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Sci-Fi Movies 2014 – Guide

New: Top 20 Best Sci Fi Movies 2014Let’s explore the biggest and best new sci-fi movies of 2014. Science-fiction this year comes in the form of Ethan Hawke going time-travelling, Casey Affleck getting duplicated, Robocop getting rebooted, Disney animating Marvel characters, and a surge of teen fiction adaptations. That and so much more.

We’ll go through the good, and the bad. (Some titles were covered in a previous list, but most are new.) Here’s our definitive guide to the best sci-fi movies, 2014.

- FEBRUARY -

Robocop
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Sam Jackson, Abbie Cornish
Director: José Padilha
Released: February 12, 2014

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Joel Kinnaman (TV’s ‘The Killing’) is the new Alex Murphy and the plot’s still about a crime-ridden city, this time in 2046, where a fatally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg, haunted by submerged memories. However Robocop himself will look and act very differently to the 1987 original – for one, there will be no twitchy robotic moves. This version focuses much more on the transitional phase, about a man becoming part-machine. Oldman plays the scientist overseeing the transformation, Michael Keaton is the possibly-villainous CEO, Jackson is a powerful TV mogul, Cornish is Murphy’s wife who’s led to believe her husband is dead. From the director of Brazil’s highest grossing movie of all time ‘Elite Squad’. The trailer revealed a number of weak choices that mean this seems destined for ‘meh’ status. But I love the original, so here’s hoping they surprise us.

Welcome To Yesterday
Starring: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Amy Landecker
Director: Dean Israelite
Released: February 28, 2014

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A smart kid in high school is finding dating hard. He’s drawn to the typical popular girl and decides he’ll try to attract her by winning both the science fair and the college scholarship it will net him. While searching through his late father’s scientific belongings he uncovers the blueprint to an incredible time machine, alongside a sports almanac. Two friends join him to travel back for some misadventures in the very recent past, and to abuse sports betting using the almanac. Soon timelines are getting messed up and they’re discovering more about the origins of the strange machine. Produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes, this is I suppose a ‘tribute’ to the sub-plot in ‘Back To The Future II’. It’s also copying the ‘Chronicle’ model, with a similar unknown cast, found-footage, sci-fi theme, and near identical release date. The writers are both first-timers, and the director is new to features. It’ll all come down to plotting and the likeability of the leads. So far they seem pretty grating.

- MARCH -

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert
Director: Rob Minkoff
Released: March 7, 2014

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Mr. Peabody, a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world, adopts a mischievous boy called Sherman. When Sherman’s misuse of his time travelling WABAC machine results in disaster, it’s up to both of them to put things right before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed. Hurtling back in time, experiencing world-changing events first-hand, they will interact with some of the greatest historical figures of all time. Mel Brooks voices Sigmund Freud, Stanley Tucci is Leonardo da Vinci, while Stephen Colbert is a concerned father. From the co-director of ‘The Lion King’ (who’s been doing live-action movies ever since, with middling results), and based on the characters from the ‘Peabody’s Improbable History’ segments of the ’60s animated TV series ‘The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’. The movie will be preceded by a ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ short film, testing the water for a possible feature. Fans are upset at the less-than-faithful voicework and the introduction of a love interest for Sherman who accompanies them for the entire journey. Otherwise, with shades of ‘Bill and Ted’, this should be an entertaining adventure for kids.

Divergent
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd
Director: Neil Burger
Released: March 21, 2014

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In a futuristic Chicago, people are divided into five distinct factions based on their personalities. Beatrice (Woodley, ‘The Descendants’) discovers that she is Divergent, meaning she does not fit into any one faction, and soon uncovers a sinister plot brewing in her seemingly perfect society. From the director of ‘Limitless’ and ‘The Illusionist’. Like ‘The Giver’ later this year it’s an adaptation of a young adult novel about a sinister future based on emotional restriction. To an outsider the trailer seems confusing, melodramatic and charmless. It’s hard to see the appeal if you’re not already a fan of the novel – but there are millions of those so it’ll probably be a moderate hit.

- APRIL -

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie
Out: April 4, 2014

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Two years after The Avengers, Steve Rogers is struggling to adapt to his role in the modern world. When a SHIELD compatriot is attacked, he teams up with Black Widow to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in Washington, D.C. Before long they recruit the help of the Falcon (Mackie) and encounter a powerful new adversary with links to Cap’s past and Black Widow’s heritage — The Winter Soldier… The Falcon will be able to fly using a harness. Frank Grillo plays supervillain Crossbones, though the size of the role is uncertain, and Baron Zemo is rumoured. Sam Jackson is back, this time accompanied by Robert Redford as a senior leader within SHIELD and a member of the World Security Council (great casting). The comedic directors of ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘You, Me and Dupree’ are an odd choice for this, but we have to trust Marvel at this point. I’m looking forward to a full-on Cap story set in the modern era.

Transcendence
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy
Director: Wally Pfister
Released: April 18, 2014

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Science fiction thriller about three computer scientists, including a husband and wife team (Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall), who are working toward creating the first fully self-aware computer, and a world where A.I. can transcend the abilities of the human brain. When a radical anti-technology group shoot the husband and leave him terminally ill, his wife uploads his brain into the prototype supercomputer. Once there, his goal to acquire knowledge warps into one to acquire power, and soon he becomes unstoppable. The director was Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, responsible for everything from ‘Memento’ to ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. For Johnny Depp, this is reportedly a massive $20m + 15% gross payday. The plot has shades of ‘Lawnmower Man’, but it’s promised this will be “more science reality than science fiction” and an intelligent exploration of the meaning of existence. In the hands of one of the world’s greatest DPs, along with Depp, a Black-Listed script, and Nolan acting as exec-producer, it’s worth getting excited about.

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  • HoboWithAShotgun said

    I’ll just run through my favorites on here.

    Welcome to Yesterday – Chronicle is one of my favorite movies ever, while I don’t expect this one to capture the magic, I’m all for it trying. I like the premise too, I’m hoping this bides me over until Chronicle 2 comes out.

    The Winter Soldier – I thought the first one was good, not great. I like the look of this one and might possibly raise some moral questions. I just hope it’s more ‘The Dark World’ than ‘Iron Man 3′.

    Transcendence – I’m all for original ideas like this one, and Johnny Depp is great. Excited.

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Is it me or does the trailer look more like a video game than a movie? Still kinda iffy on Andrew Garfield and looks like they’re cramming too many villains in. But Dane DeHaan is Harry so I’m going to see this day 1.

    Godzilla – Bryan Cranston.

    Days of Future Past – The Wolverine and First Class were amazing, so I hope this keeps up the trend of X-Men movies being awesome. One of my most anticipated for the year.

    Edge of Tomorrow – I personally really liked Oblivion. I still think Tom Cruise is a good actor and Groundhog Day on the battlefield is enticing so I’m in for this.

    Dawn of the Apes – Loved the last one, been waiting a long time for this one. Easily one of my most anticipated.

    Jupiter Ascending – I’m not completely sold on this but it looks glorious. Mila Kunis seems like she’s just a damsel in distress and Channing Tatum is, well, meh.

    Guardians of the Galaxy – Not a bad cast, probably gonna see this cause it’s Marvel, would like to see a trailer first though.

    Interstellar – Christopher Nolan.

    Mockingjay – Loved ‘Catching Fire’, the ending really got me excited for this one.

    To Be Two – I’m all for indie sleeper sci-fi hits and this is interesting, even though I doubt I’ll see it in theaters.

    Predestination – Ethan Hawke is alright, but the premise is great and I loved the book. Hope this one gets a nationwide release.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Thanks for the detailed feedback Hobo’Shotgun. Fully agree with near everything you said.

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  • dnwilliams said

    I have high hopes for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. I hope that doesn’t work against it when it comes to my first experience watching the movie, as I think having low expectations for ‘Rise’ worked in my favour.

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  • prawn said

    The best sci-fi movies of 2014 for me will be Transformers 4, Godzilla and the new XMen one. :)

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  • sandra said

    Robocop is as it was in the 1980s a reboot. It’s also perpetuating and making Police violence socially acceptable and entertaining. Captain America I was really well written and developed. Captain America II relied heavy on gratuitous violence and camp humor. It’s plot was weak as was the acting. Digital effects cannot save a bad film and this proves it. I would suggest looking towards foreign Sci-Fi films from France or Spain. Russian Sci-Fi films have always had a unique perspective and production value than
    Hollywood cinema which relies on rebooting, remaking films for pure economic profit and not creative at all… Ninja Mutant Turtles, Godzilla for the millionth time?

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