"GRAVITY" in 2D, 3D & IMAX from Warner Brothers opens Fri., Oct. 4, 2013.
CO-WRITTEN/DIRECTED by Alfonso Cuaron ("Great Expectations", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Children of Men").
Dr. Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, the unthinkable happens. The shuttle is destroyed leaving Stone and Kowalski alone, tethered to each other, spiraling into the blackness of space. The deafening silence is testimony to the lost link to Earth...and any chance for rescue.
Of all the horrific and horrible things that can happen to any two people anywhere anytime, this is very close to being one of the very worst things. Think about it. One minute, you're safe inside the space shuttle. The next minute, you're experiencing the exhilaration of walking in space. Then, with no warning, space debris wipes out the shuttle and there you are, just the two of you, with very little air and no way home. That's what happens to Bullock and Clooney but that's not the end of the story.
It is all of the story that will be discussed here under the guidelines of the "NO SPOILERS" rule. This could very easily be the best film of the year. Bullock and Clooney are perfect in their roles, a statement nearly redundant since they almost always are. Director Cuaron filmed the action in such a way that it appears to be happening live. It is a brilliant piece of work that deserves the ultimate prize--that little gold statue called Oscar. Many people covet that thing but few really deserve it. Bullock, Clooney and Cuaron definitely do.
It's interesting to note that Marion Cotillard, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman were all up for Bullock's part. Robert Downey, Jr., had Clooney's part locked up until he had to leave due to scheduling conflicts. Still, everyone wins. This is a good, old-fashioned sci-fi thriller fraught with drama and emotion. Sit back and enjoy. It is so worth it.