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Sci-Fi Movies 2012 – Guide

New: Top 20 Best Sci Fi Movies 2012 (List) 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…


The Divide
Starring: Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Ashton Holmes
Director: Xavier Gens
Out: 13th January 2012 (U.S. Dates)

Best Sci Fi Movies 2012
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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  • dnwilliams said

    Prometheus and Looper are my most anticipated. I’m hopeful about John Carter and Chronicle. Hunger Games and Lockout are on my radar.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    I cannot WAIT for Looper.

    Gravity intrigues me even though the cast feels too high profile for that concept, almost like they’ll be distracting. But I think it will be awesome.

    Also want to see Lockout and predict Guy Pierce will elevate an otherwise run-of-the-mill movie (ala, Taken).

    Sh*t prediction:

    Prometheus will be an overwrought bore-fest, like every Ridley Scott movie since the 80s. Total Recall will be sleek, entertaining, and souless. Judge Dread will be one of the worst movies of the year and garner many Razzies.

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  • HoboWithAShotgun said

    Looper and Gravity sound interesting, I cant wait for MIB3 and Dredd, Battleship, Chronicle, The Hunger Games, and John Carter all look like crap. Prometheus and Total Recall, I am uneasy about. The rest, I need a trailer.

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  • gd smith said

    Under the Skin looks interesting. Battleship looks like a right load of old rubbish, but I will sit there with my jumbo popcorn and jumbo coke oblivious to its shortcomings as long things explode on a regular basis. Prometheus, I don’t know. I just hope it’s proper science fiction horror and not mystical gubbins.

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  • The1Cool said

    I was excited about the Hunger Games, but the trailer has me tapering that excitement a bit. 2012 sci-fi movies breakdown:

    Dredd looks lame. The Urban scowl is not at all intimidating.

    Total Recall not on Mars… what the frick?!

    Under the Skin… yes, please. Is the novel of the same title? Would like to read it.

    Looper… can I say I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Well, I just did and I like the movie. May be uncomfortable b/c I know how much my mom wants to do Bruce Willis (I’ve been avoiding his films for a little while now).

    Battleship… hmmm. Potential.

    MIB3… eh. I love Big Willy Style, but no thanks.

    Chronicle… YEAH! I saw the trailer on IMDB and I am excited. That concept is great. Could be the best sci-fi movie in 2012. Regular guy friends + super powers + one goes evil = Yes sir!

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    • Sheridan Passell said
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      Under the Skin is based on the novel of the same title. It’s available on Amazon. There are lots of spoilers in the Amazon reviews so you may want to avoid those.

      “I know how much my mom wants to do Bruce Willis”. Just don’t know what to say to that. He is a handsome man.

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  • devonator said

    Seen Chronicle. Right after the first 2 scenes I automaticaly added it to my favorite movies.

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  • Washaun1979 said

    Washaun1979:The Avengers only nine days in counting. Defenantly my top sci fi movie of 2012 and most awaited. Just one of my top three films to watch this ,and the amazing spiderman would be the second.

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    • hardrive said

      Divided was terrible, basically a more violent version of lord of the flys set in a post apocalyptic basement. Ultra violent, no likable characters. The acting may be good by some but who wants to watch a bad story.

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  • TPrevails said

    All these films look okay, but they are still big budget hollywood, which is currently suffering from a lack of new ideas, the best sci-fi movies of 2012 will be indie stuff like my film ‘Cybornetics’, at least the story line is unique.

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  • jim@technology news said

    I loved Lockout, the bomkers guy who killed his bro was the best villain ever.

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  • Washaun1979 said

    Washaun 1979: In order of importants for me Prometheus ,Total Recall ,then Dredd of the judge Dredd reboot staring silvester stallone of the 90’s. Yep these will indefinantly be the best movies to watch in that order of 2012 movie year.

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  • Michael said

    Looking forward to looper myself….seems like a campy….yet semi-original idea for a movie…which i haven’t seen in a looonnggg time. Originality isn’t a strong suit of Hollywood these days. As far as Dredd goes….haven’t seen it…but i will ….I don’t expect much though. I HATE when they remake a movie that DOES NOT need remade!!! As to the aforementioned Prometheus and Total Recall…..HORRIBLE TRASH….CRAPTASTIC would be a great descriptor as well. I had HIGH hopes for Prometheus…but it sadly fell short. It seems the producers and director thought that snazzy special effects would make up for the TOTAL lack of story and plot….waste of time. Don’t even get me started on Total Recall…what was it i said earlier about Remaking movies that didn’t need it….yeah…EXACTLY!!! I hope Arnold kicks….i was gonna say colin ferrels ass….but i’ll just go with…i hope he kicks EVERYONES ass that was in that movie. Just another example of what i like to call the “LOOK WHAT I CAN DO NOW” syndrome. Made popular by mr. george lucas thanks very much. If it’s not broke don’t EFFing fix it please!! I suppose it’s the occupational hazard of running out of original ideas for movies, so they always have the fallback of remaking a great classic movie into some special effectaganza trash fest!! Yay hollywood…next thing you’ll want to do is remake Casablanca….why not…you already remade Charade…and you cast EFFING Mark Walburg!!!! I really don’t even know what to say to that crap. Oh well i suppose i’ll be done with this rant. My bad ppl….i just hate seeing great movies in history tarnished by some overbudget toiletfest remake!!! sorry just my personal opinion.


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  • tom said

    the movie “Iron Sky”. I downloaded this movie and watched the first 5 minutes of it; just FILLED with profanity IN THE FIRST 5 MINUTES! DELETED IT STRAIGHT AWAY. THE CREATOR OF THIS MOVIE LIVES IN A RUBBISH BIN.

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