Number of Times Seen – 3 (9 Dec 2013, 11 Dec 2013 and 2 Feb 2014)
Brief Synopsis – Two astronauts are stranded in space when their ship is destroyed. They now must find a way to get back home.
My Take on it – It’s pretty rare that I would watch a movie 3 times in less than 2 months, but not every movie is as captivating and entertaining as this one.
I actually think that each time I watch this, I start to like it more and more.
Both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney prove that it is possible to construct a story with minimal characters and a “simple” plot and still keep the viewers enthralled for a full 90 minutes.
The two of them are all alone in this movie and we only hear the voices of a few other characters.
The special effects here are superb and this movie shows that it’s possible to tell a story in the vacuum of space using modern technology. The effects seem so real that it’s very difficult to differentiate between what is real and what was done using effects.
Many detractors have condemned this movie on the basis that it’s just a sci-fi movie that utilizes special effects and modern techniques to show it’s realism.
I disagree, I think that this movie is able to tell a very entertaining and gripping tale of survival from one of the loneliest places man has ever visited…space.
I think that many of the award shows have gotten it right by giving this movie awards for its many amazing achievements.
Unfortunately, the one award that keeps alluding this film is Best Picture in many of those award shows. The PGA got it right by giving this one BP (yes, it was tied with 12 years a Slave (2013), but even a tie here means a lot).
I think that this movie might get the momentum at the Oscars from all of voters in the categories that it was nominated for and take home that big prize because when looking at the movie as a whole, it is most definitely better than either American Hustle (2013) or 12 Years a Slave (2013).
It can’t be just a fluke that Director Alfonso Cuaron has been able to win so many awards, because a Director is only as good as the movie he is able to make.
I love the jab at Clooney from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes during their opening monlogue. I was cracking up for hours afterwards. Watch their opening here.
Bottom Line – Amazing movie with great special effects and a wonderful story of survival. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original reviews)
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