Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies

1.2001: A Space Odyssey

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It is easy to see why this movie was deemed ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically’ significant’ by US Library Congress. This enthralling story of space exploration is intelligent as it is pristine. Stanley Kubrick’s atmospheric adaption looks simply sensational and has stood the test of time remarkably well. Boasting a superb score, the film is inch perfect in achieving the unworldly qualities which has seen it top this list. The collaboration which saw Kubrick decision to work closely with author Arthur C.Clarke was a stroke of genius; with factual elements interspersed from Clarke in order to maintain suspension.

2. Blade Runner

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Ridley Scott’s cult classic was initially neither a commercial or critical success. However the meaningful premise was eventually recognised by avid film fans as the movie slowly built up a bulk of cult credit. The futuristic neo-noir classic contemplates the question ‘what is it to be human?’ Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a blade runner whose job it is to hunt down and terminate replicates, A.I. once created by humans. Blade Runner’s avant-garde portrait of neon lit Los Angeles is simply stunning and typical of Ridley Scott’s eye for a shot. The film’s perfect ending is elegantly poised leaving the audience stupefied: is Deckard a replicant?

3. Solaris (1972)

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The Russian answer to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Tarkovsky’s accomplished adaption successfully combines bold existentialism and solid human enquiry. At times completely baffling, but more often than not truly awe-inspiring; arguably the two most important elements in a true sci-fi classic! The story sees Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) embark on a journey to replace a dead scientist on a space station orbiting the remote planet of Solaris. The adventure possesses immense visual powers; cinematography at its spell binding best.

4. Sunshine (2007)

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Danny Boyle’s underrated throwback possesses many great qualities seen in the great sci-fi of the 70s and 80s. The Oscar-winning director cited 2001, Solaris and Alien as credible influences on production. Common themes of loneliness and isolation are embedded within a touching story; topped off with a poignant film score. The narrative centres on a compelling idea that our sun will die out in the near future. In a bid to save humanity an elite team of scientists embark on a mission to reignite the sun with a payload of nuclear substance. Cilian Murphy saw his Hollywood star rise further with a rousing performance as Capa.

5. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Many film enthusiasts may be sceptical of its inclusion, but for sheer sentimental value The Empire Strikes Back makes the cut. In fact it’s one of the most entertaining movies ever made. The Sequel is the darkest movie of the Star Wars saga and possesses a gripping storyline which turns the trilogy on its head; including one of the lines in cinematic history. Awashed with imagination, the film is Luca’s world; the immense Hoth Battle paved the way for epic battle scenes seen in blockbusters The Matrix and Avatar. The film also sees the introduction of brilliant characters such as Yoda, Boba Fett and Lando; each one possessing a pivotal role in the trilogy’s premise.

Aidan Donovan is a copywriter for a company that sells Toyotayaris cars. He’s rather fond of his job–and his movie collection.

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