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Gravity (10 out of 10)
directed by Alfonso Cuarón
written by Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón, and an uncredited George Clooney
Principal Cast
Sandra Bullock -- Ryan Stone
George Clooney -- Matt Kowalski
Ed Harris -- Mission Control (voice)
Ratings
For a long time now I've been rating films from one to four stars. Starting with The Wolverine review, I've switched to a rating from 0 to 10. Why? Because it is a much better three star film than Man of Steel was. Man of Steel was a 7. The Wolverine is an 8.
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A review by Rick Norwood

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Gravity Gravity is a classic, as was writer/director's Cuarón's Hugo Award-winning previous film Children of Men. Is it science fiction? It feels like science fiction. In fact, it feels like golden age science fiction. Today most sf films are either distopean or pulp. Gravity respects hard science. It is not about smashing monsters and supervillains, but rather about the struggle to survive against desperate odds. If you don't consider space adventure to be science fiction these days, since we have actually been in space, then you might consider Gravity to be alternate history, on a time line in which America did not abandon the space shuttle program.

I know at least one person who found it too intense. For me, edge-of-the-seat intensity is what I look for in an adventure film.

Beware reading reviews before seeing the movie.

Copyright © 2013 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon. Visit his web site at comicsrevue.com.


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