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Sci-Fi Movies 2014 – Guide

– MAY –

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti
Director: Marc Webb
Released: May 2, 2014

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Spider-Man squares off against the Rhino (Giamatti) and the powerful Electro (Foxx) while struggling with his promise to keep Gwen Stacey out of his dangerous life. When his old friend Harry Osborn (DeHaan) returns, Peter begins to discover more about his parents. Pre-transformation, Electro is a “nobody” electrical engineer working for Oscorp who idolises Spider-Man, it’s an accident at the labs involving electric eels gives him the ability to control electricity. The Rhino meanwhile will be a Russian mobster, and end up in a giant mech suit. Chris Cooper is Norman Osborn, but you won’t see his Goblin this time. Felicity Jones makes a small appearance as Black Cat. (The production is working toward a ‘Sinister Six’ movie.) The director of the first ‘Amazing’ returns. There’s a concern that both main villains look to be putting in hammy performances but the movie should still be great Spidey fun, free from having to tell the origin story again. Let’s not forget, ‘Spider-Man 2’ was the best in the series.

Godzilla
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe
Director: Gareth Edwards
Released: May 16, 2014

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The famous monster hero goes up against various malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence (one is described as centipede-like, another is reminiscent of the Cloverfield monster). 1999’s Godzilla was a crushing disappointment but the franchise has so much potential on the big screen and now the West is going to try again. This is a $160m effort from Legendary Pictures, who rebooted Batman so successfully. It’ll be directed by Gareth Edwards, the newcomer who brought us the similarly-themed low-budget ‘Monsters’. It’s a huge step up for him. The new, much more faithful, creature design was revealed at Comic-Con (see picture above). Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston are the leads, playing a lieutenant and a scientist respectively. I can’t wait to see Godzilla done right.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Bryan Singer
Released: May 23, 2014

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In a 2023 dystopian future where mutants are all but wiped out by giant robotic Sentinels, the X-Men send Wolverine’s mind back to his 1973 body through Kitty Pryde’s phasing powers in a desperate effort to stop Mystique and Magneto assassinating key figures and changing the future. Characters from the original X-Men film trilogy are joining forces with their younger selves from ‘X-Men: First Class’. Confirmed so far are Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Iceman, Kitty Pryde, Professor X, Magneto and Colossus from the original, and Mystique, Beast, Magneto, Professor X, and Havok from ‘First Class’. New mutants include Quicksilver, Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath, and Ink. Overall the plot is much changed from the comics (where it was Kitty Pryde going back to 1980). Director Bryan Singer, of ‘X1’ and series-highlight ‘X2’, is back in charge. Having mutants involved in blowing JFK’s head off really is in bad taste, but that aside, this should be thrilling ensemble action.

– JUNE –

Edge Of Tomorrow
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven
Director: Doug Liman
Released: June 6, 2014

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A conscript (Cruise) fighting in the United Defense Force against the mysterious ‘Mimic’ aliens laying siege to Earth, finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day of battle – dying each time but becoming better skilled as he repeats it. Fighting alongside him is a special forces solider (Blunt) who is highly decorated and peerless in battle, seen as a hero by the entire world, but really she has experienced the time loop too. The script adapts the Japanese novella ‘All You Need Is Kill’ and was on the Black List (an industry rundown of the best unproduced screenplays). It’s a sci-fi ‘Groundhog Day’ (as was ‘Source Code’), with a touch of ‘Starship Troopers’. Director Doug Liman (‘The Bourne Identity’) is solid, and was unfairly bashed for his inventive ‘Jumper’. Cruise’s sci-fi effort last year, ‘Oblivion’, was very capable, expect him to be just as committed here.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci
Director: Michael Bay
Released: June 27, 2014

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A semi-reboot: Shia is gone, along with the entire human cast, a couple of key writers, and all but two of the Transformers (a redesigned Prime and Bumblebee). Instead this is about a mechanic (Wahlberg) and his daughter (Peltz) making a discovery 4 years later that brings the Autobots, Decepticons, and a paranoid government official (Grammer) down on them. Also involved is the long-overdue introduction of the Dinobots (see Grimlock, above), who may not necessarily be Autobot allies much of the time. The all-new Decepticons are Galvatron, Cyclonus and Lockdown. The human cast was tired so I’m glad to see fresh talent. If only Bay would hand directing duties onto someone else.

– JULY –

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Keri Russell
Director: Matt Reeves
Released: July 18, 2014

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A decade on, the growing nation of genetically-evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived and soon they’re on the brink of a war that’ll determine who emerges as Earth’s dominant species. James Franco is not returning, instead the main human will be played by Gary Oldman, alongside a family played by Jason Clarke (‘Zero Dark Thirty’), Keri Russell (‘Dark Skies’) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (‘Let Me In’). The capable Matt Reeves (‘Cloverfield’, ‘Let Me In’) comes on board as director. Andy Serkis is back doing motion capture for lead ape Caesar. His work was jaw-dropping last time, so he’s reason alone for seeing this – even though his arc this time can’t be nearly as fascinating. Fans will be interested to know that Caesar now has a son and his main rival is Koba. Since the Charlton Heston original tells us that the apes win and humanity is enslaved/extinguished, this is surely going to be a depressing watch. Still the previous movie was surprisingly entertaining so let’s assume this has a satisfying way of doing it.

Jupiter Ascending
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Released: July 25, 2014

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In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, an unlucky Russian immigrant (Kunis) who cleans toilets for a living encounters an interplanetary warrior (Tatum) who the Queen of the Universe has sent to kill her. He tells her that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe’s next leader… Sean Bean plays Stinger, a “Han Solo-type character”, who helps them as they are pursued by cyber hunters. Also Terry Gilliam has “a small but vital” acting role. The Wachowskis are returning to their ‘Matrix’ roots with another story of an average person plucked from obscurity and told they’re “The One”. But is the rest of the plot too wacky to connect with people? (Are Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum the actors you’d want to sell a silly idea as serious – here Tatum plays a half-albino with wolf and human DNA). Visually the Wachowskis are about the best in the business, and in a sci-fi setting it should be something to behold. I hope this sees them back on top.

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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
      Sheridan Passell

      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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  • fred said

    Most of these are predictive programming from the Govt and Hollywood, most sci-fi today is BS super hero BS garbage, with little real imagination.

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