In the last week, Alfonso Cuarćn’s techno thriller Gravity made quite a bit of noise when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. While there were of course detractors, this is really looking like one of the year’s strongest releases, if not in terms of a deep meaningful story, then one whose mind-boggling visuals will not soon leave the brain. A new TV spot (seen above) and a slew of new images showcasing the gorgeous desolation of outer space have popped up online. While a few of the pictures feature close-ups of star Sandra Bullock’s character Dr. Ryan Stone performing various tasks, we’re more interested in the stills that further display what floating around a space station looks like, since the TV spot just flashes through everything so damned quickly. Honestly, I’m pretty sure we’ve seen all the new footage we’re going to see as far as TV previews go. The fonts may change, but Bullock’s frightened face remains the same.
I cannot believe that we still have another three weeks or so until this film comes out, since its promotional material has been bombarding us for a couple of months now, whetting our appetites and then making us throw up from motion sickness. In any case, let’s feast on the agoraphobia-inspiring images, shall we? (You can find the rest at io9.
Yeah, I said I didn’t want to see Bullock doing any tasks, but hanging on for dear life is hardly a task. “If this space station orbits around the Earth at less than 50 miles an hour, it will explode.” Now for the more picturesque shots.
These really showcase the sense of scope that Cuarćn is bringing. I don’t know why it’s more frightening to me to see tiny astronauts off in the distance, but it’s the humbling kind of fear. It also makes me wish that this were some kind of a creature feature, and that an enormous space monster would appear and just pluck her right into its mouth. Maybe The Asylum can figure out how to do that for their ripoff version, should they have one.
Gravity will float aimlessly past theaters on October 4, and while you can watch it at your local multiplex, this film is tailor-made for a 3D IMAX viewing. The latest trailer, seen below, will definitely prove that point.