Sci-Fi movies explore the consequences of scientific innovations and create unimaginable settings that give us a peek into the past and the future.
Listed below are some of the top rated Sci-fi movies.
10. The Time Machine
The 2002 film The Time Machine was adapted from the 1895 novel of the same name by H.G. Wells. Directed by Simon Wells, the great grandson of H G Wells, the movie contains threads of new suspense elements including the creation of an intelligent hologram (played by Orlando Jones in the movie). Like every other science fiction movie, the movie involves a journey into the past and future, only this time using a time machine. Alexander the protagonist creates the machine to save his love Emma who is killed by a mugger in the movie. The wonders of the time machine produce an intrigue that can only be felt when we travel with Alexander into his world.
9. Army of the 12 Monkeys
Inspired by Chris Marker’s short film La Jetee, Terry Gilliam directed the 12 Monkeys in 1995. Bruce Willis plays the lead actor as James Cole, a convicted criminal who in order to earn a pardon is sent on errand to the past to collect traces of a contaminated virus that can destroy mankind. Employing the technique of time travel, the movie is a journey into the past and future strongly interconnected with events happening in the present. A box office success, it helped Brad Pitt take home an Academy award for the best supporting actor and also secured him the prestigious Golden Globe.
8. Back to the Future
Back to the future is a 1985 science fiction comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly, a teenager gets accidentally transported back to 1955, where he meets his future parents-to-be in high school. The movie catches our attention when his future mother develops a thing for him. Marty has to find a way to correct the situation and bring his parents together and also return to the present day. The movie is very interesting and unlike other Sci-Fi’s that keep us chained to the movie. The film being well appreciated resulted in the production of its sequels (Back to the Future 2 and 3) in 1989 and 1990 respectively.
7. Space Odyssey
Space Odyssey is a Stanley Kubrick movie which is a series of four novels and two films created in between 1968 and 1997. Like every other Kubrick movie, this too stands alone experimenting with an idea borrowed from The Sentinel, a 1948 short story. The Odyssey series employs a non-linear narrative, taken from a combination of several science fictions and is portrayed using a metaphysical tone. For Kubrick who believes that ‘the screen is a magic medium’, the movie reaped benefits while it kept its viewers busy processing rational thoughts, someplace you could venture by only watching a Kubrick movie.
6. A Clockwork Orange
“The adventures of a man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven” says Stanley Kubrick about A Clockwork Orange. It is a 1971 science fiction crime thriller adapted from Anthony Burgess’ 1962 novella of the same name. Disturbing violent images are employed to portray psychiatry, juvenile delinquency and other issues of a future Britain. The movie is a social satire and raises the question of how to define ‘goodness’ when psychological conditioning is used to control its citizens.
The action science fiction movie Avatar written and directed by James Cameron falls short of recognition unless described by the word ‘epic’. Set in the mid-22nd century at Pandora- a lush habitable moon of the Alpha Centauri star system, we find humans mining for unobtanium, a precious mineral. The plot becomes thicker with the expansion of the mining colony as it threatens the existence of a local tribe Na’vi, a humanoid species. Hence unravels the story, with the introduction of an Avatar, a genetically engineered Na’vi body with the thinking processes of a human created to interact with the Pandorans. The plot takes many twists and turns before the thriller ends. An amazingly incredible movie, Avatar is the new face of world cinema.
The film directed by Ridley Scott hit the theatres in 1979. Alien is a science fiction horror film which is a one of a kind movie of the then cinema industry. As the title clearly indicates the movie is about a highly aggressive extra-terrestrial creature that stalks and finally kills the members of a spaceship. The concept of using elements of horror in a sci-fi created a new wave in the genre and won the movie critical acclaim and an Academy award. Alien is the best example of how influential a good movie can be with three direct sequels shot over the next eighteen years, each by different writers and directors.
3. The Matrix
Written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers the Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action movie. The movie depicts a dystopian future in which humans perceive a stimulated reality called the Matrix created by sentient machines to keep in check human population while their body heat is used as a source of energy. The film is an example of the cyberpunk science fiction genre. The movie was well received by critics and the censor board winning four Academy awards including the BAFTA and the Saturn awards. Very intriguing, the movie is worth a watch.
2. Star Wars
Star Wars created by George Lucas, was a phenomenal hit right from the very first day of its launch. The movie is a trilogy followed by a prequel tri-series, with each movie released at an interval of three years. All the six movies were instant successes with every movie getting nominated for or winning the Academy Awards. Knighthood, chivalry, princesses and likewise fantasies are also featured in the movie in addition to its use of science fiction. Music by John William threefold the dirty and grimy atmosphere Lucas created differing from an archetypal science movie.
Christopher Nolan. A name I doubt the world can ever forget! Written, co-produced and directed by this incredibly awesome man whose name is yet to make a mark on the leaflets of history, Inception is a 2010 science fiction movie. America’s heartthrob DiCaprio plays the lead role of a thief named Dom Cobb who gets charged for committing corporate espionage. The plot takes a turn once Cobb is offered a chance to pull his life back together by implanting another man’s idea into the subconscious of the target, inception; a task rated as impossible. Suspense revolves around the movie, with twist and turns at every corner. Through Inception, Nolan explored ‘the idea of people sharing a dream space…That gives you the ability to access somebody’s unconscious mind’.