that by no means should be used to criticize the 5.1 lossless powerhouse we do have. The film's sound design plays a significant role in the experience and it's incredibly effective in the home theater environment. The eerie silence of space is punctuated by breathing, the smallest movements, vibrations traveling through space suits, static-laden NASA communication and other subtleties, all presented here impeccably. LFE output is aggressive, sometimes downright vindictive. (as reviewed by Blu-ray.com)