Gravity teaser trailer is rather obnoxious

Gravity, the long-awaited follow-up to director Alfonso Cuarón‘s 2006 film Children of Men, has finally dropped a teaser trailer. And it’s awful. We at BFF naturally despise teaser trailers, but the one for Gravity is particularly vexing, since the majority of the 90 seconds is taken up with assurances that Alfonso Cuarón is the “visionary director” behind Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as if that’s supposed to be a good thing.

Here it is. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Yep. See? Nothing. Space is all pretty and that, we’d expect nothing less from a film delayed for over a year in order to pump some more SFX in, but the bleep-bloop in-and-out-of-focus style has made us rather less excited for Gravity than we were before.

Gravity will tell the story of a first-timer space station engineer (Sandra Bullock – where’s she been recently?) and a veteran silver fox astronaut (George Clooney). While out on a spacewalk, the station explodes, leaving them floating in the void, tethered to each other (hot), and the oxygen levels slowly depleting (a chance for auto-erotic asphyxiation, so again, hot). With no contact with Earth, the two are royally boned. It sounds like something an amateur theatre production could put on with two people with fishbowls on their heads, but of course Gravity is in 3D so it’s much better.

Despite the teaser trailer’s best efforts to poison us against the film, we’re still looking forward to Gravity in a year already brimming with sci-fi goodness. Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth, Elysium and (our personal bets for sci-fi of the year) The World’s End are all clamouring for attention in the genre, so Gravity will have to do its best when it comes out in December 2012.

George Clooney looks as though he’s beginning to feel the effects of Gravity with that droopy face of his. We still would, though.

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