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These are the top 5 sci-fi movies set in outer space: The Martian, Interstellar, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Wall-E

These are the top 5 sci-fi movies set in outer space: The Martian, Interstellar, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Wall-E

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Text: Aravin Sandran


The Martian (2015)

Tagline: Help is only 140 million miles away. 

Cast: Jimmy Kimmel's nemesis, Matt Damon

Premise: Astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) gets stranded on the red planet after a manned mission goes terribly wrong because of a space storm. To survive, he folds up his sleeves and gets down and dirty by becoming a horticulturist. 

One-sentence review: Funny yet dramatic — this Ridley Scott-directed one-man film was good but it didn't deserve its seven Oscar nominations. 

What the Internet is saying: "Somebody needs to stop Matt Damon from going into space again or we are gonna have to go get him again."

Interstellar (2014)

Tagline: Mankind's next step will be our greatest. 

Cast: Everyone's favourite shirtless celebrity Matthew McConaughey stars alongside the actress everyone loves to hate, Anne Hathaway.

Premise: After Earth is ravaged by drought and famine, a team of astronauts are sent to the depths of space towards a wormhole with hopes of finding a habitable planet.

One-sentence review: This film will cause you to cry at some point and be confused half of the time but you'll leave with new perspectives on climate change.

What the Internet is saying: "Hans Zimmer + Christopher Nolan = perfection"

Alien (1979)

Tagline: "In space, no one can hear you scream."

Cast: Sigourney Weaver 

Premise: A commercial spaceship investigates a distress call from a distant moon. Instead of stranded travellers, they are confronted by an unidentified creature.

One-sentence review: Ahead of its time and unapologetically terrifying, Sigourney Weaver is that fearless woman who women wish they can be and men wish they'll never meet in real life.

What the Internet is saying: "I dreamed of becoming an astronaut once...not anymore."

2001: Space Odyssey (1968)

Tagline: The Ultimate Trip.

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester

Premise: A supercomputer called HAL 9000, a mysterious artefact on the moon and an explorer are intertwined in an interstellar adventure.

One-sentence review: Delirious, masterful and visionary are just some of the words that barely scratch the surface of one of cinema's greatest films.

What the Internet is saying: "Impressive then. Impressive even now."

Wall-E (2008)

Tagline: After 700 years of doing what he was built for - he'll discover what he's meant for. 

Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin 

Premise: In a post-apocalyptic universe, waste-collecting robot Wall-E falls in love with a reconnaissance robot called Eve.

One-sentence review: A movie this silent, smart and sentimental deserves to be watched alone, in total darkness and without the ping of a smartphone.

What the Internet is saying: "Wall-E is the quietest animated movie Pixar ever made and yet has one of the best love stories out there."

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