January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #21 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this not long after it came out and was amazed at the way that this film is ale to stay so captivating and powerful with a minimal cast, a minimal set and a relatively simple story that works so well.
“No, no, no, Houston, don’t be anxious. Anxiety is bad for the heart.” – Shariff
Number of Times Seen – 8 (9 Dec 2013, 11 Dec 2013, 2 Feb 2014, 28 Sep 2014, 25 Mar 2015, 5 Aug 2018 and 20 Aug 2019 and 13 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Two astronauts trapped in space, must find a way to survive and return to Earth after their ship is destroyed by debris.
My Take on it – Spectacular film that is probably best viewed on the big screen. I usually believe that most films can be thoroughly enjoyed on either the big or small screen but this is one of the few films that I believe is enhanced so much by viewing on the big screen and would love to one day have the opportunity to see it in a theater. The story is quite simple, yet they find a way to keep things so enthralling and engaging the whole way through The special effects are seamlessly used here and they help make things even more enjoyable and realistic to watch unfold. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both superb in these roles and they each give award worthy performances here. The film’s story is easy to follow and they manage to pace things so well from start to finish. The story is filled with lots of surprises along the way that slowly raise the tension and suspense level to great heights. The 90 minute run time is perfect for this story and it doesn’t feel as if things are drawn out at all along the way. This film was quite deserving of its 7 technical Oscars (including Best Director and Best Cinematography), but I am still disappointed after all these years that it didn’t manage to snag the top prize also because it truly is a collaborative project that excels in so many different aspects. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The opening scene, from the establishing view of Earth to Dr. Stone detaching from the structure, is a single, continuous shot lasting about twelve and a half minutes. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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