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Gravity is a 2013 British-produced British and American 3D science-fiction thriller and space drama film. It was directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón, and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts involved in the mid-orbit destruction of a space shuttle and their attempt to return to Earth.
Cuarón wrote the screenplay with his son Jonás and attempted to develop the project at Universal Studios. The rights to the project were sold to Warner Bros. and the project later found traction there. David Heyman, who previously worked with Cuarón on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, produced the film with him. Gravity was made in the UK; British special effects company Framestore, spent more than three years creating most of the film’s visual effects which comprise over 80 minutes of its running time.
Gravity opened the 70th Venice International Film Festival in August 2013 and had its North American premiere three days later at the Telluride Film Festival. It was released to cinemas in the United States and Canada on October 4, 2013. The film was met with universal acclaim from critics and audiences; both groups praised Emmanuel Lubezki‘s cinematography, Steven Price‘s musical score, Cuarón’s direction, Bullock’s performance and Framestore’s visual effects. It has grossed more than US$700 million worldwide, making it the eighth highest-grossing film of 2013 and sixty-second most successful film released.
Gravity won seven awards at the 86th Academy Awards, the most for the ceremony, including Best Director for Cuarón. The film was also awarded six BAFTA Awards, including Outstanding British Film and Best Director, the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and seven Critics Choice Awards.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alfonso Cuarón|
|Produced by||Alfonso Cuarón
|Written by||Alfonso Cuarón
|Music by||Steven Price|
|Editing by||Alfonso Cuarón
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||91 minutes
The film is set during fictitious space shuttle mission STS-157. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission aboard the space shuttle Explorer. She is accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who is commanding his final expedition. During a spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope, Mission Control in Houston warns the team about a Russian missile strike on a defunct satellite, which has caused a chain reaction forming a cloud of debris in space. Mission Control orders that the mission be aborted and the shuttle begin re-entry immediately. Communication with Mission Control is lost shortly after.
High-speed debris strikes the Explorer and Hubble, and detaches Stone from the shuttle, leaving her tumbling through space. Kowalski soon recovers Stone and they make their way back to the Space Shuttle. They discover that it has suffered catastrophic damage and the crew is dead. They use the thruster pack to make their way to the International Space Station (ISS), which is in orbit only about 900 mi (1,450 km) away. Kowalski estimates they have 90 minutes before the debris field completes an orbit and threatens them again.
En route to the ISS, the two discuss Stone’s home life and the death of her young daughter. As they approach the substantially damaged but still operational ISS, they see its crew has evacuated in one of its two Soyuz modules. The remaining Soyuz has suffered damage, causing its parachute to deploy and rendering it useless for returning to Earth.
Kowalski suggests it be used to travel to the nearby Chinese space station Tiangong, 100 mi (160 km) away and board one of its modules to return safely to Earth. Out of air and maneuvering power, the two try to grab onto the ISS as they fly by. Stone’s leg gets entangled in Soyuz’s parachute cords and she grabs a strap on Kowalski’s suit. Despite Stone’s protests, Kowalski detaches himself from the tether to save her from drifting away with him, and she is pulled back towards the ISS while Kowalski floats away.
Stone enters the ISS via an airlock. She cannot re-establish communication with Kowalski and concludes that she is the sole survivor. A fire breaks out, forcing her to hastily make her way to the Soyuz. As she maneuvers the capsule away from the ISS, the tangled parachute tethers prevent the Soyuz from separating from the station. She spacewalks to release the cables, succeeding just as the debris field completes its orbit and destroys the station. Stone aligns the Soyuz with Tiangong but discovers that its engine has no fuel.
After a brief radio communication with a Greenlandic Inuit fisherman, Stone resigns herself to being stranded and shuts down the cabin’s oxygen supply to commit suicide. As she begins to lose consciousness, Kowalski enters the capsule. Scolding her for giving up, he tells her to rig the Soyuz’s landing rockets to propel the capsule toward Tiangong. Stone then realizes that Kowalski’s reappearance is not real, but has nonetheless given her the strength of will to carry on. She restores the flow of oxygen and uses the landing rockets to navigate toward Tiangong, which is rapidly deorbiting.
Unable to dock the Soyuz with the station, Stone ejects herself via explosive decompression and uses a fire extinguisher as a makeshift thruster to travel to Tiangong. Stone enters the Shenzhou capsule just as Tiangong starts to break up on the upper edge of the atmosphere. Stone declares that she is ready to head back to Earth, dead or alive. After re-entering the atmosphere, Stone hears Mission Control, which is tracking the capsule, over the radio.
The capsule lands in a lake, but dense smoke from an electrical fire inside the capsule forces Stone to evacuate immediately. She opens the capsule hatch, allowing water to enter and sink it, forcing Stone to swim ashore. She watches the remains of the Tiangong re-enter the atmosphere and takes her first shaky steps on land.
Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer and mission specialist who is on her first space mission.
George Clooney as Lieutenant Matt Kowalski; the commander of the team. Kowalski is a veteran astronaut planning to retire after the Explorer expedition. He enjoys telling stories about himself and joking with his team, and is determined to protect the lives of his fellow astronauts.
Ed Harris (voice) as Mission Control in Houston, Texas.
Orto Ignatiussen (voice) as Aningaaq, a Greenlandic Inuit fisherman who intercepts one of Stone’s transmissions. Aningaaq also appears in a self-titled short written and directed by Gravity co-writer Jonás Cuarón, which depicts the conversation between him and Stone from his perspective.
Phaldut Sharma (voice) as Shariff Dasari, the flight engineer on board the Explorer. Shariff has a wife and child and keeps a family photograph on his suit.
Amy Warren (voice) as the captain of Explorer.
Basher Savage (voice) as the captain of the International Space Station.
~~Gravity Trailer 2013~~
Published on Aug 5, 2013
~~Don’t Let Go~~
Gravity (2013), also known as Gravedad, is an upcoming Drama, Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) Film, about two astronauts that must cooperate to survive after a devastating accident leaves them stranded in space with their lives limited by time.
Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone is on her first Space Shuttle mission accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, who is commanding his final expedition. During a spacewalk, debris from a satellite crashes into the space shuttle Explorer, leaving it mostly destroyed, and stranding them in space with limited air. Without means of communication with Earth, they must cooperate to survive.
Gravity IMAX Featurette – Behind the Frame
~~Sandra Bullock, George Clooney~~
Published on Sep 27, 2013
http://www.joblo.com – “Gravity” IMAX Featurette – Behind the Frame
~~Sandra Bullock, George Clooney~~
Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón (screenplay), Jonás Cuarón (screenplay)
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Basher Savage
The special effects behind ‘Gravity’
Published on Feb 14, 2014
‘Gravity‘ was written by the father and son team of Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón, who had to invent new technology for filming zero-gravity.
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