You guys may be asking yourselves why a movie of this caliber is being reviewed on a website called ‘Repulsive Reviews.’ Well, it’s simple really. Alfonso Cuarón’s award winning “Gravity” is as much of a survival horror film as it is a stunning visual masterpiece.
Right from the start, we are treated with gorgeous scenery and what seems to be some lighthearted, every day, run-of-the-mill occurrences for a crew who happen to be doing work outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Things quickly go awry and that lighthearted feeling that I just mentioned quickly turns to terror, with an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and fear.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney do an amazing job in this film as our two main characters, Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski. Stone (Bullock) and Kowlaski (Clooney) seem to be the antithesis of each other — Dr. Ryan Stone is full of despair and sorrow, while Matthew Kowalski is always ‘looking on the bright side’ and always has a way out of every situation. Both actors do a wonderful job of making viewers feel a huge range of emotions throughout this 91 minute runtime, ranging from dread and panic to joy and triumph.
It goes without saying that “Gravity” is one of the best looking films produced in a long time. Not only were the environments and effects remarkable, but the camerawork was, as well. Director of photography, Emmanuel Lubezki, decided to not only provide us with stunning shots of outer space, but his periodic use of POV shots does a fantastic job of breaking up the tone of the entire film.
While it isn’t a full-blown horror film, survival horror fans should definitely appreciate what Alfonso Cuarón and co. have done here. I can’t say enough great things about this film and think everyone should check it out. I give it 4.5 Marvin the Martian dolls out of 5.