Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Search for Life in Space (2016)

For some reason, I always fall into the same trap.  I know that most space documentaries will offer little new information, yet I watch them.  The Search for Life in Space is just such a documentary.  As you might imagine, it deals with extraterrestrial beings and how we might find them.  Most of the documentary deals with possible planets and moons within our own solar system, but does mention the Kepler telescope and the extrasolar planets that it has helped to find.

From what I’ve read, the movie was made for IMAX and was originally shown in 3-D, which makes sense.  The movie isn’t too big on plot or giving out a lot of detail.  It mentions a few moons that might be suitable.  This seems to be mostly a way of showing some nice pictures.   I wish I had the chance to see it in 3-D.  I should warn you that the soundtrack does leave something to be desired.  It was good, but not great.

It’s the kind of thing I could see playing on loop at a science museum on a screen in the corner.  At just over 30 minutes, it’s also the kind of thing that a teacher could show to a science class.  It’s pretty generic and could be understood by pretty much anyone.

There were a few omissions. I don’t recall it mentioning the Drake Equation or the Fermi Paradox, both central to the topic.  I don’t also don’t remember the movie mentioning Europa, although I may simply have missed it.  Europa is a pretty good candidate for extraterrestrial life.  I don’t get the impression that this was meant to be informative.  It seems like it was meant to be pretty for the really big screen.  If you can get it streaming, go for it.  If not, I wouldn’t worry about getting it on DVD.

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