Friday, February 27, 2015

10 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies of 2015

Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant Sci-Fi films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…

Jupiter Ascending

Release Date: February 6

Cloud Atlas may have been polarizing, but it proved one thing – The Wachowskis are not fooling around. They are making next-level sci fi that swings for the fences, and this interplanetary adventure featuring Mila Kunis as some sort of unknowing space queen and Channing Tatum as her guide beyond the stars promises to be far-out. Jupiter Ascending was supposed to hit screens in 2014 and a push to February is usually a bad sign – but extra time to tinker with the post-production effects may have been necessary.

Ex Machina

Release Date: April 10

Alex Garland, screenwriter of 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd makes his directorial debut in this three-hander about artificial intelligence. Oscar Isaac is the genius inventor tucked away in a slick-looking home and Domhnall Gleeson is the young employee summoned to meet Ava (Alicia Vikander) a creepily sexy android. No doubt there are declarations of hubris and twist endings, but this could be the stand-out mid-budget sci-fi flick of the year.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release Date: May 1

Whedon reunites Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, Nick Fury, Iron Man and Hulk, whilst introducing James Spader as the villainous Ultron. Intriguingly, we may get a few of the ongoing Marvel mysteries resolved in this one too, as well as some teases for future films.

But it's the here and now of this movie that's the most exciting part. It was a near miracle that Whedon managed to blend the ingredients last time into such a strong piece of big screen entertainment, one that DC and Warner executives continues to look at and wonder how it was done. With the sequel? We're promised more of the Avengers together, and one hell of a threat to fight. Can't wait...

Mad Max: Fury Road

Release Date: May 15

Reaction when we heard they were bringing this franchise back: really? Reaction when we saw that first trailer: whoa. Director George Miller returns to the driver's seat and slams his foot on the accelerator for a bone-cracking ride through a dusty apocalyptic wasteland. The stunts look insane and the high-velocity action promises to reach out from behind the screen, grab you by the back of your neck, and smash your face in the gravel. Tom Hardy as the new Max Rockatansky is perfect casting.


Release Date: May 22

This collaboration between director Brad Bird, writer Damon Lindelof, and star George Clooney is still something of a mystery. It may just be one gigantic advertisement for Disney's Magic Kingdom, or it may be a whiz-bang universe-hopping tale of futurist poptimism. More than likely, it's a little of both.

Jurassic World

Release Date: June 12

Okay, so Steven Spielberg isn't directing and Michael Crichton (obviously) isn't involved, but in the middle of the summer there's nothing better than seeing a bunch of dinosaurs stomping around while humans line up as fodder, right? Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will play the humans. To judge by the teaser to the first trailer, their principal job is to glower at one another worriedly. We're sure they'll be fine but who cares—bring on the mighty computer-generated beasts!

Terminator: Genisys

Release Date: July 1

Just a few years after the misfire that was Terminator Salvation (and does anyone remember TV's Sarah Connor Chronicles?) we're getting another stab at the Terminator franchise. Why? Because you know you'll go even if you hear it's horrible. Arnold himself will return for this one, and he'll be joined by The Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke.


Release Date: July 17

This is Marvel's red-headed stepchild. It's unclear how much Ant-Man will fit into post-Age of Ultron Phase Three, just as we don't know how much of a comedy this will be. Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, a small time crook who ends up with scientist Hank Pym's technology for getting really really small. Michael Douglas is onboard as Pym, and Peyton Reed, who directed Down With Love, is at the helm. We're keeping an open mind.

The Martian

Release Date: November 25

Ridley Scott’s still making movies at an admirably brisk pace, and this sci-fi adventure, based on the book by Andy Weir, is his next foray into the genre following 2012‘s Prometheus. Matt Damon stars as an engineer trapped on Mars after a dust storm forces his fellow astronauts to evacuate. Presumed dead and left behind, Damon's character scratches out a living on the Martian surface, hoping against hope that he can survive long enough for NASA to mount a rescue attempt.

Could this be the Gravity and Robinson Crusoe On Mars mash-up we never knew we wanted? With Scott behind the lens and co-stars Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara in front of it, this could be another great sci-fi survival film.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release Date: December 18

A short time from now in a galaxy not far away… redemption? Yes, that sound you hear is the weight of the abominable prequels lifted from the shoulders of the once unassailable Star Wars franchise. With George Lucas in a more grandfatherly position, J.J. Abrams is igniting the hyperdrive to a galaxy of new stories. This first one will be a bridge – we'll get Luke and Han and Leia, but who knows how big their roles will be or if they'll return again. Chances are this is going to be the most spectacular film of the year: Abrams knocked the first Star Trek out of the quadrant and his Super 8 was dripping in classic ‘80s feel.

Honorable mentions: The Fantastic Four, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Spectre


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