Are any major space opera fans here?
Space is probably the most mysterious and intriguing place to us humans. Humans have made progress in understanding the world outside of our planet over the past century, yet our knowledge about the vast space is still very liminal compared to the extent of it.
Because of this mysteriousness and potential that space encompasses, it has proven to be a ground for many directors’ and writers’ creativity to expand on, using it as a background for many stories too big for Earth to hold.
A key requirement for a good space movie is visuals. Because it’s impossible to film in space (although there seems to be a space station studio in construction), directors must pay attention to the realism and details to be convincing enough for the audience in the first place. It’d be extremely difficult for the audience to buy to story if bad CGI was constantly distracting them away.
Some movies have failed in this aspect, while others have done their homework. Today, Maimovie would like to introduce the top 10 space movies whose visuals aren’t just great, but spectacular!
Let us know what you think of the ranking!
The following list was based on Maimovie on March 28, 2022, under the “spectacular visual” and “space” Keytalks. Check out the Maimovie app or website to discover more movies and shows.
2009, 1h 37m
With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.
2012, 2h 4m
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
2018, 2h 21m
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
2009, 2h 7m
The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.
2015, 2h 24m
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
2014, 2h 1m
Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.
2014, 2h 49m
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
2013, 1h 31m
Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
2009, 2h 42m
In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
2021, 2h 35m
Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.