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Bettie's Box Office: GRAVITY Review

Updated: Friday, October 4 2013, 08:10 PM CDT

The weight is over - Gravity is finally here.                           


After seeing the same trailer over and over, I was wondering if there were any other scenes in the movie or any other actors except (most-time Austinite) Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The answers, happily, are “yes” and “no.” 


Gravity is visually stunning and physically believable. It's the most realistic film ever set in space, almost making you think it was shot on location. Clearly it wasn't, and that's where the genius of the film takes hold. This survival story is technically flawless. And, emotionally, gravity never eases up. 


When the Russians destroy one of their own satellites, it creates an orbiting debris field that shreds anything in its path, including all of the other satellites and the space shuttle where mission specialist Ryan Stone (Bullock) and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) are on a spacewalk to repair a telescope. As a result, they’re left stranded in an Open Water situation, cut off from all communication with Earth. Can they make it to a nearby space station before the debris storm comes around again or will they miss the last ride home? 


Bullock really carries the movie in her best role, yet. It's nice to see her shine, once again, in a non-comedic role. She can say as much with her eyes and her silence as with her lines. 


Clooney is good but he’s really just playing himself (doesn’t it seem like he’d be an astronaut with swagger in real life?). 


Overall, Gravity is the most spectacular movie you'll see this year. Using the Bettie's Box Office rating system, this film is worth paying full price. And, don't short change yourself, see it in IMAX 3D to get Gravity's full impact.


Gravity is rated PG13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language. It opens Friday, October 4.


 

Bettie's Box Office: GRAVITY Review


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