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The Sci-fi Films To Look Forward To In 2013

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the still-waiting-on-serenity-2 dept.

Sci-Fi 277

brumgrunt writes "Not every sci-fi film released in 2013 will be a sequel or franchise movie. Den Of Geek has highlighted the ten sci-fi movies that might just offer something a little different from the PG-13, family-centric norm." The list includes Elysium, from the writer/director of District 9. It's "set in 2159, where Earth has become so hopelessly overcrowded that the richest members of society live on a luxurious orbiting space station." There's also After Earth, directed (but not written) by M. Night Shyamalan, which stars Will Smith and his son Jaden. They "crash land on Earth at some point in the future, by which time it's become a dangerous place devoid of human life." And, of course, there's Ender's Game.

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ah, Ender's game (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543121)

The sci fi movie to ender all sci fi movies...

Re:ah, Ender's game (3, Interesting)

hardtofindanick (1105361) | about 2 years ago | (#41543143)

But the whole twist is the ending. I am afraid I will not be looking forward to it knowing how it ends.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

BLToday (1777712) | about 2 years ago | (#41543211)

But do you really? It said it was reworked from the novel. Maybe it's really not Ender but a clone of him, hundreds of years later with implanted memories. Clone Ender is not fighting the Formics but a human rebellion. The true twist, the final planet is Earth because the Hegemony was displaced by the rebellion and is battling back to regain Earth.

Re:ah, Ender's game (0, Redundant)

Artifakt (700173) | about 2 years ago | (#41543483)

Ender's game is one of the movies NOT directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

(And if anyone actually mods this informative, I hope somebody else mods me back to base score, please).

Re:ah, Ender's game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543531)

Fair enough. That would be a cool twist.... Until he kills us all.

Re:ah, Ender's game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543283)

Without saying too much specifics...EXTREMELY minor spoilers for the book and film follow....

They know the twist ending won't work. It's not being used. They're going for dramatic tension where the audience knows almost the entire time(if not actually the entire time). I know I'm going to see eventually it so I haven't read much more about it.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41543347)

They're going for dramatic tension where the audience knows almost the entire time(if not actually the entire time).

They're overestimating the audience. Virtually nobody remembered the way the original War of the World's ended when they saw the remake in 2005.

Re:ah, Ender's game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543427)

I meant they will directly tell the audience in the movie, not simply assuming they remember. They are telling them because they're assuming the spoiler is too obvious/widely known now.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 2 years ago | (#41543449)

I once asked a friend what that book was about. He blurted it out and told me the ending. "Thanks, now I can't read it" says I.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41543467)

You should have read it anyway. The ending was easy to work out early in the book and it was still enjoyable to read.

Re:ah, Ender's game (3, Insightful)

Intropy (2009018) | about 2 years ago | (#41543677)

Exactly. It's not supposed to be a big surprising revelation for the reader. It's supposed to be a revelation to Ender, but just confirmation of growing suspicion to the reader. At least that's how I read it. There were far too many hints to the reader for it to have been intended as a surprise, and I'm usually the guy who does get surprised by these sorts of things.

Re:ah, Ender's game (4, Insightful)

Spy Handler (822350) | about 2 years ago | (#41543185)

unfortunately Ender's Game didn't age well. It was awesome when I read it in the early 90's. Now, not so sure.

Some of the main plot points depend on us believing that a smart psychopath 13-year old assumes great powers by posting wise articles on the Net. Well the Net is really here, and we have Slashdot and Twitter and blogs... we can post wisdom until cows come home and no great powers will have been gained.

Re:ah, Ender's game (2)

Gnuontz (728970) | about 2 years ago | (#41543281)

I think you are wrong, have you forgotten The King, CMDR TACO :)

Re:ah, Ender's game (2)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 2 years ago | (#41543351)

we can post wisdom

[mythbuster]well, now, *there's* your problem[/mythbuster]

Re:ah, Ender's game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543469)

The story and trials of building a leader is timeless. There is a reason that up until recently, it was listed on the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff reading list for junior enlisted, officer candidates and junior officers.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543555)

I read it just a week ago for the first time. It was a good book, but not great. Perhaps I was disappointed from the hype I've heard from others, I don't know. There were several questions left unanswered and a lot of the plot felt uneven--a lot of text concentrated on issues that weren't all that important to the plot (the wars--which were fun to read, but lacking in substance) while other more important issues were not given enough attention (I would have liked to see more of the machinations of Locke and Demosthenes and just how they rose to prominance--it felt like their entire careers transpired in a very short time). Certain characters (Locke) underwent changes which I just didn't buy.

And then there was the twist ending--I knew there was going to be a twist, but did not know what it would be (the twist was touted as one of the best of all sci-fi; it was what enticed me to read the book in the first place). I was expecting a huge "woah!" moment, followed by all the moments of "of course, why didn't I see it coming, there were clever clues placed all through the book!" but that wasn't my experience. I was able to guess what the twist might be not from the beginning, but by perhaps 2/3s of the way into the book. I was really hoping for a big enough surprise that would make me want to re-read the rest of the story to see what clues I had missed, so it was a bit disappointing.

Anyway, though, the book was fun to read, but I wouldn't call it amazing. That said, I'd probably enjoy the movie--perhaps they'd even fix some of the story balance issues. I'm just glad Jake Lloyd isn't getting the role.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41544073)

I think the twist might be much better if you didn't know a big twist was coming.

Re:ah, Ender's game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543803)

I think it could be easily adapted to the modern view of the net with the right amount of implied hacktivism. Arriana Huffington pretty much pulled off that stunt. With a healthy dose of bot-netting and astroturfing, I think it's still plausible enough for Sci-Fi, and it fits even better with Peter's personality, in my opinion.

Re:ah, Ender's game (4, Interesting)

Dave Emami (237460) | about 2 years ago | (#41543303)

I do wonder how much of the child-on-child violence they're going to retain in the movie, especially given that there are two rather brutal deaths.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 2 years ago | (#41543337)

Eh, the kids were asking for it...

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41543405)

I suspect its going to be an action and special effects demo reel with as thin a layer of plot "frosting" as possible. Like the latest star trek movie.

Its kind of like hoping for a Ringo / Aldenata / Posleen movie.. it would just be a sci fi horror gore-fest shoot em up, pretty boring compared to the books.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 2 years ago | (#41543583)

Haven't see it yet, but isn't that sort of the whole premise of The Hunger Games?

Re:ah, Ender's game (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 2 years ago | (#41543329)

The sci fi movie to ender all sci fi movies...

I think that once Hollywood dies from all these sequels, remakes, and rehashes, I'll prepare a little speech. I'm sure there's a few things they'd want to have said and I don't mind being the speaker for the dead.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1, Flamebait)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#41543375)

Perhaps you could work in how great the Mormons are and how bad homosexuals are. That would certainly typify Orson Scott Card, perhaps the most loathsome man to write science fiction since L. Ron Hubbard.

Re:ah, Ender's game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543423)

SWING... and a miss!

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

Kaenneth (82978) | about 2 years ago | (#41543529)

Is it weird that I noticed virtually all of Orson Scott Card's books have a description of a nude boy in them at some point?

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about 2 years ago | (#41543839)

you mean someone wrote a story that, for once, didn't include slavish amounts of pro-minority/female empowerment style political correctness at the expense of the suspension of disbelief? How refreshingly different! I'm glad he was able to include realistic depictions of people belonging to those groups, having both something to offer as well as flaws, within the context of their true natures instead of making them out to be super heroes because of their skin or gender. Most movies/books do the latter nowadays, and it's sadly predictable to the point of jarring the storyline and making it just another preachy political platform.

Re:ah, Ender's game (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#41543943)

No, I wasn't referring to Ender's Game directly. Back then, it just seemed a good story, albeit with a lot of prepubescent male nudity. After Card decided to spell out just how much he loathes and fears homosexuals, well, a lot of the subtext of Ender's Game starts to make more sense.

Re:ah, Ender's game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543621)

Now sharpen your axes, and I'll be ready to run. I was never that much impressed with Ender's Game, since I somehow see it as very much insprired by PKD's Time out of joint. Now more well done PKD on screen, that would be a sight to see. 0.02c

Best Sci-Fi: Past, Present, and Future? (0)

akumpf (2571057) | about 2 years ago | (#41543145)

Ongoing best-of-sci-fi discussion here [luunr.com] .

After Earth : no thanks (5, Insightful)

csubi (950112) | about 2 years ago | (#41543177)

I don't intend to contribute to a Movie Star promoting his son into Movie Star II, I'll rather go and see Elysium or Ender's Game.

Re:After Earth : no thanks (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 years ago | (#41543623)

Well, at least he's trying to get his son to work for a living . . . Instead letting him blow all his dad's loot on drugs and whores, and becoming another Hollywood gossip story casualty . . .

Son promoting worked well for Kirk Douglas . . .

Re:After Earth : no thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543765)

Not so well for Charlie Sheen, who ended up blowing all his own loot on drugs and whores, and becoming another Hollywood gossip story casualty . . .

Re:After Earth : no thanks (1)

hondo77 (324058) | about 2 years ago | (#41544121)

Not always. [wikipedia.org]

Re:After Earth : no thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543627)

I don't intend to contribute to a father/son team that have fucked up come classics with remake bullshit: I Am Legend, Omega Man and The Karate Kid.
 
Burn, Hollywood, Burn.

Re:After Earth : no thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543801)

At least the child's too old to remake The Goonies now.

Lest they forget... (1)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | about 2 years ago | (#41543213)

...the world is scheduled to end on 12/21/2012...

Re:Lest they forget... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543295)

I've already made plans to spend the final days of the earth with my family.

Re:Lest they forget... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543317)

Haven't we had enough of that "the world is going to end because we've reached the end of the Mayan calender" shit? Not even the Mayans thought the world would end when their calender did.

Re:Lest they forget... (2)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41543437)

Not even the Mayans thought the world would end when their calender did.

Even if they did, whats their track record. Hmm wiped out. Not looking good. You'd think they would have predicted and avoided that.

The classic psychic / mindreader defense. "So whats your name, what brings you here?" "If you're so good at prediction, why don't you tell me?"

Re:Lest they forget... (1)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about 2 years ago | (#41543691)

Hehehe! That reminds me of the fortune teller who grabbed hold of me on a busy market in Varanassi (India) this is basically what was said:
I can see the future! Shall I predict yours?
Ehh, are you really good?
Yes sir!
Then why didn't you predict me saying no to you?
But I am very good sir!
Yes, yes thank you and have a pleasant day!

Man he seemed surprised... It is always the same isn't it? Maybe it's a flaw in the educational system. Maybe we should have a fortune teller at the end of high-school as a sort of extra-exam.
Option A:
I see in the lines of your hand that you are being put back to the first year...
Oh, no! Can that be true? But I studied so hard! (this is the one who should be put back to learn a little more)

Option B:
I see in the lines of your hand that you are being put back to the first year...
And I saw from the moment I stepped in here that you are a scam! (congrats, off to university with you!)

Re:Lest they forget... (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#41543673)

Exactly. It's not like your car suddenly dies when the odometer ticks over from 999999 to 000000, so why should we be worried when some arbitrary calendar system does the same thing?

The Good and the Bad (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543217)

For those wondering, the Ender's Game adaptation is not supposed to be doing so hot according to outsiders that have seen it in production. As for "After Earth", well... it's just kind of a shame M. Night Shamylan keeps getting money. I imagine it's like meth for movie studios. You know it's just ending up terrible and ruining everything, but you pay up anyway.

As for the good. Robot and Frank is supposed to an excellent little indie film, Elysium is more odd down and dirty Sci-Fi kickassery from Neil Blokamp, Pacific Rim is something like a Gundam/Giant Robot anime turned live action, and Gravity is supposed to be awesome as well as the most truly hardcore sci-fi pic of the bunch.

Re:The Good and the Bad (1)

Type44Q (1233630) | about 2 years ago | (#41543669)

As for "After Earth", well... it's just kind of a shame M. Night Shamylan keeps getting money

He seems like a talented-enough director... but what kind of imbecile writes a plot where aliens who are advanced enough to achieve FTL travel - yet too stupid to wear basic protection against water, a substance deadly to them - want to invade a planet literally drenched in the stuff??!

The Forever War... (5, Informative)

braindrainbahrain (874202) | about 2 years ago | (#41543219)

... didn't make that list but it shows up in IMDB as being available in 2013 [imdb.com] .

Re:The Forever War... (2)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | about 2 years ago | (#41543343)

One of my all time favorite SF stories. Hopefully they won't destroy the story line, as was done when "Starship Troopers" was made into a movie. (IMHO)

Re:The Forever War... (2)

timeOday (582209) | about 2 years ago | (#41543891)

Except the book totally caved in the end.

Both sides, after several thousand years of war: "oh, we thought you wanted the war! Oops, nevermind!"

As if the ancient causes of a war would even matter by that point. c.f. today's middle east.

Re:The Forever War... (3, Insightful)

dpilot (134227) | about 2 years ago | (#41543987)

Many people felt that the "Starship Troopers" book was facist claptrap, and apparently the people behind the movie were some of them, so they turned it into a farce.

IMHO, "Starship Troopers" is the story of The Bug War as told by a World War II veteran. "The Forever War" is the story of The Bug War as told by a Viet Nam veteran.

Side note... In "Forever Free" it was interesting to see them make the armaments (especially the fighting suits) of "The Forever War" seem quaint and cute.

Re:The Forever War... (2)

ThreeKelvin (2024342) | about 2 years ago | (#41544135)

Seriously?

I loved Starship Troopers. The whole movie was a brilliant commentary to the political situation in the US, and litteraly dripping with sarcasm. I mean, they even cast the main actors for their horrible acting performance. In that sense it was very true to the book, which, in its own time, was a great commentary on fascism.

Re:The Forever War... (1)

elistan (578864) | about 2 years ago | (#41544029)

Interesting coincidence - I just finished the book at lunch today. I've read sci-fi for as long as I've been reading, but never read this one - for no particular reason. I felt I owed it to myself to read it when I found it at Half Price Books, since it's considered a classic in the genre. Honestly though, while it was well written and good to read, it didn't strike me as anything special. Possibly because I wasn't an adult during the time it was written? (Despite there being certain parallels between Vietnam and current military events.) Anybody care to contemplate how well a modern day movie adaption can be? I'm not sure.

"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (2)

mfarah (231411) | about 2 years ago | (#41543235)

The description of said movie makes me think it's directly inspired by Dougal Dixon's After Earth book (available at http://www.amazon.com/After-Man-A-Zoology-Future/dp/0312194331 [amazon.com] and other stores). A *great* read, I must say.

Now, that movie shows promise... or it would, if Mr. ObTwist weren't involved. Still, getting to see a the heroes mounting a rabbuck might be worthwhile.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

Doctor_Jest (688315) | about 2 years ago | (#41543259)

Well, if it's any consolation Shamalamadingdong isn't writing it... he's just directing it. :) That should be enough to save it from the "twist" factor. :) At least I hope so.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#41543341)

Can it save the film from the "SOMETHING HAPPENS... nothing much happening... SomeThinG HappeNs... nothing much happening... SOMeTHiNG HAPPpENs... nothing much happens... SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED HAPPENS... the end" that typifies his films?

How that guy was ever let near a camera, let alone given the power to command where one was pointed is beyond me. He is sort of like the anti-Michael Bay, and like all polar opposites, exhibits completely different and yet completely kinds of suckage.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 2 years ago | (#41543349)

I cannot comprehend why he is still allowed near movies in any capacity...

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 2 years ago | (#41543417)

I've though for a while now that Shama- Shamus- Shamla- the Sixth Sense guy could have a had a comeback if he just found some good scripts and directed those. He knows how to put a movie together. Even stuff like Signs and The Village were fun to watch until you got to the bad twist ending. The guy can present a bad story well, as weird as that sounds. Unbreakable is still one of my favorite films.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

mfarah (231411) | about 2 years ago | (#41543541)

I concur, except for Mel Gibson's acting. I don't think there's any director capable of slapping MG back into proper acting, at all.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

jedwidz (1399015) | about 2 years ago | (#41543947)

Glad I'm not the only one who has trouble pronouncing that name.

The closest I can get is 'Charlatan'.

People still know who I'm talking about.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

boristdog (133725) | about 2 years ago | (#41543355)

If only Will Smith could have been cast in some earlier film about a mostly depopulated earth...

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#41543451)

"Ali"?

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

Intropy (2009018) | about 2 years ago | (#41543799)

The Legend of Bagger Vance. It's like four people on a vast empty tract of grassland.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543439)

... Dougal Dixon never wrote a book called "After Earth"... so, what the heck are you talking about?

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

mfarah (231411) | about 2 years ago | (#41543527)

After Man. My mistake.

Re:"After Earth"? As in Dougal Dixon's book? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 2 years ago | (#41543557)

Used to have a copy of that book. No idea where it went. Sheesh. $129 for a new copy? Out of print and dwindling supplies, I guess. $8 for a used one, though. I'm tempted.

I remember the text being really anti-human and how Nature would never make the mistake of intelligence again after humans were gone. Cripes, lighten up, dude. I'm a complete, black-heated misanthrope, but even I don't advocate human extinction. I just want people to wake the fuck up. We have a lot of untapped potential.

Ender... (1)

Gnuontz (728970) | about 2 years ago | (#41543271)

Postpone the Hobbit, if ever there was a movie that needed P. Jackson's ability to capture a tale.

Look Forward To? Maybe Not... (4, Interesting)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41543275)

Nope, sorry, seen Hollyweird fuck up entirely too many of my favorite childhood reads by "adapting" them into 90 minute suck-fests.

I'll steer clear until they A) are thoroughly and positively reviewed by trusted peers, and B) become available on at least one of the streaming services I subscribe to.

Ender's Game (1)

Jethro (14165) | about 2 years ago | (#41543307)

Is there still time to stop this movie from being made and/or released?... Heck, I'll pay full ticket AND blu-ray price to see it never happen. Who's with me? If we give them enough money maybe they'll go away without ruining stuff.

Re:Ender's Game (1)

suutar (1860506) | about 2 years ago | (#41543515)

It's cheaper to just pretend it's a completely unrelated story that happens to have the same name, and ignore it. See also "Starship Troopers".

Re:Ender's Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543785)

I enjoyed such films as Judge Helmetguy, Peter Jackson's Flaming Scary Eye trilogy, and Demoted Post-Captain: Russell Crowe's Imaginary Friend.

Re:Ender's Game (1)

Intropy (2009018) | about 2 years ago | (#41543807)

Starship Troopers is better if you pretend it's a completely unrelated story that happens to have the same name, and then you watch it anyway - as a comedy.

Re:Ender's Game (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 years ago | (#41543551)

No, they are already busy coding the post-movie Game and other tie ins that go with it.

Most revenues nowadays are not from the actual movie.

I'm tired of watching smith and his bratty son. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543335)

I for one will boycot this crappy movie, whose with me?

-Poopshoot.com

Re:I'm tired of watching smith and his bratty son. (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 2 years ago | (#41543473)

I quite like Will Smith. He's the same character in every film I've ever seen him in, but I still like him.

Re:I'm tired of watching smith and his bratty son. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543599)

You know who I miss? Eddie Murphy. He's exactly the same way. Hell, even when he's just the voice of some cartoon character, he's still Eddie Murphy.

Re:I'm tired of watching smith and his bratty son. (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 2 years ago | (#41543491)

I don't care who is in a film as long as the film is good. One my favorite films is Primer starring the indie filmamker who wrote/directed it, and a bunch of his friends. :-)

Well, there are some actors who rub me the wrong way, and I will avoid films with them in it unless it has seriously positive word of mouth from people I know and trust on these matters.

I can even be converted. Kiefer Sutherland grated on me when he was young (don't really know why... just one of those things), but then I got a kick out of his weird performance in Dark City, and went on to be a big "24" fan.

Re:I'm tired of watching smith and his bratty son. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543961)

I'm with you.

Cloud Atlas comes out this month, not 2013 (2)

heptapod (243146) | about 2 years ago | (#41543339)

Also two films with Tom Cruise and Will Smith? Nope.

Worse, the Will Smith film is filmed by M. Night Shamalamadingdong.

Re:Cloud Atlas comes out this month, not 2013 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543415)

+1 for Shamalamadingdong

Bit early - try again after Christmas (2)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 2 years ago | (#41543365)

Bit early for this, isn't it? A lot of titles are TBA until after Christmas.

As it is, there's a decent Sci-fi flick probably still playing near you (or will be playing at a later date); Looper.

Re:Bit early - try again after Christmas (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | about 2 years ago | (#41543553)

A second for this movie - definitely worth watching, keeps you guessing how the whole thing's going to be resolved until the end. One of the better science fiction movies I've seen in quite a while.

The Last Mimzy (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 2 years ago | (#41543387)

Mimsy Were the Borogoves [wikipedia.org] by Lewis Padgett is one of my prefered science fiction short stories, pretty close to the top if not the top one. The Hollywood adaptation teached me to not assume anything about movies based on good books, specially now.

Mark Walberg (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543389)

What's the deal? Is Mark Walberg the action star for geeks?

What about the one with.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543465)

What about the one where a drought hits much of the US devistating crops. This causes an increase in food prices, and ends up causing large scale starvation and unrest in undeveloped and developing countries?
It's due out in early 2013. It's called "The News".

Re:What about the one with.... (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 2 years ago | (#41543563)

Looking forward to the sequel: "The Triumph of the Austerity" ...

Alfonso Cuarón (1)

fm6 (162816) | about 2 years ago | (#41543575)

I read through the list feeling more and more cynical. Adaptation of best seller, staring on Screen Saint Thomas. Plotless CGI movie. High concept CGI movie. Comic horror movie. And so on... Some of these will have their fans, I guess, but I find it hard to care about them.

Then the last one on the list is a new movie from Alfonso Cuarón. Finally! If you've seen Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Children of Men you'll know this is the only big name director who understands all the little touches make an imaginary world plausible. Probably the only movie on the list I'll bother with.

We're there any good Sci Fi movies this year? (1)

rizole (666389) | about 2 years ago | (#41543615)

I have kids so don't keep up. The last two 'Sci Fi-ish' movies I rated was 'Moon' and 'Sucker Punch.' Have I missed much?

Re:We're there any good Sci Fi movies this year? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543877)

'Moon' 'Sci-Fi-ish'? That was a very solid scifi movie, and leaps above the usual crap out of Hollywood these days...

Re:We're there any good Sci Fi movies this year? (2)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 2 years ago | (#41543953)

'Good' depends mostly on your taste, doesn't it?

And you didn't note how you rated those two titles - which are about as different as movies get to be and the latter can't really be called Sci-Fi at all - so that's no help.
So I'll try and go by audience reactions over here where I live.

The Lockout was skippable
Prometheus was visually neat but story-wise quite underwhelming. Still, if you enjoyed the Alien(s) movies, might as well hit this one up.
John Carter was skippable.
Chronicle had promise but ended up disappointing (that's what you get when you cater to teens, I suppose)
Men in Black 3 is worth it only if you enjoyed MiB 2.
Total Recall was not too horrible - just don't compare it to the original (despite some fun cameos and hints at the older title)
Battleship, visually nice but skip.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is not really sci-fi but I guess if you enjoyed Moon then this may be okay too.

Iron Sky wasn't released here, so can't comment on that one.

Dredd (does that count as sci-fi, really? I excluded Avengers) and Cloud Atlas aren't released here yet, so no comment on those either.

Looper I'll go ahead and call 'good'. Might still be playing where you live / will be playing soon.

Slightly on the fringe of Sci-Fi, try Cabin in the Woods. I'll go ahead and call that one 'good' as well, although the very, very ending is lackluster. Must have run out of budget making awesome happen during most of the rest of the movie.

Sci-fi fans won't spend money anyway (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 2 years ago | (#41543705)

And, when they do they're just going to hyper-analyze and bitch about ever little detail trying to make themselves feel smart. Go check out imdb.com forums on any sci-fi movie released in the last 10 years. If I were a Hollywood producer, I sure wouldn't put *my* money up to get one made.

Glad to see overpopulation is the focus in Elysium (1)

concealment (2447304) | about 2 years ago | (#41543827)

This issue is chronically ignored, but the fact remains that earth is finite and no matter how "carbon neutral" we all try to be, at some point we'll create too many people to both have those people and any kind of natural environment as well. If we had orbiting colonies today, the rich would go there to escape the clutter, pollution, violence, corruption, etc. of life on earth. Maybe Elysium will be like the Idiocracy for future generations.

Re:Glad to see overpopulation is the focus in Elys (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 2 years ago | (#41544003)

From what I've heard of the movie before, overpopulation in particular isn't the focus of the movie so much as general environmental destruction and wealth inequality. In any case it should be a good old-school dystopian sci-fi movie and piss off right-wingers so I call that a win/win.

6 degrees of will smith (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | about 2 years ago | (#41543853)

I doubt Smith would do anything other than PG-13 with his son, or without ... his days of doing anything edgy vanished with Six Degrees of Separation. In my opinion, he's on the Adam Sandler plan of "make a bazillion dollars doing the least challenging acting roles possible."

Re:6 degrees of will smith (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#41543907)

I'm no Will Smith fan, but comparing him to Adam Sandler, that is totally uncalled for.

Whatever happened to... (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 2 years ago | (#41543897)

Whatever happened to 'Iron Sky'? Wasn't that supposed to be out by now?

Rama (4, Insightful)

davegaramond (632107) | about 2 years ago | (#41543967)

Where's the promised Rendezvous With Rama? I want to see the cylindrical sea, dammit.

The X-Files's Chris Carter in 2013. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41543983)

Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, has just this week agreed to direct and produce a Sci-Fi feature to be released early-mid 2013.

It's still under wraps, but from what I've been told it has a great script, and is set (or maybe only shot) in New Zealand, although there are no hobbits or elves involved, and the cast is almost entirely American.

Carter directed the disappointing second XF movie, although most if not all of the criticism was aimed squarely at the story and writing, which was mostly the work of Frank Spotnitz, who had just come off the Night Stalker TV show.

The direction was generally quite praiseworthy, which isn't all that surprising, considering Carter wrote and directed some of the all-time best episodes of The X-Files, so it will be interesting to see how this movie turns out.

Ender's game may not be in 2013 (1)

Causemos (165477) | about 2 years ago | (#41543993)

The main company doing the CGI work (Digital Domain Media Group) went under and was sold off. It was a quick sale, but no word if things are still on schedule.

http://www.endersansible.com/2012/09/24/digital-domain-acquired-by-reliance-mediaworks-and-galloping-horses/ [endersansible.com]

Devoid of human life (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#41544001)

But is there ape life?

do not give the rich idea's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41544005)

all we need is them to keep earth as a prison world and both of these do nothing new ....zero....avengers was about the only decent sci fi
and its an american progranda piece

Please no more sequels and re-makes (4, Insightful)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 2 years ago | (#41544045)

There's enough Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. And no more remake of movies from 20th century. And whatever movie that will be made, increase writer's budget by 500% and cut special effects budget by 80%. Yes, it's a bitch to produce a movie with a compelling story that engages the audience. If CGI is used, remember a good story and nobody will notice the CGI (sounds weird but it's true, like reading a good book you become so drawn into the story you don't notice if fonts sans serif corrupted).

WTFingF (1)

PsyMan (2702529) | about 2 years ago | (#41544151)

WTF, I just read on the side of a bus a movie called (or at least marketed as) "This decades the matrix", why on earth would any movie worth it's salt have to stoop so low? I can't remember the actual name of the movie but I simply remember that marketing. WTFingF , anyhoo, drunk as the lord and just replying to stuff. :D
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