Humanity has been envisioning what life in
space might look like pretty much ever since we discovered there was such a
thing as, well, space.
Of course, we won’t actually know which (if any) of our countless attempts were correct until we finally make contact.
Even so, it’s most likely wishful
thinking to suppose that aliens will be cute (like in ET), or monstrous (like in Alien),
or capable of pop culture references (like in Paul).
Rather, given the unfathomable size and scope of the universe, it’s
a lot more probable that extraterrestrials will be nothing like anyone ever
At least, not until these filmmakers did.
5. The Ocean - Solaris
The Ocean, as it appears in Andrei Tarkovsky’s
1972 film, is the name given to the sole inhabitant of the mysterious planet
A giant mass of plasma covering an entire
world, The Ocean is not so much an entity as it is an ecosystem. Whether it
also possesses a consciousness, though, no one can tell.
When all attempts to communicate with it fail, a
group of scientists aboard a space station orbiting the planet decide to
bombard it with radiation beams in order to elicit a response.
And a response they get. Not only does The
Ocean stealthily hijack their subconscious, it also uses the memories buried
there to materialize their worst regret and greatest shame which, in the case
of protagonist Kris Kelvin, take the form of his late wife, Hari, whom he had once
driven to kill herself.