Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity tells the story of Ryan Stone (played by Sandra Bullock) as she makes her way back to Earth following a mishap in space, through which, the audience is treated to an inspiring story of survival along with the complex environment astronauts must face when they leave the planet.
The film's conflict is set in motion after a Russian satellite is brought down by a supposedly new anti-satellite weapon, causing debris to orbit the Earth at the rate of a speeding rifle bullet and destroying more satellites along the way. Caught in the middle are Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who, after they're stricken with the calamity, realize that they're the only ones who've survived.
It is then that our protagonists begin their misadventure. Lost to mission control (voiced by Ed Harris) they are by themselves to find a way back to Earth and it is indeed riveting. Without air pressure, even reaching for an inch of distance proves to be an undertaking.
During breaks from such struggles -- what I would call breathers -- writer Alfonso along with son Jonas Cuaron piece together the persona of Stone and Kowalski. It had been expressed earlier that our trapped heroes must keep speaking to "Houston" just in case they somehow get reconnected. In doing so, the audience get to know the characters motivations.
In spite of the upheaval, however, Gravity still manages to include humor. Clooney, playing the veteran astronaut, is relentless with inane remarks usually with mission control as his victim. Bullock, who plays the neophyte, may come off as eager and focused but nonetheless lends herself to quips as well. "I hate space", she jeers at one point. In another, she makes barking sounds.
You cant really complain about the acting with two veterans at the fore, and I'd say it would be justifiable for Bullock to at least get an Academy nomination with her performance.
Aside from a Bullock nomination, I'd go out on a limb to say that Emmanuel Lubezki should win the Oscar for cinematography for crafting such a beautiful environment. With Earth in its background, the views in the film are truly reveling. A most notable one I'd say is a glimpse of the Aurora from above.
But for all its triumphs, surely, Gravity isn't one without flaws. Numerous scientists and astrophysicists have already come out refuting some of its depictions of space. Among the ones I'd note is that there is no sound in space and that you actually wont see debris hit you when it's speeding in orbit. It's all forgivable from my end because I am not smart.
Science aside, Gravity is easily one of the year's best films (along with Rush and On The Job). Alfonso Cuaron’s out of this world survival tale succeeds in presenting a gripping story amid the beauty and peril of space.