Originally Posted by Qwyjibo
I 100% bought into Sandra Bullock's character, her past and her doubts about whether it was worth struggling on. Her relative inexperience also allows you to identify with her in such an impossible situation. That just added to the already high level of tension throughout the movie. The bleak tone and the isolation and silence of space pulled me in and that's a credit to the overall direction, not just the visual effects.
That's the difference between Gravity and something like Avatar (which you compared it to previously) for me. Both huge technical achievements but one won me over on a visceral level while the other was merely going through the action movie motions while looking extremely good.
And when it comes to ratings, the way I look at it:
10 = incredible, the best of the best.
9 = excellent
8 = very good
7 = good
6 = decent
5 = meh
4 = bad
3 = awful
2 = horrendous
1 = The Human Centipede 2
Thanks for the informative response. I can't say I remember much about the Bullock character's past (she lost a child, right?) so I can't comment on that...
But I do agree that Gravity is far better than Avatar.