Quick Verdict – Is it a plane? No it’s Sandra in a spacesuit.
So here is a film that should get two different star ratings. A visually stunning award winning movie, 5 Stars. A poor plot with the biggest character transplant after one conversation in a shuttle, 1 star.
Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her debut mission to space with veteran Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and some other insignificant astronauts. When the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Sandra and George floating in space, they must work together to get themselves back to Earth safely.
***SPOILERS*** Only read on if you’ve seen the film, or don’t care if I ruin it.
When I say work together, I’m being kind. Sandra Bullock spends the first hour as a whimpering mess. She then has an oxygen deprived conversation with an imaginative George Clooney and she suddenly becomes Ellen Ripley. Honestly, I feared that the character in the beginning would struggle to tie her own shoes, then suddenly, a little shortage of oxygen, she’s flying foreign craft, flying through space and the most extraordinary, manages to get up and walk away at the end. I’ve seen programmes about weightlessness, you wouldn’t be able to just stand up and walk after being in space for so long.
The praise for this film however, lies in its visual excellence and it certainly delivers. I missed it at the cinema, but got it on 3D Blu-ray when it came out. What can I say, I was mesmerised by what I saw. The spinning, the spinning, the effects, the spinning. It was amazing. Okay, that may have come out slightly sarcastically. I did really enjoy the visuals, and it deserves the best cinematography and visual effects Oscars. Alfonso also deserves the director Oscar for those parts, the acting was good, but just not sure about the plot. I just think it was missing something.
Now we don’t always have the same views, and I’m sure people will disagree with me, but for as great as it was to watch, I just came out feeling a little cheated. Who knows, maybe I was waiting for Bruce Willis to turn up and save the day. ‘I got just five words for you. Damn glad to see you boy.’
Watch this if you like –
- Apollo 13
- Sandra Bullock
- Don’t get sea sick