Saturday movie review: 'Gravity'

When GRAVITY, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, came out in theaters, I wasn't all that sure I wanted to see it. From the initial trailers, it seemed there'd be a few minutes of excitement followed by a very quiet hour or so of Sandra Bullock floating around in outer space.

Gravity on DVD

Even after the film garnered all the positive reviews and award nominations — and later, numerous wins — I just wasn't all that intrigued. Yet I added GRAVITY to my Netflix queue and figured, what the heck, when it arrives, I'll watch it and be either disappointed that I'd been sucked in by all the hype or I just might be ready to join the chorus of those hyping it.

Well guess whom you can now consider part of the chorus hyping GRAVITY. Much to my surprise, I appreciated and enjoyed watching Sandra Bullock being desperately lost in space far more than I thought I would.

There's not a whole heck of a lot of plot line to spell out. Sandra Bullock plays doctor Ryan Stone — a medical engineer, not an astronaut — on a mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). Minutes into the film, things get bad. Really bad. And they pretty much stay bad.

Sandra Bullock is amazing. George Clooney is, well, George Clooney (can't go wrong there!). And the work of director Alfonso Cuarón? It kept me on the edge of my seat — and quite distressed — throughout much of the film.

The most impressive to me, though — and to pretty much everyone who watches GRAVITY — is the incredible, i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e cinematography. You've surely heard that already, and I can't explain it any better than the professional movie reviewers and award presenters have again and again. The following special feature from Warner Bros., though, sheds more light than can mere words from me or any other writer, reviewer or member of the GRAVITY Rocks! chorus. Take a look:

Really, it's that amazing. And then some.

One thing Jim and I marveled over again and again while watching GRAVITY is the sheer amount of, well, crap apparently floating around in space, the abandoned space stations and debris banging about. How can that be? Why isn't something done about that? Like the movie, it's pretty incredible... and distressing.

GRAVITY (rated PG-13 for "intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language") is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally. Follow the GRAVITY Facebook page and visit the official GRAVITY website for some cool features, images and information.