I absolutely love science fiction, whether it comes on the page or on the screen, I’m bound to find something about it that I find interesting. This Top 5 Tuesday theme is sci-fi films to fit in with #GEEKMONTH. I don’t want to answer with the obvious (Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.); I’m going to try to give a variety of styles of SF film!
It’s no secret that Firefly is my favourite TV show, so it’s probably easy to assume that I love the film follow-up, Serenity. This falls into the more “hard sci-fi” that people imagine when they think of the genre: spaceships, monsters, epic fight scenes – Serenity has it all. Besides the fact that this film is wonderful as a stand-alone story, I really appreciate what it did to end my favourite series.
This is one of my favourite movies just because the acting is so bad, but the writing is so great. I love how the creators took such a small budget and made such a deep, existential movie. I guess it’s more of a “B-film”, but the concept behind it really makes me love it and want to show it to everyone I talk to. A group of people stuck in a homicidal cube trying to escape and find its purpose? If you haven’t taken the time to watch it, I recommend you take the time out of your life to watch Cube.
Yes, I’m talking about an animated, Pixar sci-fi, and no, I have no regrets in calling this one of my Top 5. Wall-E is a great, visual film, and it’s a fairly accurate depiction of what could happen in our future with regards to consumerism. I was actually surprised that this movie was so smart when I first saw it, and I proudly call it one of my favourite science fiction films.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Okay, now we’re getting a little more into the “soft sci-fi”. Eternal Sunshine doesn’t take place in a whole new world with aliens, or make satirical comments on our society. But it does have new technology that comments on the way humans interact and the way we think about relationships. I love the fact that this sci-fi has more of a bohemian feel and manages to do what science fiction does, without being entirely immersed in the genre. It’s more of an “artsy” film than a sci-fi, but its the elements that make the movie so interesting to me.
I didn’t expect to love this movie as much as I do when I first saw it in theatres. Like Eternal Sunshine, Chronicle is a little more “soft sci-fi”, by introducing some alien magic to human biology, making an interesting comment on what makes us human. For so long it has seemed that humans were the most powerful species because of our intelligence and technology, but Chronicle explores what would happen if some humans evolved past our current height – taking survival of the fittest to another level we haven’t seen in a very long time.
What do you think of my list? Have you seen any of these films? What are some of your favourite science fiction movies?