It has been a good week for those of us anticipating the return of director Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity – Cuarón’s first movie since 2006’s critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Children of Men – has been in development since 2010, yet we’ve only just been recently granted a sneak peek clip from Entertainment Tonight, culminating in today’s subsequent release of the film’s first trailer. Clocking in at a minute and a half, this is one of the better teasers I have seen so far this year. In it, you’ll see Hollywood royalty George Clooney and Sandra Bullock relishing the beauty of our planet from 372 miles above (replete with appropriate piano and violin accompaniment). It is one of those classic instances of “I wish this moment would never end.” Of course, as indicated in the film’s plot synopsis, it does end; and badly at that, too.

Being such a great teaser trailer, I won’t say anything more, except that the visuals look fantastic and the memorable final shot is likely to haunt. Gravity is set to be released in theatres on October 4th, 2013. Here’s the film’s official synopsis (courtesy of Warner Bros.), followed by the trailer:

BULLOCK PLAYS DR. RYAN STONE, A BRILLIANT MEDICAL ENGINEER ON HER FIRST SHUTTLE MISSION, WITH VETERAN ASTRONAUT MATT KOWALSKY (CLOONEY) IN COMMAND OF HIS LAST FLIGHT BEFORE RETIRING.  BUT ON 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.

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