Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Caryn James

'Gravity': Alfonso Cuaron's Magical Storytelling

  • By Caryn James
  • |
  • October 2, 2013 11:03 AM
  • |
With Sandra Bullock free-floating and somersaulting head-over-heels through space, Gravity comes loaded with visual dazzle and technical wizardry. But its greatest stunt is the way Alfonso Cuaron takes a flat premise -- a medical researcher barely trained as an astronaut, floating alone for nearly 90 minutes of screen time -- and makes it an enthralling thriller. Bullock plays Ryan Stone, stranded when the space shuttle explodes, but the peril she's in resembles that of an old-fashioned movie heroine tied to a train track -- only in this 21st-century scenario she has to save herself. As he carries us from one near-fatal crisis to another, Cuaron's story-telling becomes the film's best, most magical special effect.

Follow Caryn James

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • 'The Knick': Steven Soderbergh Recasts ...
  • Swinton and Hiddleston in Jarmusch's ...
  • Michael Fassbender and The Band From ...