Bullock plays astronaut and medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone in this science fiction thriller written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Stone is on a mission with Lieutenant Matt Kowalski , played by George Clooney, when their shuttle is destroyed by high speed debris from a damaged Russian satellite. Kowalski saves Stone from drifting off into space and then together they must find a way to get back to Earth.
We had no idea if it would be successful. You’d explain that it was an avant-garde, existential film on loss and survival in space and everyone would be like: ‘OK …’ It didn’t sound like a film people would be drawn to.