If you've read our review of Interstellar and followed our advice, then you've probably seen the movie over the last weekend. If you haven't, consider this as your cue to buy that ticket. For those who have, an entire new world of space travel just opened itself to us. The question is - what can we do about it? Well, watch more movies on the same subject we say. Here are five more space travel films that you should consider watching.
While Interstellar was a pretty far flung story, the beauty of Apollo 13 is that it is based on a true story. It is also one of the most acclaimed movies on our list with nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture. The story of bringing Apollo 13 back to Earth after the spaceship that was previously bound for the moon gets damaged in space was the defining space film of the 90s and catapulted Tom Hanks back in the reckoning. Of course, it is still well known for Hank's immortal line, "Houston, we have a problem."
'Solaris' has some enviable names attached to it including George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and James Cameron to name a few. But it has an even more intriguing storyline. The psychological thriller is set on a space station orbiting the planet Solaris even as Clooney's character tries to figure out the planet's pull on the crew members while losing his mind between the real and imagined. It is based on a 1961 science fiction novel by the same name and has already been made into film to acclaim in 1972 by Andrei Tarkovsky as well.
2001: A Space Odyssey
'2001: A Space Odyssey' doesn't need more bonafides than two directors paying direct homage to this film through their own films - Alfonso Cuaron in 'Gravity' and Christopher Nolan in 'Interstellar' have both acknowledged this film's effect on space movies. This Stanley Kubrick movie is arguably the most famous space movie of all time. The good news is that this 1968 is lined up for a re-release soon, partly because of the sudden surge of interest in the genre.
Probably the most popular film in this list, 'Gravity' was a tour de force all right. Once again starring George Clooney along with Sandra Bullock as astronauts, the film sees the duo stranded in space after their space shuttle is destroyed. The visual effects of the movie were mind-blowing to say the least and it helped the film won seven Oscar awards after getting 10 nominations. Watch this one if you haven't already or die with regret.
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff, released in 1983, is Top Gun of space movies - filled with bravado and machismo that typified early space programs. The movie, based on Tom Wolfe's 1979 book of the same name, tells the story of seven test pilots who were selected to be astronauts for Project Mercury, the US' first attempt at manned space flight. The movie's commercial failure is disheartening especially since it won four Oscar Awards and was a critic favourite with Roger Ebert even calling it the best film of 1983 as well.