NASA, Richard Branson and Elon Musk are trying to figure out new ways to reach uncharted terrain in space, but a new movie is trying to give humans a new appreciation for the universe without leaving Earth.
"Voyage of Time," which opens on Friday, explores the Big Bang billions of years ago. In what the movie's makers call a "sensual cinema of science," the film takes viewers on an evolution of the entire cosmos, using scientific discovery to build a visually captivating story.
Unlike the big budget, computer generated sci-fi movies, "Voyage of Time" is very much grounded in history. It bills itself as a scientific endeavor that balances cinematography with targeted special effects. That combination, along with Brad Pitt's narration, paints a rich story of how the Earth came into being.
Directed by Terrence Malick, the visually stunning 45 minute IMAX film endeavors to "share nature's story in a way that doesn't numb the mind, but awakens within it a true sense of euphoria and awe," producer Nicholas Gonda told CNBC in a recent interview.
Malick is known for his work as writer and director of films including "Badlands" and "The Tree of Life." "Voyage of Time" is his first foray into the documentary genre.