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What is the most plausible alien movie?

 
 
Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 07:38 pm
What is the most plausible alien (extra terrestrial alien) movie scenario, both in the depiction of the alien and in the scenario in which the plot unfolds?

My choice would be The Andromeda Strain (1971).
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 08:33 pm
@rosborne979,
Mars Needs Women

Because, like, Mars needs women, right?
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Chumly
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 08:36 pm
The Andromeda Strain did not involve extra terrestrial aliens in the usual sense that term is used, I do like its usage of the Odd-Man Hypothesis however.

Truth be told I don't know of any particularly plausible extra terrestrial alien movies Sad
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tycoon
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 08:44 pm
I watched a campy movie the other day where James Arness played a vegetative alien bent on foiling earthman progress at a North Pole scientific outpost. I thought this was very plausible, as he was covered in green cabbage-like foliage. He had already developed his Matt Dillon swagger.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 08:48 pm
the film "Simon" starring Alan Arkin
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 08:49 pm
@rosborne979,
rosborne979 wrote:
My choice would be The Andromeda Strain (1971).


I haven't seen that movie but I was going to post the same thing based on having read the book.

As Crichton says in the book, we tend to anthropomorphize our aliens and make them bipeds, intelligent, etc even though statistically a less complex organism is more likely.

Was the film any good? I liked the book.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 09:16 pm
@Robert Gentel,
The 1971 film was very good. Probably not as good as the book, but good for a movie.
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Starchild
 
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Reply Sat 14 Feb, 2009 11:42 pm
E.T... No, I am just kidding. If we are not thinking about less advanced "alien" like bacteria or more complex animals than we dont have any possibility to imagine how would a really advanced alien look like. The most plausible movie option would be that where the Aliens are actually machines. I think there are many but can´t just remember any names now. That would give aliens the advantage of spearding around in the universe.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 12:51 am
@Robert Gentel,
You can watch the whole thing on Youtube if you wish to.

http://www.youtube.com/user/AStrainMov

Anyone who liked Andromeda Strain would probably also like his book, "Prey" about an "alien" we created with nanobot technology.
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 04:48 am
I'm not sure if it's the most plausible alien, but for me the most realistically chilling was Alien. The sets of the space-ship were certainly plausible.

Note to Robert G. re: Andromeda -- the book is waaaay better than the film.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:07 am
@Starchild,
Starchild wrote:
E.T... No, I am just kidding. If we are not thinking about less advanced "alien" like bacteria or more complex animals than we dont have any possibility to imagine how would a really advanced alien look like. The most plausible movie option would be that where the Aliens are actually machines. I think there are many but can´t just remember any names now. That would give aliens the advantage of spearding around in the universe.

Well, I agree with your logic with regard to machines being the most plausible "aliens". But I can't think of many movies that depict that scenario in a realistic way. Transformers were "machines" but the movie was highly anthropomorphized.

rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:19 am
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:
I'm not sure if it's the most plausible alien, but for me the most realistically chilling was Alien. The sets of the space-ship were certainly plausible.

The original Alien was actually my third choice. Of course, any time a more highly specialized organism is depicted, the level of plausibility (on a purely statistical basis) goes proportionally down.

My second Choice was John Carpenter's version of The Thing. Even though this movie was designed to be a Horror film, the idea behind the Thing, a relatively simple organism which infects and then duplicates its hosts, seems plausible.

Body Snatchers, Puppet Masters and Invasion use similar ideas, but they also incorporate the concept of a hive-mind super intelligence bent on political dominance, whereas The Thing and Alien represented more basic biological imperatives (reproduction and survival).

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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 07:34 am
The Man Who Fell To Earth

briefly, and alien from a dying planet comes to earth looking for a suitable planet to colonize, he develops many technological advances in an effort to raise money to build a ship to take him back to his planet, he is eventually discovered and captured by the government, he is left a ruined man(?) alone, truly a stranger in a strange land

one of my favourite scenes comes from near the end of the movie, the alien is talking to a scientist friend who asks him if he's bitter about the way things turned out, and the things that were done to him, the alien pauses and then replies, "bitter, no, i expect we'd have done the same to you if you'd come to us"
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 12:07 pm
@Butrflynet,
Butrflynet wrote:
Anyone who liked Andromeda Strain would probably also like his book, "Prey" about an "alien" we created with nanobot technology.


I read that a few months ago, I didn't like it as much but I like his books and have read them all.
patiodog
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 01:20 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I was going to say Brother From Another Planet, but you guys have better answers.
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mac11
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 02:50 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Don't waste any time on the 2008 TV movie adaptation. The 1971 version was much better - but I agree, not as good as the book.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 03:00 pm
@rosborne979,
There was an old TV series I saw as a kid which seemed plausible at first....scientists in England picked up a repeating broadcast from Andromeda which, when decoded, turned out to carry instructions for making a life-form.

Then the instructions became responsive to what they were doing (as communicated back by the life-form), which, given the distances involved, was highly IMplausible.

I loved the series as a kid though!
patiodog
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 03:35 pm
@dlowan,
"Instant Message"-plausible?

Cute, bunny, cute...
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 03:54 pm
@patiodog,
You're a wanton misunderstander, ya know.

I am sure there is a name for this humour and literary device.
patiodog
 
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Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 04:06 pm
@dlowan,
I find order where there is none. It's probably got a classification in the DSM.

Which is not to say there are no comic and/or literary implications.
 

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