A revolutionary cinematic leap beyond the stratosphere, "Gravity" is alarming, intoxicating, eloquent, stomach-tossingly terrifying and emotionally shattering. It is also a prime example of exactly why the term, "awe-inspiring," was created, its fluid, seamless, photorealistic depiction of outer space as breathlessly authentic as, perhaps, any motion picture that has been made, to date. At 600 kilometers above Earth, there is no oxygen, no air pressure, and no sound—three facts that writer-director Alfonso Cuarón (2006's "Children of Men") and his son, co-writer Jonás Cuarón, steadfastly abide by as they place two astronauts in a setting so vast and a situation so perilous that it will prove virtually unthinkable for most viewers. Using state-of-the-art digital effects the likes of which have scarcely been seen before—the film spent years in development, waiting for technology to advance to the appropriate level—the elder Cuarón puts his audience through an exhilarating tailspin while actualizing onscreen technical feats that are just about as close to being in space as one could imagine while still having his or her feet planted firmly on the ground.
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