• James Rutherford

'Gravity': Alfonso Cuarón's Breathtaking Tale of Interstellar Survival and Resilience


Movie poster for the 2013 film Gravity

Gravity (2013) is a spectacular science fiction thrillride starring Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, an American astronaut stationed aboard the Space Shuttle Explorer. Commanded by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) on his final mission, the Explorer's crew is sent to perform routine hardware upgrades on the Hubble Space Telescope—a mission thrown dangerously off course following a devastating accident.


Besieged by space debris from an obliterated satellite, the Explorer is rendered inoperable while Stone and Kowalski are stranded thousands of miles above the Earth without any form of radio contact. Desperate for survival, the pair appropriates a Manned Maneuvering Unit in an urgent attempt to reach the International Space Station and ultimately the Chinese Tiangong space station—only for adversity to befall them nearly every step of the way.


Co-written and directed by celebrated Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Roma), Gravity is a visually astonishing space escapade imbued with urgency and desperation. Cuarón goes the full mile in fabricating an absolutely stunning recreation of the cosmos—the CGI work of British visual effects firm Framestore delivering at an unparalleled level. Winner of multiple Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects, it's a breathtaking spectacle and a genuinely transcendent viewing experience.

 

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