Science fiction fans have been spoilt in recent years with a crop of stone-cold classics to feast their eyes on. We’re going to take a look at just some of them. This is by no means a ‘best of’ list , because there is so much of note out there. Think of it rather as a ‘can’t go wrong’ list. These are all visual stunners that deliver in the character-development and thought-provoking departments too.
Blade Runner 2049
Almost every frame of this gorgeous film could be hung up in an art gallery – that’s how much love director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins put into it. But they didn’t stop there. The characters in Blade Runner 2049 pop out of the screen. The story, about the uncovering of buried secrets, is engrossing. And did we mention the soundtrack? As far as sequels go, this has quickly become the gold standard.
Another contribution from Denis Villeneuve, this is cinema which puts characterisation and storytelling to the fore. Arrival combines the world of linguistics with the strangeness of alien life, presenting a plausible first-contact scenario that is not without surprises. Expect your mind to be stretched if you watch this film and expect too to enjoy fine work from a well-chosen cast.
This is one of those films which relies on brains rather than brawn to win over its audience. Midnight Special tells the story of the pursuit by various parties of a boy who is a little bit different. As with all of the films on this list, we don’t want to give too much away. But just be prepared for a mesmerising cinematic experience.
One of the oldest films on this list, having been made in 2014, Interstellar needs to be mentioned if nothing else for the incredible ideas which power it. Along with these scientific concepts – related to space travel and its impact on time – we are presented with characters who feel real enough to provoke genuine emotion. Interstellar is also visually spectacular, thanks to the capable direction of Christopher Nolan.
Edge of Tomorrow
Perhaps a controversial choice, Edge of Tomorrow is a Tom Cruise feature that delivers action, humour and giant explosions aplenty. Although this might sound like simple popcorn fodder, it is so well made that it easily bears repeated viewing. And the story? It’s about Tom Cruise’s character dying over and over, in a multitude of ways, while battling alien invaders and at the same time striving to impress the kick-ass sergeant Vrataski, played by Emily Blunt. What’s not to love about that?
We hope you enjoyed this list and we’re sure there are plenty of other modern classics to be discussed and, of course, watched.