The vertigo of “Gravity”

by Peter D. Marshall

by Dominic Corry.

In a modern movie-going landscape where speculation and anticipation make up 90% of the experience, it’s extremely rare that a film turns out to be everything you hope it will be.

On Sunday evening, I attended the media screening of the much buzzed-about; much-hyped space thriller Gravity at Auckland’s newly refurbished IMAX cinema.

And boy does it live up to the hype; buzz; fervour – whatever you want to call it. Gravity delivers BIG TIME.

In the unlikely case that you’re not aware of the movie (which opens this Thursday in New Zealand): it stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts in Earth’s orbit who get stranded in space when some hurtling debris destroys their shuttle.

It is directed by Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuarón, the man behind Y Tu Mamá También (2001); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Children of Men (2006).

That last film played a large role in my anticipation of Gravity, and not just because it was a serious action thriller with a strong emotional drive.

Read the rest of this article from NZ Herald.

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