Given recent events, planet Earth does not look like such a comfortable place to live. Look up at the skyspace promises exciting travels, encounters with extraterrestrial civilizations, and unforgettable adventures. We are lucky: almost any plot can come to mind when we think about space that has already been filmed. WowCheckItOut presents a selection of great films about space. Some of them will amaze the viewer with their greatness. Others will allow you to relax. You have never heard of the third but in vain.
“In space, no one will hear your scream” – the slogan on the poster of “Alien” succinctly formulates the main idea of the film, which tells about a desperate attempt to survive. Sigourney Weaver’s heroine, Ripley’s warrant officer, serving aboard a doomed spaceship, survived not only a collision with an alien monster created by Swedish surrealist artist Giger but also marked the beginning of a new direction in science fiction cinema. Splashing poisonous saliva xenomorph is unlikely to hear your scream, but the neighbors – for sure.
High Life (2018)
You were sentenced to death. But they were given a choice: either stand against the wall or, together with other suicide bombers, go on a mission to extract alternative energy from the black hole. Robert Pattinson chose the second option and flew into space to participate in a mysterious project led by a sex-obsessed scientist played by Juliette Binoche. You are waiting for inhuman experiments and heartbreaking scenes of prisoners until the end of their days locked on a ship with the ominous name The Box (“Box”). Perhaps it was worth agreeing to the death penalty.
Apollo 13, 1995
Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Ed Harris clearly demonstrate what a real film about a catastrophe in space should be: no nuclear rockets aimed at the Sun or suspicious alien eggs – only a pressing feeling of hopelessness in crew members stuck in space with no chance of salvation. The film is based on real events – the tragedy befell the Apollo 13 space mission in 1970. The director of the drama Ron Howard constantly consulted with NASA specialists during the filming.
Alfonso Cuaron’s thriller is worthy of each of its ten nominations at the 86th Academy Awards. Astronaut-newcomer to the performance of Sandra Bullock for the first time goes into space to pair with his experienced colleague (George Clooney) to ensure the normal operation of the space station. The film successfully alternates between meditative episodes in which nothing seems to happen, with moments so tense that you get into a chair – and deserves the title of the most commercially successful sci-fi film of all time.
A psychological thriller unfolds among the stars: the hero of George Clooney arrives at a remote space station, most of the crew of which committed suicide. Soon he discovers that something extraordinary is happening here: long-dead people appear in the spaceship corridors, including the protagonist’s wife.
You could have missed Pandorum, as many people missed it after listening to the critics who greeted the film very coolly. And in vain: soon, the thriller had a whole army of fans who appreciated the talented atmosphere of horror. External threat (mutants-cannibals) coexists with the internal conflict of the heroes who woke up from suspended animation on a giant empty spaceship.
Christopher Nolan’s space opera has two narrative lines. In one of them, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are trying to find a new home for humanity – instead of the dying Earth. In another, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine are desperately looking for ways for humanity to survive on their home planet. Be that as it may, “Interstellar” is one of the few films that manages to talk fascinatingly about the real complexities of space travel.
The Earth is exhausted – and humanity is sent to a new home: mars. Luxurious ultra-safe space liners can fulfill any wish of their passengers. However, at some point, it turns out that they are not so safe – the liner “Aniara” goes off course and is lost in space. Every day wandering in the icy void, passengers are increasingly losing their human appearance, and the artificial intelligence of Mime is watching the terrifying spectacle.
2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968
“Space Odyssey” is called the best film by Stanley Kubrick, and there are good reasons for this: the tape was ahead of its time not only in title but also in content. In the drama, there was a place for artificial intelligence with a god complex and mysterious monoliths affecting humanity and a dangerous walk in outer space – in short, all the plot twists, which in the following decades became classics of the sci-fi genre.
Society is ready to reward anyone with a trip to space shortly, but the candidate must have impeccable genes on one condition. “Ordinary,” non-genetically engineered members of society are considered second-class people — and let them be closed to the top. Until the hero of Itan Hawke, born with a heart defect, does not start a dangerous game with the system for the sake of realizing his dreams.
The dark side of the moon is perfectly suited to hide the dark side of capitalism. In Duncan Jones’s debut film, Sam Rockwell’s character spends three years on the moon alone, controlling a valuable mineral extraction. But when the hero begins to prepare for his return to Earth, it turns out that he was not alone here all this time.
First Man, 2018
This film adaptation of the biography of Neil Armstrong proves that “La La Land” was not the pinnacle of his career for director Damien Chazelle. This story is not so much about the first man on the moon and the space race but about motivation and obsession bordering on insanity — the quality necessary for the success of such a mission and the sacrifices it requires.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Let’s be honest: this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning at least one Star Wars episode. Empire Strikes Back is one of the most influential and impressive films in the famous series, setting the standard for entertaining science fiction of the 1980s. Look, and you’ll forget About Ja-Ja Binks. At least for a couple of hours.