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Sci-Fi Movies 2014 – Guide

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
Director: Francis Lawrence
Released: November 21, 2014

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Katniss (Lawrence) reluctantly leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. The first of two movies based the novel ‘Mockingjay’, the final book in ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. The director of ‘Catching Fire’ returns, which is a good thing, while the most significant addition to the cast is Julianne Moore as president Alma Coin. Since Part 1 covers the rescue of Peeta from the Capitol, and Part 2 the attack, expect a rewrite putting Katniss on the rescue team, rather than leaving her sitting in a field. Part 2 is released a full year later. You know a franchise is making a ton of money when books start getting split in half.

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To Be Two
Starring: Casey Affleck
Director: David Lowery
Released: TBC 2014

In the future, teleportation technology allows people to travel back and forth between Earth and Mars, by digitally scanning the person, rebuilding them at the atomic level, then vaporizing the original. But when an accident causes someone to be both teleported and remain behind, it creates a perfect duplicate. Now who is now real? How do experiences make them different? What happens when authorities want to erase the original person? Thriller based on the short story from 2004 collection of essays ‘Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology’. The director of ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, which also starred Affleck, means this could well have the same poetic-y, slightly Terrence Malick-tone. We’ve had duplicates on the moon in recent years, why not Mars.

Predestination
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook
Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Released: TBC 2014

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A time-travelling detective (Hawke) moves about in temporal space to capture killers before they act. On his final job he recruits his younger self to finally catch the one criminal who has always eluded him. Based on Robert Heinlein’s 1958 short story ‘All You Zombies’, which is nothing to do with zombies, everything to do with complex time paradoxes. Heinlein’s work has yet to be really explored by Hollywood in the way, say, Philip K. Dick’s has, and he’s got plenty of material. This may sound very similar to ‘Looper’, but it’s ‘Looper’s plot on steroids and has quite a twist. Hawke is reteaming with the directors of ‘Daybreakers’ which was an excellent piece of worldbuilding packed with clever ideas. I’m excited to see what they do here.

Monsters: Dark Continent
Starring: Joe Dempsie, Johnny Harris, Sofia Boutella
Director: Tom Green
Released: TBC 2014

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Sequel to the indie creature-feature/drama. It’s seven years later and the Infected Zones have spread worldwide. With disparate communities struggling for survival, American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters. A haunted soldier is ordered to find and assassinate an American G.I. who has gone rogue, deep in an Infected Zone. But when his unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only an inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man he’s been sent to kill. Certainly this is influenced by ‘Apocalypse Now’/’Heart of Darkness’. The director of the slow but creative-for-the-budget original has left to make ‘Godzilla’. So this time it’s directed by another newcomer, whose TV credits are superhero drama ‘Misfits’ and ‘Blackout’. The new writer’s only credits are unrelated and of suspect quality. The movie’s more likely than not to end up uninspired.

Under The Skin
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Out: TBC 2014

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Based on the dark and slightly surreal book described by reviewers as “audacious, fascinating, and repellent”, this is about a lone female who scouts the Scottish Highlands for men ‘of the right proportions’. Why does she have such extensive surgical scarring? Why fake glasses? And who exactly is working at the farm she’s staying at? To reveal the reason spoils the mystery part of this story. The trailer kinda ruins it though. This is from the director of ‘Sexy Beast’, which was excellent, so expect this to be interesting, even if it’s not a success. It’s definitely going to be an odd one.

Snowpiercer
Starring: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Out: TBC 2014

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AD 2031, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train, but then a revolution starts to brew. Based on the French graphic novel ‘La Transperceneige’ (the image above is concept art). The Korean director of 2004’s ‘The Host’ makes his English-language debut, and it’s co-produced by the director of ‘Oldboy’. That’s some top creative talent. While it looks a bit grim and cramped from the trailer, early reviews say it’s a masterful film – an ambitious, visually stunning, richly satisfying futuristic epic. However, the Weinsteins are threatening to cut 20 minutes of footage before releasing it in English-language territories, which could wreck it.

Space Station 76
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Coughlan
Director: Jack Plotnick
Out: TBC 2014

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A character-driven, domestic dramedy, which takes place in a 1970’s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide. A newly arrived assistant captain (Tyler) causes tension amongst the crew, which include the bitter and suicidal Captain Glenn (Wilson), a robotic-handed technician (Bomer), and the technician’s manipulative wife (Coughlan). The director and all five writers are new, and it was shot in a very rapid 3 weeks. Sounds like low budget fun.

The Zero Theorem
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton
Director: Terry Gilliam
Release Date: TBC 2014

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An eccentric and reclusive computer genius (Waltz) lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as “Management” (Damon), he works to solve the “Zero Theorem” – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning. His work in the burnt-out chapel that serves as his home is interrupted by visits from a seductive woman (Thierry), and the teenage son of Management. Director Terry Gilliam has called this the final part of his dystopian satire trilogy following 1985’s ‘Brazil’ and 1995’s ’12 Monkeys’. It explores themes of isolation in a connected world, constant surveillance and feelings of doom, all in a garish cartoony near-future world full of madness and humour. Reviews have been generally not great. With a few over-the-top performances and the Gilliam trademark style pushed to the max, this will divide audiences and seems destined for niche cult.

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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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