Movie Review: Gravity

Many years from now, art critics will analyze the past to see what films and filmmakers have influenced their current art world. As filmmakers of today look to Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin for influence in technique, I believe that the future will use Gravity as an influence. To put it plainly, this movie film is amazing. It will be remembered as one of the greats and forever be cited as a masterpiece. In an effort to illustrate this film's importance, one can compare this piece of art to Sergei Eisenstein's Odessa Step sequence.

A film student cannot go one day without hearing about how Eisenstein invented film techniques that are still used today. Gravity, a film about an astronaut and an engineer who are stander in space, will go down in history, much like Eisenstein's films did.

The film was directed and produced by Alfonso Cuarón; he co-wrote the film with his brother Jonás Cuarón. Alfonso Cuarón's filmography includes the futuristic Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, all other actors playing very minor roles.

The direction is beautiful. It was the first 3-D film experience I enjoyed. I think that there is no other way to see this film.

The first shot of Gravity is 17 minutes long, and the entire film is 91 minutes. It's the most stressful film I have ever seen.

The shots of space are absolutely breathtaking, causing me to believe that the actors were actually in space. I felt as if I was a character in the film, working on a space shuttle, looking at our planet from their perspective. I was taken aback by the cinematography, as every shot is vivid and detailed.

The acting is top notch. Bullock deserves an Academy Award for this film. I never liked her acting, but this film has changed my opinion. She does not overact or underact in this role. Clooney, as always, plays his character very effectively.

All in all, if the film does not sweep the Academy Awards this year, then I swear I will never watch the Oscars again. Gravity is not just about space; it is a universal tale. When I stumbled out of the theater, I reflected on my life and all of the hurdles that I must jump over every day.