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Although the film Gravity, produced by Alfonso Cuarón, is considered a science fiction thriller by many film critics, Jonás Cuarón who co-wrote the 2013 film strongly declares that Gravity is not a work of science-fiction cinema. He instead suggests that the film is more like a space documentary. The title of the film is ironic in itself, as for the most part, it is set in space (an environment where there is no gravity). The film stars Sandra Bullock (as Ryan Stone) and George Glooney (as Matt Kowalsky), two astronauts who begin their mission to space, propelled 370 miles above the planet’s surface. It is Ryan’s first mission in space, whilst Matt is an experienced space-walker. However, after a mid-orbit catastrophe which destroys their shuttle, they find themselves stranded in space struggling for survival. With oxygen running low, they desperately try and attempt to find a way back to Earth.
The film is visually stunning, for this reason it is impossible not to be completely immersed in it. The soundtrack is also very realistic, hearing sounds you would hear in space. As the film progresses, you begin to feel each and every emotion of the characters. Consequently, when the plot takes a turn for the worst, the audience are captivated and become emotionally attached to the characters while they are fighting for survival. Beware - the film is definitely a tear-jerker!
With 156 shots, the film was a challenge to shoot and there had to be a lot of work put in to pre-program shooting. Due to this the actors were limited by what they could do as the physical requirements and times of frames had already been fixed. What is particularly different about this film is that the shooting did not involve sitting in sets. Far from this, the actors were fastened 20 feet in the air or had to enter a contraption named the lightbox which is a structure in the shape of a cuboid. It had panels which would show what the actors could see in space as if they were there. This significantly helped the actors visualise what they were acting and the lightbox enabled the actors to do their job to the best of their ability. Additionally, actors were in this lightbox for hours at a time, therefore it is understandable that shooting the film was physically and mentally challenging.
Gravity is a film which blurs CGI (Computer Generated Images) and reality. It takes you on a rollercoaster ride both visually and emotionally. The film demands to be seen in 3D, in this format one is able to fully appreciate the remarkable visual effects. It is impossible not to be completely sucked into the emotionally charged plot. Consequently, if you are able to, watching Gravity in 3D can only better your viewing of the film.