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by Jack Kilbride (subscribe)
I am a young freelance writer, living and studying in Melbourne. Follow me on twitter @jackkilbride1
Published October 3rd 2013
The chaos of space, the beauty of space, a must see film
"I know that whatever happens it's going to be one hell of a ride."
-Doctor Ryan Stone, Gravity

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Gravity- Movie Poster, Warner Bros

The movie opens with a bang. A roaring crescendo of sound crashes into the silent nothingness of space, the natural elegance of Earth glistening in tremendous solitude on the screen. The whole cinema mystified by the magnificence of the globe, 'oohing' and 'aahing' as a faint radio discussion approaches from the distance. Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), Doctor Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and the rest of their team drift into view as they complete work for NASA on a satellite. However, something inevitably goes wrong, throwing the pair into a chaotic fight for survival.

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Commander Matt Kowalski, George Clooney - Warner Bros

Gravity will have you on the edge of your seats as a result of its thrilling suspense and incomparable beauty. The images, the sound, the acting, everything about the film is a piece of perfected art. Gravity has set a new standard of quality in the film industry that will hold it as the subject of comparison for years to come.

The film's director is Alfonso Cuarón, director of the Academy Award nominated masterpiece Children of Men (2006) and the third, and arguably the best, Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). The plot, written by Cuarón and his son Jonas, is classic for a disaster thriller but not for a sci-fi, with no monsters, aliens, futuristic worlds or gadgets. With Gravity he has created something real out of the surreal.

Gravity is undeniably unconventional. Little dialogue, no soundtrack and no depth of story render irrelevant against the overall brilliance that the movie achieves. The acting of Bullock and Clooney is first class. In a similar vain to that of James Franco in 127 Hours (2010) or Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011), they both provide a real, human grounding to the ethereal chaos of the film. Also, the camerawork by Emmanuel Lubezki and the production design by Andy Nicholson, coupled with Cuarón's direction has made the dreamlike world of space a jaw-dropping reality.

For me, 3D is usually just an expensive add-on, with things flying out of the screen for no apparent reason, or to no artistic effect.

But in saying that… Gravity is a MUST see in 3D. The 3D element will transport you above the clouds and to the stars. You become a part of the panic on screen. The cameras flip, spin and float like they would in space and without 3D this innovative filming would go to waste. Gravity is made to be seen in 3D so watch it in 3D, it is as simple as that!

So this weekend do yourself a favour and go see Gravity, see it in 3D and see it in the biggest cinema you can find! I promise that you won't be disappointed.
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