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10 Sci-Fi Epochs That Further Your Perception Of The Future

Sunshine

An apocalyptic, all-or-nothing bid to save Earth & Humanity from a dying star. One of my favorite films of all time, Sunshine is filmed in a sort of dream-state style which I love. But I’ll be honest with you on this – I wasn’t a fan of much of the ending. Although this is a great film, I don’t like it when my favorite characters end up meeting a strange, yet unknown character that changes the dynamic of the movie and ends up turning into – cough – horror. Ever seen Event Horizon? Yeah.

In any case, this is a dark, high-tension, visually unique film that’s definitely worth a watch.

The soundtrack, created by John Murphy (28 Days) feels like awe-inducing affirmation of life.

With a suitably international and diverse cast to simulate the equivalent crew onboard the Icarus II (“Icarus I” didn’t fare so well), director Danny Boyle fledges a science fiction that gains momentum at its very first image – and does not halt until the end credits roll. To be perfectly frank, this is one of the most unbearably exciting films for whose entire duration I have ever squirmed in my seat for at the theatre.

– Flagrant-Baronessa, IMDB

Interstellar

An epic masterpiece, on par with Kubric’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Visually amazing, a solid and unusually visionary storyline, and – most – importantly – human. I’m not sure how else to put it. This movie was very human.

Having read many of the reviews and much commentary on Interstellar, it became clear to me that some people had a difficult time understanding the movie, calling it “flat” and “boring”, but coming from a background of hard science fiction myself, the concepts were not only familiar but were also extremely well executed. If only those people knew just how compelling and within reason the story truly was.

Of particular note is the soundtrack – perhaps Hans Zimmer’s masterwork, the Interstellar OST is truly goose-bump inducing.

‘Interstellar’ takes off by constituting its soaring ambitions right at the very first few sequences of the film: humanity is struggling to survive in a barely habitable Earth, already at the brink of total destruction. Earth and its resources is down to its last few moments, but when a wormhole, a medium that enables space time-travel beyond known limits, is discovered, scientists and ordinary men gather together, to begin an exploration that would take time-traveling through different worlds, in man’s desperate search for humanity’s place among the stars.

– Prospectus_capricornium, IMDB

Oblivion

So. I’m not 100% sure why I’m such a big fan of this one. Solid plot, great cinematics, decent acting, good storyline, brilliant visual style, created by color-sapped landscapes and a desolate, post-apocalyptic Earth setting. To be honest it’s just an all around “good” movie, but in combination with its soundtrack, it becomes great.

M83, one of my all time favorite Indy groups, created the soundtrack and boy did it turn out wonderful. Without the soundtrack I think oblivion would have just been an “ok” movie, but with it, it’s really good.

In addition to being a visual triumph, the story blossoms in jawdropping ways. I always try to avoid watching too many ads because they often give away too much, but the way this one unfolded caught me off guard again and again. Cruise does some of his best work ever and the rest of the cast(particularly Olga Kurylenko, who was wasted in the sub-par Quantum Of Solace) match him scene for scene. The beautiful, futuristic M83 score completes the picture.

– Planet-man77, IMDB

Moon

A dramatic role from the beloved Sam Rockwell, who, interestingly, is the only actor to appear on screen in this movie.

I see this as a kind of commentary on the corporate excesses of today and how those excesses affect and hurt the common person. “Moon” isn’t about an epic story line or flashy computers graphics, it’s about the plight of one man being subjugated by his evil corporate overlords, and I loved it.

The music, while fitting well with the movie and composed by the legendary Clint Mansell, didn’t move me as much as Mansell’s other works like Death is the road to Awe (The Fountain).

You don’t really stumble upon many riveting, independent, sci-fi films that look beautiful (let alone don’t contain aliens and space magic) and capture major emotional themes successfully. Moon accomplishes this, and with very little CGI at that.

– ryanboulding, IMDB

After Earth

This one… yeah, not so much. There are only 2 reasons I can think of to watch this movie: If you’re interested in how a culture can evolve into something better, or if you’re a hardcore sci-fi goer – like myself – that just wants to be able to say “I’ve seen it”.

Throughout the whole movie all I could think was “That’s Will Smith’s son” and because of that, I didn’t enjoy it very much.

The soundtrack was so generic that I think they have a program that creates procedural symphonies. It’s not even on Spotify.

You don’t really stumble upon many riveting, independent, sci-fi films that look beautiful (let alone don’t contain aliens and space magic) and capture major emotional themes successfully. Moon accomplishes this, and with very little CGI at that.

– ryanboulding, IMDB

The Fountain

Filmed in the dream-state-style that I love so much, The Fountain follows the journey of a man that will let nothing stop him from defeating death. His own life means nothing to him, for it is not his death he means to avoid.

Amazing storytelling, an incredibly thoughtful plot, stupendous acting. I was and am consumed by this story to the point that I’m reticent to watch it again since it will tip me into another spiraling dimension of introspective thought.

The soundtrack, by the hyper-talented Clint Mansell, is equally incredible.

The Fountain” is masterful on so many unique levels, presenting a demanding filmgoing experience that should elicit a grand sense of awe on an emotional and spiritual level unlike anything you’ve seen this year.

– Otto-Maddox, IMDB

Gattaca

A thought provoking, anti-Orwellian vision of the near future, Gattaca takes into the institution that will pit your genetics against other potential astronauts in an effort to find out who’s the best of the best.

A masterful performance by Ethan Hawke and to a lesser extent Uma Thurman, (for whom I don’t much care) this was an intense intellectual experience that I look forward to re-watching.

Michael Nyman, best known for his Pure Moods track “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” (which I greatly enjoyed) composed some of the subdued, piano-intnsive soundtrack along with some lesser known artists.

Gattaca is a brilliant under-rated piece of cinema that the not-too-distant future will, in retrospect, see it as one of the more outstanding movies of the nineties. It is prolific, stylish, thought-provoking, and one of the few recent science fiction movies that totally foregoes special effects and does it well.

– johnbee-2, IMDB

Arrival

A thought provoking slow burn, with a quasi-surprise ending that I didn’t expect, Arrival delves into how communication would take place with an alien race and what could potentially be the end result.

While the movie didn’t leave me breathless à la Interstellar, watching an unprepared & combative Humanity grapple with the now fulfilled concept of interstellar neighbors was an interesting journey.

The soundtrack (Jóhann Jóhannsson), while exceedingly appropriate, didn’t leave me wanting to listen to it in my car on the way to work.

Prior to approaching this film, a word of warning that it is what many like to call a “thinking person’s sci-fi”. If you’re going to watch this, I beg that you dedicate your utmost attention to it, as it is truly one rewarding experience, one of the smartest, most well-constructed science fiction marvels of recent years. ‘Arrival’ is Villeneuve’s magnum opus.

– Calum Rhys, IMDB

Edge of Tomorrow

Described by director Doug Liman as “Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers”, and that is an apt description. This flick was really well done, and I’ve been a fan from the first time I saw it. More importantly – it has space marines! Well, not “space marines” per se, but mechanically enhanced soldiers, and that’s always a plus in my book.

Well executed, and a giant ode to Bill Paxton, whom I miss dearly.

The soundtrack (Jóhann Jóhannsson), while exceedingly appropriate, didn’t leave me wanting to listen to it in my car on the way to work.

This is all near perfect engagement to my mind, devices but so very well employed. The first is the draw-in, the other two ways of throwing the crank we’d like to; Cruise not a hero, thwarted heroics. Okay, now forget about aliens, gadgets, a war to save Earth.

– Boddhisatva, IMDB

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