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'Gravity' film trailer reveals George Clooney, Sandra Bullock as astronauts

Like the pull from a looming planet, the first trailer for director Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity," starring actors George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts, draws in moviegoers.

The one-and-a-half minute teaser, which Warner Brothers Pictures released online Thursday (May 9), provides a first glimpse at the highly-anticipated film, which has been in development since 2010. "Gravity" is scheduled to launch into theaters on Oct. 4, on the anniversary of the launch of the world's first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957.

In the film, Clooney plays Matt Kowalsky, an experienced astronaut commanding his last mission aboard the space shuttle. His crew includes first-time mission specialist Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer. According to a synopsis, the two astronauts are out performing a routine spacewalk when the shuttle is destroyed and they are left stranded, with no way of communicating with Earth.

See the first official movie poster and read additional details here.

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"Gravity" and "Europa Report" are the first sci-fi films in a long time with the ambition of portraying spaceflight realistically in the "2001" mold. Looking forward to both.

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There's an explosion, debris flying all over the place, and miraculously both astronauts' spacesuits are intact.

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There are at least two separate major events shown in the trailer: an impact that damages/destroys the space shuttle ("Explorer"), which subsequently damages the Hubble Space Telescope, and an explosion or impact at the International Space Station. In between those two events, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) seems to change spacesuits, from wearing a U.S. EMU to what looks like a cross between a Russian Sokol and Orlan. That may be in response to her EMU being torn, or it could be for some other reason.

As with most trailers today, the footage we're seeing is cut from different parts of the final film, so trying to link one scene to another is difficult until we know more about the plot.

Interestingly, on further review of the trailer, in addition to the shuttle and Soyuz, Hubble and ISS, there also appears to be a spacecraft with a resemblance to a Chinese Shenzhou. It will be interesting to learn how all these pieces fit together.

Alfonso Cuarón is a masterful director, his style is not like Michael Bay's to throw things together for spectacle sake.

Kevin Grazier is identified as the film's science adviser.

Previously he was a research scientist and science planning engineer for 15 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan. He was the Investigation Scientist for the Imaging Science Subsystem instrument.

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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Alfonso Cuarón is a masterful director, his style is not like Michael Bay's to throw things together for spectacle sake.

I remember liking Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men (2006) although I would like to see it again. That opposed to, as you rightly point out, Michael Bay who likes to blow things up, including the script (provided there's one in the first place). Special effects do not make for a good story.

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Quite impressive from the trailer, I'm looking forward to seeing this!

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My only major complaint is that they sent a space shuttle commander on EVA. But it looks like they did good research on the hardware, and I'm looking forward to seeing a movie set in a mostly-realistic setting.

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If this film's soundtrack is a clue, it could be more "ambitious" in its attempt to portray spaceflight realistically in the 2001 mold...

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A new clip, titled "Detached," has been released:

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Damn! I've had astronauts tell me this is the scariest scenario they could imagine.

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Holy cow.

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OK. They have my attention now.

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I wonder if it is loosely based on the Bradbury story Kaleidoscope? The name Stone is the same.

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Okay, that's pretty intense.

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Additionally imdb gives as one of two filming locations Lake Powell, AZ which sort of suggests some landfall or other. I hope this isn't a black hole timewarp thing...

On edit: Here is more - spoilers if you dare.

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Another new clip released today, "Drifting":

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Imagine this in 3D ...very impressive.

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Wow. How do they get out of that one? Hopefully this movie is not full of dreams and flashbacks.

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Wow. How do they get out of that one? Hopefully this movie is not full of dreams and flashbacks.

Yeah, I'm kind of with you. The incredible realism of the set up makes me afraid they're going to end up having to do something with the movie that destroys the realism. That said, I'm still going to see it.

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Silly question but isn't there a point when you'll end up throwing up after rotating for so long?

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New clip released today, "I Got You":

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Originally posted by bwhite1976:
Hopefully this movie is not full of dreams and flashbacks.
No, it's quite straightforward.

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Regarding Tim's comment that astronauts consider drifting alone in space the scariest scenario ever; there was another movie that took this same approach, but around another planet. In 2000's Mission to Mars, directed by Brian DePalma, four astronauts must get on board a Mars lander after exiting their damaged mothership. They perform an EVA using small jet packs, but must grab the outside of the lander or else risk overshooting and ending up in a decaying Martian orbit, doomed to burn up eventually. Will not spoil the outcome, so see it for yourselves.

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...Will not spoil the outcome, so see it for yourselves.

Just don't pay anything to see it.

Mission to Mars, though serviceable in its depiction of the hardware and physics potentially involved in such a mission — I believe Story Musgrave was a technical consultant on the film — was just not very good in my opinion. This despite the talents of DePalma, Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, and Don Cheadle.

What I've seen of Gravity looks really interesting. Hope it's not another pretty flop.

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'Gravity' movie clips show Sandra Bullock 'detached' and 'drifting' in space

Sandra Bullock is not ready yet to be an astronaut, at least not in real life.

And based on the clips that debuted this week of her as a spacewalker in "Gravity," Warner Brother's upcoming sci-fi movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-starring George Clooney, it would be hard to fault her.

"My feet feel really good on the ground," Bullock told the entertainment news television program Extra. "Someone asked me [if I wanted to fly in space] and said 'If your son wanted you to go?' and I said, 'If he asked me to go, if he was already an adult, I would go if I knew he would be fine if I perished.'"

In "Gravity," Bullock's character, first-time astronaut Ryan Stone, faces the real possibility of perishing.

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Sandra Bullock? I'm going to see this one!

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OK, what patch are they wearing on their spacesuits?

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See: Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" film: mission patches

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Here is more - spoilers if you dare.
While there are some absurd moments (the use of duct tape is funny because we're in space here, even though the material has the reputation of being able to hold together anything).
I suppose the author of that article didn't get the memo.

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The one from Gene and Jack?

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Yes, Story Musgrave did indeed serve as technical advisor for the movie Mission to Mars, and in fact has a cameo aboard a space station preparing to send a crew to Mars. The film came out the same year as another Mars-themed space movie, Red Planet. A thread in another cS forum discusses the merits of both films.

Also, this is the second time Clooney has appeared in a space/sci-fi movie: in 2002, he played a psychologist investigating a crew orbiting a distant planet in Steven Soderbergh's 'Solaris', which itself is an adaptation of a 1961 novel, first made into a Russian film of the same name in 1972.

Regarding the latest 'Gravity' teaser clip released, 'I've Got You,': It looks as though the Soyuz descent module was compromised because I see a lot of orange and white material that looks a lot like that Russian spacecraft's parachute system. Too bad one of the astronauts couldn't (or maybe will?) grab a hold of that.

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In an interview with NowThis News, Ron Garan brings up a point: George Clooney has an MMU, Sandra Bullock does not have a SAFER. Yet this is taking place in the days of the ISS.

Is this then an alternate universe where the SAFER hasn't come to be yet?

Of course, had Bullock a SAFER, the movie would be over in five minutes.

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Bullock's character is performing a shuttle-based spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Take a look at the photos from STS-125 in 2009: no SAFER.

The "MMU" is described on the movie's website as being a prototype jetpack being tested for the first time on the mission. Obviously it is based on the MMU design of the 1980's but under that storyline, does not contradict history.

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Sandra Bullock also changes between a Russian suit and an American suit throughout the trailer.

Personally, I think I will pass on this movie and wait for it to go on rental.

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There is a reason for the suit change, and (spoiler alert) there's a third type of suit in the film, too.

To each their own of course, but "Gravity" is being released in 3D (and IMAX 3D), and from what I hear, it takes full use of the medium.

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..."Gravity" is being released in 3D (and IMAX 3D), and from what I hear, it takes full use of the medium.

I'll be seeing this in IMAX 3D...there's a venue ten minutes' drive from home. I saw "Prometheus" there, and it was so visually stunning that I could sometimes put aside how utterly witless the script and characters were. I'd bet that "Gravity" won't have that to overcome.

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"Gravity" opened the Venice Film Festival.

Early reviews are very promising.

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I don't get it: why are the filmmakers using the space shuttle, following the ending of the program in 2011?

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"Gravity" has been in development since 2010, but besides that, why can't a film be set during the shuttle years? No one seems to object when a Saturn V appears in a modern film, if the setting for the movie includes the late 1960s/early 1970s...

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No one seems to object when a Saturn V appears in a modern film, if the setting for the movie includes the late 1960s/early 1970s...

I remember how MANY productions throughout the 1970s and 80s utilized Saturn V footage and Apollo hardware. Steve Austin in Six Million Dollar Man had more than a few episodes involving Apollo hardware long after the program had ended. We are still close enough to the shuttle program that it still casts a big shadow with its pop-culture influences and it likely will for some time to come even though the birds don't fly anymore.


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