‘Apocalyptic blockbuster absurd, say NASA scientists‘—thus headlines an article by John Harlow in ‘The Australian’, published yesterday. NASA is very unhappy with scientifically overflawed science-fiction movies like Roland Emmerich’s ‘2012‘ of 2009 (which they deem to be the worst), or Michael Bay’s ‘Armageddon‘ (1998). But they are quite fond of the cyberpunk genre. Here’s some water on my mills:
NASA and the SEE [Science & Entertainment Exchange, a group of physicists and others campaigning for more authentic science fiction] also praise “good” science fiction films such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner , which convincingly portrayed a futuristic Los Angeles now only eight years away. The most “realistic” film is considered to be Gattaca , starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.
The plot involves a genetically inferior man who assumes the identity of a superior one to pursue his dream of space travel.