Space has been dubbed the final frontier, so it is no wonder then that it continues to captivate moviegoers worldwide. In recent years, a wide array of incredibly engaging sci-fi movies have been produced, aided by cutting edge tech in special effects. If you are looking for an exciting adventure set in space, take your pick between any of these big-screen gems that were shot in the past decade or so!
The 2014 film is perhaps the most epic sci-fi flick of our era, comparable only to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan, released right after the accolade he received for the phenomenal Inception in 2010. Set in a dystopian 2067, where Earth has become a desert land for humans struggling to survive, the film follows Matthew McConaughey as a NASA pilot enlisted to save mankind by finding a new home planet.
The film was praised by critics and loved by cinema audiences across the globe, making $677.6 million worldwide against a budget of $165 million. It is visually stunning and thought provoking, while it recruited top scientists to help with the realistic representation of wormholes and space travel – although it also took artistic liberties, sometimes. In fact, Interstellar even prompted Caltech physicist Kip Thorne, who served as the film’s scientific advisor, to write a book about the science behind it, which you can read more about on blogs.scientificamerican.com.
2. Star Trek
The Star Trek saga needs no introduction for our generation nor the ones before us. The original Star Trek series premiered in the 1960s, starring the incomparable William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. The franchise has since seen no less than nine spin-off TV series so far, including animated versions, and 13 canon feature films. It has even served as inspiration for other entertainment products across various niches. For example, the www.vegasslots.co.uk website features a Star Trek-themed online slot as one of its top Vegas games, which proves the franchise’s popularity has spilled over to more entertainment industry sectors than the initial fandom could ever imagine.
The more recent reboot was the 2009 Star Trek film featuring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as the iconic Spock. It serves as a prequel to the original series, detailing the events that led Kirk to assume command of the USS Enterprise. It holds an impressive 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also builds upon a lengthy surprise guest appearance by none other than the late Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock himself! Need we say more?
3. The Martian
Starring Matt Damon as the title character, The Martian chronicles the attempts of botanist and astronaut Mark Watney to survive on Mars. Watney is presumed dead after the rest of the crew die following an unexpected storm – and he is now left to fend for himself and use his wits in order to communicate with NASA that he needs to be saved!
A nice blend of drama and humor, this 2015 film relies heavily on science for its sci-fi tropes – which see Watney use his botanologist background to cultivate potatoes from scratch on the Red Planet. The finale is moving, featuring top stars such as Jessica Chastain and Sean Bean delivering stellar performances.
As the art of cinema evolves, even more impressive space-related films will be released. We even recently saw the first interactive sci-fi thriller feature film being shot in the UK, which you can read all about here on vergemagazine.co.uk. But one thing is for certain: space will never go out of style on the silver screen.