Science fiction is the stuff of dreams and that is precisely the reason for the unending popularity of sci-fi films. Though it is not easy to precisely define this particular genre yet at its core each work of science fiction deals with a great unknown. Sci-fi movies have proved that these type of films provides the best escapes, distractions, or parallels given viewers’ situations and perspectives. The art of creating speculative fiction came to the fore in the 19th century but it did not reach the world of films till the beginning of the 20th century. Initially, this genre produced mediocre films rated low but slowly the genre reached the stage whereby it put humanity in context with the makings of the universe and gradually spawned many of the greatest philosophical films in the 20th and 21st centuries.
1999: The Matrix
Speaking of simulated realities, “The Matrix” is about a computer programmer (Keanu Reeves) who figures out that everyone is living inside of a simulation. He joins a rebellion to try and fight the sentient machines harvesting human energy. As well as being a box office success, “The Matrix” received multiple awards, including four Academy Awards for its technical achievements.
2002: Minority Report
In Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” an officer from a futuristic police unit that employs three psychics is accused of murder before it happens. On the run for his life, John Anderton (Tom Cruise) forces the audience to consider whether free will can exist when the future is defined in advance. The film received positive reviews and is praised for the continued discussion and analysis it prompts in viewers.
2011: Source Code
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier who wakes up in someone else’s body. He soon realizes that he is part of an experimental government program to find the bomber on a commuter train, in just eight minutes.
2012: The Avengers
“The Avengers” features all your favorite superheroes in one place. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) all team up in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to take down Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s pesky younger brother. It was a vast success, grossing a whopping $1.5 billion worldwide.
2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
A reboot of the “Mad Max” franchise, Mad Max is played by Tom Hardy as he teams up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to escape bandits in post-apocalyptic Australia. The film won six Academy Awards for its technical achievements.
When monoliths descend on Earth, a linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited by the Army to try to develop a means of communication with the extraterrestrial beings that are found. The result is a surprisingly emotional film, whose introspection forces the viewer to challenge their thoughts and beliefs. TW
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