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Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 4 October 2013 (USA)
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Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón
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1,389 ( 274)
Won 7 Oscars. Another 233 wins & 183 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sandra Bullock ... Ryan Stone
George Clooney ... Matt Kowalski
Ed Harris ... Mission Control (voice)
Orto Ignatiussen Orto Ignatiussen ... Aningaaq (voice)
Phaldut Sharma ... Shariff (voice)
Amy Warren Amy Warren ... Explorer Captain (voice)
Basher Savage Basher Savage ... Russian Space Station Captain (voice)
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Storyline

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (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. Written by MuTaTeD

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't Let Go

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shooting long scenes in a zero-g environment was a challenge. Eventually, the team decided to use computer-generated imagery for the spacewalk scenes and automotive robots to move Sandra Bullock for interior space station scenes. This meant that shots and blocking had to be planned well in advance for the robots to be programmed. See more »

Goofs

After Stone passes the panel where the fire is starting on board the ISS, her hand strikes a drinking pouch of water. The blobs of water are mistaken by some as a stream of air bubbles, as if the visual effect of weightlessness was created using a water tank. That was not the case in this movie. The water drops are computer generated. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mission Control: Please verify that the P1 ATA removal on replacement cap part 1 and 2 are complete.
Explorer Captain: DMA, M1, M2, M3 and M4 are complete.
Mission Control: Okay. Copy that, Explorer. Dr. Stone, Houston. Medical is concerned about your ECG readings.
Ryan Stone: I'm fine, Houston.
Mission Control: Well, medical doesn't agree, Doc. Are you feeling nauseous?
Ryan Stone: Not anymore than usual, Houston. Diagnostics are green. Link to communications card ready for data reception. If this works, when we touch down tomorrow, I'm buying all you guys a round of drinks.
Mission Control: ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with the sound of a radio transmission and a man counting down: "Three, two, one, mark." See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Spacewalk Scenes in Movies (2015) See more »

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Written by Charles Scott IV (as Charles Leslie Scott) and Chelsea Lynne Hinshaw
Performed by Charles Scott IV (as Charles Scott) featuring Chelsea Williams
Courtesy of Bad Robot Productions
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Gravity in a Word: "Captivating"
22 January 2014 | by jul-kinnearSee all my reviews

Gravity is the latest in science fiction feature films, a thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón that will have your heart racing and your breath held for most of the film. Gravity toys with your emotions from minute one, juxtaposing the beauty and serenity of space with its impending danger and destruction.

The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and tells the story of two astronauts and their fight to get back to Earth after the destruction of their space shuttle. Bullock plays the role of Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first expedition to space with Matt Kowalski, played by Clooney, a veteran and the more experienced of the two. Bullock's acting is wonderful, as she shared strong and true emotions with the audience despite the fact that for most of the film, she only has herself or Matt (a man her character isn't very well acquainted with) to talk to.

What set this film apart are the special effects. With a budget of $100 million, about 80 per cent of the production was done in CG (more than James Cameron's Avatar) to create a visually stunning film. Viewing the beauty of Planet Earth from space is what captivates you for most of the film, with the help of 3D technology designed and added in post- production under the supervision of Chris Parks, giving an amazing depth to the film. The work producers put into bringing space to life is phenomenal — not to mention the light box, with over 4,000 LED bulbs that had to be created (invented, even) to film the actors' faces inside their astronaut helmets.

Gravity shares similarities with traditional tales of determination to return home and survival. The Odyssey and Castaway come to mind. But in space, this narrative takes on a new perspective. The theme of perseverance is written all over this movie, with Stone questioning her ability to keep fighting — to look death in the face and either go on or give up. This is a story about going against all odds when the entire universe is against you.

There are several hints of a rebirth theme as well, with the astronauts hanging from the space shuttle with their lifelines like fetuses with their umbilical cords. Look out for the scene partway through the film with Bullock floating in a C-shape fetal position, and remember the way astronauts have to relearn to walk and gain strength in their muscles upon returning to Earth, like a child. All these instances suggest a Kubrick-like interest in demonstrating the evolution and vulnerability of human life, united with the scenes of confronting death.

Gravity is at the top of the list where the Oscars are concerned, with ten nominations (tied for the lead with American Hustle), including a nomination for Best Picture. Even astronaut Buzz Aldrin gave the film positive reviews, and he told the Hollywood Reporter that he's happy Gravity was made and hopes it will "stimulate the public" to encourage advancements in space technology. I think with a movie like this — and all the recent press from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield — we're taking one small step in the right direction.

http://juliekinnear.com/blogs/gravity-movie-captivating


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Release Date:

4 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lake Powell, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,785,112, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:

$274,092,705

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$723,192,705
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