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Blade Runner (1982)
Regarded by many as one of the best sci-fi films to ever hit the screen. Don't get me wrong, a really great film, but to me it is just that. But, in any true fashion, we must step aside and place this in the list because sci-fi truly would not be as such without this great film paving the way for some of the great ones to follow.
The Fifth Element (1997)
A newer addition to the genre compared to most, this movie stars Bruce Willis to provide some high impact sci-fi craziness to the big screen. Throw in a pretty good looking helpless, perfectly crafted being, and you got yourself one hot......movie. Now considered a must-have to any sci-fi collection, you can count on this to fit the bill when it comes to sci-fi.
If you really want to question this pick, just do all sci-fi fans a favor and go somewhere else. Seriously, go to myspace and pimp something out, you obviously don't belong here.
Geesh, didn't we just go over this. Fine......You fly through space 100s of years in the future, exploring the unknown. You run into some super advanced being that it going to unwittingly destroy the earth. Using your highly advanced tactics and quick thinking, you use your technology to prevent it. If that is not sci-fi, then I must be missing something here.
This is just a great movie, in its own unique respect. Aliens abduct people, and use music to communicate? How cool is that? With mystery and suspense being a huge part of this movie, it is one of the rare movies that keeps you thinking. Not only that, but the last scenes in the movies are some of the most popular sci-fi images known today.
The Black Hole (1979)
One of the lesser known Disney flicks, this movie is about a pair of ships being sucked into.....well, a black hole. With space ships, space-time phenomenon, robots, and crazy captains, I don't how this isn't a good sci-fi film. If you haven't already, I would check this movie out.
Less of a space-exploring, alien toting sci-fi wonder, and more of a "technology takes over" type of flick. Tron is not only a classic family film, but a great addition to the sci-fi freak's DVD shelf as well. There is something about being sucked into cyberspace and forced to play real virtual games that just makes me want to try it for myself.
Ok, the book was hard enough to read, but now we have a movie to confuse us even more? Complex, subtle plots aside, this movie reminds us that the classics are still the greats. Space-time bending beings and an army of warriors who use their voice as their weapon? Now that is sci-fi my friend......and quite a huge metaphor as well.
The Abyss (1989)
Your 1000s of feet below the surface of the ocean, and what do you find? How about a race of aliens who want to destroy mankind for destroying itself? Well, sounds like a great sci-fi film to me. Warning: Exposure to underwater aliens may cause slight power outage.
Space travel? Check. Aliens who enslave entire planets? Check. Military team who blindly travels through gigantic space portal? Check. Aliens, space travel, and ancient technology far superior to humans.......yeap, you're done here.
What? A massive sphere that is contained in a craft that crashed to earth 100s of years ago possesses the power to give you control over reality? Mysterious, yet uncannily sci-fi. Wait, this just in, Michael Crichton wrote the book on which it was based. Alright, great sci-fi it is.
Closely related to the action movie are those of the Science Fiction variety. With a fuller story, more complex characters, and of course, more technology to boot. Sci-Fi movies play a key role in not only my favorite movies, but in every other nerd and geek, and even the occasional neek.
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