Movie of the week: Gravity

When it comes to suspense thrillers, the element of danger is always a constant because of the unrelenting tension of not knowing what is going to happen next. This week at the movies, Alfonso Cuarón is going to take suspense thriller to a whole new level by going nearly 400 miles above the Earth in his latest feature “Gravity.” The film stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts on a routine space walk that goes horribly wrong. The two characters are left in the most perilous situation imaginable; left stranded in deep space after their shuttle is destroyed with no way back to Earth, no chance of a rescue and no supplies to survive.

What am I expecting from “Gravity”? “Gravity,” promises heart-racing suspense, jaw-dropping visual effects, eye-popping cinematography and camera work and every technical cinematic weapon capable of carving a path to the Academy Awards and I expect nothing less than a powerhouse. This movie could follow in the footsteps of Oscar contenders such as “Hugo,” “Life of Pi,” “Avatar,” “Titantic,” and maybe be a tad reminiscent of the sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Also, this movie has a serious appeal to be seen in 3D. I’m not worried about the roles of Clooney and Bullock and their contribution to the film, but I am worried that maybe this movie won’t live up to the hype it is generating. I expect “Gravity” to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and nothing less.

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