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Sunday June 16th 2024




Warner Bros. Science Fiction/Adventure/Thriller

 Cast: Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone), George Clooney (Matt Kowalski), Ed Harris (Voice from Houston). Running time: 91 minutes. Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Doctor Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is lost in space. a feeling of terror and possible loss of life and fellow astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) when warned from Houston (voice of Ed Harris) a Russian satellite accidentally explodes and the debris is headed their way. Ryan and Matt stop fixing a problem on the Hubble telescope but before they reach safety the debris hits them as well as the telescope. Ryan is cut off from the telescope by the debris causing her to drift in zero gravity.

Before the incident, Ryan, Matt and Phaldut Shariff (Paul Sharma) are sharing idle conversation, then, all hell breaks loose. Cuaron”'s cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki making and awe catching cinematography works superbly in what is one of the finest pieces of science fiction ever made. Steven Price”'s music is wonderful for the cliffhanger in progress.

Life hangs in the balance for the astronauts not from menacing aliens or insidious diseases but from debris from a Russian satellite resulting in Ryan in desperation scratching to find any satellite nearby, happenstance, a Russian and a Chinese spacecraft.

When she does land on any sizable piece of space equipment, fires break out, tools and other objects are floating about and almost sudden destruction lurks forth; Ryan barely escapes peril.

A sense that Ryan relishes the silence of space is somewhat subtle as she hovers over the Earth. When things go awry space becomes like her worst nightmare since she lost her daughter.

Looking at “Gravity” reminds me of Stanley Kubrick”'s 1969 masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey: “The former is like a total physical experience; the latter is a host of ideas much like a Rembrandt painting. “Gravity” is the great science nonfiction (or fiction, If you will) experience.

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