Best sci fi movies
Since the year 1895, when brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière demonstrated the first few minutes long films publicly, the film industry has flown away to conquer new horizons of knowledge, like the first train on the screen running towards the audience at the tremendous speed. After all, cinema is not only a form of entertainment, but also an excellent means to imagine the unknown fantastic worlds, to induce to speculate about the future, or even to teach.
Next to the Moon!
The first movies on science fiction could actually not be characterized as having the plot convolution. Imaginary future technologies were shown in a simple way. Of course, these black and white videos were short and soundless.
The first significant film of the fantastic journey into space was a 14 minutes long “Trip to the Moon.” This American film of 1902 narrated voiceless how a small group of scientists climbed into the cannon balls and flew to the Earth satellite meeting some rather unfriendly natives there. This and many others of the movies on science fiction plot was based on the French writer Jules Verne works.
The first blockbusters
European cinema resisted Hollywood’s domination in the third decade of the twentieth century. Old continent’s films dealt with philosophical issues and with a receptive mind looked at the future prophetically. German director Fritz Lang anti-utopian films about the future city “Metropolis” (1927) and “Woman on the Moon” (1929) are noteworthy. “Metropolis” not only impressed by the dreadful view of the city in 2026, but also fascinated with special effects and mass scenes, in which thousands of extras starred. At that time, Hollywood produced mild adventure movies with easy synopsis mostly.
In the fourth decade Hollywood strewed further more relaxing adventure films to the world, so exhausted from the Great Depression. At the same time, the sound film era began. However, the chaste films about the people live dominated, only the monkey king “King Kong” (1933) was distinguished by effects. Serials also flourished, worth mentioning “Flash Gordon” (1936-1940) enriched with space adventure.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic the British produced a futuristic film “Things to Come”, about an imaginary world at the end of the twentieth century and even the first space expedition around the Earth. Fantast writer Herbert Wales himself worked at the movie script. Even the Russians have had cinematography – they produced a film “Space voyage” of the cool trio’s trip to the Moon.
At the beginning of the Second World War, the space science fiction was forgotten. What it was in comparison with “fantastic” things going on outside the window. One could observe even more. Germans only managed somehow to produce a movie about Baron Munchhausen, who climbed up to the Moon (1944). Meanwhile, the Americans inhibited the fear of war watching funny Superman (Savior of the world from another planet) adventures.
The war has moved to the screen
When Germans and Japanese were defeated, aliens from outer space became “the bad boys”. 1951 Hollywood introduced the film “The Thing from Another World” with nations of the earth threatened by aliens, digged up in the snowfields of Antarctica. Even if visitors from outer space sometimes warned the Earth on threats (“The Day the Earth stood still”, 1951), the evil conquerors dominated: one coming from Mars (“The War of the Worlds”, 1953), astronauts visited the other alien (“Forbidden Planet”, 1956). At the end of the sixth decade the mankind lived in the eve of the space age, so the films about rockets, space, astronauts and aliens were pouring out as from the horn of plenty. Evil Martians captured rockets launched into the atmosphere in the film “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” (1956). Next people are threatened by a stranger planet which approached the Solar system edge accidentally (“When Worlds Collide”, 1951). Restless inhabitants of the Earth themselves did not find room in the home planet, so they took their way toward Mars. Of course, they fell out on the way and started fighting with each other (“Conquest of Space”, 1955). Returning home, they brought all kinds of disasters with them (“The Angry Red Planet”, 1960). Some ideas of the latest films will be successfully used in other films. E.g., the film “It! The Terror from Beyond Space” (1958) introduced the clip that has become classic for the first time – Martian vampire terrorizing the space ship crew.
Cinema in the Space era
At the beginning of the space era, one film overshadowed all the rest in its impact on cinema history is huge. When it comes to talk about the seventieth, many people remember Stanley Kubrick super film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The film was produced on the base of the famous fantast Arthur Clark’s novel “Sentinel”. Production of this up to date, amazing special effects movie cost an impressive 10.5 million USD amount. After the success of the movie studios began invest in effects and video quality increasingly. Cinema screens of the eighties changed: classic space science fiction gave way to the mystical paranoid films. Spectators floated up cinemas halls to watch cosmic ecological anti-utopia “Silent Running” (1972), the evolutionary anti-utopia “Planet of the Apes”(1968). Director George Lucas made his debut with onerous “THX 1138″ (1971), which carried over to the future world where the members of society were under control of potent drugs. Lucas is best known in the world for the produced cult space adventure saga “Star Wars” (1977). On the other side of the Atlantic, Russian film director A. Tarkovsky produced a psychedelic “Solaris” (1972) about a thinking ocean in the other planet.
Effortless content with concentrated special effects and many adventures – such films reigned in the ninth decade. Two more series of “Star Wars” produced. Spectacular revival of the space epic “Star Trek” occurred on the big screen. Pre-eminently fascinating “Stranger” (1979) by Riddle Scott and its continuation has triumphed among horror films. Cyberpunk revolution initiated by the same R. Scott in “Blade Runner” (1982), telling the story about space exploring cyborgs returning to the human society in spite of the ban.
However, some films that have been predicted to be a great cinema success did not attract the audience, for example, film adaptation of F. Herbert’s novel “Dune”. The last twentieth century decade is distinguished by repeated flared up fight on cinema screens. People clashed with the aliens who destroyed built-up areas (“Independence Day”, 1996) and the asteroids (“Armageddon”, 1998), or comets (“Deep shock”, 1998). Intellectual audience was invited to dive into a gene engineering problems in distant worlds (“Gattaca”, 1997) or follow twists and turns of life and communication with otherworldly life forms (“Contact”, 1997).
What cinematographic heritage of the twentieth century do we feel in the films of the new millennium? Firstly, cinemas are dominated by big budget films, challenging with impressive views. The good news is that sci-fi movies are precisely those in most cases. However, the stick has two ends – development of visual impact encourages loss of psychological and philosophical background. Films often recall to long and naive video clips. In the absence of new ideas the same stories are cinematized once again (“The War of the Worlds”, “The Day the Earth stood still” or “Star Trek”). On the other hand, impressive fantasy film attracting even more viewers in masses nowadays, so the genre is far from “agony”. In the future, film’s visual part will go more perfect (3D movies like “Avatar”) and live actors on screen will be probably displaced by digital characters.
This is a list of 100 good sci fi movies to help you choose a good movie for this evening!