New Criticals

To add salt to the wound, Bullock appears in skin-tight tank top and short shorts (astronauts actually wear full-body space underwear, a full body, long-sleeve suit with built-in cooling and ventilation tubes), both wet and dry, throughout the film, as if to remind us that we shouldn’t read too much into her position as heroic protagonist. Like the magnificent scenery, she is really just there to be seen, whereas, Clooney, arguably is there to be heard: more often than not, we see Bullock’s panicked face, and hear Clooney’s calm and soothing male voice.