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article imageClooney and Bullock's epic defies gravity in box-office stakes

By Andrew John     Oct 7, 2013 in Entertainment
The latest movie offering starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock has shot to the top of the US box office in its opening weekend, becoming the biggest October opening since records began.
Defying the suggestion of its own name, Gravity has risen to dizzying heights, and “took $55.55m (£34.62m) over the weekend”, according to the BBC.
The movie, which also stars Sandra Bullock, was also the biggest opening for a film featuring the two actors.
Gravity is directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and takes place mostly in space, with Bullock and Clooney playing a medical engineer and an astronaut.
They “work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space”.
The screenplay was written by Cuarón, with his son Jonás. It opened at the 70th Venice Film Festival in August, with its North American premiere three days later.
It’s just got wide release in the US and Canada.
According to Matt Zoller Seitz, writing on Rogerebert.com, “the most surprising and impressive thing about Gravity isn’t its scale, its suspense, or its sense of wonder: it’s that, in its heart, it is not primarily a film about astronauts, or space, or even a specific catastrophe.”
He goes on: “At times it plays like a high-tech version of shipwreck or wilderness survival story that happens to take place among the stars, and that would fit nicely on a double-bill alongside Deliverance, 127 Hours, Cast Away, Rescue Dawn or the upcoming All Is Lost.
“For all its stunning exteriors, it’s really concerned with emotional interiors, and it goes about exploring them with simplicity and directness, letting the actors’ faces and voices carry the burden of meaning. It’s about what happens to the psyche as well as the body in the aftermath of catastrophe.”
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