The very best are either very thought-provoking or are simply badass.
So, without further ado, here are some of the most obscure and popular science quotes in movies. Trust us when we say, this list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.
1. This quote from "Europa Report" will leave you feeling insignificant
"Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known, what does your life actually matter?" - Rosa Dasque, "Europa Report"
We'll kick off our list with this rather nihilistic look at each person's life. In the grander scale of the universe and time, what does a person's life really matter?
The answer is, of course, whatever you want it to mean. Live life and define your own victory conditions for your life.
Cruise along through life or make yourself a legend. The choice is completely yours.
As you can see there is far more to this quote than meets the eye. Take comfort in the fact that every human being in history has felt this way in some form or other.
It is, in essence, one of the foundational questions in philosophy. Many great minds have been put to task attempting to answer it, so be sure to read their thoughts on the matter when you get a chance.
Feeling any better about yourself? Well, we did try.
In case you are not aware, "Europa Report" was released in 2013 and was directed by Sebastián Cordero. The film is about a fictional crewed mission to explore Europa (one of the moons of Jupiter).
The crew loses connection with Earth and other technical issues seriously begin to threaten the mission and crew's lives. However, despite the setbacks, the crew find tantalizing signs of life on the moon.
2. "Naked" has the story of the origin of life on Earth in a nutshell
Louise: "How did you get here?"
Johnny: "Well, basically, there was this little dot, right? And the dot went bang and the bang expanded. Energy formed into matter, matter cooled, matter lived, the amoeba to fish, to fish to fowl, to fowl to frog, to frog to mammal, the mammal to monkey, to monkey to man, amo amas amat, quid pro quo, memento mori, ad infinitum, sprinkle on a little bit of grated cheese and leave under the grill till Doomsday." - "Naked"
Here is yet another neat science quote from a movie. Featured in the 1993 film "Naked", it offers a fun brief story of the origin of life on planet Earth.
Directed by Mike Leigh, "Naked" is a story of two sexually obsessed men who, well, "have relations" with many women. This film is not for those who are faint-hearted when it comes to matters of the human body.
If you are looking for something different, it is a pretty good watch if you get the chance. Just make sure there are no children around!
3. Ian Malcolm lectures John Hammond on some basic scientific ethics
" Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." - Ian Malcolm, "Jurassic Park"
No list of this kind would be complete without this timeless quote from the legendary film adaptation of Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park". Not only is it pithy, but the quote is actually a very important message for scientists working in many fields.
From AI to genetic engineering, scientists must keep an eye on some fundamental ethical principles at all times. At least, we hope they do.
Afterall as the saying goes "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it!"
If their projects could create something that would be disastrous to mankind or the planet in general, should they actually do it? This is a timeless question that will only ever become more important as our knowledge of the universe grows over time.
4. Cosmic significance or just a coincidence?
Marty McFly: "That's right, Doc. November 12, 1955."
Doc: "Unbelievable, that old Biff could have chosen that particular date. It could mean that that point in time inherently contains some sort of cosmic significance. Almost as if it were the temporal junction point for the entire space-time continuum. On the other hand, it could just be an amazing coincidence." - Dr. Emmett Brown, "Back to the Future"
Once again no list of this kind would be complete without something from Dr. Emmett Brown from "Back to the Future."
While it is thought that time travel is actually impossible, it is a common feature of sci-fi films throughout time.
Although clearly meant to be comedic, it does hint at the way that the character's mind works. This sort of convoluted thinking is also a common feature of many a mad scientist.
5. This line from "Her" is a little unsettling
"You know what's Interesting? I used to be.. so worried about not having a body, but now I.. I truly love it. You know, I'm growing in a way I couldn't if I had a physical form. I mean, I'm not limited. I can be anywhere and everywhere simultaneously. I'm not tethered to time and space in a way that I would be if I was stuck in a body that's inevitably gonna die." - Samantha, "Her"
Released in 2013, "Her" is a fascinating glimpse at a future that might be if a true AI were ever developed. In the film, a withdrawn writer played by Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with a highly advanced AI operating system.
Of course, the relationship doesn't go the way the main character had hoped it would. It also serves as a warning for potential conflicts between humans and advanced AI in the future.
6. "Ex Machina" has another interesting vision of an AI-human future
"One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction." - Nathan Bateman, "Ex Machina"
Chilly to say the least. And for some, like many prominent AI-critics, a plausible future if true AI were ever developed. Of course, "Ex Machina" is just science fiction -- at least for now.
7. It seems the writers of "GATTACA" were inspired by Carl Sagan
"For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home." - Vincent Freeman, "Gattaca"
And lastly, but by no means least, this great quote from the sci-fi masterpiece that is "GATTACA". The film is set in a dystopian future where only the most genetically pure are allowed to advance in society.
Your DNA literally determines your future. Yet, despite the tight state control on every citizen's lives, some have found a way to cheat the system.
Yet despite this horrific image of the future, the script, at times, takes the time to fill us with awe about our very origins and the nature of life on this planet. A truly wonderful sentiment we think you will agree?