By Jack Rico
Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron‘s “Gravity” finally has a release date. It will come out in theaters October 4th, 2013.
The science fiction thriller stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
The film was originally scheduled to be released November 2012, but has now been placed in a timeframe of the calendar (Fall) when movies are released with a chance to compete at the 2014 Oscars. This means that it’s studio believes enough in the film that critics and Academy members will like it, even love it. The big talk about the film is the unique 20 minute long opening sequence supposedly done in one take. Also the big get is the 60% CGI visuals the movie possesses.
When I asked Cuaron‘s best friend and confidant, Guillermo Del Toro, if he had seen the movie and what his thoughts were, Del Toro answered: “I’m not sure if it’s going to revolutionize the film industry, but it pushes abundantly the limits of narrative structure. It has an opening sequence that is very long, the first third of the film is practically a single camera shot. Alfonso achieves this so smoothly. It’s a movie that has you… it had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I saw it as a friend, I saw it incomplete, as always, we exchange critiques, commentary, and I hope to see it again soon,” said Del Toro back in December.
This is Alfonso Cuaron‘s first movie since Children of Men (2006) which was nominated for 3 Oscar awards in Cinematography, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay. ‘Gravity’ will be PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language and presented in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX.
Let’s see if the Mexican helmer manages to make it back into the Oscar race once again. We definitely think so.