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Space Movie Listing


Part 2: 1980s to present

More Space movies from the 1980s, 1990s and the current decade.


 Part 1:  pre-1950
1950s
1960s
1970s
 
Part 2:

1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s

1980's
Outland Peter Hyams
1981, Ladd
UK, 109min

High Noon on an asteroid. Sean Connery goes to investigate mysterious deaths at a asteroid mining colony. The company town is run by Peter Boyle who decides to hire some assassins to get rid of this bothersome marshal.

Sean Connery, Peter Boyle

Starflight: The Plane that Couldn't Land Jerry Jameson
1982, Orion
US, 105min

A made-for-TV movie (Starflight One) that got released to theaters in Europe. The plot involves the maiden flight of the first hypersonic airliner. Unfortunately, it skips out of the atmosphere and into orbit without the heat shielding necessary to re-enter.

Lee Majors, Hal Linden, Ray Milland

The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman
1983, Warner Bros.
US, 193min.
70mm, 6track dolby

The movie, based on Tom Wolfe's book, describes the original Mercury 7 astronauts and the hyper-competitive test pilot culture from which most of them came. These guys really were heroic and not the dull choir boys as portrayed in the press of the 1960's.
 
The movie had tremendously good reviews but was not a box office hit. There was too little action for the Star Wars/Star Trek audience and the arts/serious film audience wouldn't go to a space movie.

Includes Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, and many others.

2010: The Year We Make Contact Peter Hyams
1984, MGM,
US, 116min.
70mm, 6 track
Dolby

A sequel to Kubrick's 2001, it follows quite closely to Arthur C. Clarke's novel that traces the course of events in the years after the original expedition to Jupiter.

No attempt was made, however, to follow Kubricks style and the film is conventional in plot and presentation. The special effects are quite good and Roy Schneider, John Lithgow and others make you care about the characters as amazing events unfold around them.

Spacecamp Harry Winer
1986, ABC
US, 104 min.

Kids at Space Camp accidentally become stowaways on a space shuttle. The movie unfortunately came out shortly after the Challenger disaster. So even if it was a better movie, it would probably not have been successful.

The cast includes Kate Capshaw.

Beyond the Stars David Saperstein
1989
US, 88 min

This sci-fi drama includes actors Martin Sheen, Christian Slater and Robert Foxworth. The IMDB plot summary:

This Sci-Fi Drama centers around the teen-age Eric, son of a computer scientist who worked for the Apollo mission which sent the first human to the moon. Eric, determined to become an astronaut himself one day, befriends Paul Andrews, the first man on the moon. Paul is avoided by other astronauts nowadays, because he was very rude and rebuffing when he returned from space. Only slowly Eric learns, that he discovered something during his excursion on the moon, that he keeps as a secret.

 

Murder by Moonlight Michael Lindsay-Hogg
1989
London Weekend Television (LWT)
UK, 100 min.

IMDB plot summary:

After a nuclear war on Earth, the Soviet Union and the U.S. both establish outposts on the moon. When a murder occurs on the outpost, both U.S. and Soviet investigators are forced to work on the case together.

Other resources:

For All Mankind

Al Reinert
1989, FAM/Apollo
US, 80min

Nominated for a best documentary Oscar, Al Reinert combed endless hours of NASA footage to create a beautiful visual essay on the Apollo missions. Includes a soundtrack from Brian Eno.

Apollo 12 astronaut Charles (Pete) Conrad is the narrator.

Other resources:


1990's
Total Recall Paul Verhoeven
1990, TriStar
US, 113
70mm, 6trk Dolby

Based on a Philip K. Dick novel, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Douglas Quaid, a construction worker in the year 2084 who keeps dreaming of Mars. Another personality surfaces after a trip to a false memory parlor where he went to experience an imaginary trip to Mars. This new personality belongs to a member of the Mars rebel force and he soon comes under real attack from various assassins. Not knowing what is a real memory and what is not, Quaid goes to Mars to investigate.

While the book is a thoughtful reflection on the ambiguities of self-identity and personality, the movie is mostly a routine high-body-count action movie.

A more positive view is at Space.com: Blue Skies: The Mars of 'Total Recall'

Dark Side of the Moon D.J. Webster
1990
Wildstreet Pictures
US, 96 min.

IMDB plot summary:

It is the year 2022. A mysterious systems failure causes the crew of a spaceship to be stranded on the dark side of the moon, while rapidly running out of fuel and oxygen. They are surprised to discover a NASA space shuttle floating in space, and board it in the hope of salvaging some supplies. One by one, the crew is possessed and killed, and it is up to Paxton Warner to find the links between the dark side of the moon, the Bermuda Triangle, and the Devil himself.

Other resources:

Plymouth Lee D. Zlotoff
1991
US

Made for TV movie about a Moonbase:

"The inhabitants of the small town of Plymouth have to evacuate their homes. Collectively they move to a moon base. Despite the agreement that no babies should be born there, because of the risks involved, the base's doctor does get pregnant. And then a sun flare hits the moon and everybody has to seek shelter." - Amazon summary

This was a pilot for a series that was never approved.

While laudable for its attempt at a realistic moonbase setting, e.g. no alien visitors or faster-than-light spacehips, the attempts at drama - e.g. someone working outside when a solar flare hits - fell flat.

Currently (May 07) the movie is available in 10 minute clips on YouTube:

Lunarcop
(aka Solar Force and Lunar Detective)

Boaz Davidson
1994
USA, 88min
A direct-to-video, B grade action flick with a pastiche of space sci-fi. (Trailer)
Apollo 13 Ron Howard,
1995, Universal
US, 140min

Very successful reenactment of the Apollo 13 near-disaster in flight. Technical details are highly accurate.

Many of the weightlessness scenes, for example, were filmed on NASA's Vomit Comet airplane that is used to train astronauts. It flies parabolic trajectories to provide up to 30secs of weightlessness on each downward curve. (See Microgravity Experience in the Space Tourism section.)

The movie reawakened interest in space for many baby boomers who had forgotten how fascinated they were by space while growing up in the Space Race days. Later Hanks produced the sucessful 12 part Earth to the Moon miniseries on the HBO cable channel that traced the entire Apollo program.

Stars Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon.

Out of the Present Andrei Ujica
1995, Russian
96 min, Color
Russian documentary on the cosmomaut Sergei Krikalevi and life aboard the space station Mir, especially when he was on board during the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The Cape Ian Toynton
1996

Pilot for the TV series based on the shuttle program:

"'The Cape' explores the daily lives of current-day NASA astronauts, astronauts in training (ASCANs) and support personnel. In the pilot, the Russians have lost radio contact with one of their nuclear-powered spy satellites. This satellite threatens the Eastern Seaboard of the United States when its orbit degrades. A Space Shuttle mission, which includes a Russian cosmonaut, is deployed to prevent the spy satellite from de-orbiting." - Amazon summary

Included Corbin Bernsen & Adam Baldwin.

Special Report: Journey to Mars Robert Mandel 1996
US - 120min

A made-for-TV movie about the first landing on Mars. Presented as a live TV broadcast with viewers watching the drama as things inevitably begin to go wrong.

The cast includes Keith Carradine.

Asteroid Bradford May
1997
US, 120min
Made for TV movie about a large steroid impacting on the earth. Won 4 Emmy nominations.
Contact Robert Zemeckis
1997, Warner
US, 153min

Written by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, Jodie Foster plays an astrophysicist driven to search for signals of extraterrestrials.

(Jodie Foster's portrayal of a bright and earnest graduate student is so convincing, I feel I've met her at a least one physics conference.)

Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey

Contact official website

Moonbase Paolo Mazzucato
1997,
Live Entertain.,
US, 89min

"The most dangerous criminals in the universe escape from the Off-World Penitentiary and stow away to the quiet Moonbase Waste Disposal Plant. Hidden beneath the lunar surface lies an arsenal of nuclear warheads- the inmates' passport home to earth. Moonbase Commander John Russell launches a desperate fight to save his crew from a force capable of laying waste to an entire planet." - Summary at IMDB

Trailer available at IMDB.

RocketMan

Stuart Gillard
1997
Caravan Pictures
US, 95 min

A Disney distributed comedy in which character "Fred Z. Randall is geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer, who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there."

Deep Impact Mimi Leder
1998, Dreamworks
US, 120min

An asteroid is on course to collide with earth. While the special effects of the mission to blow up the asteroid are quite good, the film concentrates more on the effects of this news on the people on earth. Thus it is less an action movie than Armageddon but has more emotional impact, so to speak.

Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni

Movieweb Deep Impact official site

Armageddon Michael Bay
1998, Touchstone
Pictures
US, 150min.

Bruce and his oil drilling buddies are drafted to blow up a meteor headed for earth. More of a fun action flick than Deep Impact and with far less technical accuracy.

Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, and Billy Bob Thornton.

Escape from Mars Neill Fearnley
1999
Credo/Viacom
Low budget TV movie about the first mission to Mars. The movie avoids the usual pitfalls of over the top gimmicks such as discovering lost alien civilizations or stumbling on human consuming animals and tries to stay within nearly plausible technology and scenarios. However, the plot is routine and predictable and doesn't create any sense of excitement or realism.
October Sky Joe Johnston
1999, Universal
US, 100min,
Color, DTS/Dolby

Based on the book The Rocket Boys by Homer Hickman, this autobiographical story follows the coming of age of a boy in an isolated coal mining company town in West Virginia in the late 1950's.

Homer is inspired by the flight of the Russian Sputnik satellite to launch rockets of his own. The often humorous rocketry efforts that follow are interwoven with the story of his difficult relationship with his hard-driven and remote father.

The collaboration of Homer and his friends, who become known in the town as the Rocket Boys, overcomes the discouragement and ridicule of the community and eventually reaches great heights with ever more powerful rockets.

Orbit Barry Hickey
1996
US Multimedia
Investigation into why a group of rookie astronauts were stranded in space.
Nukes in Space:
The Rainbow Bombs
Peter Kuran
1999, Goldhil Home Media I
52min.

Documentary about the nuclear testing in the upper atmosphere by the US and USSR during the Cold War. Narrated by William Shatner. Music performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra .Clip - 5.8Mb

Fallout Rodney McDonald
1999
Hallmark
90 min.
A joint US-Russian team goes to take up residency at the first permanent space station in orbit. The Russian team captain, however, is from Tadjikistan, which is currently being attacked by Russia. He uses nuclear material that he has smuggled on board as a threat to blackmail the US into forcing Russia out of Tadjikistan.
The Red Stuff Leo de Boer
1999
Dutch Documentary
78min

Survivors of the 20 original cosmonauts and their families remember the exciting years following the launch of Sputnik in October 1957. This documentary mixes interviews and archived film as the victories and tragedies of those days are recounted.

This film received a positive review in the New York Times (free registration required).


2000+
The Dish

Bob Sitch
Working Dog Productions.

Released in Australia in 2000, in USA in March 2001

This Australia movie builds a fictional comedy around the true events concerning a receiving station in Australia that was crucial in obtaining the images from Apollo 11 and the first step on the moon.

Generally, it got very good reviews. However, it was not released very widely in the US so didn't make much impact. Will probably do well, though, in video.

Contains various factual errors as outlined by Mike Dinn's site , which also holds a set of Dish links. More info about Australia's Parke station at On Eagle's Wing The Story of the Parkes Apollo 11 Support.

Mission to Mars

Brian DePalma
2000
Touchstone
US

Contact with the first manned mission to Mar in 2009 ends just after a mysterious beacon is detected coming from the Mars surface. A rescue mission is sent and they soon discover an even bigger mystery.

Space Cowboys

 

Clint Eastwood
2000
Warner Bros.
US

In this near future type sci-fi movie

"..Eastwood, Jones and Garner will play former distinguished Air Force pilots who, decades past their prime, are recruited by NASA to fly a crucial space shuttle mission. The space agency reluctantly calls them into action after a satellite launched in the '60s malfunctions and is headed back to Earth.

Eastwood is the only person with the knowledge to fix it, and he'll agree to go only if he can take his buddies..." - Ea stwood Ropes In Cast For 'Cowboys' - Daily News, Yahoo, July, 4, 1999

James Garner, James Cromwell, Donald Sutherland, William Devane, Marcia Gaye Harden, Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones.

Reviews:

Red Planet
Antony Hoffman
2000
Warner Bros
US

After the mysterious disappearance of signals from the first mission to land on Mars, a team is sent to Mars to investigate. This new mission in turn encounters severe malfunctions during the approach to Mars. While the leader remains to save a failing orbiting module, the rest of the team crash lands on the surface.

The movie then turns into a survival tale with the mysteries of Mars gradually revealed as the crew members die off one by one.

While it is better than Mission to Mars, the movie did poorly at the box office.

One serious flaw is the dreary tone of the movie. None of the crew seem to really believe in going to Mars and they all want to get back to earth as soon as possible. Not surprisingly, most of the audience soon wants to get away from this movie as soon as possible.

The American Astronaut Cory McAbee
2001
independent
91 minutes
US

An eccentric comedy fantasy with a space motif created by a band called The Billy Nayer Show. Here is description of the film from the web site:

Written, directed, and starring Cory McAbee of The Billy Nayer Show, this space western musical uses flinty black-and-white photography, rugged Lo-Fi sets and the spirit of the final frontier to bring the film, set in the dirty, isolated vastness of outer space, to life. The film also stars Rocco Sisto and Gregory Russell Cook. THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT follows the adventures of an interplanetary trader (McAbee) through his Homeric intergalactic journey to provide the all-female population of Venus with a suitable singular male, all the while being pursued by the cold-blooded and childish killer, Professor Hess (Sisto), an enigmatic figure from his past. The film features an original soundtrack by the The Billy Nayer Show.

Race to Space

Sean McNamara
2001
Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
US

This film takes place during the days of the early space program when test flights included chimpanzes such as the famous Ham. Alex Linz plays a young boy who wants to become an astronaut someday. His father is played by James Woods.

Annabeth Gish is an Air Force veterinarian and animal trainer in charge of getting the animals ready for their flights.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash

Ron Underwood
Aug.2002
Warner Brothers
US
95 min

This comedy stared Eddie Murphy whose character runs a nightclub in a Lunar Colony in the year 2087. He refuses to sell out his club to the local mafia.

This film became one of the biggest disasters of 2002. After sitting on the shelf for a year or two, it finally got released but with very limited advertising. Eddie Murphy was so embarassed by it, he refused to do any publicity for it. The reviews were awful.

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets Joe Ahearne
2004
BBC, UK
100min

BBC TV docu-drama from 2004. The Wikipedia entry describes the show as follows:

"Five astronauts pilot the Pegasus spacecraft on a tour of the solar system. Their mission takes them to Venus, Mars, a close flyby of the Sun, Jupiter’s moons of Io and Europa, Saturn’s moon of Titan, Pluto, and the fictional Comet Yano-Moore.

It inspired the TV series Defying Gravity.

More info:

First on the Moon

Alexei Fedorchenko
2005
75 min.
35 mm,
color / b&w
Sverdlovsk Film Studio, Strana Film Company
Russia

"Mock-umentary" about a super secret Soviet mission to the Moon in 1938.

Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars

Renee Sotile &
Mary Jo Godges
TrapsingthruFilms
Nov 2005
75 minutes
US

Documentary about the first teacher-astronaut who tragically died in the flight of the Challenger Shuttle in January 26th 1986.

The Wild Blue Yonder
*
IMDB
Werner Herzog
Hemispheric Pictures LLC
Sept.2005
81 min
Germany

The famous German art film director made this low budget metaphorical sci-fi/fantasy. Space flight is apparently portrayed as escape from environmental damage to earth. See the Synopsis on his official site for the film.

The entire film is available in low resolution format on line: Werner Herzog - The Wild Blue Yonder - Google Video

The Mars Underground Scott J. Gill
2005

This documentary is

"about renowned aerospace scientist and visionary, Dr. Robert Zubrin, and his struggle to get the first human mission to Mars off the ground.

Shot entirely in breathtaking High Definition (HD) and directed by accomplished documentarian, Scott J. Gill (Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, The Blood Earth), THE MARS UNDERGROUND brings to life Dr. Zubrin’s vision, known as "Mars Direct", through startling 3-D CGI animation of the launch, voyage and landing of spacecraft, as well as glimpses into the future of man’s reign on Mars...."

Resources:

Fascisti su marte Corrado Guzzanti
Fandango
2006
Italy
Firestorm Terry Cunningham
2006
US

Made for TV movie for the Sci-Fi Channel.

An asteroid impacts the Moon and this in turn causes problems on earth.

Un ticket pour l'espace
(A Ticket to Space)

Eric Lartigau
LGM Productions
Jan.2006
90 minutes
France

A French comedy about space tourism.

The following sites are in French:

Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars Renee Sotile &
Mary Jo Godges
Traipsing Thru Films
75 minutes
USA

Documentary about the school teacher who died in the Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Postcards From The Future Alan Chan
Mahalo Bay Films
Large format
2007

A "large format' (but not IMAX) independently made film.

Synopis:

"Postcards is the story of our possible future in space exploration and colonization - seen through the eyes of an engineer working to build a base on the moon, who occasionally sends 'video postcards' back to wife and family on Earth..

A 'future documentary' with a narrative form and story function that lets the audience humanize space exploration - to see how the New Vision for Space Exploration will affect their lives.."

In the Shadow of the Moon

DVD at Amazon

David Sington
DOX Productions
THINKFilm distribution
2007
100 min.
UK

From the DOX website entry for In the Shadow of the Moon:

"The story of the men who went to the Moon, told in their own words.

Between 1968 and 1972 twenty-four Americans journeyed to the Moon. They remain the only human beings to have visited another world. In this film the Apollo astronauts tell their own story, and share their reflections on what these great voyages of exploration meant to them and to humanity.

The film-makers have shot intimate and revealing interviews with prime crew members from every Apollo mission from Apollo 8, the first voyage around the Moon, to Apollo 17, the last lunar landing, during which two men lived on the surface for more than three days and nights. The interviews are interwoven with re-mastered NASA film footage, much of it never used before."

The Astronaut Farmer
(Astronaut Farmer - - film site)

DVD at Amazon

Michael Polish
(Written with his brother Mark)
Warner Bros.
2007
USA

This film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis and Virginia Madsen.

Synopsis: "The film is about a man named Charles Farmer (Billy Bob) who is destined to reach outer space. Forced to retire from NASA in order to save the family farm, Charles Farmer reaches a crossroad in his life. Should he give up his dreams to save the family farm, or come up with a new dream to accomplish both? It is an incredibly touching movie based on life struggles and hardships."

Sunshine

DVD at Amazon

 

Danny Boyle
DNA Films
2007
UK

The synopsis from the film's website:

The Sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. Soon the crew are fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.

The film once again pairs director Danny Boyle with writer Alex Garland and producer Andrew Macdonald, who previously teamed up for the thinking person’s zombie film, 28 DAYS LATER.

More info:

The Wonder of It All

DVD at Amazon

Jeffrey Roth
2007
US

Documentary about the lunar missions from the viewpoint of the men who landed on the Moon. The movie interweaves lengthy and revealing interviews with seven of the twelve moonwalkers.

Stolen Life Peter Rasmussen
Nanoflix
2007

A science fiction movie made in the Machinima 3D animation style.

Created using game engine technology Stolen Life stars Claudia Black of Stargate and Farscape and Chris Jones of the legendary Tex Murphy interactive adventures. Stolen Life is “Future Noir”, a dark and moody sci-fi detective story set on an asteroid in our solar system. It received six nominations and one award at the 2006 New York Machinima Film Festival. The Stolen Life trailer, interviews and screenshots can be found at Nanoflix

There is also a trailer posted at YouTube. The film is now available on DVD.

Sputnk Mania David Hoffman
Varied Directions Int.
2007

Documentary about the impact of Sputnik on the US.

Orphans of Apollo: The Battle of the Mir & the New Space Revolution Michael Potter
midnight shadow productions
2008

A documentary described as "The Boldest Business Venture the Earth has Ever Seen ". It describes the private venture MirCorp and its efforts to buy the Russian Mir space station.

Orphans of Apollo Blog

Here are some clips:

Fly Me to the Moon Ben Stassen
nWave Pictures
August 2008

3D animated children's movie about houseflies that stow away on Apollo 11.

Moon Duncan Jones
2009

First shown at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The plot involves a character working on the Moon by himself at a Helium 3 extraction facility. Nearing the end of a 3 year contract, he begins to experience hallucinations and "and soon realizes that his life at the base is not what it seems."

Descriptions and photos:

Moon Beat Kevin Stirling
2009

A documentary about the press coverage of the Apollo program.

Land Of Space And Time Michael Lennick & Shirley Gulliford
2009

A documentary about development of the US Space program in Southern New Mexico.

Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander Renee Sotile &
Mary Jo Godges
Traipsing Thru Films
39 minutes
USA
Documentary about astronaut Pam Melroy and her mission to the ISS as commander of the Shuttle Discovery.
Space Tourists Christian Frei
98 min
2009

A film about Anousheh Ansari's flight to the ISS. "This documentary follows her journey into space and shows everyday life as it is on the International Space Station." It also looks at life in Kazkhastan, especially those who collect the metal from booster stages that fall back to land. A profile of the Romanian ARCA group is included as well.

It was one of 12 films selected out of 782 international documentary submissions for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

 

2010's
Love William Eubank
130 minutes
2010

Synopsis - "After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut LEE MILLER becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity - and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship. Driven by the powerful music of ANGELS & AIRWAVES, LOVE explores the fundamental human need for connection and the limitless power of hope A high-impact visual adventure, that resonates a common truth, that everyone has a story to tell and something even greater to leave behind."

Richard Garriott:
Man on a Mission
Mike Woolf
94 min
2010

A documentary about Richard Garriott and his private trip to the ISS in 2008. First shown in 2010 but not released to theaters till Jan. 2012.

Hayabusa Yukihiko Tsutsumi
20th Century Fox
Japan
2011

This film tells the amazing story of the Japanese Hayabusa robotic spacecraft mission to the asteroid Itokawa. The flight controllers overcame one near-death setback after another for the spacecraft. Eventually they managed to bring it back to earth for a hard landing in Australia. It carried minute samples of the asteroid with it.

Apogee of Fear Richard Garriott
8 minute
2012

Richard Garriott made this short film while on the ISS with the help of crewmembers. Considered the first sci-fi movie made IN space. NASA resisted its release for unknown bureaucratic reasons but eventually they relented.

Quantum Quest:
A Cassini Space Odyssey
Harry 'Doc' Kloor
Dan St. Pierre
48 min.
2010

An animated large frame format 3D CGI film mixed with NASA background imagery of various places in the solar system. The 48 minute long film appears aimed at IMAX theaters but they don't explicitly say that.

As indicated by the trailer, the film is aimed at young people and includes a science education goal within the comic action hero style plot.

More here:

Apollo 18 Gonzalo López-Gallego
2011

A conspiracy, horror sci-fi movie in a documentary style presentation about a secret Apollo mission that went badly.

First Orbit Christopher Riley
2011

This documentary, which is free online, shows what Yuri Gagarin saw on his famous flight by filming the same flight path that he took as seen from the ISS. The project was supported by ESA.

The music was composed by Philip Sheppard and comes from his album Cloud Songs.

Saving Hubble

David Gaynes
70 minutes
2012

A documentary about the successful effort to save the Hubble telescope project after NASA announced in 2004 that it would be canceled.

Space Warriors Sean McNamara
2013

Made-for-TV movie about a boy attending a Space Camp whose team ends up saving the Int. Space Station.

Europa Report

Sebastián Cordero
90 minutes
2013

Ths movide is about a future privately funded mission to the Jupiter moon Europa and is done in a documentary, found-footage style. The mission is also depicted in a very scientifically rigorous manner, i.e. the film is of the rare "hard sci-fi" genre. It's also in the Solar Sci-Fi category.

Here's a report on a panel discussion of the movie at the recent Comic Con event in Las Vegas: Talk of an icy moon at Vegas for Nerds - The Space Review.

The Europa Ventures LLC faux website is for the organization in the movie that ran the Europa mission.

 

Elysium Neill Blomkamp
109 minutes
2013

"In the year 2154 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds"

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón
91 min
2013

A routine space mission is smashed by space debris and Dr. Ryan Stone must fight and use her wits for survival.

This smash hit film, in more ways than one, won 7 Academy Awards. Sandra Bullock was nominated for Best Actress in her role as Stone. One of the very few successful films based on a scenario of current space capabilities, depicted in a realistic manner.

The depiction is far from perfect, especially with regard to the orbital mechanics of the various spacecraft involved. However, these are details and overall they subtract little for most people from the overall believability of the film.

Amazing special effects amid gorgeous orbital views of earth.

 

I Want to Be an Astronaut David Ruck
39 min
2014

Plot summary: "Blair Mason has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three years old. Now, at 17, that dream has become a vision for "moving humanity beyond Earth." But what does it take to be an astronaut? And, more importantly, what are we doing now as a nation to keep the dreams of young people like Blair within the realm of possibility? "I want to be an Astronaut" examines the current state of America's space program: where we've been, where we are, and where we might be headed. The film is a powerful and emotional ride that explores the human side of space exploration, and the realities that need to be in place so that our nation has a program for the "Blair's" of the world to aspire to."

 

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