From Star Trek and Prometheus, to Jumper and Arrival, there have been a mixture of incredible films over the years that have embraced the science-fiction genre. Viewer’s imagination is ignited as these films deal with future concepts or advanced science, dystopian futures, and futuristic technology. Some popular science fiction films have been great standalone features or have even helped to launch popular trilogies and film franchises.
In 2010, director Christopher Nolan produced one of the most celebrated sci-fi action movies in history. Starring a stellar cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and many more, this time-bending film had a unique, interesting, and sometimes confusing plot for audiences to follow. According to an article on LadBible, not even Leonardo DiCaprio knew what was going on in the film.
The film is packed with a great deal of action, including some of the best slow-motion action scenes ever seen. The film touched on people’s curiosity about lucid dreaming and what is possible in our unconscious minds. One of the most debated and puzzling cliffhangers at the end of the film left audiences questioning whether or not the scene was in fact reality for the main character. The movie won many awards, including four Academy Awards, and is considered one of the best films of 2010.
Another movie great that is the perfect film for sci-fi fans to watch is Blade Runner (1982). The film stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard is a retired Replicant Hunter who is forced by the police boss to continue his old line of work and track down four escaped replicants (androids). This movie’s cinematography was unseen for its time and audiences were astounded, which made the film so popular. The film later became a cult film and is now regarded as one of the best science fiction films to watch. On Empire’s list of the best sci-fi movies of all time, Blade Runner by Ridley Scott steals the number one position.
While the original was nominated for two Academy Awards, the film didn’t quite get to the finishing line. However, the Blade Runner story continued many years later with the sequel Blade Runner 2049 (2017) which did win two awards. The film received two Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Although Ryan Gosling was the lead in the film, fans of the original would be pleased to see that Harrison Ford reprised his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel.
Throughout his career, Keanu Reeves has appeared in a wide range of films that have even been ranked from worst to best on ScreenRant. Fans might have seen him in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or perhaps most recently in the John Wick films. But one of the most notable roles he has played in history was Neo in The Matrix. The film is set in a dystopian future where humans are trapped inside a simulated reality known as the ‘Matrix’. This first film and the entire trilogy are packed full of machines, fight choreography, and martial arts.
The first film in the series, in 1999, won three Academy Awards and helped launch a popular film franchise. Many class this film as a groundbreaking movie masterpiece by the Wachowskis. It’s a film that has endured over the years and is still one of the most iconic pieces of cinema. While Keanu Reeves might have had some hits and misses in his filmography over the years, Neo is one of his most iconic and memorable characters.
After directing Inception in 2010, Christopher Nolan created Tenet last year which was yet another time-bending film for audiences. The science-fiction, action-thriller film stars John David Washington as ‘The Protagonist’; an agent recruited by a secret organization called Tenet and is tasked with preventing world war three. The film was action-packed and features some incredible time manipulation scenes that were filmed both forwards and backwards. The film includes many incredible scenes as The Protagonist experienced hand-to-hand combat, shootings, car chases and more, all while fighting against time moving in a different direction to him.
In some of his action sequences, The Protagonist uses a variety of weapons against his enemies including a Heckler & Koch rifle. As well as Tenet, there are many other gun replicas from movies that have featured in big fight scenes. This movie release was long-awaited especially given Nolan’s reputation for tasteful filmmaking. Nolan apparently took over five years to write the screenplay as he deliberated over central ideas for the film.