5 Sci-Fi Movies That Should Be On Your Radar For 2014
You may have noticed that Science Fiction has been undergoing something of a renaissance of late and, a testament to that fact is the huge number of genre movies that saw a release this year. Granted, 2013 has seen some duds (*Cough* After Earth *Cough*), but the likes of Gravity, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Pacific Rim and Ender's Game have all given sci-fi fans something to smile about. But don't get the winter blues just yet, because 2014 is going to be awesome and here are just a few reasons why:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy - August 1st 2014
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be the comic giant's major release for 2014 (No offense Mr.Rogers) and if it fulfils its potential, it may just be one of the biggest movies of the year. That potential I mentioned comes in the form of its incredible array of characters, played by an equally incredible lineup of actors. The excellent Chris Pratt plays Pete Quill, a human fighter pilot who finds himself thrust into the middle of a cosmic battle for a mysterious power. Quill is forced to unite an unlikely band of alien ex-cons in an effort to repel an enemy so powerful it could change the face of the universe. Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Nova Prime (Glenn Close) are just a few of the heroes on display in Director James Gunn's movie, which means this is going to be the most colorful and varying Marvel movie ever made.
2. Edge of Tomorrow - June 6th 2014
This is a movie that I genuinely cannot wait for. It's based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's excellent book 'All You Need Is Kill' which details an invasion of Earth by a relentless terraforming alien force. Tom Cruise will play the lead role of Bill Cage, a Lieutenant Colonel in the US army who, after being killed in action, is forced to relive his death over and over again. His only hope of breaking out of the loop is veteran soldier Rita Vrtaski who will be played by Emily Blunt. Sakurazaka's tale is packed full of action and sees humans forced to don high powered exo-suits to fend off the massive swarms of aliens, so needless to say, there is heaps of potential with this adaptation.
3. Tomorrowland - December 12th 2014
Brad Bird's Tomorrowland was shrouded in mystery when news of the Disney project came to light earlier this year. What followed was a series of teasers and relating to a mysterious box from the Disney archives. At Disney's D23 expo this summer, Director Brad Bird and Screenwriter Damien Lindeloff proceeded to tease even further stating that certain images were fakes, but not fully ruling out the fact that this box and its contents were real. What we do know about Tomorrowland is that it will star George Clooney and Britt Robertson and Disney's official synopsis is as follows:
"Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland'."
4. Interstellar - November 7th 2014
Co-Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar will be Hollywood science fiction in its purest form. Nolan's tale centers around a group of scientists who discover the secret to harnessing wormholes, leaving the proverbial door open for space travel like no human has ever seen before. The premise is exciting enough, but when you consider the talent on and off screen, Interstellar is a movie that should be getting you very excited for next Winter. Nolan's project features 3 Oscar winners in Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, with the remaining lead, Matthew McConaughey, hotly tipped for an Oscar after reviving his career over the past few years. This is Nolan's first movie since 'The Dark Knight Rises' and all the signs point to Interstellar becoming one of 2014's biggest hits.
5. Godzilla - May 16th 2014
I'll admit it, Gareth Edwards' upcoming Godzilla remake probably doesn't hold 2014's best hopes of critical acclaim, but after the fan appreciation shown towards Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim this year, big time monster movies could be making a comeback. The story will be familiar, with Godzilla no doubt terrorizing a number of densely populated areas, but what makes this movie stand out is its cast. Where other movies in this list are packed full of heavyweights, Godzilla showcases some serious up-and-coming talent. The brilliant Elizabeth Olsen is joined by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, both of whom have just signed on for Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' (as brother and sister no less). Adding to that raw talent is probably the hottest name in all of showbiz right now, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.
Marvel's other releases
It would be so easy to pack this list out with Marvel releases, but I wanted to spread the love a little bit. That being said, don't forget these huge Marvel releases scheduled for 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spiderman 2
Under The Skin - Release date unknown
I've got high hopes that Jonathan Glazer's movie - featuring Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien predator - will get a US distributor in time for an early 2014 release.
Transformers: Age of Extinction - June 27th 2014
I'm not convinced that Michael Bay's new look Transformers line-up will be a roaring success, but if he can give us a decent look at some Dinobots, I may be more enthusiastic.
Robocop - February 12th 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - August 8th 2014
I'm not sure what was more controversial with this latest reboot of everyone's favourite amphibians..the fact that the turtles are now aliens or the fact that Megan Fox was cast as April O'Neill.