In this IMAX Behind the Frame, director Alfonso Cuarón and NASA astronauts discuss the intense and raw cinematic experience of Gravity and the preparation that went into delivering a true-to-life space exploration.
In a press release, Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón said:
We wanted it to be an immersive experience, as if you’re sitting in the theatre but you feel as if you’re floating in space. There’s no other format as immersive as IMAX.
The movie stars George Clooney as astronaut Matt Kowalsky and Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone. It combines both beauty and terror. The pair are space station astronauts, and the beauty is obvious, when one looks at the view of the Earth below.
However, terror occurs when Kowalsky and Ryan see their space station torn apart by some unknown accident. The film shows us none of the horror that must come, as Stone and Kowalsky fight to live.
The press release described the movie as follows:
Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.
But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Stranded in space as the stars are, the film is somewhat remiscent of "Open Water" (2003). It also reminds us of the 1969 film "Marooned."
"Gravity" is scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 4 in 2-D, 3D, and 3D IMAX.