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Gravity

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Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Alfonso Cuarón, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

     
 

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Director Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates as well as mission control. As the two are on a space walk, debris hits the area where they are working,See more details below

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Overview

Director Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a scientist on a space shuttle mission headed by astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates as well as mission control. As the two are on a space walk, debris hits the area where they are working, and soon the pair finds themselves detached from their ship and stranded in space. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether. Gravity screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Movies frequently engage us on an emotional level, prompting us to empathize with the characters onscreen. Less often, but still common, a film can trigger a physical response -- like making us flinch during a horror flick or experience a quick burst of adrenaline during a tense chase. Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is that rarest of all beasts, an enthralling work of popular art so overwhelmingly visceral that you might need a few minutes after leaving the theater -- and Gravity should be seen in a theater -- to readjust to everyday life. The setup couldn't be simpler. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a scientist on a space-shuttle mission headed by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), a talkative, charismatic leader full of colorful stories that he shares with his crewmates and mission control. Debris hits the area where they are working during a space walk, and soon the pair find themselves detached from their ship and stranded among the stars. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether. Cuarón grabs us from the opening shot with the majesty and physical reality of a space walk. His control and mastery are certainly showy -- you might very well think to yourself, "I didn't know a filmmaker could do that" -- but they're also designed to put viewers on edge. Almost instantly, you feel like you're sharing Stone and Kowalsky's surroundings, and it quickly turns into a previously unimagined nightmare -- the kind of stress dream in which forces are threatening you and there's little you can do but hang on for dear life. The movie is a thrill ride, sure, but first and foremost it's a fight for survival, and that fight transpires in both a physical and an emotional realm. Cuarón wears us out in the film's first act so that when it comes time to focus on the characters' -- especially Stone's -- struggle to decide if life is worth fighting for, the emotions hit us hard. Cuarón upsets us physically so that we're less resistant to contemplating the same painful psychological territory as his characters. This is far from the first time that Cuarón has shown an uncanny talent for blending state-of-the-art effects with a strong emotional story. He directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was arguably the most respected entry in that franchise because it made Hogwarts feel like a real place with lots of outdoor areas to explore, rather than just a movie set full of shifting walls and ghosts. His last film before Gravity was Children of Men, as disturbing and affecting a portrait of a future dystopia as anyone has produced since Blade Runner. While Gravity shares with those pictures the ability to make an unfamiliar environment seem real, it's a different experience because it cuts so close to the bone. There's something elemental Cuarón is getting at -- he's showing us how close people can come to deciding that leaving this Earth might be what they really want. It's a formidable achievement to combine such a profound examination of suicidal thought with such stunningly realized and executed visuals, and it makes Gravity arguably the most ambitious science-fiction film since Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, where that picture ended with an image that people still debate 45 years later, Cuarón's unambiguous final shot drives home the movie's title, inverts one of the most famous quotes in the history of space travel, and gives us one last thunderously visceral reminder of how thoroughly this world-class filmmaker has had us in the palm of his hand for the previous 90 minutes. It's the perfect ending to an unforgettable experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2014
UPC:
0883929242528
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
6,957

Special Features

Experience the meticulous innovation necessary to create the wourld of Zero-G.; Witness the physical and emotional demands Sandra Bullock endured on set.; Journey with Alfonso Curarón through four years of filmmaking to the farthest boundaries of cinema.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Dr. Ryan Stone
George Clooney Matt Kowalski
Ed Harris Mission Control Voice
Orto Ignatiussen Aningaaq Voice
Phaldut Sharma Shariff Voice
Amy Warren Explorer Captain Voice
Basher Savage Russian Space Station Captain Voice

Technical Credits
Alfonso Cuarón Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Niv Adiri Sound Editor
Geoffrey Alexander Score Composer
Ben Barker Sound Editor
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Jonas Cuarón Screenwriter
Christopher de Faria Executive Producer
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
Manex Efrem Special Effects Supervisor
Vilborg Einarsdottir Casting
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Hagen Asst. Director
David Heyman Producer
Richard Hicks Casting
Stephen Jones Executive Producer
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Andy Nicholson Production Designer
Nikki Penny Executive Producer
Steven Price Score Composer
Josh Robertson Asst. Director
Gabriela Rodriguez Associate Producer
David Rubin Casting
Mark Sanger Editor
Lucinda Syson Casting
Peter Taylor Camera Operator
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gravity
1. Chapter 1 [13:08]
2. Chapter 2 [8:24]
3. Chapter 3 [7:38]
4. Chapter 4 [10:46]
5. Chapter 5 [6:11]
6. Chapter 6 [2:37]
7. Chapter 7 [8:11]
8. Chapter 8 [11:07]
9. Chapter 9 [7:18]
10. Chapter 10 [8:22]
11. Chapter 11 [7:07]
1. Chapter 1 [3:18]
2. Chapter 2 [6:53]

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