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The Sci-fi Films To Look Forward To In 2013 277

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brumgrunt writes "Not every sci-fi film released in 2013 will be a sequel or franchise movie. Den Of Geek has highlighted the ten sci-fi movies that might just offer something a little different from the PG-13, family-centric norm." The list includes Elysium, from the writer/director of District 9. It's "set in 2159, where Earth has become so hopelessly overcrowded that the richest members of society live on a luxurious orbiting space station." There's also After Earth, directed (but not written) by M. Night Shyamalan, which stars Will Smith and his son Jaden. They "crash land on Earth at some point in the future, by which time it's become a dangerous place devoid of human life." And, of course, there's Ender's Game.
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The Sci-fi Films To Look Forward To In 2013

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:23PM (#41543121)

    The sci fi movie to ender all sci fi movies...

    • Re:ah, Ender's game (Score:4, Interesting)

      by hardtofindanick (1105361) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:25PM (#41543143)
      But the whole twist is the ending. I am afraid I will not be looking forward to it knowing how it ends.
      • I once asked a friend what that book was about. He blurted it out and told me the ending. "Thanks, now I can't read it" says I.

        • You should have read it anyway. The ending was easy to work out early in the book and it was still enjoyable to read.

          • by Intropy (2009018) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @06:24PM (#41543677)

            Exactly. It's not supposed to be a big surprising revelation for the reader. It's supposed to be a revelation to Ender, but just confirmation of growing suspicion to the reader. At least that's how I read it. There were far too many hints to the reader for it to have been intended as a surprise, and I'm usually the guy who does get surprised by these sorts of things.

            • by CastrTroy (595695)
              Agreed. Guessed ending about half way through. However, It's supposed to be a young adult novel, and I read it as an adult. So that might have had some influence on my ability to guess the ending. Also, I've always been pretty good at guessing the endings of movies and books. I find most of them pretty predictable. Sixth sense, I guessed the ending in the first 5 minutes. Moving wasn't very enjoyable once you had guessed the ending.
    • by Spy Handler (822350) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:29PM (#41543185) Homepage Journal

      unfortunately Ender's Game didn't age well. It was awesome when I read it in the early 90's. Now, not so sure.

      Some of the main plot points depend on us believing that a smart psychopath 13-year old assumes great powers by posting wise articles on the Net. Well the Net is really here, and we have Slashdot and Twitter and blogs... we can post wisdom until cows come home and no great powers will have been gained.

      • by Gnuontz (728970)
        I think you are wrong, have you forgotten The King, CMDR TACO :)
      • we can post wisdom

        [mythbuster]well, now, *there's* your problem[/mythbuster]

      • Re:ah, Ender's game (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Main Gauche (881147) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @09:37PM (#41545079)

        " Well the Net is really here, and we have Slashdot and Twitter and blogs... we can post wisdom until cows come home and no great powers will have been gained."

        I couldn't disagree more.

        Consider Nate Silver. (See his wiki entry if you don't know who he is.) He is a smart guy who started off with baseball predictions, but his prominence shot up after he "posted his wisdom" essentially nailing the last presidential election state by state. There is no doubt that this lead to his prominence today (at a relatively young age).

        Secondly, regarding the rest of "us", I'm still waiting to find this wisdom of which you speak. And no, the occasional needle in the haystack does not count.

      • by Evtim (1022085)

        The unrealistic assumption in the book is that you can stay anonymous on the NET once your voice starts to matter. That would never happen in reality - the moment you gain enough influence to show on the radar you are toast (metaphorically or even literally).

      • unfortunately Ender's Game didn't age well. It was awesome when I read it in the early 90's. Now, not so sure.

        Yep. Ender's Game (the novel) is essentially two adolescent fantasies (Kid Saves The World From Alien Baddies, and Plucky Kids Save The World From Government Baddies) uncomfortably fused into one. When I was late adolescent in the late 70's and read the original short, I thought it trite. When I was (well) post adolescent in the mid 80's and read the novel - my opinion went down considerably. Th

    • Re:ah, Ender's game (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Dave Emami (237460) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:42PM (#41543303) Homepage
      I do wonder how much of the child-on-child violence they're going to retain in the movie, especially given that there are two rather brutal deaths.
      • Eh, the kids were asking for it...

      • by vlm (69642)

        I suspect its going to be an action and special effects demo reel with as thin a layer of plot "frosting" as possible. Like the latest star trek movie.

        Its kind of like hoping for a Ringo / Aldenata / Posleen movie.. it would just be a sci fi horror gore-fest shoot em up, pretty boring compared to the books.

      • Haven't see it yet, but isn't that sort of the whole premise of The Hunger Games?

        • Haven't see it yet, but isn't that sort of the whole premise of The Hunger Games?

          Good point, hadn't thought of that. Haven't seen it either, but after a brief bit of research, it seems like the movie version upped the age of most of the younger characters. At least, most of the adolescent characters are played by people in their early twenties, and the pre-adolescent characters are played by adolescents. I suppose they could do likewise with Ender's Game, but then they'd be ditching the contrast between age and intelligence -- all of the kids are supposed to be incredible geniuses just

        • by CastrTroy (595695)
          Yeah, and the movie was really weak in terms of kid on kid violence. I found they skipped over the fighting scenes too much. In fact, I found they skipped way too many details in the movie to the point where a lot of stuff didn't even make sense. The book, though short, was so fast paced, and had so much content that the movie could have easily been longer than any of the Lord of the Rings films. To contrast with those books, which are probably 3 times as long, but contain so much that could be stripped o
          • LOTR were books about language. The movies stripped out everything. There wasn't even a single song in all of the books.

    • The sci fi movie to ender all sci fi movies...

      I think that once Hollywood dies from all these sequels, remakes, and rehashes, I'll prepare a little speech. I'm sure there's a few things they'd want to have said and I don't mind being the speaker for the dead.

  • by csubi (950112) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:28PM (#41543177)

    I don't intend to contribute to a Movie Star promoting his son into Movie Star II, I'll rather go and see Elysium or Ender's Game.

  • ...the world is scheduled to end on 12/21/2012...
  • The Forever War... (Score:5, Informative)

    by braindrainbahrain (874202) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:32PM (#41543219)

    ... didn't make that list but it shows up in IMDB as being available in 2013 [imdb.com].

    • One of my all time favorite SF stories. Hopefully they won't destroy the story line, as was done when "Starship Troopers" was made into a movie. (IMHO)
      • by timeOday (582209)
        Except the book totally caved in the end.

        Both sides, after several thousand years of war: "oh, we thought you wanted the war! Oops, nevermind!"

        As if the ancient causes of a war would even matter by that point. c.f. today's middle east.

        • "Totally caved"?
          I didn't see it that way. In the story, the "Ohhh!" moment didn't come until Human++ thinking (the emergent mind of a cloned population) could see things from a different perspective. In aggregate, contemporary Humans are sharply bounded in their ability for rational decisions (as per your Middle East reference; notable but not unique, any long running conflict could serve as a similar example). Haldeman was suggesting that Human++ thinking could work better than what we can do now, or a
          • (I'm looking forward to checking out Forever Free, I just learned about that in this thread.)

            I wouldn't bother, seriously. It has an ending worse than the Dark Tower series' descent into 'Oh look these robots are flinging about Harry Potter (TM) snitches!'. I loved the Forever War, but this 'sequel' is one of the few books that has made me embarrassed for reading it.

            On the other hand, Forever Peace, which is by the same author but is not a sequel (different universe, different take on war but similarly thought-provoking to the Forever War), is excellent and well worth reading. You can pick up all t

      • by dpilot (134227) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @07:01PM (#41543987) Homepage Journal

        Many people felt that the "Starship Troopers" book was facist claptrap, and apparently the people behind the movie were some of them, so they turned it into a farce.

        IMHO, "Starship Troopers" is the story of The Bug War as told by a World War II veteran. "The Forever War" is the story of The Bug War as told by a Viet Nam veteran.

        Side note... In "Forever Free" it was interesting to see them make the armaments (especially the fighting suits) of "The Forever War" seem quaint and cute.

        • One wonders how the people with the rights to one of Heinlein's best let such people gain creative control of it.

          When the book came out (it was considered one of his teens' books) people said, aghast, "But...but...but you glorified the military!"

          "You're damned right I did."

      • Seriously?

        I loved Starship Troopers. The whole movie was a brilliant commentary to the political situation in the US, and litteraly dripping with sarcasm. I mean, they even cast the main actors for their horrible acting performance. In that sense it was very true to the book, which, in its own time, was a great commentary on fascism.

      • by mosb1000 (710161)

        I read that the writer of the screenplay didn't finish reading the book. It was too depressing.

    • by elistan (578864)
      Interesting coincidence - I just finished the book at lunch today. I've read sci-fi for as long as I've been reading, but never read this one - for no particular reason. I felt I owed it to myself to read it when I found it at Half Price Books, since it's considered a classic in the genre. Honestly though, while it was well written and good to read, it didn't strike me as anything special. Possibly because I wasn't an adult during the time it was written? (Despite there being certain parallels between
  • The description of said movie makes me think it's directly inspired by Dougal Dixon's After Earth book (available at http://www.amazon.com/After-Man-A-Zoology-Future/dp/0312194331 [amazon.com] and other stores). A *great* read, I must say.

    Now, that movie shows promise... or it would, if Mr. ObTwist weren't involved. Still, getting to see a the heroes mounting a rabbuck might be worthwhile.

    • Well, if it's any consolation Shamalamadingdong isn't writing it... he's just directing it. :) That should be enough to save it from the "twist" factor. :) At least I hope so.
      • Can it save the film from the "SOMETHING HAPPENS... nothing much happening... SomeThinG HappeNs... nothing much happening... SOMeTHiNG HAPPpENs... nothing much happens... SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED HAPPENS... the end" that typifies his films?

        How that guy was ever let near a camera, let alone given the power to command where one was pointed is beyond me. He is sort of like the anti-Michael Bay, and like all polar opposites, exhibits completely different and yet completely kinds of suckage.

      • I cannot comprehend why he is still allowed near movies in any capacity...

      • I've though for a while now that Shama- Shamus- Shamla- the Sixth Sense guy could have a had a comeback if he just found some good scripts and directed those. He knows how to put a movie together. Even stuff like Signs and The Village were fun to watch until you got to the bad twist ending. The guy can present a bad story well, as weird as that sounds. Unbreakable is still one of my favorite films.

        • by mfarah (231411)

          I concur, except for Mel Gibson's acting. I don't think there's any director capable of slapping MG back into proper acting, at all.

        • by jedwidz (1399015)

          Glad I'm not the only one who has trouble pronouncing that name.

          The closest I can get is 'Charlatan'.

          People still know who I'm talking about.

    • by boristdog (133725)

      If only Will Smith could have been cast in some earlier film about a mostly depopulated earth...

    • Used to have a copy of that book. No idea where it went. Sheesh. $129 for a new copy? Out of print and dwindling supplies, I guess. $8 for a used one, though. I'm tempted.

      I remember the text being really anti-human and how Nature would never make the mistake of intelligence again after humans were gone. Cripes, lighten up, dude. I'm a complete, black-heated misanthrope, but even I don't advocate human extinction. I just want people to wake the fuck up. We have a lot of untapped potential.

  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:37PM (#41543275) Homepage Journal
    Nope, sorry, seen Hollyweird fuck up entirely too many of my favorite childhood reads by "adapting" them into 90 minute suck-fests.

    I'll steer clear until they A) are thoroughly and positively reviewed by trusted peers, and B) become available on at least one of the streaming services I subscribe to.
  • Is there still time to stop this movie from being made and/or released?... Heck, I'll pay full ticket AND blu-ray price to see it never happen. Who's with me? If we give them enough money maybe they'll go away without ruining stuff.

    • by suutar (1860506)
      It's cheaper to just pretend it's a completely unrelated story that happens to have the same name, and ignore it. See also "Starship Troopers".
      • by Intropy (2009018)

        Starship Troopers is better if you pretend it's a completely unrelated story that happens to have the same name, and then you watch it anyway - as a comedy.

      • "pretend it's a completely unrelated story that happens to have the same name, and ignore it. See also "Starship Troopers".

        See also too: "I, Robot"...

  • Also two films with Tom Cruise and Will Smith? Nope.

    Worse, the Will Smith film is filmed by M. Night Shamalamadingdong.

  • by QuasiSteve (2042606) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:49PM (#41543365)

    Bit early for this, isn't it? A lot of titles are TBA until after Christmas.

    As it is, there's a decent Sci-fi flick probably still playing near you (or will be playing at a later date); Looper.

    • A second for this movie - definitely worth watching, keeps you guessing how the whole thing's going to be resolved until the end. One of the better science fiction movies I've seen in quite a while.

  • Mimsy Were the Borogoves [wikipedia.org] by Lewis Padgett is one of my prefered science fiction short stories, pretty close to the top if not the top one. The Hollywood adaptation teached me to not assume anything about movies based on good books, specially now.
  • I read through the list feeling more and more cynical. Adaptation of best seller, staring on Screen Saint Thomas. Plotless CGI movie. High concept CGI movie. Comic horror movie. And so on... Some of these will have their fans, I guess, but I find it hard to care about them.

    Then the last one on the list is a new movie from Alfonso Cuarón. Finally! If you've seen Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or Children of Men you'll know this is the only big name director who understands all the little touch

  • I have kids so don't keep up. The last two 'Sci Fi-ish' movies I rated was 'Moon' and 'Sucker Punch.' Have I missed much?
    • 'Good' depends mostly on your taste, doesn't it?

      And you didn't note how you rated those two titles - which are about as different as movies get to be and the latter can't really be called Sci-Fi at all - so that's no help.
      So I'll try and go by audience reactions over here where I live.

      The Lockout was skippable
      Prometheus was visually neat but story-wise quite underwhelming. Still, if you enjoyed the Alien(s) movies, might as well hit this one up.
      John Carter was skippable.
      Chronicle had promise but ended up

      • by ianare (1132971)

        You forgot District 9, which I would recommend. Good plot: actually gives the viewer some things to think about, as opposed to "aliens bad, people good" type stuff. Good visuals: special effects and CGI believable, also the camera switching technique was interesting.

  • And, when they do they're just going to hyper-analyze and bitch about ever little detail trying to make themselves feel smart. Go check out imdb.com forums on any sci-fi movie released in the last 10 years. If I were a Hollywood producer, I sure wouldn't put *my* money up to get one made.

  • This issue is chronically ignored, but the fact remains that earth is finite and no matter how "carbon neutral" we all try to be, at some point we'll create too many people to both have those people and any kind of natural environment as well. If we had orbiting colonies today, the rich would go there to escape the clutter, pollution, violence, corruption, etc. of life on earth. Maybe Elysium will be like the Idiocracy for future generations.

    • From what I've heard of the movie before, overpopulation in particular isn't the focus of the movie so much as general environmental destruction and wealth inequality. In any case it should be a good old-school dystopian sci-fi movie and piss off right-wingers so I call that a win/win.

  • I doubt Smith would do anything other than PG-13 with his son, or without ... his days of doing anything edgy vanished with Six Degrees of Separation. In my opinion, he's on the Adam Sandler plan of "make a bazillion dollars doing the least challenging acting roles possible."

    • I'm no Will Smith fan, but comparing him to Adam Sandler, that is totally uncalled for.

      • yeah, that was a bit harsh.

        i've never seen the fresh prince make a fart joke.

        of course, i've only seen like 10% of Smith's movies because I can't stand watching the guy's one-dimensional affectations, but hey, i'm a dick.

    • by ianare (1132971)

      After seeing I robot, I simply can't trust him to do science fiction.

  • Whatever happened to 'Iron Sky'? Wasn't that supposed to be out by now?
  • Rama (Score:5, Insightful)

    by davegaramond (632107) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @06:57PM (#41543967)
    Where's the promised Rendezvous With Rama? I want to see the cylindrical sea, dammit.
  • But is there ape life?
  • by k6mfw (1182893) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @07:06PM (#41544045)
    There's enough Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. And no more remake of movies from 20th century. And whatever movie that will be made, increase writer's budget by 500% and cut special effects budget by 80%. Yes, it's a bitch to produce a movie with a compelling story that engages the audience. If CGI is used, remember a good story and nobody will notice the CGI (sounds weird but it's true, like reading a good book you become so drawn into the story you don't notice if fonts sans serif corrupted).
  • by Clived (106409) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @08:39PM (#41544795)

    Hmmn
    I was under the impression that Neuromancer was coming out in 2013 ? The director is the same guy who directed Splice. I was looking forward to that. ..:P

  • Hyperion (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fph il quozientatore (971015) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @03:13AM (#41546343) Homepage
    Any news about the Hyperion movie [imdb.com]? I am waiting eagerly.

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