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Galactic Odyessey: Sci-fi Movies on Exoplanet as Astronomers Discover New Earth-sized Planet

Astronomers detected one Earth-sized planet named Speculoos-3b, located 55 light-years away!

The newly discovered Speculoos-3b or Search for Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars “orbits around an ultracool dwarf star similar in size to Jupiter,” as per Guardian reports.

Rising global warming and climate change prompted scientists hunt for an alternative to Earth. Ever since the first confirmation of exoplanet in the 1990s, numerous missions and strong telescopes have been employed on this hunt.

Even, there are many sci-fi movies on this topic. In those movies, self-sustaining human survival is visualised as a theme. Movies about colonization in exoplanets offer different perspectives about the need and technological advancements. Here are some exemplary films that focus on space colonization, potential challenges, along with possible consequences.

Interstellar (2014):

A movie directed by Christopher Nolan is enough to raise curiosity. The Oscar winning director’s venture into space travel and search for exoplanet is one of the finest movies of all time. Supported by amazing performance by Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, Interstellar tells a harsh reality of human survival. The movie is a available on Prime video.

Forbidden Planet (1956):

This is probably the first sci-fi movie dealing with space colonization. directed by Fred M. Wilcox, Forbidden Planet portrays a unique approach to space colonization where ancient civilizations along with natural threats work in unison in the planet Altair IV. The movie is available on Prime video.

Tides (2021):

Tides (or The Colony) is an English-language German science-fiction thriller set in a post-apocalyptic setting. Although being a sci-fi drama, the writer director Tim Fehlbaum showcased the harsh side of the society, survival ethics, and classism. This visually stunning and high thought provoking drama is available on Prime video.

Cosmic Sin (2021):

Edward Drake directed this sci-fi action drama about space colonization on a broader scale. Set in the distant future, this movie depicts humans colonizing in different planets for centuries across the galaxy. When space travel is normalised and humans face a greater threat of strong Alien invasion, scientists and military leaders plan to prevent them. Despite facing rejections from the critics, audience praised this movie for being futuristic. Cosmic Sin is available on Prime video.

Pandorum (2009):

This science-fiction horror is directed by Christian Alvart. Pandorum deals with the dangers of space traveling for colonization. The movie brilliantly showed the impact of isolation in nowhere as grotesque horror. You may feel claustrophobic while watching this dark movie. Supported by amazing visual effects and original storyline, Pandorum has a cult following. The movie is available on Prime video.

Red Planet (2000):

Antony Hoffman’s only feature-length film, Red Planet stars Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Tom Sizemore. Set in 2025, the movie depicts space crew’s assessment on human colonization in Mars due to pollution and overpopulation. The movie showcased the importance of advanced technologies and consequences of human error. This futuristic thrilling drama is available on Prime video.

Prospect (2018):

This science-fiction indie film was written and directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell. The movie depicts the story of father-daughter duo going to an alien forest moon in search of gemstones. Inspired from a short film of the same name, Prospect shows the consequences of human greed. This Pedro Pascal, Sophie Thatcher, and Jay Duplass starring drama is available on Prime video.

Humans’ curiosity for outer space has led to a consistent circulation of science-fiction content. How many of those you have already watched?