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FILM REVIEW: GRAVITY (12A)

It’s very rare that you’re in a cinema and you can barely hear a pin drop.

That’s because Alfonso Cuaron’s cleverly original edge-of-your-seat thriller Gravity literally pulls you in – and quite evidently the entire audience at my particular screening too – and pretty much never lets go.

After all the hype it just lacks that little something to make it great, but it will still arguably become a classic due to the inventive nature of Cuaron’s product – and the sensational use of 3D.

It’s beautifully-rendered, well-executed and nerve-jangling stuff – headlined by impressive turns from Oscar-winning duo Sandra Bullock and George Clooney – which deserves immense praise for the director of the darkest Harry Potter film (and one of the best) The Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Its simple premise sees Sandra Bullock’s (The Blind Side) medical engineer Ryan Stone work with George Clooney’s (Syriana) veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski after a satellite debris accident leaves them adrift in space.

What ensues is a gripping ninety minute fight for survival that leaves you floating viscerally through space – with the jaw-dropping backdrop of Earth – where no-one will hear you scream.

Bullock might not be everyone’s cup-of-tea, but love her or loathe her, you still end up rooting for her fragile space novice – complete with heart-rending personal back story – with Clooney doing a top-notch job in support.

There’s quite obviously only so much you can do with the material – which takes away the ability for any real surprises – but that’s what also makes it so compelling.

Cuaron’s imagination comes to life where no human can live unsupported, and with exceptional use of 3D literally induces some spine-tingling moments – which arguably haven’t been experienced in the format since Avatar.

It might be a touch shy of the absolute classic some quarters had been making it out to be – but if you’re a fan of cinema in general you shouldn’t defy Gravity and go see it.

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Gavin Miller

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, the voice of Ed Harris

Running Time: 1hr 30mins

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

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