Imagine a world where the impossible becomes possible, where the boundaries of science and fiction blur into an exhilarating reality. Do you ever wonder if aliens exist or if robots could take over? If you do, this article on sci-fi movies will pique your interest as we explore how science fiction is coming to life.
Let’s take a thrilling journey into sci-fi movies that are becoming real. These films are no longer just fantasy; they’re becoming part of our world. Let’s dive in!
The Martian (2015)
Based on the Andy Weir novel of the same name, The Martian is a popular sci-fi movie that follows the journey of an astronaut named Mark Watney. He is left stranded on Mars after a fierce storm. He uses his scientific knowledge to survive on the planet while awaiting the rescue. The film stands accurate in the depiction of the travel time between Earth and Mars. With current technology, such a journey would indeed take a grueling eight months.
Furthermore, the movie showcases another accuracy- the potential for growing plants in Martian soil. The portrayal of the amount of dust devils shown in the film is also true of Mars’ surface.
You must have heard, if not seen, about Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, Interstellar, which stands as one of the most acclaimed sci-fi films. Interstellar revolves around Cooper, a former NASA pilot, who embarks on a mission to assist researchers in their quest to find another habitable planet.
What’s the most amazing part? Well, the accurate portrayal of the black hole ‘Gargantua’. The film also effectively communicates the concept that proximity to a large object can cause time to pass more slowly compared to those on Earth. This becomes evident when Cooper and his crew return to their ship, only to realize that mere minutes spent on the planet have translated into 23 Earth years.
All of you must have heard about artificial intelligence. Well, it was beautifully shown in Her aired in 2013. The film follows the journey of Theodore, a divorced man who discovers a program that develops a unique and intuitive entity named ‘Samantha.’ Samantha befriends Theodore and their friendship turns into love.
The film hints at the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, which is becoming a reality in today’s digital world. Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa are an example of artificial intelligence.
Apollo 13 (1995)
Apollo 13 is so scientifically true that when you watch it, it feels more like a documentary than a movie. The movie brings light to the real-life Apollo 13 lunar mission, which was aborted in 1970 when an onboard explosion led to the depletion of the spacecraft’s oxygen supply and electricity.
The movie revolves around Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton who undergo astronaut training, including a physics course and a lesson in NASA lingo. This adds a heightened sense of realism to the movie.
Contact is based on astronomer Carl Sagan’s novel that takes us on a journey into the possibilities of making first contact with aliens. Dr. Ellie Arroway tries to establish communication from the Vega star system to provide evidence of life beyond the world. However, she has to deal with an antagonistic National Security Advisor and religious fanatics who are willing to do anything to halt her mission.
‘Contact’, according to many astronomers is loyal to the ethos and methodology of the SETI Institute’s real-world quest to discover extraterrestrial intelligence.
Minority Report (2002)
Based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, Minority Report stands absolutely true in today’s world. It takes us to a world where police predict crimes before they even happen, thus arresting the culprits before they commit the crime. They use eye scanners to identify people, and government databases seamlessly matching biometrics to personal information, realistic VR simulators, and heat-sensing drones.
And we all know that all of the technologies used by the police in the movie are in existence now.
Woman in the Moon (1929)
An almost 100-year-old film, Woman in the Moon explores the cosmos when the concept of space travel was still in its infancy. The story talks about greedy capitalists who believe that there are vast riches hidden beneath the moon’s surface. They send a team of astronauts to find them who discover a breathable environment on the lunar surface.
Although there can be many inaccuracies in the film given the fact it was made in 1929, the way director Fritz Lang has tried to show his understanding of engineering and astronomy is phenomenal.
Another sci-fi movie that blows our mind is Gattacs which shows that scientists can pick and choose a baby’s genes before they’re born, ensuring that the baby has no problems. The main character, Vincent, isn’t ‘perfect’ according to these rules, so he pretends to be someone else to get a good job.
Some of the technologies shown in the movie stand true today. In real life, there are ways to check a baby’s genes before they’re born, but it’s mostly used to find and prevent serious diseases.