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Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is called astonishing and brilliant after first Venice Film Festival screening

Aug. 28, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Alfonso Cuaron has earned the respect of the average movie fan and cinephiles alike for his outstanding filmography to date. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and CHILDREN OF MEN alone are pinnacles of his talent, but Cuaron was even able to take the HARRY POTTER franchise out of the realm of movies for kids and into a quality series for adults as well. Never one to rest on his laurels, Cuaron has returned to innovating the world of film with his latest, GRAVITY.

We have all seen the trailers and clips released so far for the 3D outer space thriller. I have been in awe of what looks like a completely unique movie-going experience. I cannot wait to see it. Some lucky folks got the chance during the film's first screening in advance of the Venice Film Festival and the results are better than I had hoped. Deadline reports that the words "brilliant" and "astonishing" have been thrown around already. GRAVITY may indeed be the film atop many top ten lists at the end of the year.

Here is more reaction from some of the top websites who have seen it:

The Hollywood Reporter

“At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space.  An elegant film that will have buffs and casual fans alike gaping and wondering, “How did they do that?” “

Variety

“The script modulates the tension expertly, deftly preying on the claustrophobic and the agoraphobic alike, and maintaining an unflagging sense of peril as it carefully throws Stone (Bullock) one lifeline after another.”

Empire

“Now that the embargo is up, I can say that what Jaws did for water, Gravity does for air. What surprised me was how much of an action flick Gravity is. Non-stop, no-nonsense. It's Speed in space. Hugely entertaining.”

More and more is likely to be said about the film and likely not nearly as positive, but these reviews are bordering on acclaim rather than middle of the road. Many readers have complained about Sandra Bullock being the lead, but she may have found a role for film fans to get excited about. I want to see just how amazing this film looks in 3D. Cuaron met with James Cameron to ensure he was getting it perfect. If this is the closest I will get to space travel, I am glad it is coming from a filmmaker I respect.

GRAVITY opens everywhere on October 4, 2013.

Source: Deadline

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7:34AM on 08/29/2013

Good to know...

Yet, ANOTHER great, smart and original movie that will
BOMB
at the Box Office...
Sad but (probably) true !
Yet, ANOTHER great, smart and original movie that will
BOMB
at the Box Office...
Sad but (probably) true !
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4:49AM on 08/29/2013
Ironically, this could be the one movie where I *don't* want to see Sandra Bullock blasted into the cold depths of space...
Ironically, this could be the one movie where I *don't* want to see Sandra Bullock blasted into the cold depths of space...
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9:43PM on 08/28/2013

Viva Cuaron

I'm so glad to hear all those years of preparing the film paid off. This man has a strong vision and I can't wait to see what he does next.
I'm so glad to hear all those years of preparing the film paid off. This man has a strong vision and I can't wait to see what he does next.
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8:25PM on 08/28/2013
Looking forward to it. The term "visionary" is thrown about a lot, but I think it truly can be applied to Cuaron. There's got to be more to the plot than Clooney and Bullock stranded in space for two hours; that teaser trailer was genuinely frightening and got me very curious to see what happens next.
Looking forward to it. The term "visionary" is thrown about a lot, but I think it truly can be applied to Cuaron. There's got to be more to the plot than Clooney and Bullock stranded in space for two hours; that teaser trailer was genuinely frightening and got me very curious to see what happens next.
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6:23PM on 08/28/2013

I saw an advance screening

I went to an advance screening about a year and a half ago. The audience was pretty much watching Sandra Bullock acting in front of a green screen. She is great in the role, I can't wait to see the finished product..
I went to an advance screening about a year and a half ago. The audience was pretty much watching Sandra Bullock acting in front of a green screen. She is great in the role, I can't wait to see the finished product..
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5:11PM on 08/28/2013

I just hope

this doesn't suck. this is my #1 film to see this year besides pacific rim which was a blast. and I hope it delivers on what it shows, children of men is a fantastic film.
this doesn't suck. this is my #1 film to see this year besides pacific rim which was a blast. and I hope it delivers on what it shows, children of men is a fantastic film.
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5:10PM on 08/28/2013
Just from the trailers alone, I can say with 100% certainty; I'm never stepping foot in space again!
Just from the trailers alone, I can say with 100% certainty; I'm never stepping foot in space again!
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5:01PM on 08/28/2013
Alfonso Cuaron is one of my favorite directors so this is good news.
Alfonso Cuaron is one of my favorite directors so this is good news.
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4:52PM on 08/28/2013

Yeah but....

Was there aliens in the movie. I wanna see a UFO or an alien in there somewhere.
Was there aliens in the movie. I wanna see a UFO or an alien in there somewhere.
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6:05PM on 08/28/2013
Not even one. Thank God.
Not even one. Thank God.
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4:45PM on 08/28/2013
"It's Speed in space."

I see what you did there, Empire.
"It's Speed in space."

I see what you did there, Empire.
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3:48PM on 08/28/2013
Actually i don't believe in these festival praise/hype,early screening reviews.most of the times,they sing praise of the most anticipated films.they said the same about some films like The Tree of life.
Actually i don't believe in these festival praise/hype,early screening reviews.most of the times,they sing praise of the most anticipated films.they said the same about some films like The Tree of life.
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3:23PM on 08/28/2013
I expected nothing less ; )
I expected nothing less ; )
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3:19PM on 08/28/2013
Alfonso Cuaron has directed couple of my all time fav pics, HP and the prisoner of Azkaban and of course Children of men. Can't wait to see it...
Alfonso Cuaron has directed couple of my all time fav pics, HP and the prisoner of Azkaban and of course Children of men. Can't wait to see it...
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3:06PM on 08/28/2013
He compared it to Jaws, then compared it to ... SPEED? How is that possible? Haha.
He compared it to Jaws, then compared it to ... SPEED? How is that possible? Haha.
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3:56PM on 08/28/2013
Only said the action is as frequent as it is in Speed. Pretty sure that's the extent of the comparison...

Only said the action is as frequent as it is in Speed. Pretty sure that's the extent of the comparison...

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