DIRECTOR: Alfanso Cuarón
WRITERS: Alfanso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón; George Clooney was an uncredited script collaborator
WHO’S IN IT: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
THE STORY: Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission and is more than a little uneasy in space. Commanding the mission is retiring veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) who is trying to beat the longest walk in space during his last flight. Due to the Russians accidentally destroying their own satellite, space is suddenly filled with an abundance of space junk and it’s headed right at them. Their shuttle is destroyed when it is hit and they end up tethered to each other spiraling out into darkness.
IN MY OPINION: The idea of watching two people floating around in space seemed like an odd concept, but the script carried it through. There are several intense scenes and I found myself holding my breath when their oxygen was running low. The script really carried this movie and Sandra Bullock really stretched her acting talent. I loved Kowalsky’s stories. He has one for every situation and they add some humor to the story. This is, by far, one of the most beautiful movies I’ve seen in a long time. Definitely one to see on the big screen.
(On the Big Screen is a regular monthly feature of The Laker Current and is compiled by staff writers. It is designed to spotlight movies being shown in local theaters.)