2013 is shaping up to be (hopefully) pretty good in terms of Sci-Fi movies. Along with the odd reboot and sequel there are a lot of original celluloid clad stories pushing their way to the front of the queue, begging for a little attention. From gun toting battle mechs, to kids fighting it out in gravity free zones, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Below are 5 Sci-Fi movies that will hopefully rock 2013:
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski (director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and starring the charasmatic, action machine Tom Cruise.
On surface value, just from the star factor alone Oblivion already looks pretty damn promising. The synopsis backs this promise up in spades with what sounds like a very interesting, epic and potentially awesome action filled plot.
I like that as a follow up to Tron: Legacy, Kosinski has not gone for something little and quiet and has instead opted for an ambitious firecracker of a project that will hopefully be a cinematic delight.
Below is the trailer:
Oblivion is due to be released April 2013
The following synopsis contains spoilers from the book, so skip this section if you want to read the book before seeing the movie.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Ender’s Game is based on the very popular book of the same name by Orson Scott Card.
I am not going to lie, when I heard that Ender’s Game was finally (after years of trying) in production, I was worried. The synopsis makes clear that the somewhat lengthy timeline in the book has been condensed, which makes sense from a cinematic point of view, but still runs the risk that the character of Ender may not come across as fully developed – potentially losing some of the translation of the complexities of his killer yet overly compassionate instinct and how that came to be.
I am however, relieved that director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly confirmed that the dark ending of the book will be intact. This gives me hope that the brutal yet honest characterisations of the children will be kept. I am also looking forward to the battle room sequences and seeing how they will be choreographed as well as what is sure to be (and better be) an epic battle against the Formics.
Ender’s Game is due to be released October/Novermber 2013
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Children Of Men), Gravity has both the star power in George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as well as the expertise of a director who can really tell a story. Lauded as a kind of Castaway in Space, Gravity has the potential to be atmospheric, uncomfortable and thrilling. I am really looking forward to seeing the unique dangers and the isolation that Space holds for humans and how it plays out.
Below is the teaser trailer:
Gravity is due to be released October 2013
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) —who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hell Boy) and starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Idris Elba (Thor), Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses), and Ron Perlman (the Hellboy films) Pacific Rim is a cinematic recipe of battle mechs, sea monsters and a pending apocalypse. I am fairly sure that all of these ingredients will add up to what should be some pretty spectacular cinema. I was convinced this was one to watch as soon as I heard that del Toro was at the helm, and when I read that robot battle mechs would be fighting sea monsters it sealed the deal.
Pacific Rim is due to be released July 2013
The World’s End
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have reteamed for the finale to their Blood & Ice Cream trilogy. Wright once again co-scripting with Pegg has added a subversive comedy apocalypse thriller-type movie to the mix, which I imagine will sit perfectly with the zombie-romcom Shaun of the Dead and the tongue in cheek Hollywood-style buddy cop comedy movie Hot Fuzz. Wright seems to bring out the best in Pegg and Frost, enabling a very watchable chemistry between the two. If anything this film is sure to bring out a few laughs and will no doubt be very enjoyable. Plus, I am intrigued to see what could be one of the most epic pub crawls ever!
The World’s End is due for release August-November (release dates vary in Europe and the US) 2013
What do you think? What films are you looking forward to seeing in 2013? Let me know in the comments.