Movie Synopsis: Astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) find themselves in grave danger when a massive accident finds satelite debris flying towards their location in space, where they are on a mission of scientific exploration orbiting earth. The two must work together to survive in space and somehow return to earth, despite the fact the planet cannot get in contact with them to send help, and that additional debris continues to hurtle in orbit of the planet.
Movie Review: This film, directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mama Tambien), was in simple terms, perfect. The acting by principle characters Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was exceptional. In fact, these are the only two actors we see on screen for this entire 90-minute movie, and the fact the film does not drag and flies by and is so powerful, really showcases how strong these two are. Bullock and Clooney are exceptional actors. Clooney’s ability to showcase humour and strength gives the film early power. Bullock’s ability to showcase vulnerability and fear, but also resiliency and determination, provides tearful and human moments, and gives the film power throughout, particularly mid-way through and in the conclusion. The movie in large part rests on their shoulders, and they give stellar performances. The shots of space and of earth and of the sun are magnificent. The sound effects, and lack of sound in some parts given the fact is made early on that in space sound is absent, is used to great effect. The soundtrack and usage of music to highlight the poignancy of various moments is very well utilized here. The storyline, both about the dangers of space but also about moving on from grief, are intertwined and well written by Alfonso Cuaron and son Jonas Cuaron, who co-wrote the screenplay. Overall, as director, writer, and producer, Cuaron has done a wonderful job in this must-see film. Well Done!
Overall Review: 5 stars out of 5