For this rating I decided to choose not only one of the most outstanding, but also a very diverse group of films. Therefore, I must note that the order is NOT significant in this particular rating, as the films are almost incomparable and are all great in their own way. Although the primary subject of their plot is not always the outer space itself, these films are indeed related to the topic. These are the motion pictures I picked:
1.2001: A Space Odyssey
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Release year: 1968
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain
Touching much deeper matters than just outer space, Odyssey is clearly not only considered one of the best science fiction films ever made, but also that in the motion picture history as a whole. Stanley Kubrick shows us once again that art is not an answer, but a question and lets the viewers interpret the film on their own. With spectacular space panoramas and unforgettable plot, Odyssey deserves to be called one of the Top 3 movies on outer space.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Release year: 2009
Cast: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope
Now this film is definitely something different. Produced by Peter Jackson and based on Alive in Joburg, a short independent film also shot by Blomkamp, this film is touching the topics of xenophobia and humanity, and asks an interesting question – what if the aliens that might visit us will not try to conquer us, but seek our help, will the humanity be humane enough? The film is shot with in a so called “shaky camera” style that gives the viewer a great sense of seeming reality of what’s happening on the screen. Again, not dealing with the outer space directly, movie will definitely make you think about it and if there are any other life forms out there besides us.
P.S. Mr. Blomkamp, I’m still waiting for the second part. You take your time though.
Director: Duncan Jones
Release year: 2009
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey (voice only)
This movie is talking about the man experiencing crisis in the conditions of outer space. Even though Sam Rockwell is the only actual person who is ever shown on the screen, his performance is so great you forget this pretty quickly. Especially when (SPOILERS!) another clone appears and Sam manages to play two different personalities so well. Kevin Spacey, though not being shown on the screen at all, also becomes a major part of it, voicing the robot who helps the main character to get to the core of what is going on with him, ultimately showing human trades of character. Great film about the dangers of going to space. Also, if you ever wanted or still want to become an astronaut, this movie just might convince you to choose any other career path.
Other worthy films about outer space:
Europa Report (2013)
The Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy (2005)
P.S. Star Wars series is out of competition and is therefore not mentioned in the rating. If you don’t agree with that, go kill yourself. Just kidding, I love you all.
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