Sci-Fi Movies 2012 – Guide24.11.11 # Sci-Fi # 14 Comments
Let’s explore the biggest and best sci-fi movies of 2012. Science-fiction this year comes in the form of an Alien prequel, the return of Judge Dredd, a Victorian man being sent to Mars, and a time-travelling assassin being asked to kill his older self. 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, 2012. There seem to be a lot of stolen plot ideas this year…
Starring: Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Ashton Holmes
Director: Xavier Gens
Out: 13th January 2012 (U.S. Dates)
When New York is hit by several nuclear bombs, eight survivors scramble to the lock-in shelter basement of their large apartment building. As food dwindles and fear grows, the group turn on each other, a situation made worse when men in hazard suits kidnap one of them and seal the rest in. Think Lord Of The Flies for adults and you get the idea, this is bleak and disturbing stuff. Early reviews say the tense atmosphere works well and there are career-best performances from Ventimiglia (as the bad guy) and Biehn (as the edgy super whose shelter they’re in).
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D
Starring: Liam Neeson, Jake Lloyd, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman
Director: George Lucas
Out: 10th February 2012
Good news, they’re re-releasing Star Wars IN 3D. Bad news, it’s Star Wars: Episode I. But over the following 5 years, all 6 Star Wars films will be getting a release, in chronological order. Unless you have a strong aversion to 3D as a whole, this should be quite breathtaking. Hopefully Lucas will take this opportunity to tamper with the prequel trilogy since there are bits that actually need to be improved.
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell
Director: Joshua Trank
Out: 3rd February 2012
Three high school friends discover ‘something’ under the ground which gives them all superpowers. While fun at first, soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. The story is an intriguing one and the Cloverfield-shooting style could add something to this genre. This trailer gets better the more you watch it. Written by John Landis’s son, and if he’s anything like the young John Landis (American Werewolf In London) this will be a cracker.
John Carter (Of Mars)
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe
Director: Andrew Stanton
Out: 9th March 2012
Civil War vet John Carter (Taylor Kitsch – Gambit in Wolverine) is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians (one of whom is played by Willem Dafoe). Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter the ‘Princess of Helium’ who is in desperate need of a savior. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel first published in 1912, this, astonishingly, went in pre-production in 1931 and has been in and out of development hell ever since. Directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E), it all sounds slightly Avatar. The first trailer wasn’t too impressive, but perhaps the second will be better, once bigger fx are completed.
The Hunger Games
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks
Director: Gary Ross
Out: 23rd March 2012
In the future, 12 districts select a boy and a girl to fight to the death on live TV. When her younger sister is chosen, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to replace her. This is the next Twilight, so far as crazed fan following and huge box office go. The books have a massive, largely teenage, following. While I expect it’ll be a much better series, it does look like they’ve
stolen borrowed the central premise of Battle Royale and made a teen-aimed Hollywood friendly version of it. I’m not really on board, but fans are completely excited about it.
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare
Directors: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger
Out: 13th April 2012
A man wrongly convicted of committing espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. Yes, it’s the plot of the unproduced Escape From New York sequel Escape From Earth, borrowed and repackaged. Guy Pearce is a great leading man and this is rated R, which is a good sign. Lockout is the first feature for the directors, co-written by Luc Besson and produced by his Europa Corp who have been responsible for good, sometimes great, action titles like District B13, Taken and The Transporter.
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