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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.

– FEBRUARY –

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}

– MARCH –

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}

Paul
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}

– APRIL –

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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  • Boltingskyline said

    You put, Cowboys And Aliens in the best section and Green Lantern in the worst!!! Are You a stark-raving looney-moron!!! I…thought, so!!! OMG!!!

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