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3D space disaster movie relies on her personal qualities and acting chops that continue to produce hits from unlikely material

• Video: Gravity star Sandra Bullock: 'What we do, it's all sci-fi'

Peter Bradshaw's five-star review for Gravity

Sandra Bullock may not have been the obvious first choice to play a scientist stuck in high-earth orbit in a 3D space thriller – especially not for producing studio Warner Bros, who had originally intended Gravity to be a vehicle for Angelina Jolie.

But there's no question now that she made the role her own. After a string of perky, cornbread roles over the past two decades, Bullock can also claim to have substantially reinvented herself with this grim-faced, physically demanding performance. Gravity's success – it will almost certainly overtake The Blind Side as her highest-grossing film in the not too distant future – caps a spectacular second coming for the actor, whose »

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