My GRade: A+
In a word: a nearly flawless movie.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as an astronaut on a shuttle mission to upgrade the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, during repairs it seems the Russians attempt to shoot down/deorbit one of their satellites but this results in a large debris field that takes out communication satellites and is sweeping through orbit. It eventually reaches the shuttle Explorer
while Bullock, George Clooney and astronaut red shirt are on their space walk. The debris field takes out the shuttle and sends Bullock tumbling in to orbit without a tether, eventually she is rescued by Cloooney (in a Manned Maneuvering Unit/jetpack) and the two make plans to try and save themselves using escape rockets on the International Space Station.
The movie is certainly a visceral experience depicting the utter hopelessness and lack of control over yourself in space, at the whims of gravity and momentum. Bullock rocks her role as a first-time astronaut (near as I can gather a mission specialist with only months of training) and Clooney rocks his role as a space veteran (near as I can tell on his final mission.)
The movie has some problems when it comes to the real world (mostly in the positions of the satellites and space stations) but by and large -near as I can tell- gets everything right. You really feel the gravity (pun intended) of the situation and the challenges the character face as their troubles go on.
There's one or two niggling plot contrivances/tropes used and it has a fairly typical use of the disaster movie trope of the characters always seeming to be moments away from utter disaster and doom but the way the movie plays out makes these problems very minor ones. A very, very good experience of a movie. I saw in 3D and the visuals and effects are superb, marvel as we see a tear fall from Bullock's eye enter weightlessness and bobble, bubble, and spin towards the camera.
Subtle but wonderful score, great visuals and effects and the first movie I've seen in a long time that has me wondering how it was filmed and achieved.
Highly recommended, especially in 3D.
After the end of the movie? Needless to say modern society has taken a pretty huge dent due to the loss of the satellite network as well as our time in space.