I hate setting the bar too high with a film like this, because one of the things that can really blow you away is the unexpected. Considering the huge amount of pre-release press and Oscar buzz, I knew surprisingly little about this film. I will try to extend the same courtesy.

Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a scientist along on a space mission as a medical specialist. Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is the veteran astronaut in command. When debris from a destroyed satellite sends them hurdling into space, they are forced to find survival options in a place where virtually none exist.

That’s the plot. The film, however, is much, much more. It is complex and profound without being pretentious or pedantic. In fact, if anything, its simplicity highlights the film’s depth and study in contrasts. I thought it was a moving, beautiful, unique movie. It’s a 9.

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