November 09, 2008

The 5 Most Scientifically Plausible Sci-Fi Movies

Via the comics site Newsarama comes just what the post title says:

#1: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Easily the best pick since author Arthur C. Clarke was a scientist. Clarke envisioned artificial satellites before they became a reality, and a later [written] sequel to 2001 dealt with space elevators, which are even now being considered for development.

#2: The Truman Show (1998). This "show" predated the reality show craze. I found it a bit implausible that the ruse could have lasted as long as it did, but the science behind it sure is solid.

#3: Gattaca (1997). A dystopic view of society where genetic manipulation makes "love children" -- those conceived without any pre-birth genetic engineering -- socially inferior and without any hope of advancement. Ethan Hawke is one such child who sets out to fool society. The title is based on the four DNA nucleotides of adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine.

#4: Iron Man (2008). Armored exo-skeletons are actually already in production; however, something as sophisticated as Tony Stark's suit is still a ways off in reality, despite his super-genius.

#5: Jurassic Park (1993). Cloning is already a reality, but could we really extract the blood of a dinosaur from a mosquito in amber and recreate a Jurassic Era reptile? If genetic engineering is anywhere near as developmentally quick as, say, computer science, I say "yes!"

Posted by Hube at November 9, 2008 09:49 AM | TrackBack

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I loved Gattaca. Besides the abundance of eye candy, I don't think people realize how close we are to living this scenario. My brother is an immuno-genetisist. Amazing stuff going on.

Posted by: pandora at November 9, 2008 12:51 PM

With you on Gattaca. It was one of the first movies I reviewed as a "teen critic" for the News Journal back in 1997. It's funny you should mention it, Hube. I said the same thing in my review re: the DNA nucleotide thing. When I was in the theatre, the lightbulb went off (GATC!!) and I thought it was so cool. I'll have to dig up that review. I can't believe it's been 11 years.

Posted by: Mike Matthews at November 9, 2008 12:54 PM

I don't think of The Truman Show as sci-fi, but I don't think fantasy is sci-fi, either.

Posted by: rightwingprof at November 9, 2008 01:24 PM

I guess 2001 could be realistic if you could figure out what the heck it was about...

Posted by: Adam Graham at November 9, 2008 03:07 PM

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