From Oblivion to Elysium, this will be a great year in science fiction. There hasn’t been a year in recent memory that has seen so many exciting science fiction movies lined up, and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is no exception. After a few delays, audiences will finally get to see the Mexican director’s cerebral sci-fi offering. The full trailer for Gravity will be released this Thursday, but Entertainment Tonight has a first look at the mind-bending sci-fi film starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
Although the 16-second preview contains annoying voice-overs and obtrusive inserts, it still delivers something interesting and exciting. It does seem strange that Warner Bros. went the Entertainment Tonight route to launch their marketing campaign for Gravity, but I guess you have to start somewhere.
There is some worry that Gravity might be sold to general audiences as an action-packed thrill ride, when it feels like it’s something more introspective than that. In early test screenings, Gravity is being compared to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (only in outer space).
Gravity is Alfonso Cuarón’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2006 film Children of Men. Cuarón co-wrote the sci-fi film with his son Jonás and Rodrigo García (HBO’s In Treatment, Six Feet Under). Gravity stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as two astronauts who become stranded in outer space after their space shuttle is destroyed by an asteroid. As their oxygen runs low, they are left to drift in the vacuum of space. Gravity also boasts a 20-minute long unbroken single shot at the beginning of the film.
Gravity will hit theaters everywhere on October 4th, in 3D and IMAX.