Originally Posted by Reaper16
Scariest movie I've ever seen, maybe. See it in IMAX if you can. Holy shit, that was an intense experience. It is so impressive on a technical level too; I can't even wrap my head around how Cuaron filmed this.
Read a feature on the making of this and all the new techniques used to shoot it and give it that floating feeling and what not.
Alphonso has wanted to make this movie for 6+ years, and was persuaded by David Fincher to table making it, saying at the time he would have to wait 5 years in order for the technology and mechanical feasibility to properly shoot this would be available and even affordable at a big budget film price.
Initially, Robert Downey Jr was cast in Clooney's role, but as his salary per film soared they didn't want to tie up so much of the budget and wanted to use that money on the technical aspects of shooting it right.
I don't know what Clooney got for it, but everyone took a lower fee, and I bet he did it for comparable peanuts, as he seems to have a real thing for the whole epic space film- a La in the 2001 lineage. I just think he's always wanted to be in a space film that is considered a classic.
So far, the buzz is this is the best space genred movie since probably 2001- others may point back to the original Alien, but you're in rarefied air either way if that's your list of contemporary equals.