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Sci-Fi Movies 2014 – Guide

– AUGUST –

Guardians Of The Galaxy
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice)
Director: James Gunn
Released: August 1, 2014

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A jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats. Leading the ensemble is Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, who left Earth in the mid-1980s and goes around space as a rogue until he realises he needs a higher purpose. Zoe Saldana plays the blue-skinned adopted, but runaway, daughter of Thanos. Also in the team is Groot, an extraterrestrial tree-like creature who is royalty on his homeworld and can regenerate most devastating wounds, to be voiced by Vin Diesel. And Rocket Raccoon, an anthropomorphic raccoon created on Earth to be an expert marksman and master tactician, who’s voiced by Bradley Cooper. Nova Corps (Marvel’s interstellar police force) also feature with Glenn Close as Nova Prime and, oddly, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey. The best Marvel movies are character introductions, and space is a refreshingly different arena for them. Director James Gunn (‘Slither’) is well equipped to handle the quirk and complexity of the material, hopefully he won’t let it slip into overly-campy ‘Farscape’/’Red Dwarf’ territory.

Lucy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Wacked
Director: Luc Besson
Released: August 8, 2014

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Lucy (Johansson), a woman living in Taiwan, works as a drug mule. When a drug she inadvertently takes goes into her system it changes her into a metahuman. Now she can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain. Morgan Freeman plays the scientist Lucy seeks out to save her life. It’ll be interesting to see South Korean Choi Min-sik, ‘Oldboy’ himself, in his first significant English speaking role. Writer/director Luc Besson returns to the territory of ‘Nikita’, ‘Leon’ and ‘The Fifth Element’. He’s perhaps better suited than anyone at tackling a female superhero. This is his production company’s (EuroCorp’s) biggest ever budget, and probably its biggest ever risk given the box office returns for superheroine-led movies.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Released: August 8, 2014

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Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world. Megan Fox is friendly reporter April O’Neil. Will Arnett is April’s cameraman and rival, Vernon Fenwick. William Fichtner dons armours as arch-nemesis Shredder (complete with “surprising” backstory). Size-challenged actor Danny Woodburn plays Splinter. Whoopi Goldberg portrays an aggressive journalist. Casey Jones, Bebop and Rocksteady won’t be appearing. From Michael Bay’s production company, the director’s track record is poor (‘Battle Los Angeles’, ‘Wrath of the Titans’, etc), so this will probably be substandard, but I’m excited to see the turtles fully realised in live action. It could be badass.

The Giver
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep
Director: Phillip Noyce
Released: August 15, 2014

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In the distant future, a seemingly perfect society has eradicated human emotion by removing any trace of history. Only one individual, called “the Giver”, is tasked with remembering the past in case it becomes necessary to make use of it. A teenage boy (Thwaites) is set to become the next Giver but begins to question his whole world when he learns about pleasure, pain, sadness, and war for the first time from the previous, elderly Giver (Bridges). From the veteran hit-and-miss director of ‘Patriot Games’ and ‘Salt’, this also features Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder, Katie Holmes as the boy’s mother and singer Taylor Swift in her first significant movie role, as the protagonist’s love interest. The box office for ‘Hunger Games’ means there are a lot of teen sci-fi novels being adapted, this one from 1993. Not sure how they got the great Meryl Streep in it, but at the moment she’s the only reason for non-fans to pay attention. That and Jeff Bridges. Just as I preferred ‘The Hunger Games’ when it was called ‘Battle Royale’, I preferred this idea when it was called ‘Equilibrium’.

– SEPTEMBER –

The Maze Runner
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Director: Wes Ball
Released: September 19, 2014

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In a dystopian future, young Thomas (O’Brien, ‘Teen Wolf’) arrives in a community of 60 young men, with his memory erased. Each day the huge stone door opens to the sinister maze that surrounds them. At sundown it closes, and terrifyingly half-machine, half-animal creatures roam the outside eliminating anyone left stranded. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered. But when the first ever girl arrives (Scodelario, ‘Skins’), with a message for Thomas, he starts to wonder if he has the answers locked in his own mind. Co-adapted by the author of the 2009 young adult novel, this has three sequels and prequel on the shelves if successful. The director is new to features, an art department veteran. It’s an intriguing premise however, as with many of this year’s titles, I’d prefer to see an adult version of the idea rather than the teen version.

– NOVEMBER –

Big Hero 6
Starring: TBC
Director: Don Hall
Released: November 7, 2014

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In the metropolis of San Fransokyo (a combined San Francisco and Tokyo), a brilliant robotics prodigy named Hiro and his self-created robot find themselves up against a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city. To prevent it they must join forces with a team of inexperienced crime fighters, including Wasabi No-Ginger (trained chef who uses blades), Honey Lemon (has a magical purse), GoGo Tomago (turns her body into an explosive ball of energy), and Fred (transforms into a Godzilla-like creature). This is the first Marvel property to be animated by Disney, although it doesn’t share the same universe as the live-action movies. While Hiro’s relationship with his robot will have a very Disney flavour, it’ll be combined with Marvel heroic arcs. The world itself will combine Japanese and Western culture. It’s a movie of intriguing crossovers and since Disney animation has been in resurgence lately with the likes of ‘Frozen’ and ‘Wreck It Ralph’, expect something top-notch.

Interstellar
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley
Director: Christopher Nolan
Released: November 7, 2014

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A group of explorers and scientists (led by McConaughey and Hathaway) make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. The secretive plot is also believed to involve time travel and alternate dimensions. The excellent cast also includes Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Matt Damon. Christopher Nolan is continuing to experiment with IMAX cameras here, including installing one on the nose of a Learjet. His original projects are a perfect batting record (‘Inception’, ‘The Prestige’, ‘Memento’). There’s nobody better at this sort of complex thriller, and to see him tackle space for the first time is going to be fantastic.

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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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