Science Fiction Movies That Could Be Science Fact

Alex Karp,

You might think that sitting down to enjoy a great Science Fiction movie is your chance to escape reality and explore the universe through the eyes of movie magic. But what if some of those amazing Sci-Fi movies you love were closer to reality than you think?

Here’s 5 classic Science Fiction films that could actually one day become ‘Science Fact’.

Contact (1997)

What’s it about?

Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Arroway (Jodie Foster) has been listening to the stars all her life in search of finding something or someone. After finally detecting a coded signal from outer space, the world scrambles to decode the message and make contact. Based on the 1985 novel by Carl Sagan.

How could it be real?

As Arthur C Clarke said ‘Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.Contact explores the possibility that we are not alone. With humanity constantly searching to find life in our cosmic backyard, the Jodie Foster/Matthew McConaughey film shows some plausible reactions from humanity if we ever got in touch with distant beings. From hysteria, to politics, to finding God.

Contact may just provide an insight into what it will be like if E.T. dials Earth instead of home.

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Gravity (2013)

What’s it about?

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is joined by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) on her first shuttle mission to Earth’s orbit. After disaster strikes, Stone and Kowalski are left completely alone floating through space tethered to nothing but themselves.

How could it be real?

As of January 2022, there are over 8,200 satellites in orbit around earth. Most of these are unmanned of course, but humans have been spinning around the globe in tin cans for decades. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and traveling to space (or even orbit) is quite a dangerous journey. Sadly, several astronauts have lost their lives in the past.

Gravity shows what can happen and what will likely happen; with an added sprinkle of classic Hollywood, “yeah, right!”

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Gattaca (1997)

What’s it about?

This futuristic thriller follows Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) on his quest to travel to outer space. In a world where a person’s genetics give a rank to their place in society, Vincent drew the short straw. To make his dream of space travel reality, he assumes the identity of paraplegic Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), who has the genetics to get through the astronauts testing requirements. When one of the space programs leadership is murdered, investigations put Vincent’s true identity in jeopardy.

How could it be real?

Reading into genetics is already common practice in today’s society. Probabilities of diseases can already be determined by peering through a microscope. Could there be a future where we are discriminated against not only by how we look and act, but also what is under our skin?

Gattaca poses this very question and so much more. A brilliantly underrated film that still holds up to this day.

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The Martian (2015)

What’s it about?

A colony on Mars are forced to escape and head back to Earth, unknowingly leaving behind their fellow crew member, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on the surface. With the next mission to Mars due to arrive in 4 years, Mark has to figure out how to survive using his knowledge, ingenuity and wits.

How could it be real?

With Elon Musk setting his sights on transporting the first human to Mars, it seems inevitable that in the near future we will have a home away from home on the Red Planet. It’s a long trip, according to NASA a one-way journey will take about 9 months, so you’d better remember to pack your toothbrush and a change of underwear. 

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Interstellar (2014)

What’s it about?

With the Earth being in the final stages of being habitable for humans, Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConoughey) is tasked to pilot a spacecraft to find a new planet for humans.

How could it be real?

Last year’s Winter was one of the wettest on record, and now we are gearing up for one of the hottest Summers just one year later. The Earth’s climate has been a YoYo lately, and with climate change theories gaining speed, Interstellar paints a frightening picture of what happens when the Earth becomes uninhabitable for humans.

Combine that with a modern day Noah’s Ark story, brave heroes sacrificing it all for the survival of the human race, and of course some eye-popping inter-dimensional space travel, and you have a mind-bending Sci-Fi flick you’re sure to get lost in.

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