Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is already an established hit in the US, but tonight sees the film’s premiere in the UK. Expectations are high. Cuaron’s deep space thrill ride has gotten mixed reviews in terms of story and acting – while Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are both talented performers, carrying out a movie with just two characters is a difficult feat. But it is in the end the film’s visual landscape and special effects that have attracted the attention of both critics and fans across the land (the land in this case being the US.)

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Opinions on Clooney's performance are contorversial.

Still, there is something to be said about the plot, which sees Bullock as a medical engineer and Clooney as an astronaut on his final mission, team up to face a crisis, which threatens to leave them adrift in space. Several critics have praised the film’s frantic story, which, coupled with the dizzying visuals is enough to leave a lasting impression on even the toughest of viewers. The Independents Geoffrey Macnab refers to the plot as “pared down and primal,” which sounds like a particularly apt description.

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Bullock, on the other hand, is an all-round favorite.

In the end though, even if the story fails to impress, the CGI is practically the third star of the film. So with that in mind, shelling out the extra few quid to see it in IMAX (if you have the chance) is probably a good idea. Either way though, moviegoers are reporting that Gravity is quite the experience. The question on everyone’s mind now is... Oscars?

If you're still on the fence about seeing this one, why not watch the trailer below to make your mind?