“Gravity’s” technical skill amazes viewers

Kimberly Williams , News Editor

Imagine you’re in space, all alone with nobody to hear your cries for help or tell you what to do. Your life lies in your own hands, and there’s nothing you can do to change the circumstances. “Gravity” encompasses all these fears as two astronauts fight for their lives.

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney portray Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski, astronauts in charge of repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. However, they are left to their own devices when stray debris kills the remainder of their crew. The hardships and destruction continue as the two struggle to find a way home.

“Gravity” does wonders in terms of special effects. The movie is available in 2D and 3D, but the 3D significantly enhances the special effects. The constantly rotating camera gives the sensation of being in space, especially because it was digitally filmed, and contains lifelike images of space and spacewalking.

Bullock portrays the fears someone would have their first time in space accurately. Her desperation, sadness, and thoughts about death are natural and convincing, while Clooney manages to pull off the nonchalance of a veteran who is trying to have a good time and enjoy life. The clash of personalities works as the chemistry develops and a bond forms while going through the struggles of isolation.

Because there is no sound in space, director Alfonso Cuarón made the explosive scenes quiet, with a brilliant score in place of the sounds. The music, written by Steven Price, dramatically describes every situation throughout the movie and enhances the viewer’s emotions and anticipation.

Although there are some scientific inaccuracies, such as Stone’s ability to continue to breathe despite her oxygen levels being empty or that in reality not all communications would have been lost, the movie compensates with its wondrous visual appeal and thrilling storyline.

“Gravity” may not be the best and most accurate space movie out there, but as far as visual appeal, acting and plot, the movie surpasses expectations and provides viewers with pure entertainment.