Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ Gives Comic-Con Crowd Anxiety


As the afternoon rolls on in San Diego, the Warner Bros. presentation has been the marquee event for the 120,000+ attendees of Comic-Con. With a great deal of announcements expected – some coming a bit early – about the future of DC Comics adaptations, WB has also been showing off movies that are not only announced, but will actually screen for audiences before the end of the calendar year. One such tale is Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, which hits theaters October 4. The Children of Men director took the stage in Hall H to provide attendees a first look at what it’s like to experience his 3D space thriller, explaining that he wants people to feel what it’s like to float in space.

According to reports from the ground in San Diego, they are not only feeling the floating sensation, their nerves are being tested. We’ve culled together a group of some of the initial reactions to the footage shown. Warning: you are about to enter the hyperbole zone.

The Gravity footage gave me anxiety. Super intense, one long take that goes from casual conversation to disaster in about 3 minutes.

— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) July 20, 2013

Gravity. Just beyond intense. Saw a 4–5 min long take. I’m shaking. #sdcc

— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 20, 2013

Is GRAVITY going to be any good? I don’t know, but I’ve never seen anything like the long sequence just shown.

— Russ Fischer (@russfischer) July 20, 2013

Holy fucking shit. Extended GRAVITY sequence is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen at #SDCC. Beyond tense and terrifying.

— Devin Faraci (@devincf) July 20, 2013

You have no idea of how cool these long “single” takes are by watching the Gravity trailer – Masterfully composed and moved in 3D space.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) July 20, 2013

We even learned a little bit more about the film’s plot and cast:

Two details about #Gravity: The plot revolves around the Russians fucking up a satellite. And I think Ed Harris is voice of mission control.

— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) July 20, 2013

What will all this amount to come the film’s October release? At this point, your guess is as good as mine. What we do know is that we have a proven craftsman director in Cuaron who is doing interesting things in the 3D space. Much like Scorsese and his far less nail-biting film Hugo, that feels like an equation that will yield, at the very least, interesting results. Combine that with the reports that Cuaron will open the film with a 17-minute long continuous shot and that the methods he’s using have given the likes of Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron reason to speak publicly about how impressed they are, and well, we’ve got plenty of solid ground to stand on. Gravity sounded ambitious. And now it sounds downright exciting.