Movies About Space

Monday, March 28 by Megan Bushree

A list of movies about space usually entail some mention of Spock or Han Solo, but this is not that list. Everyone knows that "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" are classics, but let us take a look at some space movies that get less attention. The following five films are some fun flicks to check out.

  1. "Armageddon" This film has a ridiculous plot about oil drillers that are hired to go up in space to drill through an asteroid that is about to destroy Earth. It would make much more sense to teach trained astronauts how to drill, but let us ignore that obvious logic. The very attractive leads, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler, accompanied with a great ensemble cast (Bruce Willis, Owen Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, Steve Buscemi) make this silly space movie an undeniable treat. The Aerosmith smash hit song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" is just another guilty pleasure aspect of this 1998 blockbuster. 
  2. "Alien" As we know from this film and its classic tagline, no one can hear you scream in space. The terrifying 1979 Ridley Scott film is a memorable journey aboard a mining ship that includes mysterious passengers of the extraterrestrial persuasion. Sigourney Weaver plays badass Ridley, the only person who seems intelligent and brave enough to face the disgusting creatures that terrorize the rest of the group.
  3. "2001: A Space Odyssey" Director, Stanley Kubrick had a gift for making visually stimulating bizarre films that are unforgettable. With "2001" we get to follow the chaos aboard a ship in search of a monolith located on the moon. The struggle between human and technology becomes a terrifying fight showing that there was concern that the future would not be certain if humans would rule or be taken over by computers. Although the year 2001 came and went with little similarities to the film, no one can deny the overwhelming power that technology has on us.
  4. "Wall-E" Pixar has a way with making what should be a movie targeted to children into a thought provoking look at society and where it is headed Wall-E is a robot who has the unfortunate task of cleaning up all the waste that humans have polluted the planet with. Eventually, he finds love with a fellow robot. The film manages to have plenty of charm while simultaneously making humans feel like wasteful, overweight, lazy jerks and robots seem far superior.
  5. "Serenity" If you never watched the tragically canceled Joss Whedon show, "Firefly", this follow up film may not be as exciting to you. Serenity continues the story of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew aboard their space ship Serenity. A cowboy space movie with a fantastic ensemble cast, plenty of action, comedy and the death of a beloved character make this a must-see for any fan and even first-time viewers.
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