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Far be it from me to even suggest that Alfonso Cuaron‘s thrilling space drama is on a par with Stanley Kubrick‘s 1968 masterpiece, there are one or two visual echoes sprinkled throughout – such as above- and much like Kubrick, Cuaron never forgets the human element amidst the groundbreaking visual spectacle.

Gravity’s stripped down B-movie narrative lacks the complexity and breadth of 2001 but then it never purports to be anything more than an awesome thrill ride. Any emotional or philosophical profundity contained within its stripped down life or death premise are contained within brief grace notes of reflection that offer a breather from the balletic camerawork of cinematographer Emanuel Lubezski.