ByJonathan J Moya, writer at
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Jonathan J Moya

Small quibbles from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson aside, Gravity gets everything right cinema-wise about space travel and space disasters. Buzz Aldrin, who has a trip or two to space in his lifetime, likes it.

The 3D was post converted but was conceived and story boarded shot-by-shot by director Alfonso Cuaron with the intimate cooperation of effects-houses Frame Store and Prime Focus. The process took almost 3 1/2 years to complete and forced Warner Bros to delay Gravity's opening by a year.

The result is well worth the wait. Cuaron has made a film as vast as space yet intimate as a heartbeat. The cutting edge special effects serve only to reinforce the human drama. The reality of space with its absence of sound and its echo of the stillness of death adds a terrifying emotional layer once the destruction starts. Disappearing in the void of space is about as lost as one can get.

Sandra Bullock's highly choreographed performance as Mission Specialist Ryan Stone encapsulate all our fears about being stretched to the end of desperation, being cut off and abandoned, spinning out of control in both the cosmic and human universes-- until one finds one’s own personal gravity that makes the tumbling stop. It's a difficult thing for an actress to play small and grand in the same moment and Bullock pulls it off with aplomb. Surely in space Bullock will find and hold on to her very own Academy golden boy, scream with joy-- and never let go.

Yes, George Clooney comes along for the ride, but Gravity is Bullock's drama. Clooney may be the GPS that points her to safety but Bullock is the gravitas. The simple plot of life, the struggle to live and live meaningfully is its main point. Only one person is needed to show the immediate drama of a body in trouble.

Gravity gets an A from me.

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