Whatever you do, don't let go of this first trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY

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Among all the highly anticipated movies about billionaires in fancy tin cans, sungods in blue pyjamas, hairy Canadians with cutlery in their fists  and massive monsters and mechs punching each other in the face, there was one movie for 2013 that was still sitting pretty much at the top of my “must-see” list. And it all it featured were two astronauts hanging out in space. Literally.

And now the first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has finally dropped, and whoo wee, it’s a good ‘un.

Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George 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.

You guys! That final shot! Chills down my spine, I tell you. Cuarón pulled two of the greatest single-take continuous shots in the history of cinema in his 2006 dystopian thriller, Children of Men, and he apparently is looking to top that in Gravity. The film is said to have a 17-minute long single take opening shot that apparently will drop your jaw to the floor faster than… well, gravity.

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Gravity enters the cinema atmosphere on October 4, 2013.

Last Updated: May 10, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

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