I am intrigued. So little about this movie is on the web and it is going to be released in October of 2013. Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite stars. When I lived in North Carolina she supposedly had a residence in the Black Mountain area and I lived in the Mills River Valley area, a short Blue Ridge Parkway ride away or a few hollows of distance. We looked for her a lot, but did not cross paths (though we have with Andie MacDowell and Kelly McGillis). She also received her drama degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, a bit further down that highway. Sounds almost neighborly.
Sandra speaks German and has a grandfather on her mom’s side that was a rocket scientist. Interesting. She starred in one of my favorite movies, The Lake House, with Keanu Reeves which involved time travel. Now she is going to be in a sci-fi movie called Gravity. She survived an airplane crash in 2000 in Jackson Hole WY so she certainly understands that what goes up, must come down. Sci-fi thrillers are in my blood; and maybe in hers too.
Gravity is so secretive. No spoilers that I can find. Actually, I could barely find a plot summary. What little I read boils down to Sandra and George Clooney are astronauts who are stranded during a routine spacewalk from a shuttle that left a space station. The shuttle is damaged by asteroid shower debris, which evidently damages the space station too and kills Sandra’s other crew members except for George Clooney who is a veteran astronaut and the co-pilot. Per Rotten Tomatoes, Bullock and Clooney were tethered together on a space walk with the shuttle and are not on the main station at the time of the asteroid shower bombardment. The shuttle is destroyed. At this point, they are evidently not tethered to anything but each other and are drifting into the darkness and the deafening silence of space as they have lost communications with others. Rescue is non-existent it would seem. Panic ensues. Oxygen is valuable but wasted as air is anxiously gulped. These astronauts face desperate attempts to return to the space station and then to Earth and its gravity, sans landing shuttle. Per the Warner Bros. summary, “the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.” Bummer. Some sites say she will be the lone survivor; what happens to Clooney?
Sandra plays Dr. Ryan Stone who is a gifted medical engineer on a space mission for the first time; now she fights to find a means of going home to Earth where her daughter lives. Clooney’s character is on his final space mission. Bullock holds the primary role in the film. It is shot for 3D and IMAX 3D (not my favorite, but okay) and has many millions of dollars of visually spectacular digital effects. Per The Film Experience following some initial viewing of the film in earlier production stage, Sandra will be the on screen as a solo star 80% of the time. They claim some will love the “important and subtle character study” being stressed by isolation, wanting to live, and feelings of insignificance in the great universe. They also claim that it is “the most technologically advanced film of the new millennium….” The opening scene is supposedly a 17 minute unbroken shot. Not sure what this means. 17 minutes of disaster and then floating?
Warner Bros. is releasing the movie on October 4th. Alfonso Cuarón is the director and the writer of this film, along with his co-writer son, Jonas. Alfonso is well known for his 2006 Children of Men film.
Who else is in the cast? Amazingly, almost no one. Sandra is Dr. Stone and George Clooney is Matt Kowalsky. Brasher Savage is the voice of the Space Station Captain, and Eric Michels is the NASA voice. Doesn’t look like we will see them onscreen.
I live in Florida now. Perhaps I will get to see Sandra here one day. Will certainly keep an eye out for her, assuming she can end her floating away into deeper space.
Off to the movies in October. Join me. Bring oxygen, just in case.