Simply a spectacular achievement and why movies can still surprise us. Director Alphonso Cuaron has created a film that for the first time, not only do I recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D, I insist. It is a technical marvel and the best use of 3D technology since...well ever. This film can only be truly appreciated in a theater and definitely in 3D.
The plot is basically a survival story and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who play astronauts stranded above the earth when their shuttle is destroyed by debris from a Russian satellite. Space has never looked so real unless you go all the way back to "2001: A Space Odyssey". The visuals are stunning and the 3D is never used as a gimmick but rather to enhance the beauty of what you see before you.
While you are amazed by the technical marvel of the film, what really keeps you engaged is the realistic and emotional performance of Ms. Bullock. Mr. Clooney holds his own but when the two become separated, the film really belongs to Ms. Bullock. There are edge of your seat moments and surprises. But it is Ms. Bullock's performance that puts the viewer right inside her space suit with its rapidly dwindling oxygen supply.
Scientists have already poked holes in some of the technical aspects of the story but let's not forget, this is a movie and not a documentary. It's a breathtaking thrill ride, unlike anything you have seen before.