Science fiction is a popular subject that intensifies features of real-life science to create something fantastic. Jurassic Park, for example, takes the premise of reproducing hazardous dinosaurs to a new level by upgrading science. But what if it wasn’t a work of fiction? What if the science shown in these movies could be used in real life?
This is getting more and more prevalent. Throughout the movie business, sci-fi is becoming less fictional and more scientific. Keep in mind that each of these movies has certain elements that are fictitious or have been embellished for entertainment purposes, but these movies have a higher level of overall realism. Here’s a list of science-fiction films that are truly scientifically correct that even the most difficult scientists like them.
#1 2001: A Space Odyssey
Without Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, this ranking just wouldn’t happen. While some may argue that the movie is boring and sluggish, it is the original Sci-fi movie that depicted everything as accurately as possible. The movie was able to foresee several scientific advancements in 1968, long before they became a reality. The suitcase with a phone handset and dial, for example, includes all of the features of a smartphone. The movie was commended for portraying astronauts as well-trained methodical individuals rather than having them be the protagonists of the story, as many previous sci-fi films had done. Another feature of the movie that was lauded as the computer’s ability to play chess, which was demonstrated long before Deep Blue memorably defeated Gary Kasparov in 1997.
Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, paints a picture of Theodore, a quiet divorcee. His life changes for the better when he finds a new software that evolves into an intuitive and one-of-a-kind being. Enter “Samantha,” who befriends Theodore and evolves their relationship into passionate love. The movie’s premise was so innovative that it won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture. While some have connected Samantha to Apple’s mobile device helper Siri, she is considerably more intelligent, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of such technologies in the future. Other components of the movie, however, seem plausible and true, such as the tiny facial cameras and the earpiece Theodore uses regularly to speak with Samantha.
Contact, starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey, is widely regarded as one of the most convincing sci-fi movies ever made. Dr. Ellie Arroway has been assigned the responsibility of decoding a communication from the Vega star system. Arroway is confronted with the National Security Agent and religious extremists who are attempting to keep the message hidden as her job develops. In actual life, radio waves are utilized to communicate with extraterrestrials, which is what SETI accomplishes. Contact’s authenticity is due in part to the aid of actual astronomers who sprinkle scientific jargon throughout. Furthermore, the difficulty of dealing with National Security while researching alien contact is similar to what scientists face when discovering a discovery.
Gattaca is based on the idea of genetic manipulation. Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), a genetic “in-valid,” is barred from leaving the planet. He is allowed to join the Gattaca space program by purchasing “valid” DNA, where he finds love with Irene. While Gattaca is more than 20 years old, the movie’s material has been judged quite plausible, since genetic modification of infants and modifying DNA has become a hot subject. It has also been stated that if offspring were genetically modified, there would be a separation between those who are and those who are not, as depicted in the film.
Interstellar is undoubtedly one of the most appreciated science-fiction movies, especially from the brilliant Christopher Nolan. Interstellar covers various facets of science and space travel by portraying retired NASA pilot turned farmer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who is brought in to help a team of scientists try to locate another livable planet through a wormhole. The movie has been hailed for its depiction of the black hole known as “Gargantua”, which is regarded as one of the most realistic movie depictions of a black hole. Another reality shown in the video is that going too near to a massive object’s gravity well might cause the time to move extremely slower than it would for people on Earth. This is demonstrated when Cooper returns to the spacecraft with his remaining crew and discovers that 23 years have passed on Earth during their stay.
#6 The Martian
The Martian, based on the novel of the same name, depicts the odyssey of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), who is abandoned on Mars after a violent storm and fights for survival. One of the most accurate details in the movie is the transit duration between Earth and Mars, which takes a rigorous 8 months with present technology. Another accuracy worthy of mention is that it would certainly be able to cultivate plants in Martian soil. The abundance of dust devils shown throughout the movie is another realistic depiction of Mars’ terrain, and while it may be overstated for entertainment purposes, the depiction is accurate despite Mars’ low atmosphere.
When 12 unidentified spacecraft crash-land on Earth, linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is tasked with leading the inquiry. As national tensions mount, the crew is racing against the clock to discover a means to connect with the extraterrestrials. Arrival is commended for its emphasis on linguistics in the context of extraterrestrial contact. While not every component of the movie is correct, the primary aspect of language decoding is. Banks must master the language in its entirety in order to correctly understand the extraterrestrials’ instructions. Other inaccuracies include the alien ship’s artificial gravity and the notion that the visitors would dwell in a different environment than Earth.
#8 Blade Runner 2049
In Blade Runner 2049, LAPD replicant K (Ryan Gosling) finds the tragic story of another replicant who gave birth. The movie features K as he looks for the child and learns a grim reality. This follow-up to the classic Blade Runner from the 1980s depicts climate change and how, if left uncontrolled, it would devour the world, turning it into a desolate wasteland. The situation of the climate is dismal throughout the movie, and while it is not a realistic depiction of what the world will look like in 2049, it is an accurate depiction of how climate change might ultimately devour the earth in the coming decades. Based on both science and the condition of the world, the movie feels more contemporary than futuristic.