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Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Why: Sandra Bullock basically Indiana Jones-es from various spaceships and pods and stations, avoiding harrowing debris, and escaping many narrow deaths due to CO2 emergencies, fire, oxygen deprivation, re-entry, drowning and more. Her character Ryan Stone observes the terrifying and lilting loneliness of screaming with no one to hear you, and the dealing with the quick loss of her work acquaintences within a moments notice. The void and angelic visions of the Earth and sky unite in Cuarón visual wonderland, pairing awe with visceral fear. - Katie Hasty