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Year - 2013
Studio - Warner Bros.
Stars - Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director - Alfonso Cuarón
Writing Credits - Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
Music - Steven Price
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is an engineer on her first space shuttle mission. On a routine task at the Hubble Space Telescope, with veteran astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Shariff (Phaldut Sharma), disaster strikes. The Russians have accidentally fired a missile into one of their own satellites, sending dangerous debris hurtling in orbit. The debris destroys other satellites and the combined debris speeds towards them before they can get to safety. Shariff is immediately killed, Ryan and Matt are sent spiraling out of control, tethered to each other. They eventually are able to gain control and, with their space suit oxygen perilously low, slowly make their way towards the International Space Station which has been all but destroyed. Matt tries to help Stone remain calm and focused with small talk. She reveals that her young daughter died in a freak accident, and that her life is essentially empty.
Attempting to maneuver themselves into the space station porthole, they become tangled in cables. Matt tells Ryan that his weight is pulling her away from the ship and that only she can make it. He disconnects himself from the tether and floats off into empty space.
Despondent about Matt, Ryan successfully works her way into the space station, with a plan to use the partially disabled remaining shuttle to get to the Chinese space station where a working shuttle can return to earth. But one problem after another occurs; the space station catches fire, the shuttle chute becomes tangled with the station, and she discovers that the shuttle has no fuel. Ryan gives up, turns down the lights and closes her eyes.
A knock on the shuttle window awakes her. It is Matt, who enters and claims that his return is an amazing story. He tells her that she has it in her to solve her plight, and that the landing engines can be used to boost her in the direction of the Chinese station. Ryan takes command with renewed energy but when she turns back toward Matt, he is gone. A dream? An angel?
Ryan successfully fires the rocket engine which sends her in the direction of the Chinese station. Arriving, she sees that it has also been hit and is starting to break up as it descends into the atmosphere. She gets into the shuttle module which begins its fiery plunge to earth. The module splashes into the sea and, as it begins to fill with water, she is able to escape and swim to the safety of land nearby. She slowly rises from the beach with a renewed appreciation for life.