Oscars 2014: Gravity review and trailer – Alfonso Cuarón’s breathtaking vision

Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this space thriller already has six Baftas to its name and is packed with dazzling special effects


Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney


Director: Alfonso Cuarón

The nerve-shredding tension of Speed meets the technical perfection of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: a Space Odyssey in this intimate sci-fi spectacular.

Sandra Bullock stars as Ryan Stone, a talented medical engineer making her first space-shuttle mission under the command of veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). As the team carry out a service on the Hubble Space Telescope, a planned missile strike on a defunct Russian satellite sends shards of dangerous debris hurtling towards them, instantly destroying the shuttle. With limited oxygen supplies remaining, Stone and Kowalski find themselves trapped in the void, setting the clock ticking on an intense and exhilarating fight for survival.

The special effects are tremendous, making full and immersive use of the 3D visuals, while Bullock’s almost balletic performance imbues this vertiginous fantasy with a humanity and grace that beautifully complements director Alfonso Cuarón’s breathtaking vision.

Watch coverage of the Oscars 2014 this Sunday from 11:30pm on Sky Movies