"Our destiny is in the stars, so let’s go and search for it." – The First Doctor
At night when we look at the starry night, the sheer beauty grips us along with the curiosity to know more about what’s out there. Literary works and movies over time have offered a fair share of theories of the possibilities out there.
As humans, by nature, we are explorers and we have taken steps to explore the mysteries of what we call space. It started with a small step on the moon and now we are exploring our neighbouring planets in the solar system.
If you are as curious as us, about the story behind those stars, these 8 space-based movies might just whet your appetite.
2001 – A Space Odyssey
One of Stanley Kubrick’s greatest and ambitious projects, this movie is all you can hope in a movie about space travel and exploring the unknown. It was co-written by Arthur C Clarke who was a popular sci-fi writer and Stanley Kubrick himself. The movie explores the theme of exploring another planet (Jupiter) when a mysterious monolith appears. The movie is a cult classic now and has been an inspiration for a lot of recent space-based movies.
The film is set in the future and dystopian theme to it. With the population of earth reaching its peak, a new home is created for the inhabitants of the planet. This movie released in 2013 and it stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster as main leads.
Set in a future when transporting from one planet to another is a common occurrence but still reserved for the elite, the movie stars Arnold Schwazenegger as the lead. The movie is said to be the most expensive one of its time and is known for its gruesome action and special effects.
Originally a TV series, Star Trek follows the adventure of Admiral James and Commander Spock as they try to save the earth from an invasion with the help of their starship the Enterprise. Star trek, apart from the memorable characters is known for inventions like the transporter, an unique way of travelling, which was introduced in the series.
There is nothing we can say that hasn’t already been said about this epic series. If you haven’t watched these series yet, you need to take corrective measures now.
A James Cameron project, which was well-appreciated for the stunning visuals and the story. It explores the concept of humans as the big-bad invaders on a planet called Pandora. Multiple movies have explored the idea of earth being invaded, but very few have explored the possibility of humankind as the invaders.
A Christopher Nolan project, which wowed us as usual. Heavily inspired by the 2001: A Space Odyssey, the movie is all about the search of a new home in the stars we see above us. It also explored the concept of the fifth dimension and the black hole which was very interesting.
Imagine you are stranded alone on an alien planet, with no hope of communicating back home or a way to return. What would you do? Matt Damon decides to grow potatoes and finds a way to go back home. A space-based fictional story that every person who loves the genre should watch.
Today is international Astronomy day and there is no better time than today to catch up on these movies. What do you think of our list? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to share it with your friends.