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finally go to the Imax for the first time for this. Very excited.
It's got Sandra Bullface in it though I don't like her. Will that spoil it for me?
you could totally discount all the character / dialogue stuff (which wasn't great imo) and it'd still be the most worthwhile trip you make to the cinema.
tomorrow right? may smoke some crack before it to fully trip out
I do hope there's a good song to start it all off. Either "Gravity (soundcheck)" by Gorillaz, or something new.
"Gravity, whoa whoa whoa, falling through outer space.
Gravity, whoa whoa whoa, looking at Sandra's face."
y'know, something like that.
Green on Red - Gravity Talks
Husker Du - Gravity
Sandra Bullock FINALLY gets her drivers licence and is driving a space station, but there's a BOMB ON THE STATION and it explodes and she has 90 minutes before the debris hits her and its a race against time and space.
Cuaron is a great director.
It's quite likely that I'll be drunk.
don't think a trailer has made me that breathless before. blimey
but that isn't going to make the dialogue any less terrible (really, really awful towards the end), the story anymore ludicrous, or Bullocks character any less annoyingly clueless (omg liek I am totally in space omg wot do these buttons do?!!!111)
I'm still the total chillcore, happy, happy go lucky cheery guy I've always been, just a happy cheery OH FUCK OFF!
time eventually comes for us all. Just let go.
not totally shit at the imax?
I thought it looked good in the trailer at the cinema but the dialogue and acting seemed a bit poor even in that short a dose, to be honest.
Might go see it anyway though, because my daughter fancies it.
And that terrible actor who plays todd in coronation street and still be worth going to see in 3D
So i am going to do just that!
never heard of them, don't exist as far as I'm concerned
never met him drunk, which is quite unusual actually as we do a lot with the GFT/GFF and have been in most of their company with them/me drunk! :)
but it looks like 3D only? :(
where the 3D has actually been welcome rather than making the film worse. Kudos. Great visually, good big-screen stuff.
Thought it was stunning visually, first time I've really enjoyed a 3D movie.
Thing that made it for me was the Sound. See that bit at the start where it just gets louder and louder and then... SILENCE! Had me by the balls. Was like one of these THX 'audience is listening' adverts.
ISS being destroyed was amazing.
Yeah, dialogue was a little poor but I think Bullock was a bit more believable as an everywoman / non-astronaut than say Scralett Johansson or Cate Blanchett would have been, so I think it worked.
Really impressed with it - 9/10
Few moments where you do actually feel like you're in space.
The sound and visuals were amazing - it's really raised the bar for how films set in space should feel. The dialogue was fine and Clooney wasn't too corny. Great film.
I'm still unsettled.
I think it might well be the best film I've seen at the cinema. A real 10/10 MUST SEE as a cinematic experience. I'd give it a 9/10 overall cos it wasn't completely perfect.
Bullock was a revelation. I really thought she was fantastic. Clooney played Clooney.
Getting to sleep last night was a challenge..
Honestly, go and see it in 3D at the very least. You'd be doing yourself a massive disservice if you don't.
Slightly bemused at all the 5* star ratings it's getting. It's good, but far from perfect.
Positives: Looks amazing. Genuinely felt at times that it was actually filmed in space. Not usually a fan of 3D but it was used well in this.
Negatives: Characters and dialogue are well clunky. Even as someone with very limited knowledge of science, there were too many bits that just made me think “nah, no way”. Usually I’m fine with suspension of disbelief and all that so long as it fits the film, but as they’re at pains to make it all as believable as possible it just comes across a bit too fantastical.
You probably know the bit.
It looked alright in space but that was it (imax, 3d)
Wouldn't be good to watch on the telly etc
If this doesn't sweep up at the Oscars, I'll eat my hat
but that Saving Mr Banks has got Oscars written all over it. It'll clean up.
...is going to sweep up at the Oscars.
but do you trust the Academy, really?
Seeing it tonight.
without the bee gees thing.
I wouldn't say it's my favourite film of the year so far (still think that'll be either Zero Dark Thirty or I Wish), but it'll probably be close. Yes, the dialogue isn't especially amazing, but neither did I find it ever detracted from things.
And if the Academy want to revoke Sandra Bullock's Oscar for The Blind Side and give it to her for this instead, I'm all for it.
Visuals were obviously stunning, and parts of it were genuinely tense.
There were parts that were quite dull though. I felt like if I'd been watching it on a small 2D screen I would have been bored at points. Wasn't massively impressed with Bullock but she did well given that she was the only character for big stretches. The hammy back story wasn't needed and served to cliché up an otherwise original cinematic experience. 7/10.
But all 3D films had given my headaches so I wasn't compelled by another "has to be seen in 3D" marketing ploy.
Spoilers, but it would've been good if the film had ended when she let the oxygen out of the Russian escape pod, though then it would've been too short.
I reckon it should have ended with her drowning, struggling to swim back up for air and sinking back down to the bottom
I'll have to go see the new hunger games in d box but how would that compare to space in d box. It won't compare
Quite the cinematic experience! Had no idea my palms could sweat so much.
The score and sound design really made the tension for me. Can imagine a lot of bemused people who wait to catch this on DVD and not really get what all the fuss is about. Really is a film to be seen in the cinema, the bigger the screen the better, I imagine.
Really fancy Sandra Bullock with short hair.
A terrific piece of entertainment, but more like a fairground ride than a movie. The plot is just about serviceable enough to get the characters from A to B, but that's not really the point of the film. It's essentially a big technological showreel that says "This is what we can do now!"
A friend saw it in 2D and wasn't much impressed. He is a bit of an idiot about things, but certainly 75% of what is great about the film is in how it handles 3D.
Clooney's character was a bit too comical for my liking - do astronauts fuck about? Maybe they do.
but it was his last mission so I guess he treated it like anybody does when they know they're leaving? idk
they love shabs and bants and much as the next guy
Thought it was good without being great. Some real tense moments an some stunning shots.
Thought there was a real disparity between footage that was actually shot in 3D and the stuff that was shot normally and converted to 3D thereafter.
I want an IMAX screen and sound for my flat
Yep the visuals are as amazing as everybody says, and it's probably worth seeing for this aspect alone.
But everything else, jesus christ. I knew Sandra Bullock was in it, but I didn't realise it was a *Sandra Bullock Movie* as such. Plucky heroine, carrying burden of personal tragedy, faces deadly peril and emerges cleansed & redeemed. While the boring, shitty, emotionally manipulative music cranks relentlessly away in the background. Take away the special FX and you've got nothing but a thick bland slice of processed Hollywood cheese.
Dialogue is ropey as fuck though
That opening sequence with no cuts (I know it was trickery but anyway) is one of the best bits of cinema I've ever seen. Absolutely masterfully done. The art of kinetic cinematography as a storytelling device at it's absolute finest. The way it played with your depth of field to introduce new elements and the switching between POVs was breathtakingly good. The rest of the film was great but it never hit the same heights again.
One of only two films I've ever really enjoyed in 3D (other is Life of Pi).
I thought it was great, and not too fussed about the dialogue, didn't even think it was that bad. Most enjoyable film I've seen this year.
Go watch it in 3D if possible I imagine a lot of the visual impact will be lost without it, however if your only option is to buy it on DVD than I'd understand giving it a miss because whilst it has great atmosphere in place it's hardly a movie to watch for the story.
The highlights where when the movie goes into first person.
Lost my 3D virginity!
Visually an epic film. Exciting, tense and beautiful. Definitely a film to see in the cinema
The plot is very basic, and some of the dialogue is so cliched. Also, if you think about the actually science involved too much, you'll be annoyed
But it's not about being accurate, just a stunning spectacle. Go see it
Regarding oscars: best picture and director, maybe. Acting nods - nah
It has thoroughly put me off going on one of Richard Branson's space flights, I can tell you that.
Can you imagine what one of his rockets would like?
the other guy at the start of the film is played by the fella in the Office who Brent says does the best Ali G impression
Bullock's character rediscovering the will to survive was the important bit and that felt slightly cheapened by the will being unambiguously rewarded with, well, survival.
Didn't find the dialogue/monologues that troubling- found it perfectly believable that a panicked person in space would babble earnestly to themselves.
Good film, like.
when it started the re-entry would have been best place
especially given the ambiguity in the ending of Children of Men
although maybe that was why he shied away from a similar ending?
The ending was fine and had some nice, if in your face, symbolism of evolution/rebirth with her crawling out of the water. Don't feel it cheapened it whatsoever. Jeez guys.
Don't think an ambiguous ending was in order- more that it could have finished five minutes earlier and still felt resolved, without the in-your-face symbolism.
probably gonna die of starvation before she reaches civilisation
I think any changes to the story would probably detract a bit from that.
by buzz aldrin
he was impressed with it & didn't whinge about the physics so, you know...
by an inanimate carbon rod
you're confusing it with the chorus of "if you don't want me to destroy you"
though there were definitely some flaws, the spectacle was enough to make worth watching. first half an hour or so was properly great... felt as though it blew it's load a bit too early, some of it became kinda repetitive in how over-the-top badly everything went. didn't particularly care for the child stuff but I can live with it
the horribly operatic music at the end was reallllllllllly shit as well
I really didn't like it.
I didn't care for either of the characters so I didn't find it tense at all. I hate space and I'm really scared of space but it had almost no effect on me...mainly because it was Sandy B and George Clooney selling Nespresso in space.
It just really wound me up and got me very irritated. How many hurdles did they need to give her? I think I said 'oh for fucks sake' about 4 times. Even at the end when it was like OH FFS, she's gonna drown now...then oh FFS did she really need to get tangled in the seaweed?!
The flaws with the space stuff didn't bother me too much cause I know fuck all about space but the tiny vest and pants irritated the HELL out of me. So unnecessary. And she didn't do a poo or a wee for about 6 hours! And the floaty pointy toes bit when she first got undressed was stupid.
Overall - very irritating film with unbelievable characters that I didn't care if they lived or died therefore, it wasn't tense.
It was supposed to be almost real time, surely?
It wasn't that bad...
A reasonably enjoyable romp. Actually thought it was going to have one of those really ambiguous endings where you're left wondering if she got back.
Can't say I'm her biggest fan, but I did hugely enjoy Sandra Bullock whizzing around in zero-G in her smalls. I'd be happy to enter her escape pod any day of the week.
every time it's mentioned
Saw it last week in IMAX 3D. It's the best use of the 'new' 3D I have seen by some distance. I feel the film would be better off with 'unknown' actors as the real star of the show in the breathtaking visuals. A MUST see at the cinema.
it's a bit bollocks if you aren't watching it in eye popping Imax 3D.
thought it was quite good all the same. It took me a while to realise they weren't actually floating around in space. Don't know how they did it.
completely agree with meowington
really wished Bullock had floated off and left George Clooney to survive. The whole pants and vest thing was ridiculous as was the whole idea of someone so emotionally unstable being allowed into space in the first place. Watched on TV so maybe didn't get the wow visuals but there is only so much ooh space i can handle, fell asleep twice woke up and she was still just reading manuals in Chinese and flicking switches.
glad it was only 90 minutes 3/10
You weren't watching Event Horizon by mistake were you?
I can't do it, I can't make it, I've nothing to live for but driving around...as what is supposed to be a strong female lead she was anything but
in her position too.
Hopefully people go back and check out Cuaron's previous films too.
it was actually pretty brilliant.
*SPOILER JUST IN CASE ANYONE HASN'T SEEN IT YET*
Anyone else think she died at the start?
think it suited smug/panicked American astronauts pretty well
Not usually a fan of 3d but thought it worked perfectly. Best film I've seen in ages, not a second wasted, stunning visual effects, beautiful sound design. Hadn't thought of it that way, yeah maybe she did. I was kind of expecting it to end as she was re-entering the atmosphere, like you wouldn't find out if she survived or not, rather than the slightly Hollywood ending of her hobbling around like Bambi on a beach
But Moon already did that. So its possible her landing is her finally reaching heaven given that her life seemed pretty shit before/her daughter is dead/things come together.
Basically its the purgatory theory from Breaking Bad/Lost which everyone hated.
but I like how I felt unsure in the final bit whether whe would survive or not.
I don't think this is what actually happened but is an interesting and certainly possible reading of it, like Breaking Bad
The whole allegorical point is that she dealt with something and moved on because she recovered the will to do so. There's none of that sense of atonement that you'd expect to see if it was supposed to be purgatorial.
it's just that when's she's spinning off after the initial collision she passes out and after that the only person we hear from is Clooney who we have no idea how or if he really survived (and later more definitely turns up as a ghost) and she talks about reuniting with her daughter and so then its a case of overcoming herself to be with her. Earth looks heavenly when she lands, and no one is around, so it feels like the moment she reaches it.
Again, I think this is only a strictly metaphorical reading but I think it could be there and it's certainly worth consideration. You can apply what you said here I think
she does do a whole speech about being prayed for despite not knowing how as she never went to church, then things start going right for her...
Also, at the Baftas they used a clip of her crawling out onto the beach to introduce one of its nominations, which surely must be the single worst spoiler of the decade given the entire thing hangs on the tension of whether she'll make it back down?
that was a great moment when it was like "OH AFTER ALL THAT". Thats quite funny/horrendous that they showed that though!
because it was 90 mins everytime the space debris came around the earth right?
this was in reply to Raanraals post
saw this yesterday. not convinced about this whole 'must experience in the cinema to truly appreciate the spectacle' school of thought, watching in the dark on blu ray on an average tv always seems just as immersive to me, maybe even more so as there is no one else around.
really liked it. the only bit I didnt like was clooney causally drifting off to his death, pretty unrealistic but happens alot in films, think it would have been more powerful if clooney completely lost it as it sunk in and he slowly drifts off.
also liked the end on the beach, hate ambigious-in-place-of-meaning endings, clutching the earth was quite a moment
that there's no extra on the DVD/Blu-Ray that tells you the rest of Clooney's Mardi Gras story.