Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gravity - 4 stars

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are astronauts working on the Hubble space telescope.  Their mission is interrupted when debris from a Russian satellite destroys their shuttle and almost kills them.  With their oxygen running out, the astronauts have to make their way to the nearby International Space Station with only Clooney's thruster pack (almost out of fuel) to get them there.

That's all I'm going to say about the plot.  The less you know, the better.  But this movie looks incredible.  It looks like they actually filmed it in space.  The opening 10 minutes is one continuous shot with Clooney floating around the shuttle, Bullock working on the telescope, and the camera just weaving in and out the entire time. 

The story is simple enough.  Are they going to make it to the space station?  Once they get there, will they be able to make it back to Earth?  The debris is moving through space faster than a bullet, and it will orbit the earth in about an hour and a half.  Which means they need to hurry before they get hit again.

I usually don't like 3D, but in this case it's worth the extra cost.  You should see this on the biggest screen you can and sit close so the screen takes up your entire field of vision.  This movie is a hell of a ride.

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