Video: The greatest movie trailer ever?

posted at 6:01 pm on July 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Top ten at least, no? Better still, this appears to be representative of the film. According to io9, the opening sequence of “Gravity” is a 17-minute long take. This isn’t a conventional space adventure a la “Apollo 13.” This is … different:

[O]n 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.

My lone, futile criticism is that this scene would work better with no-name actors. It’s amazing as is, but there’s no way to escape entirely into this scenario once you realize that that’s George and Sandra. Imagine casting a pair of unknowns and re-dubbing the audio transmissions so that they’re understated and realistic. Alas, box-office economics are what they are.


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As someone who works in the industry:

No, not the greatest movie trailer ever. So. Much. Wrong.

321mdl on July 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

They had me hooked until I saw Clooney and Bullock at the end. No thanks.

xdwall on July 25, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Hit by their own smug!!

lexhamfox on July 25, 2013 at 1:44 AM

As someone who works in the industry:
No, not the greatest movie trailer ever. So. Much. Wrong.
321mdl on July 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM

321. I Haven’t seen the clip…no intention of paying full price to see much of anything Hollyweird puts out.

When someone starts off their comment with: “As someone who works in the industry…” they usually mention this to give “street cred” to their opinion/statement. While “working in the movie industry” may give you street cred in how a movie is made…or how a specific special effect was created…or how high certain production costs can run….or in stating which overpaid windbag actor is banging which overpaid windbag actress…”working in the movie industry” absolutely DOES NOT give you street cred in telling the customers how good your product is….sometimes just the opposite is true. Just saying (with no disrespect intended).

SwabJockey on July 25, 2013 at 4:54 AM

Precisely what about this trailer is supposed to be so cool? As another poster put it, it looks like a film created on a computer rather than a set.

And how do you lure an audience by having Sandra Bullock gasp “Uh!…Uh!…Uh!…”

Oops. Okay. My bad.

thejackal on July 25, 2013 at 6:41 AM

SwabJockey on July 25, 2013 at 4:54 AM

He might have been referring to the space industry?

Anyway, won’t see the flick but the comments are comedy gold.

Cleombrotus on July 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Who’s Clooney play, the grandfather?

Akzed on July 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

This reminds me of the Ray Bradbury’s “Kaleidoscope.” It’s about an explosion that sends astronauts off in all different directions. They stay in radio contact as they drift off towards their respective dooms.
http://www.scaryforkids.com/kaleidoscope-by-ray-bradbury/

Jason58 on July 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Some day, probably in about five weeks, it will be in a supermarket near me.

Shortly thereafter it will be on the syfi channel.

It that point it may watch it. At least till the first commercial.

enginemike on July 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

If Sir Isaac Newton were to stumble across this movie in a bargain bin of second rate DVDs, I think he would regret discovering “Gravity”.

Stuntbaby63 on July 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I foresee two hours of “can they tighten that bolt in time?”

*snore*

Double snore for the casting.

q2600 on July 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Cleombrotus on July 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Oops. You could be right…my bad.

SwabJockey on July 26, 2013 at 4:27 AM

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