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Watch: First Trailer For Alfonso Cuaron's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Gravity' Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 9, 2013 8:00 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock (skip)

Perhaps a recap of the journey we've been on with "Gravity" is in order. Hell, just getting a cast in order is a story itself with Robert Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie attached at various points, and after the latter left, a frantic search geared up to find a replacement for take the lead with Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Abbie Cornish, Rebecca Hall, Olivia Wilde and Blake Lively all being rumored/considered/wishlisted before Sandra Bullock signed on, followed shortly by George Clooney.

And then there's been the hype: chatter about an apparently heavily CGI, 20-minute opening sequence; Guillermo Del Toro calling it 5-years ahead of its time; a 3D shoot that left Clooney hoping he'd never bother with the format again; a product that Bullock said will be "profoundly silent and big and loud and I don't know how to explain because I have never seen anything like it" and finally, noise from a test screening last year that made certain folks freak out in anticipation.

And so, the full trailer is here to blow your minds ...or not. Thoughts? To recap, the movie is a race-against-time thriller centered on two astronauts fighting to survive on a remote space station after satellite debris wipes out the rest of the crew and their ship, leading to frantic attempt to reach Earth. So, does thriller stoke your fires further or did you think it might be something different entirely?

"Gravity" lands on October 4th. The opening piece of music is an Arvo Pärt composition, btw. Oh and lastly. Yes, it's mostly a two-hander between Bullock and Clooney, but Ed Harris has a small voice part in the film.

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  • tyrannosaurus max | May 13, 2013 8:30 AMReply

    Not supposed to be any sound in space right...? I'm not a fan of all the explosions so far...

  • dave | May 12, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    ONLY hitfix is reporting Ed Harris is in the movie. Not one other person who's seen recent screenings and mentioned it or any official cast list has Ed Harris listed as hitfix claims. No other film site is reporting it, only relinking to this dubious report.
    While it would be fun and interesting, perhaps, but I'd take this report with a grain of salt.
    It's either an awesome scoop, or an unsupported claim of the kind that site is is known for...

  • J | May 10, 2013 2:43 PMReply

    Ah, I love Arvo Pärt...

  • BradZuhl | May 10, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    Seeing Clooney floating around in a space suit just takes me out of it entirely (and no, I didn't see Solaris with him). But I'm sure the only way they could get financing for it was to have someone as big as him in the film.

  • MAL | May 10, 2013 9:33 AMReply

    Gave me chills. I agree with Freddie -- the concept freaks me out and gives me a terrible sense of vertigo. Really looking forward to this. Bullock is a far better actress than a lot of people give her credit for and Cuaron's skill as a filmmaker is undeniable.

  • freddie | May 10, 2013 8:54 AMReply

    Looks brilliant. Concept is terrifying. Looks to be one of the best thrillers in a while.

  • Roman | May 10, 2013 8:37 AMReply

    Look for Lubezki's first Oscar on this come next year. Like Avatar, Inception, Hugo, and Life of Pi before it, Gravity looks like it'll easily fit into the category of the visually sumptuous fare that garnered cinematography Oscars for the other four films.

  • Get a grip | May 10, 2013 2:02 AMReply

    Every single comment below is way off base. This film is amazing. Yes, it is a thriller, but more than that, as well.

  • d | May 10, 2013 1:46 AMReply

    Looks awesome. No idea why people are criticizing Bullock already.

  • hank | May 10, 2013 12:22 AMReply

    didn't realize this movie was a "thriller." everyone see that movie cast away with tom hanks that was a sick thriller too.

  • Alex | May 9, 2013 11:49 PMReply

    I initially wasn't sold on the idea of Bullock, but she has an everywoman quality that could work well. Angelina Jolie is too sexy and too action-y to be taken seriously as an astronaut in a film like this.

  • Jonah | May 9, 2013 10:58 PMReply

    I like Cuaron a lot in general but one thing is clearly wrong here; Sandra Bullock. The way she scream is very very weird considering she's about to get freaking lost in space! She is incredibly miscast, what a shame when you see the level of talent interested/attached/wishlisted.
    The visual is good too but far far from "an outstanding" cinematography.

  • Michael M. | May 9, 2013 10:47 PMReply

    Looks thrilling! my anticipation has hit the roof. The visual effects and cinematography look spectacular! certainly reminiscent of Space Odyssey. With speculation aside now, Gravity is easily this year's "Life Of Pi" or "Avatar".

  • Glass | May 9, 2013 10:46 PMReply

    According to this trailer, Sandra Bullock spends the whole movie yelling 'AHHH' and panicking. Effects looks great, though

  • Art | May 9, 2013 10:45 PMReply

    I'm getting a sense this is all from one or two sequences from the film. From the first third, probably.

  • Frank | May 9, 2013 10:44 PMReply

    Didn't blow me away. Not sure I see the fuss.

  • I remember my name | May 9, 2013 10:18 PMReply

    So...Space Oddity anyone?

  • LeonRaymond | May 9, 2013 8:41 PMReply

    It got me. I'm on board !!!!

  • Sean | May 9, 2013 8:11 PMReply

    I'm slightly disappointed. I have high hopes and I'm sure this will be great. But for a trailer, it feels sort of like a Transformers trailer.

  • 0_0 | May 9, 2013 11:23 PM

    same for me. the trailer seem as much a misdirection as the trailer for DRIVE was. I don't buy bullock as an astronaut but we didn't see her here. And I was on the impression that it would be more sci-fi then this.

  • yer | May 9, 2013 8:10 PMReply

    Cauron is so overrated. He falls into Del Toro territory for me, all praise with only one great film to show for it (Y Tu Mamá También and Pan's Labyrinth respectively).

  • OKseniorcarablanca | May 10, 2013 1:03 PM

    Hmm... What do Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron have in common?

    You racist piece of trash.

  • oogle monster | May 9, 2013 10:46 PM

    I don't really understand the greatness of Children of Men but I can't say it's not a solid film. However, I totally agree with Chris here that Azkaban is the best in the HP films (the last one is solid as well) and enabled the series to go in a much darker and interesting direction. I respect Cuaron immensely and am excited for Gravity, although the prospect of an entire film with Bullock in nearly every shot is not too exciting. Still hoping for the best!

  • Chris | May 9, 2013 9:03 PM

    Erik is correct about Children of Men. But Cuaron also made by FAR the best of the Harry Potter films. And you're (yer?) wrong about del Toro as well - The Devil's Backbone and both Hellboy films are terrific, as is Cronos (despite a few raw, first-time-director qualities).

  • Erik | May 9, 2013 8:39 PM

    Yer, huh? Children of Men is his best film, and it's a masterpiece, one of the best of the 2000s I'd say. You're giving Cauron short shrift.

  • jon | May 9, 2013 8:08 PMReply


  • anonymouse | May 9, 2013 8:07 PMReply

    wow. impressed me.

  • Pengrove | May 9, 2013 8:07 PMReply

    Whoa, effective trailer. I'm interested.

  • PhilMyPockets | May 9, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    I was cracking up with that last shot in the trailer. It was unintentionally funny. Rookie mistake. Effects look great. Don't see why everyones been hyping this up so much though.... Hm.....

  • Glass | May 14, 2013 11:02 AM

    I saw this trailer in the theater and people were HOWLING at the last shot. Like, the whole sold out show was laughing at it.

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