12 Most Scientifically Accurate Sci-Fi Movies Ever Made

How important it is for a science fiction film to be scientifically accurate? It isn’t always necessary, I’d say. When there’s a fantasy element incorporated in the storyline, the accuracy of the scientific concepts don’t really matter. But that might not always be the case. When a realistic storyline is presented, the makers must ensure that whatever is depicted in the film is close to perfection in terms of the scientific accuracy and other technicalities. So let’s take a look at the list of 12 scientifically accurate sci-fi movies.


12. Her (2013)

It might seem unfair to add a romantic film on to the list but the reason why ‘Her’ feels incredibly powerful is because of the world it manages to create and how not-so-distant it seems with all its technological advancements and the evolution of human lives. With the kind of rapid speed the world is moving at in terms of technological developments, the idea of a man falling in love with an operating system does not seem unrealistic at all. The way the film depicts its world and how we all would become slaves to technology is both frighteningly realistic and charmingly funny in many ways.


11. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Robert Wise’s sci-fi classic has somewhere got buried under the pile of seen but forgotten flicks. A satellite crashes near a small town, killing most people and what’s worse is that there also seems to be a possibility of an alien virus that would wreck the town and its inhabitants. Andromeda, a microscopic life form, kills almost any living creature it comes in contact with and can travel through air as well. What’s most effective about the film is its terrifying storyline and the way it depicts the frightening realities of infection and how bacteria goes about plaguing lives with deadly diseases and infections.


10. Gattaca (1997)

I couldn’t possibly comprehend the reasons why this film flopped so badly at the box office. It’s such an incredibly well made, inventive piece of pure sci-fi cinema. The world building here is simply astounding. Andrew Niccol’s vision of a future society where children are conceived through genetic manipulation so that they gain the best hereditary traits of their parents is scarily realistic. The use of technology for the process of human reproduction is not something that would seem unrealistic for viewers now. There were numerous projects undertaken by doctors and scientists in order to help couples overcome the problem of infertility and conceive children through ways that are not human but completely technology driven. And the film carefully constructs this basic plot-line without blowing it out of proportion.


9. Minority Report (2002)

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Steven Spielberg fails to not entertain even when he at his weakest. ‘Minority Report’ is certainly not among his greatest works but it is one of the most fascinating sci-films ever made. Perhaps when it came back in 2002, the film’s premise might have come off as a little too much for viewers to stomach but nothing in the film, especially when see now, seems realistically impossible to achieve. The whole plot itself about a technology which makes it possible to nab criminals and prevent them from committing crimes isn’t far from reality and stuff like that are in development and would be put into work in the very near future. So ultimately you could possibly live the futuristic world Spielberg envisioned and that won’t be too far away.


8. The Martian (2015)

On a cinematic level, I wasn’t quite impressed with ‘The Martian’. Sure it’s a well made film but what more? That’s exactly the problem. It just doesn’t go beyond being an enjoyable popcorn space flick. However, it does deserve a lot of credit for its startling scientific accuracy. The source material itself was noted for getting all the science right with writer When Weir using the reader feedback for the process. Ridley Scott worked with James L. Green, the director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and discussed about the winds and dust storm which really was a major challenge considering the speed and how it would actually turn out to be in reality. The best thing about the film is that none of the science it uses or the technicalities seem far-fetched and it only makes use of the science that is realistically possible in today’s scenario or perhaps in a not so distant future.


7. Deep Impact (1998)

‘Deep Impact’ follows a plot where a comet is set to collide with the earth and threatens to wreck humanity. A plot as interesting as this could have been built up on with more atmospheric tension which is where the film utterly failed. But nevertheless it does something right with its science. In fact what’s more interesting was that the film was highly received among scientists rather than film critics. Many of them found the physics the film uses to be surprisingly accurate. The methods and ways used in the film in order to prevent and destroy the deadly comet are realistically possible and the basic plot in itself isn’t really implausible unlike many other flicks of its genre. There are possibilities of a comet attack on our world.

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