The Plot :2 astronauts are left floating in space when debris comes hurtling towards them and destroys both the satellite they are repairing and the space craft they had come in. Now, they have to make their way back to earth. Their only chance is to reach their space station and use the escape pod. Will they make it back or will they float away into oblivion? That's what the movie is about.
The Pluses :
This movie is all about the pluses. Make no mistake, this is a LANDMARK film. It's the kind of film that takes cinematic experience to the next level. Years later, people will talk about this film when they talk about experiential film making. It's not 3-D, it actually sucks you into the movie, you are a character in it and you float along. Though Sandra Bullock's compelling performance keeps you glued to the proceedings, it's actually the screenplay and the vision of the director that keep you on the edge of your seat. It's not about the story, because this is space adventure like never before. The father son duo of Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron envision this spectacle, and then Alfonso, with his brilliant cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, brings it to life with aplomb. The background score by Steven Price is riveting and special kudos to the entire team that make this astronomical adventure breathtakingly beautiful.
The Popcorn Worthiness:
Now, some would say the movie meanders a bit, but I disagree. The opening shot is that of earth from miles above and you slowly see an astronaut space-walking towards you. The director doesn't add any background masala to the film, he directly plunges you into space. So he gives you some time to acclimatize. Even the radio sound is from far away, and only becomes clearer as Clooney gets closer. This is because the director wants you to be a part of the film. You are the imaginary character floating in space, watching the story unwind. So there are prolonged spaces of nothingness. You see the earth looking resplendent at various times of the day, a site that takes your breath away. But things change in a fraction of a second. One minute you are peacefully floating in space and the next, you are hurtling, spinning into oblivion, trying to hold on to one piece of the satellite so you aren't lost forever. Yes, there are several "KUCH BHI" moments but then life gives you bigger WTF moments than any film can, isn't it?
P.S: The rating is astronomical... but so is the experience...
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