Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Of course I’m going to list any Star Wars film first in this list. It’s been my greatest source of sci-fi inspiration since I was a kid, and the universe of geekery I’ve delved most deeply into.
I admit I approach this first film of the new trilogy with some trepidation as I wouldn’t call myself a fan of J. J. Abrams’ work, and the trailer isn’t exactly promising.
Let’s hope we’ll get at least a few steady camera action shots in the full film, and no need to make a lens flare count video like Star Trek: Into Darkness received.
Ridley Scott is a master of sci-fi (Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus) and I’m hoping that The Martian will mark an excellent return to the genre for him.
Based on the 2012 book by Andy Weir, an astronaut is presumed dead after a fierce storm and must struggle to survive on the unforgiving surface of Mars.
Perhaps the film will ultimately serve as a cautionary tale and change the minds of some of those Mars One finalists.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m sick of the tired cliche of “femme fatale cyborg/android in sci-fi films as a plot device,” but the trailer for Ex Machina looks intriguing and hopefully will be a fresh take on this trope.
Check out the official description of the film:
Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.
The film trailer is also excellent:
Any person who has visited a Disney park hopefully saw a nod to its futuristic center in this film’s title. While not much is yet known about the film, Disney officials have confirmed that the title does borrow from the parks and will be directed by Brad Bird.
The official film summary released by Disney in early 2015 was the following:
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
Star Trek: Axanar
This may be a surprising addition to the list as Star Trek: Axanar is a fan-made film, but it so far looks incredibly promising.
With Kickstarter funding, Trek fans are producing the events of the famous Battle of Axanar that took place several decades prior to the original Star Trek series of the 1960s.
What additional sci-fi films are you looking forward to seeing in 2015 that didn’t make the cut? Let me know in the comments!