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When was the last time that you actually sat on the edge of your seat and watched a thriller, surprised to find that your own hand had just turned a fistful of popcorn into crumbled residue? GRAVITY (2013) starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and Ed Harris starts off with a powerful action sequence and keeps audiences captivated throughout the entire movie.

Working together against overwhelming odds, veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky and a medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone desperately struggle to survive after an unforeseen accident renders them both adrift in the blackness of outer space.

The casting of film heavyweights George Clooney and Sandra Bullock was the perfect choice, and within thirty minutes, I couldn't have imagined anyone else portraying those lead roles. Further casting of Ed Harris as the voice of mission control was also an obvious nod to APOLLO 13 (1995) and THE RIGHT STUFF (1983), two other successful space movies. Although the film was not reportedly 100% scientifically accurate, GRAVITY has been praised by the scientific community for its premises and its overall adherence to physical principles. In layman's terms, only a 'rocket scientist' is going to be able to spot any of the minute discrepancies.

Considering that many of the emotionally charged scenes were filmed with Bullock sequestered for 9+ hours in a giant mechanical rig nicknamed Sandy's Cage, where she could only communicate via a headset, we now have GRAVITY as an extraordinary example of her ability to convey heartfelt emotion without fellow cast mates to play off of. Reminiscent of other shipwreck and wilderness survival stories, we follow Clooney and Bullock as they struggle for more than just their next breath, they struggle to find a way back home. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, PG-13, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. **** 4 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin October 15, 2013
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