Jim Trode // Creative Commoms

Sci-Fi Through the Ages

Jim Trode // Creative Commoms

Take a look at some of the best movies sci-fi has had to offer over the past 50 years. From the ground breaking to the classic, all of these movies have been a true testament to the genre.

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The ultimate movie for any true sci-fi fan, this classic by iconic director Stanley Kubrick takes us on a dazzling exploration of four key time periods, with a revolutionary concept and incredible special effects. It was not long before we saw this movie influence everyone from Nolan to The Simpsons as its cinematography can still stand on its own to movies today.

Alien (1979)

Ridley Scott’s classic tells the story of an unknown entity taking over the crew of a rescue ship. Led by the fearless ­­­­Ripley, we see the realm of sci-fi be split open (literally) and help transform the genre with amazing use of special effects and interesting protagonists.

The Terminator (1984)

One of the most famous cases of movie time travelling, this film went on to create one of the most successful franchises in Sci Fi, with a fifth movie recently announced. The phrase “I’ll be back” can never be same after the infamous Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger is sent back in time to kill the mother of his future opponent’s leader.

Primer (2004)

Filmed on a shoestring budget, Primer follows four entrepreneurs who stumble across the incredible invention of the time traveling machine. What makes this movie stand out is the relentless way in which is pushes the audience into the scientific world, with no time to breathe or take notes, it’s a mindboggling adventure that will leave you reeling as the end credits roll.

Wall-E (2008)

They said that animated movies about robots wouldn’t ever top The Iron Giant, but then along came one of Pixar’s most beloved characters: Wall-E. Without saying a word, we visit a wrecked Earth and follow one of the cutest robots on his journey to love.

District 9 (2009)

Although this dystopian sci-fi plays out within the fields of Soweto, it doesn’t fail to hit on themes very close to home. However, it goes beyond just presenting the idea of segregation and the ghetto in which the underclass live; the film also has some stunning visuals and heart thumping action scenes.

Gravity (2013)

It’d be difficult to discuss Sci-Fi today without the mention of Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar winning masterpiece. Gravity is the stunning end result of a four-year project that incorporated some of the most amazing pieces of modern technology available to filmmakers. It was beautifully crafted, and although it may not have had the most well developed plot, it paved the way for more creative and innovative approaches to how we view space.

 

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