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Top 5 Sci-fi Films to Look Out For in 2013

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Published January 31st 2013
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As an avid sci-fi film aficionado, I am always scouting around for upcoming movies. I tend to trawl IMDB and Youtube for any new potential greats to keep an eye out for. Here are my top 5 science fiction flicks coming out this year (whether it be at cinemas or on DVD) that I think look amazing and any fans of the genre should seriously consider. There is no priority order to this list and I have not watched these films yet.

1. Branded

This film, like John Carpenter's They Live! (1988), deals with consumer society and the capitalist corporations controlling the masses. From what I can tell from the trailer, the world has been taken over by powerful companies and our DNA, from birth, has been altered to be susceptible to advertising beyond gentle suggestion, but by biologically programming. The film follows Misha, who begins seeing the world crawling with creatures, and realises that everything we do is beyond our involvement. He attempts to fight back.

Branded is directed by newcomers Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn. The cast looks interesting with Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor and Max von Sydow. Jeffrey Tambor is an interesting choice considering his usual roles in comedy (The Hangover movies and the TV show Arrested Development). Max von Sydow is ideal for the role of the sinister corporate mastermind. He regularly appears in fantasy, horror and sci-fi films, including Stephen King's Needful Things, the Arnie epic Conan the Barbarian, the dystopian Judge Dredd (1995 original), and the heaven and hell flick What Dreams May Come; just to name a few.

This doesn't look like a high budget film so the effects may be a little inadequate. Nevertheless, the story sounds fascinating and although not entirely original, is a interesting take on the sci-fi genre.

2. John Dies At The End
John Dies At The End

When I first saw the trailer for this film I didn't know what to think, as it doesn't seem to have a conventional story. From what I can gather, the character John is given a drug called "sauce" which opens his mind to alternate realities, creatures, people and the undead. It's based on a novel by David Wong.

What ultimately attracted me to this film is the director, Don Coscarelli, who directed such intriguing films as The Phantasm movies, The Beastmaster and Bubba Ho-Tep. All of his films tend to defy genre and clichés combining comedy, adventure, horror and downright weirdness. Apart from Paul Giamatti, the cast looks fairly unknown.

The effects look kind of bad but the director and the story have hooked me. A must see!

3. Cloud Atlas

I love watching a film trailer that leaves me confused. Cloud Atlas is one of those films. It story numerous characters but also their reincarnations from multiple timelines and their recurring interconnectedness.

Cloud Atlas is directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and The Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy) which in itself is intriguing. Having those creative minds fused for one film will most definitely result in twists and complexities beyond normal comprehension. The cast too is unbelievable with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

With those directors and that cast I almost don't care what the movie is about; it has to be good! The effects look amazing, the story sounds intricately complicated, the acting looks incredible. What more could you ask from a film?

4. Oblivion

Oblivion is set in the future where Earth has been destroyed by an alien war. Humans have survived but no longer populate the planet. The main character, Jack, is in charge of cleansing the Earth of any human threats, however he discovers survivors and finds out more than he is told.

Yes, it's a sci-fi starring Tom Cruise. I'm not normally a fan of his recent work but he was in Minority Report, a great film, so I can't discriminate entirely. Morgan Freeman also stars, so if Tom lets us down Morgan can pick up the slack. The director is Joseph Kosinski, an up-and-coming talent, who also directed the recent Tron: Legacy film. I liked the new Tron. It was fresh and innovative, which hopefully this film will be also.

A good director and cast promises to be a great film. If anything the budget is there so it should be visually stunning.

5. Upside Down

Set in a world where two planets are locked side by side but with opposite gravities. They exist as mirror worlds however the populations are forbidden to cross between them. The film revolves around Adam and Eden, each from opposing planets who fall in love. Against all odds, they struggle to be together.

Upside Down stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess as the two leads. The plot is pretty much the same "Romeo and Juliet" forbidden love story with a sci-fi twist. The Argentinian director, Juan Solanas, is an unknown with this being his first English speaking feature film. What really attracts me to this film has to be the concept and visuals. I mean, seeing two worlds on screen, one upside down to the other, is astonishing.

I'm not expecting originality story-wise or character-wise. The concept however is something new that I have never seen before. That alone has grabbed my curiosity enough to want to watch this film.

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