I somehow missed the buzz surrounding Gravity, the new space thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, but now that the full-length trailer has hit the web, I'm officially on board with everyone else who's counting down the days until it hits theaters. For one thing, it's got George Clooney, and cinematically speaking this guy can do no wrong. (Excepting, perhaps, his 1987 performance in Return to Horror High.) Also, if the actual movie is anything like the trailer, it's going to be one holy hell of a nail-biter.
Based on what I just watched in the teaser clip, Gravity is going to light up nearly every single one of my personal phobias: confinement, running out of air, the unfathomable shrieking black horror of empty space. Not even a superhot astronaut like Clooney can make this movie's scenario less terrifying -- and that, of course, is why I can't WAIT to see it.
The trailer starts out with a peaceful vibe, as Bullock and Clooney are out on a space walk and soaking up the spectacular view of Earth. Things don't stay calm for long, though: their space shuttle gets dramatically torn apart by flying debris, and the astronauts are left utterly alone. Floating. In SPACE.
Check out the trailer:
That final shot of Sandra Bullock flailing to hold on to something before she tumbles head over foot in the darkness? GAH.
Gravity is directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón, the creative mind behind the amazing Children of Men and Y Tu Mamá También. Interestingly, Gravity is being officially pitched as a science fiction movie, and it reportedly cost $80 million to film -- so I wouldn't be surprised if there's something more lying in wait than "Two astronauts get stranded in space and float around freaking out for two hours." Could there be … ALIENS?
Whether there are in fact a slew of space creatures or just a lot of gorgeously terrifying slow-motion catastrophe shots, Gravity looks fantastic. Interested parties will get a chance to experience it on the big screen on Oct. 4, 2013.
What do you think of the trailer for Gravity?
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