Emotional impact is not the first quality one thinks of when the subject is science-fiction adventures. Yet that’s one of the qualities that sets “Gravity” apart as a stratospheric achievement. Not just a futuristic drama, it’s also a universally human drama about the need for hope in desperate situations.
A riveting tale of two American astronauts cast adrift, the film is a spectacle of brilliantly orchestrated action set-pieces and relentless narrative drive. It contains some of the most impressive feats of technical virtuosity ever committed to film. Yet its real power is in its urgency, the pull of the story’s anxiety and almost unreachable hope. Directed with a sure hand and a masterful eye by Alfonso Cuarón (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men”), “Gravity” is not about wowing us with special effects, but touching our souls.
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