Silence is all astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) wants since her heart and soul were destroyed following the death of her four-year-old daughter in a freak accident. Stone exists, but doesn’t live.
That’s why her first mission to space seems to be ideal. She’s surrounded by the peace and silence she craves – except for the playful chatter of her crewmate, veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who’s commanding his last mission.
During a spacewalk in which Stone is fixing a damaged control panel on their ship, mission control in Houston sends word that unexpected space debris from a blown-up Russian satellite is heading their way at a rapid pace. Before Kowalski and Stone can escape it, they’re bombarded by shards and chunks of metal that cut their tether to the ship, while also killing the rest of their crew.
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