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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies Of 2011

New: Top 10 Best Sci Fi Movies - 2011 (List) Let’s explore the biggest and best sci-fi movies of 2011. Science-fiction this year came in the form of a moon mission that discovered life, an X-Men prequel, James Franco helping apes conquer the world, JJ Abrams’ mysterious alien invasion movie, and Justin Timberlake in a future where time is a currency. That and so much more.

We’ll go through the good, and the bad. Here’s our definitive guide to the best sci-fi movies, 2011. If you’re reading this from a parallel dimension, some details may vary.


I Am Number Four
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron
Director: D.J. Caruso
Release Date: 18 February 2011 (U.S.)

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Michael Bay is producing a teen-action movie. Nine aliens who (conveniently) closely resemble humans, flee their home planet to hide on Earth. Evil aliens destroy their planet and follow them here to hunt them down, in numerical order. Each of the nine aliens is given a guardian and will develop superhuman powers as they become adults. From the director of Disturbia and Eagle Eye. Think bad guy aliens in long trenchcoats, and alien hunk in high school falling in love and developing X-Men powers. Nothing interesting here.
[Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes) – 31%] [Public (via IMDB) – 6.1/10] {Ranked: 4th Worst Of The Year}


Battle: Los Angeles
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Peña, Bridget Moynahan
Director: Justin Lin
Release Date: 11 March 2011

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A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles. The director of Darkness Falls and T’ C’ Massacre: The Beginning is shooting in the Saving Private Ryan handheld style. Hopefully this will be the [Black Hawk Down (plus) Independence Day (minus) Jokes] it promises. Think large alien ships, similar to a Borg cube / Klingon war bird, shooting helicopters out of the sky, and 8 foot bi-ped creatures street-fighting with the army. The Comic-Con footage went down well, but never trust a movie whose trailers contain hardly any dialogue or story – it’s usually hiding something.
[Critics – 35%] [Public – 5.9] {Ranked: 2nd Worst}

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen (voice), Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig
Director: Greg Mottola
Release Date: 18 March 2011

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Two British sci-fi geeks (Pegg and Frost) go on a road trip through America. On the way, they discover an escaped alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) near Area 51. As they try to reunite him with his mother ship, they find ‘Paul’ has many more opinions than your typical ET. After previous collaborations you might expect Edgar Wright to be directing this, but instead it’s the less-visually-inventive Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland). Wright also co-wrote Simon Pegg’s best movies, so his skills may be missed there too.
[Critics – 72%] [Public – 7.1] {Ranked: 5th Best}


Source Code
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, Jeffrey Wright
Director: Duncan Jones
Release Date: 1 April 2011

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A soldier (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Each time the train explodes, it’s reset for him to try again. The director’s previous effort, Moon, was perhaps the best sci-fi movie of 2009. Source Code’s trailer was a mish-mash of Quantum Leap, 12 Monkeys, Groundhog Day and particularly Deja Vu. Even if the finished product is as derivative as it looks, expect a compelling movie.
[Critics – 92%] [Public – 7.6] {Ranked: 3rd Best}

– JUNE –

X-Men: First Class
Starring: James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Release Date: 3 June 2011

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The X-Men franchise wasn’t on the boil for long. Bryan Singer’s semi-good X-Men was the movie that kicked off the superhero boom at the turn of the century, its sequel remains one of the best superhero movies ever made, but the third movie was weak and spinoff Wolverine fared no better. But wait, here comes Matthew Vaughn, the director of the excellent Kick-Ass, to tackle an X-Men prequel. And Kevin Bacon is the villain. Ok they started shooting without a finished script. And the 60s set images look a bit Austin Powers. It’s hard to know how this will turn out, but there are more positives than negatives and I have a lot of faith in Vaughn.
[Critics – 87%] [Public – 7.9] {Ranked: Best Of The Year Overall}

Super 8
Starring: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler
Director: J.J.Abrams
Release Date: 10 June 2011

Top 20 Best Sci-Fi Movie - 2011
Taking place in 1979 this is a homage to Spielberg’s ’70s and ’80s science fiction films, written and directed by J.J.Abrams. The teaser trailer showed a train derailing on the way from Area 51 and an unknown entity escaping. The cast is lead by what looks like a father/daughter team, and it’ll be shot traditionally. It’s already failed to generate 50% of the hype of Cloverfield, despite attempting the same ‘mystery creature’ trailer and keeping the plot hidden. Still, you can’t underestimate the director of the Star Trek reboot. [Critics – 82%] [Public – 7.3] {Ranked: 4th Best}

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    I disagree, In Time sounds like the best Harlan Ellison rip-off since Terminator. I think the premise rocks but it’s all in the execution.

    Also pumped for Cowboys and Aliens.

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    • Killy said

      In Time hat a good idea, but the people acted all stupid and unrealistic. Wasn’t good acting either. Apollo 18 was more intresting to watch. And I had more fun watching Green Lantern because it didn’t take itself so seriously.
      Source Code is really good – maybe the best for story and acting.

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      • chris p said

        Apollo 18 was awful. It’s one of the worst movies of the year (i.e. it sucks donkey balls). “In Time” and “Source Code” were both good movies with original ideas. Cowboys vs. Aliens was a huge disappointment. I couldn’t watch all of “I am number 4” or I would have died of boredom. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a great movie. “Super 8” and “Limitless” were worth a watch. – Apollo 18 was worst sci-fi movie on this list… Period.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    OH, and despite the horrible title, Source Code looks INCREDIBLE.

    I want to see Battle: LA but think the trailer will be much better than the finished movie. Also, Apollo 18 is such a ridiculous/fun premise I can’t stay away.

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  • Streamline Putcher said

    I think the best sci-fi movies of 2011 will be –
    Green Lantern, Cowboys & Aliens and The Darkest Hour

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    Gonna see Battle: LA on Friday! Let the Sci-Fi begin.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Awesome, wish I was seeing it. Review would be cool if you feel like it. I reckon they could have marketed the movie slightly better.

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  • DEA said

    If you market maneur, its still manuer…

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Yeah it was terrible in the end. But at the time of the discussion there was blissful ignorance.

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  • Dr med. Dragan Stojicevic said

    What about Thor?

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  • DJ said

    Super 8

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  • Didi said

    ….and how about Limitless? Great sci fi and human condition comment.

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  • sameera said

    Great guys!!!!!!!!!

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  • Manjula said

    This list lost all credibility when Transformers and The Thing were on the best list and Battle Los Angeles was on the worst. Just backwards a** list making there

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      The ranking is not based on my opinion is it done purely by combining the critics’ average score with the public’s average score. Unfortunately the majority of critics and the public thought Battle Los Angeles was not very good. Having seen it I happen to agree with them, but the ranking doesn’t include my perspective.

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  • stephani said

    how are all the lame kid appropriate movies higher than the bad ass scary explosion and blood filled movies ??

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  • Jeremy said

    These are not sci fi movies. Just because a movie has aliens in it or stuff that seems sciency, doesn’t make it sci fi

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  • JP said

    Transformers3: Worst. Movie. Ever.

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  • RGM said

    I just saw Super 8. One of the worst movies ever produced. It was more like a Lifetime TV movie. The scifi part was actually the subplot.
    I actually liked Battle Los Angeles. Apollo 18 wasnt bad – even if it was somewhat farfetched.
    I’ll be seeing ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ soon. Hopefully it’ll be good

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      I’ll be honest, I didn’t like Super 8 either. I think we’re in the minority though.

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      • RGM said

        LOL! I got confused (Sorry). The pitiful movie I was referring to was called “Monsters” not Super 8. It was about journalist traveling thru an alien infested region along the US-Mexican border.
        Super 8 wasn’t bad. It was a bit “Walt Disney” – with kids solving the town’s problems but overall I thought it was OK.

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        • Sheridan Passell said
          Sheridan Passell

          That’s alright, I didn’t mean Super 8, I meant Superman 4.

          Or did I…

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  • Yoyoy said

    I think that The Divide is high underrated. It is such an intense movie that really let the dark side of human nature emerge. When dealing with human emotions it comes down to the acting and they really did an amazing job. PS: the army-hazard-suits guys are AWESOME LOOKING!.

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