"Gravity," the record-breaking movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is a fast, action-packed thriller that mostly left me asking, how did they do that?
The story of two astronauts fighting for survival after their mission in space goes awry isn't without a few black holes, but the 3-D effects and breathtaking scenery earned a thumbs up from me.
Most of the holes seemed to involve Sandra Bullock's character Dr. Ryan Stone. She played a medical doctor that for some reason ended up in space with veteran astronaut George Clooney who is on his last tour above the earth.
Bullock's character, who at times veers off into some reflective storytelling that I didn't find all that necessary, appeared incredibly uncomfortable and almost uneasy in space, which seemed less than realistic.
It's hard for me to imagine NASA sending someone into space so indifferent about the experience.
There was also the oddity of despite there being no gravity, Bullock's hair after removing the helmet seemed to stay perfectly coiffed. Most videos I've seen of women in space showed their hair flying around like they were sitting on the bottom of a swimming pool.
But I don't mean to nitpick. If I wanted reality I wouldn't have gone to the movies.
The true star of the movie in my mind was the special effects.
I was ruined on 3-D movies when Jaws III came out. The original Jaws remains one of the best movies ever made in my opinion. It scared the living Beetlejuice out of me to the point I had to watch it over and over again.
The second one was less than stellar, but it was Jaws, so I couldn't resist. When the third came around with the big 3-D promotion I couldn't wait.
I put on the cheap, white, paper 3-D glasses given out at the theater thinking I was in for an unforgettable movie experience. Turned out I was right. The pathetic special effects combined with the already iffy film produced an unforgettable dud.
When my wife Lisa said she wanted to see the 3-D version of Gravity, I was a little hesitant. Now, I'm glad she talked me into it.
The modern 3-D glasses combined with the incredible technological advances on the big screen made Gravity a must see event.
I thought for a minute I was floating in space with George and Sandra until Lisa spilled a little Diet Coke on me.
The quiet, distance, darkness, terror and beauty of space were all so real in this picture.
The movie is said to last an hour and a half, but it seemed to me the action-packed thriller was over in barely 30 minutes. I don't know how director Alfonso Cuarón made that movie, but I'm glad he did. I was thoroughly entertained.