It’s summer, you finally have some time to unwind! Here is a list of some wonderful TV shows and films for you to put your feet up in front of and enjoy watching.
The weather has been a bit varied this summer, so although you may be outside enjoying the sun, we wanted to make sure you have some viewing options to watch for the nights, or for rainy days.
The number of films and TV programs pertaining to science and biotech is unlimited, so I’ve updated our 2018 list and included a few more alternatives that will hopefully keep you entertained. However, if we missed anything good, feel free to let us know.
1. Gattaca (1997)
Set in a future society in which most children are conceived in vitro and disease is predestined through genetic selection procedures, Gattaca depicts the story of one of the few organically conceived infants. Born with a cardiac abnormality, he is considered a second citizen. He is prohibited from his desire of having a profession going in space. That is, until one such ‘perfect’ specimen of the elite decides he wants out of the program. Then all he has to do is fool the stringent biometric police exams to assume their spot.
2. Creation (2009)
Creation takes us back to 19th-century England, where, following his famous journey on the Beagle, Charles Darwin is putting together the theory of evolution. As he works in the book that would transform the basis of biology forever, Darwin struggles with the implications of his theory, which conflicts with the religious views of his wife and puts their relationship at risk. The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Darwin’s best friend and botanist Joseph Hooker, who promoted the publishing of On the Origin of Species. For fans of Sherlock, this will be a treat.
3. Blueprint (2003)
The life of the first cloned human is depicted in the German film Blueprint. A well-known musician is informed that she has an ailment that will not be cured. She clones herself in order to preserve her work. The film focuses on the mother-daughter bond between a musician and her clone.
4. The Andromeda strain (1971)
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, An alien life form has arrived on Earth, and scientists are racing against the clock to determine its identity in the sci-fi thriller The Andromeda Strain. You’ll be able to follow the experts as they conduct a series of studies to better understand and cure the strain. You’ve never seen the scientific method like this before.
5. Splice (2009)
Splice tells the story of two scientists who defy a restriction on human embryo research in order to develop a hybrid creature with the ultimate goal of becoming famous through their study. They somehow manage to conduct experiments on human embryos without any financing while still being compelled to carry out the study they are paid to conduct. And, of course, nothing goes as planned.
6. Elysium (2013)
The year is 2154, and the setting for Elysium is that year. Only the very wealthy, who can afford to live on a space station, have access to biotechnology’s potential for curing all of humanity’s ills. A world overrun with human beings is wracked by poverty and starvation. A man from the United States sets out on an epic journey to unite a globe separated by the lack of equitable access to scientific advancements. Matt Damon once again saves the day.
7. Awakenings (1990)
Robin Williams plays a doctor who tests a novel treatment on catatonic patients who can’t move at all but are nevertheless conscious within their frozen bodies, based on the true tale of the invention of levodopa treatments for neurological illnesses in Awakenings. Although the character’s name is modified for the film, Oliver Sacks, a well-known neuroscientist, was the inspiration for the character.
8. Contagion (2011)
Viruses are rapidly spreading over the world in Contagion. The CDC assembles a team of doctors to find measures to prevent the spread of the disease while searching for a cure. Chaos reigns throughout the planet as millions are killed. A citizen with little authority to stop the global pandemic is played by Matt Damon this time around.
9. The Amazing Spider Man (2012)
The Labiotech team voted for the 2012 reboot of the original Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield in the lead role, to be included on this list. There are several novel twists in this well-known Spider-Man story, such as when Peter Parker is bitten by genetically modified spiders and obtains spider-like abilities, falls in love with Gwen Stacy and takes on villains, but it is still a classic tale. 2011 Sony Pictures Imageworks An interesting subplot deals with leg regeneration and the DNA of reptiles, for example. To learn more, you’ll have to watch the video!
10. Altered Carbon (2018)
Over 360 years into the future, the series is based on a novel by Richard K Morgan. After death, a person’s memories and identity can be transferred to a new body via a ‘cortical stack,’ which can be implanted into a new body. However, this is something that can only be done by the most well-off members of society. In exchange for solving a murder, a rebel mercenary is given a second chance at life. This series provides a fascinating look at how science could transform our futures and how we must be aware of the elitist nature of expensive products. Season 2 has already been renewed, so if you like it, keep an eye out for it next year.
11. Orphan Black (2013–2017)
You should certainly check out Orphan Black if you’ve never seen it before. If you get addicted, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands because Netflix has five different programs to choose from! This series explores the many ramifications of cloning without giving too much away. Sarah Manning, the main protagonist, is a con artist. Following the theft of her apparent doppelgänger’s suitcase, she is plunged into a vortex of conspiracy, secret study, and peril. A number of accolades have been bestowed upon Orphan Black, which also receives high marks on review sites like rotten tomatoes. In addition, it has been recommended to me by numerous scientists, which is a good indicator!
12. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
It’s hard to ignore the new Blade Runner movie, which has already won two Oscars and two Baftas for cinematography and visual effects work. To pay respect to the original films from the 1980s, Blade Runner 2049 has Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos reprise their roles from the first film thirty years later. Bioengineered humans, referred to as “replicants,” are treated the same as slaves as in the original. Ryan Gosling’s role, a “Blade Runner,” is tasked with finding and killing “rogue” replicants. A must-see if you were a fan of the original films. If you haven’t seen the originals, that’s where you should start; otherwise, this is a must-see.
13. Annihilation (2018)
Annihilation, a film adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name, debuted on Netflix earlier this year. In the future, a substantial part of the southern United States has been isolated by a mystery border following an undisclosed calamity. This video tells the story of an all-female journey to the Arctic to find out what happened to previous explorers and to gather data on the region’s current state. In the lead part of “the scientist,” Natalie Portman does an excellent job, but I can’t help but think that the film might have been even better had it received more money and been released in theaters. Several individuals have given it a positive rating, but others aren’t so convinced about it. However, it’s a topic that’s sure to elicit discussion.
14. Icarus (2017)
As far as I know, this is the only film on the list. For the best documentary category, it was nominated and won an Oscar earlier this year. Filmmaker and writer Brian Fogel is followed as he develops a relationship with Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of Russia’s main anti-doping laboratory.. Following Fogel’s study into doping in sport that resulted in Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program and Rodchenkov’s emigration to America, this film tells the story. A must-read for everyone interested in science-based investigative journalism, this article is a must-watch!
15. What/If (2019)
A well-known, but mysterious, female venture capitalist makes an unconventional agreement with a young American biotech pioneer whose company is having financial difficulties (a common occurrence in the biotech industry). The investor promises to furnish the company with all the money it needs and then some in exchange for spending one night with the founder’s husband. Despite the conflicting reviews, I think this Netflix series is an interesting look at our moral compass and how far we’d go to achieve our goals.