visuals and sound is amazing. setting is cool. bullock is great as usual. sorry, spoilers ahead.
plot - terrible and thin. clooney plays a chipper space cowboy with no back story. bullock plays a doctor / mission specialist with a tragic backstory which is revealed in about 1 line of dialog. if this is supposed to rope us into caring about her character struggles, it fails because there isn't really enough time given to the characters to struggle with decisions and for the viewer to get invested in her. things just happen to her, the character appears to have very little agency, and the fact that the space-physics are so unpredictable and wrong make it completely unclear what she even should do, which further undermines her agency. we get ONE scene where she struggles with agency after the ONE line of backstory. that's the character arc. a single moment.
science - nonexistent. for a movie where the entire plot revolves around the terror of inertia in zero g, they get it wrong in almost every scene just to create drama, and if you know even the smallest amount about space it is immediately obvious and distracting. I get that things need to go wrong for movie plots to have drama, but in this film things that are very unlikely to go wrong go wrong (cabin fires really?) and things that are unlikely to go right, go right (uncontrolled re-rentry vehicle in an unplanned re-entry trajectory is chaotically tumbling but suddenly stabilizes and happens to land perfectly in a .... lake? and then it's flotation doesn't deploy?)
combine this with the fact that bullock is alone by the midpoint of the movie, and we KNOW she can't die because then the movie would end. what follows is another 45 minutes of invincible plot-armor against chaotic and unrealistic things happening.
i cannot believe this movie won awards. it does a couple of things right; cinematography and acting, and everything else so, so wrong.