Top Ten Sic-Fi Films Of All Time
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is almost upon us, and I am beyond excited to see what they have conjured up (and to see Darth Vader grace our screens once again). So in the build up to its release, it got me thinking of what my favourite sci-fi films are, and below stands my top 10 favourite films from the genre. For the sake of variety, I have excluded all previous Star Wars and comic-book films.
10. The Martian (2015)
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Squeezing its way into the list is Matt Damon as Mark Watney, an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must use all of his skills and knowledge to stay alive as long as possible so that he can signal back to earth of his survival. The Martian was one of last years pleasant surprises, bringing a light-hearted touch to an otherwise bleak situation.
9. The Truman Show (1998)
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One of Jim Carrey’s more refine performances in which proved he can be so much more than the standard over the top, hilarious madman he so often portrays in his work. Truman (Carrey) discovers his entire life is a just an elaborate television show. The Truman Show is brilliantly clever and emotionally powerful.
8. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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Winner of 6 Oscars at the 2016 Academy Awards, it’s unlikely anyone either hasn’t seen or heard great things about Mad Max: Fury Road in the last couple of years. The practical effects in this film are nothing short of a breathtaking feat. Charlize Theron also provides a top performance savour female lead.
7. District 9 (2009)
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District 9 manages to flip the typical alien film and flip it on its head, by having aliens arriving on earth, only to be the subject of hate, abuse and forced to live in slums. When one government official is exposed to the aliens bio-technology, he begins to sympathise with them. This film is both original and creative, it is clear to see why Peter Jackson was willing to fund this project, despite it being Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut.
6. Aliens (1986)
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Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) is a classic, but miraculously, James Cameron was able to one up it in his sequel. Everything about the second instalment in the franchise did justice to and improved on its predecessor. Between the two films, both directors were able to redefine the alien genre.
5. The Matrix (1999)
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The film that inspired many a conspiracy theory, and blew peoples minds upon its release. The Matrix is one of the most genre defining films of all time, and is brilliant in almost every way (*cough* Keanu Reeves).
4. Interstellar (2014)
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Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest directors of our time and will be looked backed as one of the greatest directors to have lived in years to come. In this film a small group must travel through the depths of space on a hunt for a new planet to inhabit in order to ensure the survival of the human race. This film is not only emotionally gripping and stunning to watch, but the science behind Interstellar is unbelievably solid and realistic.
3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
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Yet another James Cameron sequel that has surpassed the first film. A machine is sent back in time to kill John Connor (Edward Furlong), the future leader of the resistance in a war between humans and Skynet, only this time, another machine is sent back to protect the young boy as well. Gripping story, masterfully choreographed action sequences, powerful emotion and Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator. What more could you want?
2. Inception (2010)
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Once again, Christopher Nolan makes an appearance on this list, with his mind-bending film, Inception. Nolan takes us deep into the dream world, with very real world consequences, bringing together a stunning cast in a piece of work that pushes the boundaries of what can be visualised and realised on the big screen. Originality, quality and visionary will be Nolan’s legacy.
1. Her (2013)
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Based in the not too distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely writer who starts developing feelings for his operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Whilst it may seem a little creepy that a man has feelings for his computer, it is beautifully done, and we really get inside the head and heart of Theodore. Spike Jonze manages to create a stunning futuristic world, where technology, emotion and beauty form this wonderful piece of art.