‘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. This looks like it needs to be seen in 3D.

    • My exact thought.

  2. I’ve been so busy keeping up with movies like Star Trek Into Darkness and MOS that I just about forgot about Cuaron’s “Gravity.”

    His work is really good, especially “Children Of Men” which seems to have a vibrant cult – like following.

    This trailer is amazing. There’s more to look forward to beyond the summer.

  3. Awesome! This is a fantastic year for fans of science-fiction that is set in space! I like how this trailer only shows parts of the big money shots but leaves the rest of the movie in the dark. This will probably be the only trailer that I will watch for this movie.

    • @TheLoneWinchester

      I look at Gravity as more Science Fact, not Science Fiction. Something cannot be fiction if there is a contingency and procedures in place where people train for such a scenario.

      • If it didn’t happen yet it’s fiction. Easy as that. ;)

        • pfffft


          • The “fact & contingency” part is already covered by “science”.

            Bam! Two for tow! :D

            • …and a dyslexic in a pear tree.

              • LMAO

                What I am saying…IT CAN HAPPEN.

                And with a name like TheLoneWinchester you are more likely to be floating around space.

                Just saying.

    • I’ll settle this.

      The science in this film is more fact than fiction, (e.g. no warp speed, etc., here.)
      The movie technology is all something we have seen and exists in the world today.

      Now the events are fictional. This is a fictional story. There is science involved.
      So, one could say this is a science fiction story (based upon real science).

      Well, I tried to settle it, anyway :D

      • I WIN!

        • √ Yes

          Science fiction stories traditionally mean the science itself is fictional.
          While it could very well exist in a future setting, it does not exist now.

          • Yes, I think we need to be clear about the elements of science fiction and what makes a work science fiction (or not).

  4. Where is the man of steel when you need one? This looks great the CGI is at the best,
    I will be seeing this in IMAX for sure.

    • That’s funny. Yeah, if Superman was a reality in this setting he would save Sandra Bullock in a split second.

      But then there would be no need for “Gravity.”

    • Aha, who is that coming to the rescue on the horizon? Green Lantern, I knew you’d come!

  5. Yesss, so excited for it. The only thing that could ruin this for me is Sandra Bullock, I just don’t think she is all that good of an actress.

  6. That would be the wosrt way to go. Running out of air and spinning in the vacuum of space. Ouch. This does look pretty good.

  7. Oh, HELL no!! I couldn’t watch that movie. That would freak me out too much.

  8. I heard rumors of a 17 minute take in this movie. If you were a fan of Children of Men some of the most memorable moments of it were when the camera just kept rolling amidst perfectly choreographed chaos. Even if you don’t like his movies, you gotta admire Cuaron’s technical skill as a director.

    • Sheesh, I heard rumors Lol, it’s right there in the article. Sorry, reading at work makes me skim and alt-tab. Messes with my flow. Really looking forward to this movie.

  9. In Alfonso Cuaron I believe

  10. This movie has an amazing premise with such an interesting technical director. Looks like a must watch.

  11. I’m not sold..

  12. Unless the script explains a deficiency in training, Bullock’s line, “What do I do?” distracts from the action. Wouldn’t the astronauts train over and over again for this contingency, even if only to practice making peace with one’s maker?

    • If you are an Astronaut who should by some sheer bad luck become detached from your tether line.

      Relax…Breathe slowly and initiate SAFER ( Simplified Aid for Extravehicular Activity Rescue)

      You now are on the clock, and have 8 hours of oxygen in your suit. SAFER gets you back to the shuttle or ISS. JUST DONT PANIC!

      Your suit has thrusters built into the “backpack” just for such an emergency.

      • However an explosion with enough concussion force might push you out either towards the moon or you will re enter earth, or crash into a satellite.

        In any case, SAFER wont help you one lick.

  13. The casting is not exactly credible to me.
    I find it difficult to see these two as astronauts.
    I suppose there is truth in Sandra Bullock fighting gravity.

    • Haha, I see what you did there. :D

      • Thanks :D I was beginning to think the humor was too dry for anyone to notice.

  14. Oscar-worthy visuals anyone?

    • Maybe if you have an IMAX 3d screen at your disposal to watch netflix on.

      • I wish I did!

  15. Holy crap! That was pretty freakin’ intense. I’m sold. Finally some ‘realistic’ space-set sci-fi! I’ve been needing a dose of this since Danny Boyle’s amazing SUNSHINE.

  16. After the initial explosion, it’ll just be them floating in space. Sounds a lot like Open Water, only instead of shark infested waters its the extreme dangers of space.

    • That seems like a good comparison based on the trailer. I’m not totally sold on it but it could be interesting.

  17. If only Angelina signed on!

    • Dude, I was thinking the exact same thing. She would’ve been perfect for this, plus, she would’ve made this movie a bigger draw with those that don’t already know about it. This directors work should be more popular, he’s that good.

      • Angelina Jolie would have made me stay away. I can’t stand her. Also, I’m pretty sure that Clooney and Bullock have enough mainstream audience pull, if not even more than Jolie.

        • Same here…
          Anytime I see the name Angelia Jolie attached to a film my first and strongest instinct is to stay away.

        • But you can’t deny that Angelina Jolie is a better actress than Sandra Bullock. Bullock might be able to do more, especially comedy but in terms of conveying pain, in dramatic moments, Miss Jolie is second to none.

          But my point was…. I think a Clooney, Jolie movie would’ve garnered more fanfare because regardless of what you may think, Angelina Jolie is the kind of actress that can draw people to movie theaters regardless of what movie she’s in. And I was looking at this from a purely economic point-of-view.

          Also, she did get first refusal of the role before any other actress, so the studio/producers thought the same way.

  18. This and the new Coen Brothers film are my top two films I’m looking forward to this year.

  19. Stanley Kubrick would be proud.

  20. You know I tend to complain about 3d movies being in 3D and its dead to me and what not. But there is something tempting me to see this one in 3D.

    Also Sandra Bullock looks really dizzy.

    • Yep. I’ve got that series on DVD. It’s really cool. Nice cel shaded cgi too.

  21. Wilson!!!

  22. Looks fantastic

  23. It looks terrifying if the rest of the film is as intense as the trailer.

  24. Alfonso is an amazong director…but I can stand Sandra Bullock, horrible actress…very one note, and annoying

  25. Can’t stand i meant to type

  26. Stephen Dorf stuck in a trunk.
    Ryan Reynolds stuck in a crate.
    James Franco stuck in a crevasse.
    Sandra Bullock stuck in orbit.

    Same story, different vehicle. But it does look intense.

    • The edge of your seat thrill, i think, will keep my mind off the fact that we have seen the same story in a different setting before.

  27. Gonna be honest… if I watch this I might just pee my pants in fear. Still want to see it though!