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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies Of 2011

Green Lantern
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong
Director: Martin Campbell
Release Date: 17 June 2011

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Green Lantern is the first major DC hero to hit the big screen that isn’t a bat, cat, or Kryptonian refugee. Coming from Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, Green Lantern, much like Thor, promises to show a different side to superheroics and take us on a cosmic adventure. The story follows a test pilot who is given a ring by a dying alien which turns him into the Green Lantern, part of a collective who protect the galaxy from similarly powered villains. There have been a few voices of dissent about the casting of Ryan Reynolds, and the universe is a difficult one to translate to the big screen. A dodgy prospect.
[Critics – 27%] [Public – 6.1] {3rd Worst}

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, Brian Cox, John Lithgow
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Release Date: 24 June 2011

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It’s the prequel/reboot that nobody asked for. Rise is an origin story set in present day San Francisco, where experiments with genetic engineering create intelligent apes and trigger a war for supremacy. It’s primarily about the relationship between Dr. Rodman (Franco), who’s trying to find the cure for his father’s Alzheimer, and the most developed ape, Caesar. Sounds like a mega budget Monkey Shines. It will be interesting to see Tom Felton in a large non-Draco role, although he is still playing a evil son, this time his evil daddy is Brian Cox. I didn’t think much of Burton’s Planet Of The Apes, but this is a different kind of movie. Andy Serkis is playing a monkey, of course.
[Critics – 82%] [Public – 7.8] {Ranked: 2nd Best}

– JULY –

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey
Director: Michael Bay
Release Date: 1 July 2011

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Megan Fox’s public insulting of Michael Bay has led to her getting fired from the series and replaced by newcomer-model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who plays Carly. The plot revolves around the space race and how The Transformers were involved in it right from the beginning. So real 60s history is being rewritten. Will it turn out Megatron assassinated JFK? I was left exhausted and bored by Transformers 2, this series is so inherently cool I’m waiting for someone else to take charge and concentrate on the interplay between the Transformers rather than Shia LaBeouf trying to score and hiding under a table.
[Critics – 35%] [Public – 6.5] {Ranked: 9th Best}

Cowboys & Aliens
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 29 July 2011

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In 1873, a loner (Craig) awakes with no memory and wanders into the town of Absolution, to discover he a wanted criminal. As the town’s mean authority figure (Ford) is ready to string him up, mysterious forces attack from the sky. Former enemies must now stand together against a more powerful foe. The movie has actually been in the works for 13 years, with the graphic novel being published only when it looked like it was stuck in development hell. If you can get past the silliness of the title (I have no problem with it), then this has all the talent involved to suggest a cracking sci-fi adventure. Instead of being jokey/camp in tone, it’s all being played straight – which is the right way to go.
[Critics – 44%] [Public – 6.4] {Ranked: 8th Best}


– SEPTEMBER –

Apollo 18
Starring: Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Release Date: 2 September 2011

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What if the Apollo missions to the moon hadn’t stopped at 17? The real Apollo 18 was cancelled by NASA in the 70s, but this supposes it secretly went ahead and found alien life. The movie will made up of found footage purported to have been shot by the crew of the shuttle. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) produces, and it’s directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, a Spanish director new to Hollywood. Made quickly and for little money it’s proved controversial in Hollywood since it has an identical premise to a much bigger movie, Dark Moon, that is/was slowly being developed for release in 2013.
[Critics – 24%] [Public – 5.5] {Ranked: Worst Of The Year}

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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

    @Sheridan
    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
    Limitless

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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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