[UPDATE] Multiply these reasons by 50 now the the trailer has been released! Forgive the pun but Gravity just skyrocketed even higher on my 2013 must see list.
Originally posted on January 30, 2013
Gravity is the next film from director Alfonso Cuarón. (Children of Men) It’s a thriller about two astronauts who get stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed. Two people floating around with little hope of setting foot on Earth again. Where will the story go? How will they survive? Why has this film’s development taken so long? These are just a few questions that make Gravity one of my most anticipated movies of 2013.
5. THE WAIT
Original Release Date: November 21, 2012
Actual Release Date: October 18, 2013
Those who were anxiously awaiting Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller were forced to wait another year. A year! It’s unclear why the film was delayed given the overwhelmingly positive early buzz but I’m over it. The film is obviously packed with challenging special effects. If he needed an extra year to get it right I’m more than happy to forgive the delay.
4. THE CAST
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Two fantastic actors tasked with bringing these astronauts to life. Many big names were attached to Gravity before George & Sandra took on the roles. Names that included Robert Downey Jr., Marion Cotillard, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively & Natalie Portman.
Tons of interest in roles that are sure to be challenging to pull off. With a high concept that demands a ton of screen time for few actors, the cast is crucial. As a fan of them both, I think this movie is in good hands.
3. THE DIRECTOR
Children of Men was a phenomenal movie full of imaginative ideas and incredible visuals. Director Alfonso Cuarón gave us a thrilling science fiction adventure that dealt with extremely tense circumstances. I loved Children of Men. It’s full of breathtaking long shots that pushed the limits of what you can accomplish without an edit.
Rumor has it Gravity begins with a spectacular 17 minute opening shot. I can’t wait to see it. (If it’s true.)
2. THE PREMISE
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Sounds awesome doesn’t it? For now, this is all we know BUT it’s what we don’t know that makes Gravity so intriguing.
1. THE UNKNOWN
What excites me the most is what WON’T happen. A concept like this could easily end with some kind of space battle or an alien world. Perhaps a ship picks them up and they must fight to survive. I’d be okay watching a movie like that but Gravity promises to be something different.
Two characters. Endless Space.
A while back, George Clooney did an interview and had this to say:
“It’s a two-hander with only two actors in the whole film,” he says. “It is a very odd film, really. Two people in space. No monsters. It’s more like [2001: A Space Odyssey] than an action film.” (USA Today)
No monsters? No aliens? Just two people stranded in space and tethered to each other?
… What’s going to happen!? I can’t wait to find out. What do you think?