- Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney,Basher Savage, Eric Michaels
- Director: Alfonso Cuarón
- Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón, Rodrigo García
- Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman
- Co Producer: Nikki Penny
- Associate Producer: Gabriela Rodriguez
- Executive Producers: Stephen Jones, Nikki Penny, Christopher DeFaria
- Art Direction: Mark Scruton
- Castings: Richard Hicks, David Rubin
- Costume Design: Jany Temime
- D.O.P.: Emmanuel Lubezki
- Editors: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger
- Makeup: Pamela S. Westmore
- Music: Steven Price
- Production Design: Andy Nicholson
- Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin
Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Atlanta, USA; London, UK; Los Angeles, USA; Sydney, Australia
- MPAA Warning: Intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language
- Production Budget: $80 million
- Production Companies: Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films, Reality Media, Warner Bros
- Production Schedule: 14 May 2011 - 6 July 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "There were real struggles to get this 3D epic sci-fi action survival thriller off the ground with numerous casting changes, financial issues and behind-the-scenes kerfuffles. Finally, after much back and forth, filming got under way on a project that even James Cameron was too scared to touch because it was so ambitious and frankly insane. The challenges, however, haven't fazed "Children of Men" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" director Alfonso Cuaron.
The story follows brilliant medical engineer (Bullock) on her first shuttle mission, along with a veteran astronaut (Clooney). The pair are the sole survivors when debris destroys their space station. Their only chance of survival is to reach rescue before they run out of air. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, with one left alone and having to essentially hopscotch from satellites to vessels to floating debris - all the time facing hazards of all sorts.
It's an intense experience, little to no dialogue and essentially a one person feature for much of its runtime. Cuaron is trying to be as realistic as possible with the film, so much so that the actors won't be donning any kind of make-up which should prove interesting. In fact, the only live-action element we see for almost the entire film is the actor's faces in their fishbowl helmets.
The majority of the movie is completely CG animated, which has reportedly allowed for Cuaron to do some pretty astonishing things in terms of filmmaking (such as some REALLY long single takes). At least one of the effects houses that worked on the film called it the hardest project they have ever undertaken. Due to the amount of post-production on this, there's been some real confusion as to when we will see it. Those few who have seen it at test screenings have been reportedly quite startled and amazed. However, it's going to be a tricky project to market."