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Gravity

Discussion in 'Movies' started by spshultz, May 10, 2013.

  1. DavidJ

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    I had that problem initially with Gravity too, but it did settle down. While it's not really shaky, the movie opens with a camera that is constantly moving with no real sense of what is up and what is down---kind of like space. :)
     
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    I feel the same way about this film. It will go down as one of the great space films. I watched it in IMAX 3-D too and it really enhanced my enjoyment level.
     
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    Wasn't sure I would be prepared for onslaught of drama, tension, and effects that early reviewers have remarked about. I needn't have worried. "Gravity" is spellbinding cinema. The 3D effects were well implemented. Especially when her face is refracted in one of her tears floating in the cabin. Remarkable cinematography throughout the entire film.
     
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    Saw it tonight in Regal RPX 3D.

    Some nits about orbital mechanics aside (it would not be as easy to hop from shuttle to station to station as in this film - they fly in different orbital inclination, altitudes and velocities and aren't that conveniently close to each other), I thought Bullock and Clooney did a fantastic job, the effects were simply incredible. It was hard watching all of that beautiful space hardware (billions of dollars worth) get destroyed, though.

    (I would have been more impressed if the Chinese station had been harder to get to - say, she had to do a burn in the Soyuz to match orbits, and drift for a while until it caught up, only then to run out of fuel and need to use the landing rockets to get there - would have been more realistic and not required much adjustment to the story)
     
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    A simply wonderful film. I saw it in 3D but not IMAX. I'm going to bring my wife and remedy that. Gravity must be seen on the biggest screen possible. It's beautifully shot.
     
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    Friend of mine saw it yesterday. Said it could do for home 4k what Avatar couldn't do for 3d.Of course the caveat being if the industry learns from the prior mistake of bundled equipment/content...
     
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    I was very impressed by this movie. It's definitely a lock for a Best Picture nomination. Go see it and, as others have said, see it in 3-D and on as big of a screen as you can find.
     
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    Did you get motion sickness Travis?
     
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    Fortunately, no (another feather in the movie's cap!). Even the spinning/vertigo shots didn't bother me so I guess it's just the truly shaky cam movies (not the Bourne movies but stuff like Cloverfield or The Blair Witch Project) that get to me.
     
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    "Gravity" was 'mazing movie-making. It was a bravura effort with equally riveting dramatic tension. The 3D effects were used properly, to set the stage of the story, and immerse the viewer into the environment of outer space and pull them into this most dire of situations, being adrift in space, but trying to find a way back to Earth against heavy odds. It's a simple plotline of survival, set in space, but so deftly directed by Cuaron and anchored by a solid performance by Bullock, with a good supporting turn by Clooney.

    It's one of the few films in 3D where it's worth the extra cost for the 3D viewing.

    I give it 3.75 stars, or a grade of A-.
     
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    Watched it tonight in a double header with Captain Phillips. Thought it was very, very good. And thankfully I didn't get seasick. TravisR has me apparently nailed - Blair Witch made me so sick at my stomach I left part way through to go vomit. Still one of the worst film experiences I have ever had.

    The 3D on this definitely pays off. The setting, the structure and cinematography are incredible. Just two things.

    A small real spoiler
    I was surprised to see Clooney go so early, but it definitely ramped the tension and I thought that scene was gold.

    Now, in regards to the end of the film..

    The person I went with felt fairly confident that her character died in the Russian space craft when it was free floating, and everything after that was like a long oxygen deprived hallucination. I didn't think of it that way, but as we parted at the theater I keep thinking about that interpretation and it would make a lot of sense for the pacing and elements though I guess I'd find it a cheat. My friend was completely confident she had died earlier because of the way she splashed to earth and there was no one, and contended her passing out on the beach was just the last hurrah for her mind. I think I'll stick with the happier thought that she made it, but I'm wondering if others had different ways of looking at the end.
     
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    Wow. Fantastic film. I liked this much better than his "Chldren of Men"; Although, I have to credit the cinematography in both films. The cinematography in his films is always impressive. This is the first live action film shot in 3D that really impressed me. Some of the mechanics of motion in space were kind of screwed up for the sake of a good story, but this film moved relentlessly. A film about a space shuttle mission could have been extremely boring, but he managed to make a damn good story of it; although, I thought the triggering event was a little far-fetched. There wasn't a boring moment in it. This film shows that it doesn't have to take 9 hours to tell a good story.

    The effects in the film were absolutely top-notch. You really got a "you-are-there" feeling. This is one film that I really would like to be able to see on a true IMAX screen. The only downside of watching this film was the constant reminder that the only manned lift capacity the United States has left is the one depicted in a movie. I'm going to give this one an A. That might not be saying much in my case, because I'm probably one of the few people who thinks "Marooned" is a great film.
     
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    Regarding the ending.

    The person I went with felt fairly confident that her character died in the Russian space craft when it was free floating, and everything after that was like a long oxygen deprived hallucination. I didn't think of it that way, but as we parted at the theater I keep thinking about that interpretation and it would make a lot of sense for the pacing and elements though I guess I'd find it a cheat. My friend was completely confident she had died earlier because of the way she splashed to earth and there was no one, and contended her passing out on the beach was just the last hurrah for her mind. I think I'll stick with the happier thought that she made it, but I'm wondering if others had different ways of looking at the end.


    I never had any doubts in my mind that she made it. The film would have been ruined to have her go through the tribulations that she did only to have her hallucinate the last third of the film due to oxygen starvation.
     
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    Don't you mean "the world"?
     
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    Russia still has Soyuz. I guess by "manned lift capacity" I mean the ability to put a man into space. Since retirement of the shuttle the U.S has no means to put a man into space other than to use Russian Soyuz capsules and launch facilities. Or have I missed news about the Russians retiring their Soyuz capsules?
     
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    I guess Russian Soyuz only puts Americans into space...
     
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    GRAVITY opens to $55 million..biggest October opening ever. From Deadline.com
     
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    Don't be ridiculous. My remarks on this can, in no way, be interpreted as Soyuz only puts Americans into space. There are only three countries that have the capacity to put up crewed space missions. The U.S, Russia and, as of 2003, the Chinese. With the retirement of the shuttle, there are now only two countries at the present time with vehicles available to launch crewed missions: the Russians and the Chinese. As far as I know NASA was working on a "new" launch system for crewed missions. As far as I know it isn't anywhere near ready for carrying a crew into space. Right now, the only way U.S astronauts or the astronauts of any Western nations can get up to the ISS is by using Russian launch vehicles. Right now, with the retirement of the shuttle, the U.S has no independent means of putting a crew into space. Have I made myself clearer now?
     
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    Didn't realize Shenzhou caught up with Soyuz...(Hint, sarcasm, like my prior post)
     
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    Fantastic film. The last few months of the year will have to work really hard to top this as the Best Picture of the year. George Clooney should be a lock for a Best Supporting Actor nomination, and Sandra Bullock is pretty much a lock to win the whole damn thing as Best Actress.And I'm definitely glad I read the recommendations here to see the film in 3D, when I usually hate 3D. It's right up there with Avatar among my great 3D experiences at the movies.
     
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