After a summer with a bit too much of super heroes blockbusters movies be prepared to fly to outer space as four sci-fi movies which looks interesting if not great are coming soon in theaters!
The first one to be released - in limited theaters supposedly on August 2 - is "Europa Report" which is " a unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter's moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean".
Described as the first sci-fi movie in the "found footage" genre the reviews so far are good with a 77% fresh tomatoes on rottentomatoes.com. Here is the trailer.
The next one, scheduled for August 9 is Elysium starring the great Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The story of this one will take place partly on Earth, partly in a space station called "Elysium": "In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium - but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens' luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission - one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces - but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well".
Georges Clooney and Sandra Bullock are playing in the next one called "Gravity", to be released October 4: "Directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone."
Definitely a "Houston, we have a problem" movie, it should looks great on an IMAX screen, and here is the extended trailer which shows even a bit too much, in my opinion...
The last one might top all the others and is the highly awaited "Ender's Game" , to be released on November 1. "Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, Ender's Game is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race".
Here is the trailer, it looks bloody good indeed, and hey, there is Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley!
And while we talk about outer space i'm adding this other video about a small audio-animatronic that was sent to the International Space Station just a few hours ago - in addition with a 4K camera -and this one is "made in Japan" by Toyota. Kirobo - the robot's name - has a look clearly inspired by Astro Boy and was created by Tomotaka Takahashi. His mission will be to talk with japanese spationaut Koichi Wakata coming at the ISS in November. But as you will see in the video below Kirobo had to be tested in weightlessness atmosphere to make sure he will move and talk correctly once inside the ISS!