(NECN: Erick Weber) - "The best space film ever done." When James Cameron, a guy who knows a thing or two about epic space films, says something that glowing about a movie, expectations soar through the stratosphere.
Take that high praise and combine it with the pair of superstars involved in "Gravity" - George Clooney and Sandra Bullock - it's got to be something spectacular, right?
Let's make the Final Cut.
Orbiting high above planet Earth, Clooney and Bullock play a pair of shuttle astronauts who suddenly find themselves in the middle of a very messy situation.
With debris from a Russian satellite smashing their NASA-issued equipment to pieces, Bullock and Clooney face the ultimate battle for survival in the most inhospitable of places - outer space.
Director Alfonso Cuaron's supplies some sick 3D visuals - both figuratively and literally - spinning the camera around and around and around like a gyroscope from first-person view. My stomach fared better after a recent ride on the Gravitron.
"Gravity's" simplistic script supplies zero emotional attachment to its characters. I frankly didn't care if either Clooney or Bullock made it back home.
Without ruining things, the way "Gravity" plays out stretches all bounds of believability - no one could survive this cosmic calamity.
Apparently, James Cameron saw a different cut of "Gravity" than I did, because this isn't close to the greatest space movie ever made.
"Gravity" floats off with a Final Cut score of 74 percent.
"Gravity's" star power is set to throw its weight around at the box office this weekend - let's hit the projector.
The superstar combo of Clooney and Bullock will mean big business for "Gravity" with adult audiences, but will teens gravitate to it, too?
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" didn't do huge numbers in its debut frame, but with no other family options on the plate, it holds strong in second.
The utterly random pairing of Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake's in third with Runner Runner - a big test of Timberlake's star power.
And "Prisoners" locks up the fourth spot - the Jackman/Gyllenhaal drama has banked $40 million in its first two weeks.
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