Sci-Fi


2009: Lost Memories
2002 01 Feb 2002 R 136 min ActionSci-FiDrama
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There are breakpoints in the history, the result of a single event may change the whole course... In 1909, an assassination attempt of a Japanese governor fails - the assassin was shot by a soldier. Now, in 2009, Korea is just another state of the Japan Empire and Seoul has become a major city. A Korean resistance group called Hureisenjin is formed to fight for liberty and independence. Two cops, a Japanese and a Korean (who denies his heritage) are investigating the actions of this "terrorist" group. And their work lead them to an artifact of the ancient Korean religion of "Sun and Moon".
AWARDS
5 wins & 2 nominations.
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Sang-hak Lee, Si-myung Lee, Carl Macek (dialogue: English version)
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2012
2009 13 Nov 2009 PG-13 158 min ActionSci-FiAdventure
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Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build "arks" to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world.
AWARDS
4 wins & 20 nominations.
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Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
28 Weeks Later
2007 11 May 2007 R 100 min Sci-FiHorror
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Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.
AWARDS
2 wins & 12 nominations.
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Rowan Joffe (screenplay), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (screenplay), Enrique López Lavigne (screenplay), Jesús Olmo (screenplay)
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A Scanner Darkly
2006 28 Jul 2006 R 100 min Sci-FiThrillerAnimation
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An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
AWARDS
3 wins & 16 nominations.
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Philip K. Dick (novel), Richard Linklater (screenplay)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
2001 29 Jun 2001 PG-13 146 min Sci-FiDramaAdventure
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A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
AWARDS
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 62 nominations.
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Brian Aldiss (short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long"), Ian Watson (screen story), Steven Spielberg (screenplay)
Alien
1979 22 Jun 1979 R 117 min Sci-FiHorror
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The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.
AWARDS
Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 19 nominations.
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Dan O'Bannon (story), Ronald Shusett (story), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay)
Alien: Resurrection
1997 26 Nov 1997 R 109 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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200 years after the conclusion of Alien 3, the Company is able to resurrect Ripley through the process of cloning and the scientists successfully take the Queen Alien out of her. But, Ripley's DNA gets mixed up with the Queen's and she begins to develop certain alien characteristics. The scientists begin breeding the aliens, but they later escape. Soon the Xeno-morphs are running amok on the ship, which is on course to Earth. The Queen then gives birth to a deadly new breed of alien, which could spell disaster for the entire human race. It's up to Ripley and a band of space pirates to stop the ship before it reaches Earth.
AWARDS
5 wins & 16 nominations.
WRITER
Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters), Joss Whedon
Alien³
1992 22 May 1992 R 114 min Sci-FiHorror
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Ripley continues to be stalked by a savage alien, after her escape pod crashes on a prison planet.
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 19 nominations.
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Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters), Vincent Ward (story), David Giler (screenplay), Walter Hill (screenplay), Larry Ferguson (screenplay)
Aliens
1986 18 Jul 1986 R 137 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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Fifty seven years after Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, her escape vessel is recovered after drifting across the galaxy as she slept in cryogenic stasis. Back on earth, nobody believed her story about the "Aliens" on the planet LV-426. After the "Company" orders the colony on LV-426 to investigate, however, all communication with the colony is lost. The Company enlists Ripley to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed planet to find out if there are aliens or survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come.
AWARDS
Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 22 nominations.
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James Cameron (story), David Giler (story), Walter Hill (story), Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters), James Cameron (screenplay)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
2007 25 Dec 2007 R 94 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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Warring alien and predator races descend on a small town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival.
AWARDS
4 nominations.
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Shane Salerno, Dan O'Bannon ("Alien" characters), Ronald Shusett ("Alien" characters), Jim Thomas ("Predator" characters), John Thomas ("Predator" characters)
Automata
2014 17 Oct 2014 R 109 min ActionSci-FiThriller
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In 2044, solar storms have killed 99.7 % of the world's population and only 21 million people survive. The ROC Corporation has designed and built robots called Automata Pilgrim 7000 to help to rebuild the world. These robots have two security protocols; they can neither harm humans nor alter themselves or other robots. When police officer Sean Wallace shoots a robot and claims that it was altering itself, ROC insurance agent Jacq Vaucan is placed in charge of the investigation. Soon he believes that there is a "clocksmith" illegally modifying the robots. Jacq wants to live in the coast and asks his boss and friend Robert Bold to transfer him with his pregnant wife Rachel Vaucan to the coast. Robert offers the possibility if Jacq resolves the case. Jacq and Wallace go to a brothel where the modified robot Cleo attends and Wallace shoots its leg, expecting that the owner will lead them to the clocksmith. They meet Duprè but she is not the clocksmith that is modifying the robots. Soon Jacq discovers who is the responsible for modifying the robots but the Powers that Be in ROC believe that Jacq is the one to be blamed.
AWARDS
6 nominations.
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Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, Javier Sánchez Donate
AVP: Alien vs. Predator
2004 13 Aug 2004 PG-13 101 min ActionSci-FiAdventure
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During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.
AWARDS
2 wins & 2 nominations.
WRITER
Dan O'Bannon ("Alien" characters), Ronald Shusett ("Alien" characters), Jim Thomas ("Predator" characters), John Thomas ("Predator" characters), Paul W.S. Anderson (screen story), Dan O'Bannon (screen story), Ronald Shusett (screen story), Paul W.S. Anderson (screenplay)
Babylon A.D.
2008 29 Aug 2008 PG-13 90 min ActionSci-FiAdventure
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Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
WRITER
Maurice G. Dantec (novel), Mathieu Kassovitz (screenplay), Éric Besnard (scenario and dialogue), Joseph Simas (screenplay)
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Battle Royale
2000 16 Dec 2000 NOT RATED 114 min ActionSci-FiDrama
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Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive?
AWARDS
7 wins & 8 nominations.
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Koushun Takami (novel), Kenta Fukasaku (screenplay)
Battle Royale II
2003 05 Jul 2003 NOT RATED 134 min ActionSci-FiDrama
Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.
AWARDS
2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Kenta Fukasaku, Norio Kida, Koushun Takami (characters)
Black Sheep
2006 29 Mar 2007 NOT RATED 87 min Sci-FiComedyHorror
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An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.
AWARDS
5 wins & 5 nominations.
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Jonathan King
Blade II
2002 22 Mar 2002 R 117 min ActionSci-FiHorror
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Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires.
AWARDS
6 wins & 9 nominations.
WRITER
Marv Wolfman (character), Gene Colan (character), David S. Goyer
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Blade Runner
1982 25 Jun 1982 R 117 min Sci-FiThriller
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In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles have become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants committed a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he track the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion despite the fact that she's a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question about his own identity in this future world including what's human and what's not human.
AWARDS
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 16 nominations.
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Hampton Fancher (screenplay), David Webb Peoples (screenplay), Philip K. Dick (novel)
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Brazil
1985 18 Dec 1985 R 132 min Sci-FiDrama
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A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.
AWARDS
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations.
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Terry Gilliam (screenplay), Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Charles McKeown (screenplay)
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Casshern
2004 24 Apr 2004 N/A 142 min ActionSci-Fi
Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.
AWARDS
1 nomination.
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Kazuaki Kiriya (screenplay), Dai Satô, Shotaro Suga, Tatsuo Yoshida (characters)
Children of Men
2006 05 Jan 2007 R 109 min Sci-FiDramaThriller
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The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.
AWARDS
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 59 nominations.
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Alfonso Cuarón (screenplay), Timothy J. Sexton (screenplay), David Arata (screenplay), Mark Fergus (screenplay), Hawk Ostby (screenplay), P.D. James (novel)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1977 25 Dec 1977 PG 137 min Sci-FiDrama
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After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 37 nominations.
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Steven Spielberg
Cloud Atlas
2012 26 Oct 2012 R 172 min Sci-FiDrama
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An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 69 nominations.
WRITER
David Mitchell (novel), Lana Wachowski (written for the screen by), Tom Tykwer (written for the screen by), Andy Wachowski (written for the screen by)
Cypher
2002 18 Jan 2003 R 95 min Sci-FiMysteryRomance
An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.
AWARDS
5 wins & 3 nominations.
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Brian King
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Deja Vu
2006 22 Nov 2006 PG-13 126 min ActionSci-FiThriller
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After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.
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1 win & 5 nominations.
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Bill Marsilii, Terry Rossio