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23 November 2013

Gravity                                 1 star


“Gravity” is a movie that has received the highest possible praise from the general audience and critics but I saw the film and didn’t see the ground-breaking masterpiece everyone else seemed to. I think “Gravity” is boring and unoriginal as it tries to add a human story to what is merely a special effects extravaganza.

In this film Sandra Bullock (“Speed”, “The Proposal”) and George Clooney (“The Descendants”, “Ocean’s Eleven”) star as two astronauts in outer space, who struggle to survive after debris damages their ship. The film should capture you but it just feels tacky as we know we’re just looking at special effect after special effect.

The two stars are trying here but the material is really poor. Bullock plays Ryan Stone, who has a traumatic past but the issue is that the dialog feels so weak that I felt more like laughing at her than crying and George Clooney gets less to do, which is a shame as he shows real potential. Together the duo don’t work because of the dialog, in a movie like this there needs to be good dialog supporting the images we see and I’m still waiting to hear it. “2001: A Space Odyssey” has far more convincing space sequences than this and that was made in 1968, this one came out in 2013.

Some of the logic here is just wrong as the character set their watches for ninety minutes for the load of debris to hit them again but the issue is that they keep moving so how that timing system works out is a total mystery to me and this is just one example of the film’s stupidity. “2001” was slow but made space chilling, exciting and a thing of beauty but here space is in your face and horrid. I liked the realistic crew in “Alien” better and I think several of the shots here were done better in “2001” and “Barbarella”. I know what you’re thinking; this is the reviewer that even gave movies like “Highlander II”, “Jackass: The Movie” and “Doom” higher ratings.