‘Gravity’ & ‘Don Jon’ TV Spots: Hot Passion, Cold Space

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 27th, 2013 at 6:37 am,

To borrow Douglas Adams’ assessment, “Space is big. Really big.” Humans should really consider themselves lucky to spend their entire lives on a giant anchor, since anyone who manages to get lost in space would have a pretty difficult time getting found again. This, however, is exactly what happens to Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) in Alfonso Cuarón’s new space castaway thriller, Gravity, in which two astronauts’ decision to venture outside a space station leads to disaster when they’re hit by asteroid debris.

Back down on Earth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) has written and directed his first feature film, Don Jon, in which he plays a New Jersey gym rat and porn addict, who sees a possible end to his carefree and casual sex life when he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a beautiful woman with a penchant for the kind of romantic movies that Jon hates.

With the release dates for these two very different titles approaching, TV spots have debuted for both. In the teaser clip for Don Jon, shown above, the eponymous seducer gets quite hot and heavy with Barbara, before being left out in the cold to wait for a time when it will “mean something.” It’s probably not the outcome that he was looking for, but at least Jon will always have his faithful porn collection to go home to.

Gravity has two new TV spots, but like the trailers so far these glimpses don’t tell us much about the plot of Cuarón’s film before the initial accident. In many ways this is actually refreshing, since it’s become common for trailers to give away the entire plot of the movie they’re advertising. In these clips the focus is on showcasing the largely CGI-driven environment of life in space, and on the horror of coming untethered in the cold, unforgiving and infinite chasm of space.

It’s still difficult to grasp how Dr. Stone might possible survive this “fall,” since earlier trailers have shown that she ends up thousands of miles away from the space station within seconds. Cuarón will have to work hard in order to offer the audience some hope of salvation, whether in the form of a rescue by her mission partner Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), or her own fast thinking. If she stays within the space station’s orbit path, it should actually come back around again within a couple of hours, but that’s a big “if.”

Two TV spots for a space thriller with a terrifying concept from the director of Children of Men, and one for a sexy rom-com from a first-time feature screenwriter and director who has acting since his childhood. If you caught the above clips whilst channel-hopping, which movie would you be most drawn to?


Gravity will open in regular theaters and selected 3D/IMAX screens around the U.S. on October 4th, 2013

Don Jon is out in US theaters on September 27th, 2013.

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  1. You ask me to write a movie where Scarlett Johansson and I “do something” this what I’d probably write.

  2. Can’t stand Scarlet. She is so overrated. Show her butt and she thinks she is acting. Meh. So I’ll skip Don Jon. Gravity looks awesome. Love Clooney and Bullock.

    • LOVE JGL and this is his directing and writing debut, so I have to see it. As for Scarlett, she gets a lot of flak for not always pushing herself as a serious actress, but the word on Don Jon is she gets a role she can do something with, and is wonderful. Can’t wait.

      • I cant listen to their voices in the trailer it drives me insane….. JGL is the most confident man in hollywood in a way its a little full of himself but he is good.

        • He seems like a genuinely humble and cool guy to me. He’s confident in public appearances but in his one-on-one interviews he’s really soft-spoken and chill.

  3. I’d be more likely to watch Gravity out of the two but Scarlett and Joseph are good actors so I’ll catch that on TV eventually.

  4. Joseph Levitt is my favorite actor so I’m really excited for Don Jon. Gravity looks interesting, might catch it a couple of weeks after its release.

  5. Gravity looks like the whole movie can be told in 30 mins…having flashbacks of Paris and Torres in ST Voyager

  6. Don Jon comes out on SEPTEMBER 27th, in wide release in the US.

  7. Gravity looks boring all around except for possibly the cinematography.

    Don Jon looks fun. Huge JGL fan.