8 Upcoming Science Fiction Films That Deserve Your Attention

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Charting the genre’s resurgence one galaxy traversing story at a time…

It’s no secret that Hollywood’s reserve of fresh, innovative ideas is beginning to peter out. Like a booming coal mine during the industrial revolution, the once abundant minerals have been exhausted and all that remain are fragmented film scripts that inevitably end up on the infamous Hollywood ‘Black list’ – a collection of unproduced screenplays that reside in development hell for varying reasons, such as a lack of funding from a studio.

And so, executive heads search for unique storylines that don’t stray too far from what audiences’ desire. Unfortunately, the reason sequels govern the cinematic calendar is because studios have become apprehensive when financing a film outside the formula for success. In particular, summer blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean, a franchise that should have retired as a trilogy but, instead, has outgrown its plot structure and become a financially sound monstrosity that inadvertently stifles originality. It seems ingenuity has been ushered out of the theatre to enforce a filmmaking by committee mentality which, coupled with the currently stringent economy, has pushed the once burgeoning film industry against the wall.

Be that as it may, there is a genre that has stood against these conventions and broke new ground outside the mundane framework. These bold, high concept films have existed like an endangered animal recently. Hunted to the point of extinction for their science fiction novelty and subsequently, their presence on the screen has become somewhat of a rarity in recent years. But now, in a post-Inception world, the demand for this uncommon breed of film has grown exponentially. And that’s a good thing, so let’s get on the road and have a look at what 2013 has to offer in terms of sci-fi.

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…

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1) Oblivion

Obilvion science fiction releases 8 Upcoming Science Fiction Films That Deserve Your Attention

Central Cast: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman
Budget: $125 Million
Release Date:: April 12th (UK) April 19th (US)
Directed by: Joesph Kosinski

The Pitch: The year is 2072 and Tom Cruise plays futuristic repairman Jak, who spends his lonesome days away from the luxury space station he calls home to work amid the ruins of our earthly civilisation. Following an alien invasion sixty years ago, humankind is pushed to stratospheric orbit for survival via gravity-defying glass houses. It’s a life Cruise’s Jak has become accustomed to, until he meets Olga Kurylenko’s mysterious girl in a crashed spacecraft on planet Earth that forces him to question his very existence in the post-apocalyptic world.

The Verdict: Oblivion is the perfect example of a breed of science fiction film that has risen in popularity. Avatar’s success in 2009 was like a rippling effect in Hollywood, compounding studio interest in original sci-fi and effectively spearheading the genre’s resurgence. And it’s a spiralling trajectory that Joesph Kosinski has jumped onto for this year’s Oblivion.

Hot of the neon heels of Tron: Legacy, which also served as his directorial debut, Kosinski is adapting his own eponymous graphic novel to the big screen. Having Tom Cruise in the lead role is a massive boast for the filmmaker, and the story seems to echo the lonely man narrative that has always been a classic trope for the genre – see Silent Running and The Quiet Earth.

Oblivion will go beyond the familiar post-apocalyptic arc and explore a world set decades after humanity’s epic battle with extraterrestrials known as The Scavengers. Oblivion hopes to marry high concept science fiction with high octane action – a branch of chemistry deemed difficult to formulate – and with subtle nods to the genre’s heritage, Kosinski’s film will hope to push a generic sense of familiarity into uncharted creative territory.

Hype-O-meter: 8/10

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2) Star Trek Into Darkness

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Central Cast: Chris Pine, Bendict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana
Budget: $185 Million
Release Date: May 17th
Directed by: J.J. Abrams

The Pitch: The crew of the space-trotting Starship Enterprise journey back home to discover a member of their own organisation has gone rogue, throwing the fate of the planet into a state of chaos. Captain Kirk must turn to his fellow crew members for assistance to prevent the galactic megalomaniac John Harrison from unleashing his vengeance upon the earthly Federation.

The Verdict: It’s atypical of a sequel to raise the stakes and claim a darker, bolder and, of course, bigger film than its predecessor, but Star Trek Into Darkness validates this hyperbole in more ways than one. Sidelining the buzz surrounding the soon-to-jump-Starship director for this conversation, the follow-up to 2009’s reboot of the beloved Trekkie universe holds a certain villainous ace card in the form of Bendict Cumberbatch. The versatile British actor – best known for his leading role on BBC’s Sherlock series – is an excellent addition to the casting list and his character has been described by Abrams as Kirk’s Achilles heel. High praise indeed considering that Cumberbatch actually recorded his test footage for the director in his friend’s kitchen. At night. On an iPhone. Crazy, huh? Well, more than anything he seemed to make a lasting impression and we can certainly expect him to bring degree of intensity in playing the film’s adversary.

While the first film was susceptible to its own narrative boundaries – considering it was very much an origin story – Abram’s sequel looks to smash that pesky ceiling with an extensive and much more dynamic depiction of Earth’s final frontier. Sequels get a lot of gripe, and nine times out of ten; they deserve it. But Star Trek into Darkness is lighting up the cinematic calendar like a blinding tractor beam and I for one can’t wait to see it on May 17th.

Hell, it will most likely live on as Abrams’ ultimate love letter to the Star Trek universe ahead of his departure to a galaxy far, far away.

Hype-O-meter: 9/10

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3) After Earth

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Central Cast: Will Smith, Jayden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman
Budget: $130 Million
Release Date: June 7th
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

The Pitch: After crash landing their spacecraft, Kitai Ranger and his esteemed father Cypher are marooned on a planet Earth set 1,000 years in the future. Kitai must journey across the alien planet to signal for help for his injured father and, in doing so; withstand a harsh, unforgiving environment that has evolved beyond recognition. His quest is to find the ship’s rescue beacon to contact Nova Prime – humanity’s new home – and get off the forsaken planet before his father slips away.

The Verdict: After Earth – a.k.a. 1000A.E. – is M. Night Shyamalan’s seventh feature film and his first return to the realm of science fiction since Signs more than a decade ago. With Jayden Smith and Will Smith playing the on screen father and son, respectively, this is a movie that isn’t short on Hollywood star power. In saying that, much of After Earth’s story will be centred on Kitai and will present an interesting familial dynamic at the heart of this futuristic tale.

This is the Smiths’ second on screen partnership following The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006, although Shyamalan’s film is a million nautical miles away from an against-the-odds story set in New York. For After Earth, our humble space rock has been quarantined and, to quote the advertisements, we have ditched it for a reason, thereby hinting at a deep mythology bubbling away underneath the glitzy effects-laden surface. The story will traverse between the year 1908 and 2160, so the much maligned director can’t exactly use a shortage of resources as a valid excuse should the film fail to live up to expectations. Now, that may sound pessimistic but, let’s face it, After Earth could go one of two ways.

Firstly, this film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan who has mired his once promising reputation in mediocrity with movies such as The Happening and The Last Airbender, so I couldn’t blame you if you foresee After Earth being dead on arrival. But let’s step back for a second. This is the first time that the director has used somebody else’s screenplay in over twenty years; what’s more, it was Will Smith himself who hired Shyamalan to direct the film – that’s right, Smith now possesses that kind of clout – so surely After Earth deserves our curiosity if not, even just maybe, our attention.

Hype-O-meter: 6/10

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4) Pacific Rim

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Central Cast: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Budget: Estimated to be £123 Million
Release Date: July 12th
Directed By: Guillermo Del Toro

The Pitch: Set in the not-too-distant future, an inter-dimensional portal has ripped open underneath the Pacific Ocean wherein rise gargantuan monstrosities known as the Kaiju. These creatures wage a war against the human race and push civilisation close to extinction, until the construction of giant robots known as Jaegers that – piloted by humans in Avatar-esque fashion – are designed as our last stand against the relentless beasts.

The Verdict: Mechanical titans vs. Horrid creatures from another dimension created by the visionary director that brought us Pan’s Labyrinth. Can we buy tickets now? No, seriously. There’s a plethora of adjectives you could use to describe the scale and immensity of this film, but what makes Pacific Rim my most anticipated science fiction film is its inherent uniqueness. To put it into perspective, it’s only one of two motion pictures on this list that isn’t based on an already established property – be it books, comics, TV shows or graphic novels.

It’s a testimony to Del Toro’s creative muscle, then, that Warner Bros. granted the auteur a big budget to fund his even bigger concept. What’s more, a sequel to Pacific Rim has already been given the go-ahead, so this is a property that exhales confidence. In the midst of all the apocalypse-cancelling action, the advertising campaign has hinted at the rich world Del Toro and his creative team have established. Kaiju skulls are used as temples and even their organs possess healing abilities thereby making them hot property in the film’s black market. All these factors add to the immersive experience and will hopefully allow us to get lost in Del Toro’s vision.

The film took four whole years to get off the ground but, if the limited footage that we’ve witnessed so far is anything to by, the extended wait was more than worth it. Video game fans will cock an ear to the sound of GlaDOS, the AI antagonist from the Portal series, after Del Toro recruited the voice actor to serve on production for Pacific Rim. Yes, it may be a straightforward genre piece in terms of storytelling and the film may favour CGI effects over existential sci-fi themes, even still, Pacific Rim is a film I can’t help but feel excited for.

Hype-O-meter: 10/10

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5) Elysium

Elysium Science fiction releases 8 Upcoming Science Fiction Films That Deserve Your Attention

Central Cast: Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster
Budget: $130 Million
Release Date: August 9th (US) September 20th (UK)
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp

The Pitch: Elysium takes place in the year 2159 where Earth is nothing more than a war-torn, ravaged wasteland. The upper echelons of society have abandoned the planet and now orbit in the eponymous space craft. Matt Damon will play the role of ex-convict Max, who is desperate to get to Elysium to save his own life. In his path, however, stand oppressive government officials who impose anti-immigration laws outlined by Secretary Rhodes – the film’s chief villain played by Jodie Foster – from her orbital ivory tower.

The Verdict: Neill Blomkamp proved a knack for dealing with polarised worlds in 2009 with his sleeper hit District 9. It was an excellent film that infused social commentary and sci-fi themes seamlessly against a South African setting. So who better to direct a brand new concept surrounding a futuristic version of the have-and-have-nots, then?

Nestled within the fantastical world of Elysium is a fundamentally human dynamic which raises contemporary questions about race and equality. Granted, Elysium may share DNA with Blomkamp’s directorial debut – Sharlto Copley returns for his South African pal and the image above hints that the filmmaker hasn’t lost his love for cool sci-fi weaponry. Still, this is a significant departure for the talented director.

With a budget estimated to be four times that of District 9, Elysium will portray a grittier, more arid Earth in comparison with the other futuristic earthbound releases this year – namely After Earth and Oblivion. The cast is worth commending, too. Particularly Copley, playing a shoddy military agent named Kruger who acts as part of Elysium’s earthly enforcers. The South African actor has claimed that he channelled inspiration from his indigenous heritage – principally the infamous Apartheid era gang known as 32 Battalion – for his portrayal of the movie’s villain.

From the outset, the entire production has been shrouded in secrecy, as though a giant alien spacecraft is sitting above our cities and blocking and form of communications, you might say. Though the film was initially set for a March release, I’m starting to get the feeling an August release window is a more natural habitat for a film of Blomkamp’s tenor – after all, District 9 did remarkably well within a similar late summer timeframe. One thing’s for certain, though, Blomkamp’s expertly balanced combination of popcorn entertain and intellectual sci-fi will be at the very foundations of Elysium and I hope his transition to big budget filmmaking is an out-and-out success.

Hype-O-meter: 8/10

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6) Riddick

Riddick science fiction releases 8 Upcoming Science Fiction Films That Deserve Your Attention

Central Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Dave Bautista
Budget: $38 Million
Release Date: September 6th
Directed By: David Twohy

The Pitch (Black): Abandoned and left for dead on a desolate, sun-scorched planet, Vin Diesel’s titular hero must fight against horrid alien predators for survival. To make matters worse, by activating his emergency beacon, Riddick alerts bounty hunters of his presence and they descend on the wretched world in search of the galactic fugitive, who must fight against the mercenaries to return to his home planet of Furya.

The Verdict: Following The Chronicles of Riddick – the so-so sequel to his interstellar thriller Pitch Black – David Twohy was subtly ushered away from the Riddick property in 2004. For years, fans fretted that the second film would be the last instalment to be committed to celluloid. But now, after almost a decade since his follow-up to the original graphic tale, Twohy reunites with Vin Diesel, who will return for the third time as galactic socio-path Riddick.

Though the franchise has merely flirted with the coveted status of a blockbuster film, Twohy and Diesel’s series has established a cult following over the years. In fact, the leading actor has paid tribute to the fan base and assured them that the third iteration of Riddick’s galaxy-trotting adventures will be echo the down-and-dirty aesthetic of the first film. It’s a decision you can understand, after all, this is a series of films that revel in their B-movie environment. So trying to recapture the dramatic essence of Pitch Black is undoubtedly the right choice – given the flamboyant and often overbearing nature of The Chronicles of Riddick. Expect stylish combat, brutal deaths and even some indigenous mud monsters that have been thrown in for good measure.

Tonally speaking, the fact that the new film has been granted an ‘R’ rating is a sure sign that Twohy’s threequel will be a leaner, grittier visualisation of Riddick’s escapades. Until September 6th, though, keep one eye on Vin Diesel’s Facebook page for all of the latest details on the upcoming instalment.

Hype-O-Meter: 6/10

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7) Gravity

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Central Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Basher Savage
Budget: $80 Million (Approximately)
Release Date: October 4th
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón

The Pitch: Dr. Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalsky are two surviving astronauts in a space station that has been hit by a disaster. The couple, played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney respectively, begin to tumble uncontrollably through the perpetual blackness of space with only an ever-decreasing oxygen tank and each other for company. Fear soon turns to panic as the helpless duo struggle to get in contact with earth before their oxygen runs out, but the question is, can anyone hear them?

The Verdict: Gravity is a project that has drifted across the creative ether of Hollywood in recent years looking for a concrete production company – much like the film’s wayward astronauts, actually. In 2010, the project changed hands from Universal to Warner Bros. and initiated a flurry of casting rumours. Stars such as Robert Downey Junior and Angelina Jolie were in contention for the central roles, however later the same year, the movie found it’s central duo in the form of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Though Gravity may be released upon audiences a little too early to vie for Oscar season, this is a narrative that seems to bode all the dramatic ingredients to be a strong contender in terms of the acting categories.

Directed and written by Alfonso Cuarón, this is a film I’ve found myself very interested in of late. Considering that this is the first feature from Cuarón since his excellent Children of Men back in 2006, what’s more, The Prisoner of Azkaban – the director’s only Harry Potter film – remains my all-time favourite in the wizarding franchise. As a filmmaker, Cuarón understands the intimate relationship that science fiction provides to its plot and characters. Compounding social and political ideologies in a metaphorical setting has long been a trope of the genre, and it’s a convention the Mexican director illustrates expertly in his storytelling.

Details remain extremely scarce at this point in time; so unfortunately we can only wait patiently until the film is finally released come October.

Hype-O-Meter 8/10

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8) Ender’s Game

Enders Game science fiction releases 8 Upcoming Science Fiction Films That Deserve Your Attention

Central Cast: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfield
Budget: $110 Million
Release Date: October 25th (UK) November 1st (US)
Directed By: Gavin Hood

The Pitch: Based on a novel of the same name, Ender’s Game is set in a futuristic society 80 years from now where children are picked from their earthly homes and shipped to a remote space station to fight aliens in zero gravity – kind of like The Hunger Games, you might say, only in space. At the centre of the galactic stage are Hugo’s Asa Butterfield and True Grit’s Hailee Steinfield, who will take up the roles of Ender and Petra Arkanian for the movie. Though Ender’s Game has a massive scope, the main segment of the narrative will focus on Ender’s character and his turbulent journey through the interstellar battle station led by Harrison Ford’s rugged Colonel Hyrum Graff.

The Verdict: Coming off the back of their triumphant The Hunger Games last year, Lionsgate wasted no time in dipping their creative tentacles back into the young adult demographic. What’s interesting, though, is that Summit Entertainment – a subsidiary of Lionsgate – pushed Ender’s Game back eight whole months, subsequently dumping it within a three week window of The Hunger Games’ sequel, Catching Fire. That’s right, come November, fans of YA fiction will have two full fledged feature films that have been adapted from literary novels.

Leaving Katniss’ earthbound franchise aside, however, South African director Gavin Hood has promised kinetic, fast-paced action sequences for his cinematic depiction of Orson Scott Card’s novel. The book itself has enjoyed notable success since its original publication in 1985, boasting awards in the vein of The Nebula Award and The Hugo Award in the year it was published.

Adding dramatic clout to the line-up is Hollywood icon Harrison Ford, who is said to play a world-weary and ruthless colonel for the role of Hyrum Graff. Plus, with Butterfield and Steinfield showing their acting promise in their breakout films, Ender’s Game could well be the movie that puts them on Hollywood’s map. Given the success of the source material, you can certainly see why Lionsgate are claiming that Ender’s Gamewill be the next big young adult sci-fi franchise. However, as cinematic adaptations like The Chronicles of Naria prove, emulating the success of other mediums is a tricky butterfly to pin. Only time will tell whether Ender’s Game garners a positive reception from the younger audience.

Hype-O-Meter: 7/10

Out of the list of films, which one are you looking forward to the most? Will 2013 see science fiction films compete alongside blockbusters like Man of Steel for the lion’s share of the box office? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Cameron Demmings

    Star Trek must see Sci-Fi? Not in this universe. It’s a live action Saturday morning kiddie cartoon. Nothing more.

    • Guest

      Don’t do drugs kids

  • Razvigor

    Oh, please, change the layout of the article!
    Seriously, for every entry on the list, I have to click NEXT, which in turns opens a WHOLE NEW PAGE, with new banners and stuff.
    Seriously, either make two pages, and break the list in half, or do a certain ”slideshow” option, where you can click NEXT for every entry, without your browser having to open a whole new page.
    Some of the people don’t have a fast connection (or are browsing with their phones), so I really don’t see a reason good enough for this.

    • n8csquared

      Pretty sure its done to artificially increase page views…kind of a lowly trick and something most sites have moved past. I feel like it was only recently reintroduced here as I don’t remember it when first coming to visit last summer.

    • http://Geekshizzle.com/ TheFran

      Yup, nothing worse that clicking next… next… next… next…next…

    • PorfirioR

      That is why all these articles follow the formula:
      Top X things that you didn’t know about Y. (“X” being the number of clicks they want to get).
      The most grabbing headlines are usually the ones with the words “worst” or “best” because people always have an opinion about those.

      That’s why I make it a point to only read the first page and scroll down to the comments, where the readers invariably give up what is in the list and I decide then if the stupid site gets another one of my clicks.

  • Cauleyflower

    Very excited about Enders Game. One if my all time favorite books. The only thing young adult about it is the characters.

    • loto68

      I refuse to see it. I won’t let it ruin my memories of my favorite book of all time.

      • John Burnette

        Hey, keep an open mind. The reviews from the first week will tell you if the movie was faithful to the book. The teasers which have been released thus far seem pretty awesome.

    • Lisa Futvoye-Shepherd

      Definitely will see “Ender’s Game”, but I am disappointed that they cast actors far too old for their roles…IF the screen writers had followed the book.

  • Shyamalamadingdong

    Are you not counting some of the things that Shyamalan has directed as films? (I wouldn’t blame you.) Because this will be his ninth, not seventh.
    I’m not even going to bother watching it.

  • J

    Pacific Rim is totally original…doesn’t look ANYTHING like Transformers……

    • oonbiter

      I don’t know why they don’t just do turning evolved by david kitson. So much better and it isn’t a shitty nock off or reboot.

    • Ryoma N.

      To be honest, giant robots fighting giant monsters or other enemies isn’t anything new. That stuff has been around a long time *cough*Gigantor*cough*. But seriously, I can name a lot of plot elements from this movie that have been used in mecha anime long before this; neural piloting (Evangelion and G Gundam), enemies/monsters from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the ocean (Gaiking: The Legend of Daiku Maryu), even the most famous super robot attack: the Rocket Punch (originating in the early seventies with Mazinger Z)! Plus the name of the monsters – Kaiju – is taken from the Japanese name of the giant monsters genre of movies (like Godzilla and Gamera). Basically, this isn’t original; though that doesn’t mean it won’t be good. I am really looking forward to seeing this! As I see it, Pacific Rim will be a original live action mecha genre movie, and that is what interests me.

    • Ernst Preuss

      Comparing Pacific Rim to Transformers is like comparing Jurassic Park to Barny the Dinosaur.

  • ispitzhotfire

    After Earth… ha!!

  • http://Geekshizzle.com/ TheFran

    Riddick looks like a reboot. I mean really, the plot is exactly the same as Pitch Black.

  • tony

    Why are you calling Enders Game a YA story?? Very misleading. I hope the filmmakers didn’t turn it into one!

    • John Burnette

      Admittedly I first read Ender’s Game after my two teenage sons raved about it. But Tony is totally right, it’s first rate SciFi and is accessible at all sorts of levels.

  • ipoonjoo

    Pacific Rim sounds like the anime, evangelion. so not really a new idea (its about children who pilot huge robots to save a dying humanity from the “angles” who are also huge and powerful”. sounds about the same.

    • Ryoma N.

      Hey somebody who knows about giant robots other than Transformers and power Rangers; that’s nice to see! And I do see similarities to evangelion as well as many other mecha anime. Heck I even saw what can be classified as a rocket punch in the trailer (granted the arm doesn’t detach, it’s still a rocket propelled punch none the less.)

  • Oonbiter

    You filth you decrepit waste of space A: enders game was here first so kartniss can shove my dr.device up her ass and B: Petra doesn’t fucken matter valentine does considering she’s in the next 4 books.

    • Patricia

      Petra is not Valentine. Valentine is Ender’s sister. :)
      But I’m pretty sure you know this.

      • EndarsGameftw

        *facepalm*

    • EndarsGameftw

      Learn grammar and spelling. I barely read your comment.

  • rudeboi

    After Earth was such a disappointment. It felt like half the movie was left out, maybe because all the good parts where in the trailers. Kitai wouldn’t have made out the front door of that ship much less across that “harsh” future Earth. Which didn’t turn out to be all that harsh. And would someone please tell Jr. Smith that it’s okay to change his facial expression every so often. Either that or get a laxative. I’m just saying.

  • The Dude

    My favorite book ever Enders game I hope it lives up to my expectations

    • John Burnette

      My MOST favorite SciFi series was Dune, and we all know how that turned out…

      • TheRedRat

        Seriously? David Lynch’s Dune totally rocked.

        Ender’s Game has potential to be interesting as long as they don’t sequel it with “Speaker for the Dud”

        • John Burnette

          Opinions differ about Lynch’s Dune. He had the good sense to select Sting, but the special effects of the day were not up to the challenges.

          I agree, Ender’s Game had about 4 too many sequels. (as did Dune as a matter of fact.)

          • Patricia

            About 6 prequels (or more?) and still going strong with the sequels.

      • Patricia

        True. It’s like the Stephen King movies, they are never as good as the books.

    • Patricia

      Me too, or else there’s no franchise.

  • H

    How is Pacific Rim so highly hyped? One of the main points of the post was its original story…have you ever seen Power Rangers? Large Monsters fighting humans in large robots…It was on television for ten years and was terrible.

    • Ryoma N.

      You obviously haven’t seen the true mecha genre… try Shin Getter Robo Armageddon or Mazinkaiser SKL (both of which are newer, more violent versions of old 70s classic super robots) before you start calling it terrible. Besides Giant robots (Mecha) have been around forever (actually starting around 1880 with Jules Verne’s book The Steam House, and even H.G. Wells’ book The War of the Worlds.) Power Rangers, an Americanization of Japan’s Super Sentai franchise which as been around since the 70s, is aimed at children, as is its aforementioned predecessor, though the Super Sentai series happens to show people getting injured and/or killed by the monsters as well as be less “childish” than Power Rangers in general. Though I do agree its “original” plot isn’t so, unless your one of the many people who don’t anything about giant robots/mecha other than Transformers (co-op between Hasbro and Takara Tomy), Voltron (heavily edited dub of King o Beasts GoLion), and Power Rangers (Americanization of the Super sentai series starting at Kyouryuu Sentai ZyuRanger). In short Giant Robots have been around before television so though your argument about Pacific Rim not having an original plot is valid, it is not entirely accurate (especially when comparing it to something as tame and family friendly as Power Rangers).

  • meesa

    started with a tom cruise movie, wooden generic action actor, not thanks, ill skip this run down

  • Ryoma N.

    Pacific Rim is the only one of these that interests me to be honest. Ender’s Game looked interesting since Harrison Ford is in it, but after looking at the plot (and finding that the source material is from some teen fad (corporate) “novel”), I lost interest. I am not sure about Star Trek. I love the original series and Next Generation, but everything I’ve seen after those was a soap opera in space; no doubt Star Trek into Darkness will be any different… Hollywood can’t come up with anything that interests me anymore. That’s why I mostly watch old movies and TV programs as well as anime and things less generic and crappy as today’s Hollywood garbage based on teenage fads (zombies and wussy vampires), generic plots (EVERY romantic comedy in recent years has the same exact plot; boy meets girl, boy pisses off girl, boy regains girl’s love through some stupid act that would normally NEVER work, and happily ever after), or horrible adaptations of popular franchises (Transformers, Dragonball Z, and Godzilla) intended to appeal to everyone but to people said franchise is popular with.

    • Guest

      Wait…you just called Ender’s Game a teen fa corporate novel????

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

    • Patricia

      You only want to see Ender’s Game because Harrison Ford is in it. That means you haven’t read the book. It was written way before any of the latest, silly vampire or hunger games books, and it’s by far superior to any of them.

    • RyomaNeedsToDropTheAct

      Read the book before you pull a hipster “too good for the mainstream” act. Ender’s Game is an excellent book, and is not one of the recent “teen fads” you blindly despise. No zombies, no pointless romances (the characters are all pre-pubescent).

      While I loved the book and its sequels and spinoffs, I have low expectations for the movie. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it on some level, but I’ll regard it as separate from the books. Orson Scott Card (the author of the book) himself said that the screenplay is quite different when compared to the book.

    • Alsee

      “(and finding that the source material is from some teen fad (corporate) ‘novel’), I lost interest.”

      You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, you even mis-read the cover. It’s nothing like what you think. The Ender’s Game novel is not remotely corporate. It’s not remotely faddish. And while it is popular with teens (the main characters are actually pre-teen), it’s not remotely limited to a teens audience. It won both the the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award, the top awards for best science fiction of the year. Those awards are judged on a general adult audience standard. It’s also recommended reading by the United States marine Corps.

      Ender’s Game appears on *every* list I’ve ever seen for “all-time top SciFi novels”. It’s normally in the top three and it very often takes the #1 slot. Averaging across many such lists Ender’s Game appears to solidly hold the #1 position. Dune is the other novel consistently taking top slots, and probably averages out to #2. The Top-SciFi lists seem to be a bit chaotic on their ordering for all the other expected best-of-SciFi novels.

  • Psawed P

    The contrast between Ender’s Game and Hunger Games are huge and the only thing linking them together, and this is a stretch, is the main characters are kids. Hunger Games are teens, Ender’s Game the kids haven’t even entered puberty. That said, if the author of this article had read the books there’s now way he could have made the connection. Comparing Ender’s Game with Hunger Games is like trying to compare Star Trek with The Blob…

    • John Burnette

      Obviously the kids in the story are older in the movie than in the book. I think that’s an acceptable alteration made necessary by needing actors that can actually act.

      But I disagree with Psawed P, there are valid comparisons between the two books, placing very young characters in highly stressed and morally complex situatons come to mind…

  • John Burnette

    ENDER’S GAME will shatter records. Why? because the fan base is huge and will see the movie 10 times each.

    Now, if only someone in Hollywood would remake STARSHIP TROOPERS the way Heinlein wrote it….

    • Stan

      I read somewhere that was a possibility,but it has been many years of waiting now.What they did make was a tounge in cheek parody of a great book,not bad in it’s own way, but definatily not the original.

  • Bananaville

    Left off World War Z, and Superman? Prob looking forward to Pacific Rim the most. Already saw Star Trek ID, and it was excellent.

  • HellRazor

    Can Elysium run Crysis?

    • Alsee

      Yes, but you only get 4 frames per second.

  • eleena

    i see a doctor who quote there…. ” roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads…”

    • EleenaKnowsMovies

      That’s not Dr. Who…. It’s from Back to the Future (Doc Brown).

    • Mark

      fuck them all

  • Fergal O’Hara

    pacific rim =
    Evangelion

  • John Taylor

    Saw Star Trek. Worth going to see. Will not see anything with Cruise in it after the first M.I. movie.

  • Stef

    Enders Game one of the best scifi books of all time

  • Capn Sam

    Oh please, its Godzilla meets Real Steel. Sorry Guillermo I’m a huge fan but I think this ones gonna flop.

  • mbuga zack roderick

    i like this coming sci_fiction movie whats the tittle

  • Ernst Preuss

    Pacific Rim for the win. I’ve waited 40 years for this movie and on seeing it, my inner 10 year old loved it and then some. Can’t wait to see it for the third time.

  • EndarsGameftw

    Ender’s Game should have been number 1. I have been waiting for that movie. The book was fucking amazing. I’m going to read it for the 10th time now (I know, I need to read it more. Obv not a true fan)