Scientific fiction films offer us a voyeuristic glance beyond the veil of time, into the future where anything is possible. The genre offers a great deal of visual freedom allowing filmmakers to create something wondrous, something that wows us with its inventiveness. The very best of these movies is they postulate about the technological, medical , and societal advancements that man will make decades before those are possible. Here is a list of the top 5 artistically inspiring sci fi movies. The list is full of stunning examples of cinema that have wowed audiences over the world.

  1. THE MARTIAN (2015)martian2015

  ‘The Martian’ a film adaptation was directed by Ridley Scott. It was a science fiction novel written by Andy Weir in 2011. It is being heralded as the most scientifically accurate movie in Hollywood’s history. It is a very hard science fiction with science and technology firmly rooted in reality( facts approved by NASA) . Weir wa snot afraid to delve deeply into topics from orbital mechanics to life support systems to spacecraft engineering. This makes the movie more realistic. The movie captured the very real and human elements of space travel. Every detail from crew’s duties and team first attitude to Mark Watney’s survival strategies on Mars were very clever and correct.

  1. EX MACHINA (2015)

6a0133f5caa026970b01bb08330ac6970d-800wiEx Machina directed by Alex Garland is a symphony of classy direction, gorgeous cinematography and slick sci fi. The movie offers a clever version of robots versus humans narrative. The film presents the longstanding themes of territorial behaviours, domination and subordination set against a sci fi backdrop. The film questions something that most techies fail to answer; Who is making sure that all the  innovations do not go drastically wrong? The main concern of the film is about the unchecked innovations could apply to all kinds of disciplines, which are intended to help humanity, could backfire without a proper oversight.


3. INTERSTELLAR (2014)interstellar_film_poster

“Interstellar “is an American British epic science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. Interstellar featured some of the most accurate and realistic depictions of both speculative science and accepted physics theories. Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne was the scientific consultant for the film to ensure depictions of wormholes and black holes and to bring real science to the big screen. It also combines abstruse ideas about gravity, matter and time. The movie only lacked in its final act as it left the viewers with some unanswered questions. But , Interstellar is a movie which used the most complicated science concepts.

4.2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY ( 1968)walking-2001

‘ 2001: A Space Odyssey is an epic science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film follows a voyage to Jupiter with sentient computer Hal after the dis convey of a mysterious black monolith affecting human evolution. It is the world’s first- metaphysical exploration of the working of humanity, from the beginning of time to the far- flung future. Amongst the delights it offers a zero gravity toilet, emergency resuscitation and exploding bolts. The film deals with themes of existentialism, artificial intelligence and extraterrestrial life.


5.WOMAN IN THE MOON (1929)woman-in-the-moon-frau-im-mond-24238

‘Woman in the moon’ is a science fiction silent film directed by Fritz Lang. It is considered to be one of the first “serious” science fiction films. The basics of the rocket travel were presented to the mass audience for the first time by this film , including the use of multi-stage rocket. What was featured in the movie became staples for the coming space movies, from  the look of rocket ships to the countdown to blast off. NASA got the idea of a shuttle countdown from the film as it was the first time there was a countdown before a rocket launch in a movie.

Hence, these are the most inspiring science-fiction movies of all time. These films look as fresh as the day when they were made. Watching them even today, will leave you awe-struck.





Pratima Jain | Content Writer | DU Times



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