Just got home from our second attempt to see this movie (see post 169 above). This time, success! Yesterday, the right-side IMAX projector did not have a bright, clear light coming from it like the left-side projector. It was kind of a dull brown during all the starting and stopping. Today, two bright lights! Yea!
Now for the review: Amazing. Really, you don't need much more. Go see it. Now. In 3-D (and I typically don't have much use for that format - but for this movie it works extremely well).
I have no idea how this movie was made. But it's a non-stop thrill ride for 90 minutes, a real white knuckler. Suffice it to say I've never seen anything like it.
Here's your Oscar lock: Sandra Bullock. (and probably best director and film and a dozen more). Hard to believe anyone could possibly have done any better than our girl Sandy. She was completely believable, probably because she's maybe the most accessible of our premiere actresses, IMO. She's the girl next door, and that's exactly who she is supposed to be here. She's not a typical high-achieving swashbuckling astronaut, she's a mission specialist whose one and only space flight is right here, right now. She's a complete contrast to Clooney, who is a long-time space jockey, completely at home in the void, on his last mission. Both seemed perfectly cast to me.
One interesting thing about the movie is that it takes place in kind of an alternate universe where the U.S. shuttle fleet is still flying, or at least one of them, and the Russians and Chinese both have similar space stations in roughly the same orbit and general neighborhood of the I.S.S. Everything else is as technologically accurate and realistic as you can imagine. Actually, it's more than you can imagine.
Now for the sound... I only noticed one scene where the no-sound-in-space rule may have been violated, and it really didn't matter. The musical score is awesome and takes care of everything along those lines.
10 out of 10. If you only see one movie this year, it probably needs to be this one.