Venice Film Review: ‘Gravity’

As brilliant and thrilling as this reviewer found Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity (and all the other reviews we’ve read so far are equally enthusiastic; we’re pretty confident this movie’s got the goods), we’re honestly not sure if our nerves could take seeing the film. The trailer and clips we posted had us teetering on the verge of a fucking panic attack. On the other hand, there are quotes from Justin Chang’s review here like the following:

The outstanding post-production 3D conversion enhances our sense of immersion in this foreign environment at every turn. Images of outer space give new meaning to the term “deep focus,” while the scenes set in enclosed environs provide a pleasing visual balance and contrast, with floating objects supplying a natural depth of field. As visual an experience as the film is, it would be far less effective without the exceptional sound work by production mixer Chris Munro and sound designer Glenn Freemantle, which makes especially potent use of silence in accordance with the laws of outer-space physics. Helping to vary the soundscape is Steven Price’s richly ominous score, playing like an extension of the jolts and tremors that accompany the action onscreen.

OK. Maybe if we had a glass of wine before the showing,  we could chill out enough to take in the thrilling experience, and–

…all joking ceases when Houston (voiced by Ed Harris, in a nice nod to “Apollo 13″) suddenly reports that a cloud of debris, triggered by the self-destruction of a nearby Russian satellite, is headed their way. The camera, having gracefully bobbed and weaved around the astronauts without a single cut so far, continues to observe with unblinking concentration as the ship is pelted with shrapnel, killing the third astronaut, causing widespread damage and severing all communications with Houston. Amid the chaos, Stone comes untethered and finds herself spinning, alone and helpless, in the vast emptiness of space, an experience the audience will soon share to a deeply unnerving degree.

Ooooor maybe a bottle. Damn! Read on for more about the film from Justin Chang’s Variety review.Gravity will open October 4, 2013!


‘Gravity’: Harrowing new clips of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock astronaut thriller

What’s that, you say? The “Detached” trailer from Alfonso Cuarón’s space disaster nail-biter Gravity that we recently posted made your heart pound and your chest (and throat) tighten, but now that feeling is wearing off and you’re feeling annoying calm and relaxed?  Well, get a load of these two new clips. You’re welcome! Seriously, though, we don’t know if we’re brave enough to see this on the big screen in 3-D (converted post-production) when it opens (on October 4th) without a stiff drink first. We also cannot WAIT!  Gravity will also kick off the 2013 Venice Film Festival (withdrawn from competition, it will simply premiere) in late August.

‘Gravity’ Trailer/Clip: Beautiful Space Terror (Clip of the Week)

Honestly, I’ve seen this described as both a trailer and a clip for Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming space disaster film, Gravity; I suppose it’s both. The idea of this –the title “Detached” doesn’t calm me down any either– almost puts me on the verge of a panic attack (judging from the related media below, I’m definitely not the only one). This made my heart speed up so much I didn’t even notice George Clooney was involved, or recognize his voice, and I can usually pick his voice up just from commercials (I’m married, but my hormones still work just fine).  Just remember to breathe when you watch this… breathe…