When you come across a great film, it’s always a good idea to do some research and check out other movies that are in the same sphere, so to speak. With our If You Liked series we intend to do just that. Each week we’ll be presenting you with a selection of films you’ll love “if you liked” that week’s particular highlighted movie and/or director.
This week’s film recommendations are based on Ridley Scott’s Best Picture nominee, The Martian. Based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.
Today we’ll be sharing with you six other space-related films that are guaranteed to please –Apollo 13 (1995), Europa Report (2013), Event Horizon (1997), Moon (2009), Solaris (1972) and Sunshine (2007).
Apollo 13 (1995)
Based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth’s orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts’ survival and their safe return to Earth.
Europa Report (2013)
When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean and single-celled life exists on one of Jupiter’s moons, an international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon.
Event Horizon (1997)
When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon’s creator, William Weir, the crew of the Lewis and Clark, led by Capt. Miller, begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon’s previous journey are still present.
Astronaut Sam Bell’s three-year shift at a lunar mine is finally coming to an end, and he’s looking forward to his reunion with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, Sam’s health takes a drastic turn for the worse. He suffers painful headaches and hallucinations, and almost has a fatal accident. He meets what appears to be a younger version of himself, possibly a clone. With time running out, Sam must solve the mystery before the company crew arrives.
In the not-too-distant future, Earth’s dying sun spells the end for humanity. In a last-ditch effort to save the planet, a crew of eight men and women ventures into space with a device that could revive the star. However, an accident, a grave mistake and a distress beacon from a long-lost spaceship throw the crew and its desperate mission into a tailspin.
If you liked The Martian, we highly recommend checking out Apollo 13 (1995), Europa Report (2013), Event Horizon (1997), Moon (2009), Solaris (1972) and Sunshine (2007).
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