The idea of space travel remains one of humanity’s collective desires, as evidenced by recent attempts by billionaires like Jeff Bezos to do so. It’s no wonder that both astronauts and space travel have featured so often in movies. While some of these on-screen performances are incredulous in terms of their commitment to reality, there are a number that do a decent job of capturing what it really means to travel into space.
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ten Hidden Figures (2016)
Broadcast on Disney+
The space race was one of the most important moments in recent scientific history because it was emblematic of the larger conflict of the Cold War. Hidden Figures This is an extraordinary film for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it is about African American women, whose contribution to the success of various NASA projects has been underestimated for far too long.
It uses the conventions of traditional historical drama to reveal the vital contributions of these women and features a series of fast-paced performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, each bringing out the complexity of their characters.
9 Moon (2009)
Broadcast on HBO Max
Sam Rockwell has starred in many great films and he brings his outstanding acting skills to the table. Moon. He plays the character of Sam Bell, a miner working at a mining station on the moon who accidentally discovers that he is in fact a clone. Like all great science fiction, it is filled with beautiful shots and demonstrations of humanity’s technological know-how.
However, there is no doubt that it is Rockwell’s performance that helps the film succeed and allows it to ask important questions that are specific to this genre. While the plot itself may not be particularly realistic, there are a few elements of life in space that seem to hold true once humanity establishes permanent settlements away from Earth.
eight Gravity (2013)
Not currently broadcast
Sandra Bullock has proven time and time again why she is one of the best actresses of her generation and she has starred in many great films. Gravity definitely one of them, and in it she plays one of a pair of astronauts who are stranded and must try to get back to Earth.
Although its plot is somewhat conventional, there is no doubt that this is a film based not only on the performances of Bullock and Clooney, but also supported by the direction of Alfonso Cuarón, which evokes an eerie, brooding atmosphere throughout the film.
7 Contact (1997)
Not currently broadcast