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Top-notch special effects in 'Gravity'

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 08:07 AM

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie thinks “Gravity,” rated PG-13, is an incredible film experi­ence featuring great special effects and strong acting work by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

After seeing “Gravity” in 3-D, I felt as if I had been on a remarkable journey that was full of apprehension and excite­ment mixed with tragedy and triumph .

For me, “Gravity” was able to maintain tension for an extended period in the film and featured amazing special effects.

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as astronauts who find themselves in grave danger when pieces of debris from a sat­ellite smash into their shuttle.

Bullock gets to show a number of emotions in her role. We learn of a tragedy from her past that has left her with a heavy heart.

When we first meet her charac­ter named Dr. Ryan Stone, she seems serious. Her character’s demeanor is in contrast to the Matt Kowalski character played by George Clooney. His char­acter is affable and charismatic, but when things get serious, he shows that he knows what he is doing and is calm in a crisis.

Bullock has the biggest role in “Gravity,” though, and she has a difficult part to play. As I watched the film, I found myself wondering about the physical demands of being able to play a character to appear as if you are in the weightlessness of space. Then, I thought about how Bull­ock had to deal with not only the physical movements but also the emotions she was bringing to the role .

The imagery of the Earth as seen from space in “Gravity” is wonderful. Later, there is a spec­tacular and scary scene, where so much is going on at the same time that I didn’t know where to foc us .

Bullock and Clooney are very personable stars and it is easy to hope that things will work out well for the characters they play, but they are very good in the film as well.

John Gillispie is the public rela­tions director for the Huntington Museum of Art. Contact the writer at jgillisp@hmoa.org.



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