I have obviously seen Gravity
(after JBs review and insane buzz it became a must see, especially given it is in my absolute favourite genre), and I'm going to be a complete shithead for a lot of people here (and the reason I didn't do a capsule review of it - 'cos why invite hate?), but imo it just wasn't that
great. It was good, but not great. I rated it a solid 8/10 (and only because I love the genre), but problems are numerous - not least Sandra Bullock's annoying character and George Clooney's bizarro totally unrealistic gung ho emotionless space cowboy. I just about choked when he suggested (without laughing) they go for a space hop from shuttle, to ISS to China space station. The insane vastness of being in space was not captured in Gravity
whatsoever - it seemed they were merely drifting in a lake - certainly not a 500+ MILLION square kilometer area (and that would assume just two dimensions!). The movie opens with some utter bullshit about the ultra-low temperatures of space... given that you can't by definition ever measure a vacuum's temperature for obvious reasons and that the heat of an OBJECT in a vacuum is only lost via infra-red radiation (since there is no body (atmosphere) to directly lose heat to). I make near perfect vacuums routinely the lab all the time, and I sure as shit don't see how it could be considered "cold" or "hot" - how can it be?. I seriously wonder how long it would take in space to actually start to feel cold - given that you lose heat only via infra-red radiation (even naked you are technically perfectly insulated from normal heat loss). If Gravity
truly represents the very best of 2013, it was, as I strongly suspect (still have a LOT to see!), not a great year.