NASA ranks the most and least conceivable sci-fi films

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 6th, 2011

Well, it’s more likely that we will be able to genetically engineer humans than it will be to save us from the Mayans’ foretold end of days. At least according to a recent list compiled by NASA (that’s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration), in which they have ranked sci-fi films by how possible their events are in relation to becoming a reality.

Topping the worst list is 2009′s 2012 bringing the term “disaster flick” to a whole new meaning, followed by 2003′s THE CORE in which a team attempts to jump start the Earth’s core via a phallic drill-like vessel (the poster for this film is borderline pornographic in its unintentional and hilarious symbolism). Rounding out the top three of the bottom is 1998′s ARMAGEDDON, which is basically the exact same plot as THE CORE except up instead of down.

Making the top ranks of the best list is 1997′s GATTACA from writer/director Andrew Niccol (who coincidentally also gave us one of the most ridiculous sci-fi films ever with S1m0ne. That title alone proves this), followed by that same year’s CONTACT in which we successfully travel to another planet by way of what can only be described as a giant desk ornament that opens a portal, all so that Jodie Foster can get closure with her alien dad on a space beach. After that at number three, is what may be the original sci-fi film; 1927′s METROPOLIS from the legendary Fritz Lang.

You can check out the complete lists after the break. And when I say complete, I mean seven films each. Maybe at seven, the boys at NASA realized that they should be doing something more important than making lists. You know, like figuring out how to save the world from its impending total destruction now less than a year away. And we wonder why we’ve never sent man back to the Moon.

The least conceivable sci-fi films according to NASA

  1. 2012 (2009)
  2. The Core (2003)
  3. Armageddon (1998)
  4. Volcano (1997)
  5. Chain Reaction (1996)
  6. The 6th Day (2000)
  7. What the #$*! Do We Know? (2004)

The most conceivable sci-fi films according to NASA

  1. Gattaca (1997)
  2. Contact (1997)
  3. Metropolis (1927)
  4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  5. Woman in the Moon (1929)
  6. The Thing from Another World (1951)
  7. Jurassic Park (1993)

What? No, Philip K. Dick-inspired films? I guess it is replicant and not replican. At least they think there is some plausibility to dino DNA! And that gives me hope for a better tomorrow.

Source Cinematical

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