Have no idea why, but the only game to have this effect on me was Half Life 2. There's section what requires the player climb walk ect on the metal sections of a bridge. It looks a bit foggy, and below, a long way below is water. It worked so well. The feeling of height has never felt so real compared to any other game i've played. I was literally inching my across the structure in fear of falling. Heh.
I've been waiting for a review like this ever since I heard about Gravity. Thanks for this.
Gravity - 9/10
First of all, I can't emphasise enough that this has to be seen on IMAX in 3D. It's nothing short of breathtaking. I've seen a few films in 3D (including Avatar) and none of them have remotely convinced me of its worth as something that adds to the film-watching experience. But, Gravity has done it. It's the film the industry has been waiting for, IMHO.
The only thing I would say as a cautionary note is that it should maybe be missed if you have bad vertigo (although only bad, bad vertigo). I'm not a fan of heights myself, and there were definitely a couple of moments that gave me that unpleasant tingly feeling in the hands.
It's an incredibly visceral, terrifying experience. It's not a horror film per se, but it brings out a similar reaction in the viewer. You'll be tense and feel sick with dread for large portions of the film (this is a good thing, by the way).
The visuals are some of the best I've seen in a film. It's constantly incredible to look at. The detail is astonishing, it's consistently great work from Cuaron and the rest of the team behind this.
Bullock is mainly impressive despite a couple of Shia La Bouef-esque "NONONONONONONONO" moments. I fully expect her to be nominated for all the big awards, and probably win some too. Clooney is Clooney (I like him, so it wasn't a problem).
The first reason I've taken a point off is that there are a couple of cheesy lines which aren't in keeping with the rest of the film, particularly in the final third or so. The other reason is that the characterisation is a little bit weak and actually kinda superfluous, particularly with Bullock's character. Her being a loner with a dead daughter felt a bit clichéd to an extent. Also: Once Clooney was out the film it occasionally did that annoying thing in films where people voice thoughts they would otherwise keep in their head. I understand why they did it, but I don't really need to hear Bullock say "I hate space". It didn't feel right.
Bonus point for there being no aliens.
I'm a bit worried though, because of the 3D aspect though - I do suffer from 'average' vertigo and am seriously thinking about whether to watch it normally or on 3d. As a comparison, you know the bit in 2010 where they're moonwalking to the discovery? And they're having to look at the centre of the ship otherwise they get dizzy and stuff because it's spinning? Well that makes me feel a bit sick. Can watch it, but feel sick a bit. So, if that's anything to go by?....
Dammit! I love space films too ffs!