Top Ten Sci-Fi Films 2000-2011 Part 2
This list contains the very best sci fi films from the last decade and really represent the genre well. Please leave any comments or suggestions for movies I may have missed or your opinion of my list choices.
Pocahontas sorry I mean Avatar is a fantastic piece of storytelling with science fiction plot. The peace and nature loving natives vs. the colonial super evil of the military, who doesn’t get appealed by that mash this proved very popular because either you went for the beautiful visuals and emotional story of the natives or like me you went to see something blown up by the military on IMAX 3D so everyone wins.
I have heard all the justifiable knocks on James Cameron’s writing; but his personal investment in a project is never in doubt. With Avatar the passion for pushing the very possibilities of film pays off magnificently and the story is tried and tested so you can’t blame him for essentially converting all the other strong vs. weak stories into this fantastic flick. Plus making 2.8 Billion is worth any criticisms.
Now I used to watch the animated series as a kid so I couldn’t wait for this come out and was very happy with the results. Giant alien robots fighting, hot chick, cars and the military, what’s not to like. It’s outrageous, stupid fun and you should see it on the biggest screen you can find so you can absorb the massive destruction. The script for transformers may have been rubbish, but the action is rock-hard and the lightness of touch. Treat as an Action/comedy in my opinions.
Transformers delivered on its promise of stunning visuals and well-crafted action sequences which I couldn’t wait for after trailers first appeared, so for the visual and action side I couldn’t fault it. The actors though are terrible and just there for comical effect and story filling but they don’t drag on the film so it worked. The cast directors choice to get the original voice of Peter Cullen – Optimus Prime and Hugo Weaving to play Megatron where clever, because it gave them rich and deep voices which is needed for the characters.
Star Trek (2009)
J.J. Abrams has rubbed his unique views on a perfectly matched franchise spanning decades to create a truly amazing reigniting of a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans to the trek universe. This retelling honors the show’s legacy without paving over its best qualities which I appreciated.
Fast-moving, funny, exciting warp-speed entertainment and even quite moving, this kind of film shows that commercial cinema can still deliver a sledgehammer punch in quality cinema experiences. The actors and characters are amazingly portrayed and you can always tell that that’s true when you care about whether the characters live or die. The best parts where often with the clashes between Kirk – Chris Pine and Spock – Zachary Quinto.
Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) has done it again with this fantastically confusing masterpiece. Directs and writes this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others using some tech and I have no complaints as this was both visually masterful and mind-altering complex thriller.
Nolan clearly has great fun with the action scenes and so did everyone who watched it, zero gravity fights in a hotel corridor, an assault on an arctic fortress and a car chase through a dreamed city are all fantastic action sequences and it all looks as spectacular as you’d hope. This film has Leonardo DiCaprio at his best and is supported by a very talented cast with unique and believable characters.
Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
This Review for the movie is kind of true but I couldn’t care less because I thought it was brilliant “Movie clichés, Battle: Los Angeles will entertain only the most ardent action junkies”. This kind of movie has been done before but not really based on the fighter’s point of view in a way I think that this movie is very much like Blackhawk Down but with aliens of cause.
Earth is attacked by an unknown force, as people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall; Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before. I am not suggesting that this is the best movie ever but it does deliver a fun action packed story with interesting characters to follow and make you feel for them when they die.