Eight space cadets on film

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1967) The movie that started it all, a grand, op­er­atic flight into the outer reaches of space and into the depths of the hu­man psy­che. So­laris (1972)

Based on Stanis­law Lem’s novel, An­drei Tarkovsky’s mas­ter­piece is a thing of con­tem­pla­tive, eerie beauty. Alien (1979)

There have been many mon­sters in space, but none so fright­en­ing as this, and no hero as feisty as Sigour­ney Weaver’s Ellen Ri­p­ley. Con­tact (1997)

Al­though suf­fused with too much re­li­gios­ity, the won­der of space and the ex­cel­lent way in which con­tact with ex­tra-ter­res­trial in­tel­li­gence is por­trayed makes this a win­ner. Sun­shine (2007)

This claus­tro­pho­bic movie about a death-wish mis­sion to kick­start a dy­ing sun is vis­ually stun­ning, con­cep­tu­ally bril­liant, and up un­til the end­ing, noth­ing short of bril­liant. Moon (2009)

This indie wowed au­di­ences when it re­leased, and for good rea­son, be­cause no movie has cap­tured the sheer lone­li­ness and en­nui of life in space bet­ter than this. Grav­ity (2013)

The film’s vi­su­als and in­no­va­tive cam­era tricks made some au­di­ence mem­bers nauseous. And de­spite be­ing set in space, the earth has never looked so gor­geous…or deadly. In­ter­stel­lar (2014)

If it was aim­ing to be the spir­i­tual heir of 2001 and So­laris,

In­ter­stel­lar suc­ceeds up to a point. How­ever, there’s an emo­tional weight to the film that ri­vals that of the black hole that lies in wait at the cen­tre of the plot.

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