‘Gravity’ Trailer: Sandra Bullock Must Fight to Stay Alive in Space

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 12th, 2014 at 3:02 am,

Gravity is a harrowing tale of survival that unfolds within the dangerous vacuum of space, as envisioned by the director of Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Alfonso Cuarón. The 3D sci-fi drama/thriller features more of the acclaimed filmmaker’s trademark cinematic wizardry, which includes a 17-minute uninterrupted opening shot and real-time pacing.

In the movie, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer who undertakes her first mission into space. She is accompanied by seasoned astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), a space shuttle commander on his last flight (who wants to bet he only has two days left until retirement?), and everything seems to be going fine; that is, until space debris cripples their ship. The pair then ends up separated, leaving Bullock’s character on her own to race against time and make it back to Earth alive.


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The Dr. Stone role in Gravity was considered by several actresses – that list includes Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman – before the Oscar-winner Bullock signed on. It’s a meaty role, for sure, seeing how the character spends the vast majority of the film’s running time onscreen alone; not to mention, she is motivated by a desire to survive and reunite with her daughter back on Earth.

No surprise, the Gravity trailer is intense and the visual composition impresses. However, the preview manages to only scratch the surface, when it comes to the white-knuckle adrenaline rush and technological breakthroughs of Cuarón’s film. Early screening reactions, as you might expect, have been split, with the main contention point being the script, as was written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón. Basically, the disagreement concerns whether the cutting-edge style trumps the narrative and thematic substance, or enhances them.


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

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. I have no clue how this story will play out. I have hatrd every film were someone is stranded in one place (except cast away but there is stuff to do on an island) i just find it hard to believe i wont be bored with sandra bullock floating in space. Luckily the trailer looks amazing

    • Have you seen Phone Booth? It’s amazing what writers can do for a limited setting.

  2. I’ll surely be seeing this in the theater, in 3D with my mind waiting to be blown but…
    The “real time” premise scares me. It always does. I’d say 9 out of 10 films that take place in real time fall apart quickly. I think Cuarón is an amazing director though and I think his talent and the fact that this takes place in Space could help to overcome the most challenges.
    I expect to read a lot of viewers complaining that the trailers are misleading after they see the movie. It seems like Clooney won’t be in it much and there won’t be a lot of “action” and nothing burns some audience members but more than thinking they were duped.

  3. wow… this has my attention. cant wait.

  4. This looks to be very phenomenal and Sandra Bullock is more than capable of carrying this movie alone for most of it just like Will Smith in I Am Legend Bruce Dern in Silent Running and of course Keir Dullea in 2001: A Space Odyssey!!!! There might not be alot of action in the middle portion but it will still be very informative and gripping!!! Also just because it is shot in real time does not mean it will not be entertaining!!!! The Blair Witch Project was shot in real time and it did very well!!!! Glad it is Alfonso Curaon for Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban was the most visual stunning of all of the HP Movies so it really looks to be outstanding cannot waIt!!!

  5. Wow, just wow.

  6. Trailer’s done its job. Must watch.

  7. a very presentable scenes seen in d space .. great movie ..!!