Trailer for the Movie Gravity is Amazing and Terrifying

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May 12 2013 8:00 AM

Teasing Gravity

frame grab from "Gravity"
Well, that doesn't look good.

Photo from the trailer for "Gravity" (Esperanto Filmoj)

I like to live a spoiler-free existence, preferring to have no or at least minimal preconceptions when walking into a movie theater or sitting down to watch Doctor Who. I have remained amazingly and happily in-the-dark about the new Star Trek movie, for example, despite the existence of, y’know, the Internet.

Despite that, I found myself clicking on the trailer for the upcoming movie Gravity. I really don’t know anything about it, but my fellow Slatester Forrest Wickman made such a compelling case for the teaser, I decided I had to see it.

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That looks amazing. I don’t generally judge a movie just on special effects, but I like the way this was shot, and it looks like there’s a lot of attention to detail. And best yet, the trailer gives you enough information to be intriguing, to draw you in, but not enough to ruin anything.

Plus, I do have something of a crush on George Clooney, so there’s little doubt I’ll watch this when it comes out in October.

Coincidentally, this trailer was released around the same time NASA was planning an astronaut spacewalk to fix a coolant leak on the space station. Cue the conspiracy theorists in 3 … 2 … 1 …

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!