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For a while it seemed 'Gravity,' the new film from Alfonso Cuaron ('Y Tu Mama Tambien,' 'Children of Men'), had its own pull toward failure. The final cast roster seemed to take light-years to nail down as A-list names continued to come and go. Angelina Jolie was set to star, but that fell through. Natalie Portman seemed primed to take her place, but that also went south. From there, a parade of actresses from Scarlett Johansson to Olivia Wilde tested for the lead female role before producers decided to go with Sandra Bullock. Robert Downey Jr., who was positioned for the male lead, also departed and was replaced by George Clooney. Now that the cast is in place, the film's official synopsis has been released:
"[Sandra] Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. 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."
I cannot wait to see this film. I am a big fan of Cuaron, his 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' was may favorite of the franchise. But I am also an enormous fan of thought-provoking science-fiction, such as his 'Children of Men,' and I'm intrigued by the suggested quiet, terrifying simplicity of this story. Once the shuttle is out of the picture, we will be left with a story composed of nothing more than two people and the endless void of space. I can't imagine a scarier scenario than being adrift in space, slowly running out of air, and faced with the prospect of a slow, isolated death. Suffice to say, when a film's plot synopsis gives the reader chills, it's a good omen for the project.
What do you guys think? Does this story sound interesting to you?