I just saw Gravity and I must say, I am impressed.
First, let's talk special effects. The visuals in this movie are so real it may never occur to you that the movie wasn't shot in space. It never occurred to me. The floating, the flying, and the spinning are all so mind-numbingly real that my disbelief was suspended from the opening moments.
The acting lives up to the technology. Sandra Bullock plays a closed-off, quiet newbie to space who is there as a scientific adviser, not an astronaut. When the calamatous event occur, she is the vulnerable party.
Fortunately for everyone involved, veteran actor/astronaut George Clooney is also on this mission. Clooney is nothing if not charismatic, but this time he outdoes himself. Pinging off Bullock, he projects strength and intelligence and more than enough charisma. The two of them together pull off a movie that could easily have wallowed in its own sense of desperation.
I'm not going to go into the plot because, the coming attractions already give too much away. What I will say is that, without sacrificing its sense of hard-science fiction, Gravity manages to be mile-a-minute thrill ride from the opening bell.
Seeing Gravity in IMAX 3D didn't feel like going to a movie at all. I left the theater feeling the same way I often felt when I left a really good virtual reality attraction--you know, like Mission Space, at Epcot Center, or Star Tours at Disneyland.
I won't call this my favorite movie of the year, but it's certainly one of the most impressive movie I have seen. Let's put it this way, Gravity should go down in movie history as the 2001: A Space Odyssey of its time.