Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a female medical doctor who is in space testing a prototype of her own design. Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney), mission captain, is a veteran in space travel. When the Russians bomb one of their satellites by mistake, the debris reach their aircraft and Dr. Stone and Kowalski get stranded in space. With little oxygen left, they rely on each other to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) first, to get a Soyuz in which to drive to the Chinese station that will get them home. However, due to the obstacles inherent in the plan, it would be easier to surrender.
Gravity is the first Wow movie of the year and has been getting Oscar buzz. All the praise is well deserved. Gravity breaks with convention in more ways than one. For example, it's well known that sound doesn't travel in space; in spite of it, most sci-fi movies depict explosions in space as the loud affairs they're here on Earth. To fill the silent void, Alfonso Cuarón, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay in the company of his son Jonás Cuarón, has resorted to radio communications and music to set the pace and the mood in the movie.
Gravity seems to be at first a story of tragedy, but it's at its core a story about survival and the endurance of the human spirit.
The performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are magnificent and I have to say they were revelations, especially Bullock's who I would have never thought could carry a serious movie on her shoulders alone. Blind Side was her claim to Oscar material, but Gravity has made her a larger-than-life actress, and despite me loving her through her good and her so-so movie moments, I never thought she had this in her.
In summary, Gravity is the first movie event this year that shouldn’t be missed! It is epic in scope and scale. Gravity is destined to become a classic.