Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity: The Game

5 08 2014


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Alfonso Cuarón makes videogames we cannot control, which is what makes his movies exciting. In Children of Men, the most famous scene comes near the end, while the camera follows Clive Owen through British ruins. We watch his back as he ducks through the chaos of urban warfare, and we might almost visualize ourselves with a controller in our hands, advancing our avatar in a third-person adventure game. Cuarón’s long takes contribute to this effect, since many videogames are essentially made up of unbroken takes interrupted by game over screens. Children of Men came close to this concept and Gravity fulfills it.

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