Rarely, if ever, has there been a 3D blockbuster that takes the science of space travel more seriously – and Cuarón underlines this with the opening caption, “Life in space is impossible.” No oxygen, no water and no way for sound to travel, existence in the thermosphere, some 375 miles above Earth, is no joy-ride.
Written by Cuarón and his son Jonás, as much as Gravity deals with survival, it’s also about such primal feelings as isolation, loneliness and fear. All three are embodied by Stone (Sandra Bullock), a woman left bereft by a past personal trauma who, even in the face of death, isn’t sure what she has to live for.
A stunning space saga that takes off for new technical frontiers without leaving its humanity behind. Ground control to Major Oscar…