Stanley Kubrick's celebrated sci-fi treatise uses Strauss' 'Blue Danube', amongst other classical pieces, to add gravity to the film's weightless musings. At the dawn of Mankind, a tribe of ape-like beings are visited on Earth by a large black monolith. Thousands of years later, in the year 2001, scientist Dr Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) discovers a similar black monolith on the moon, which then emits a signal aimed at the planet Jupiter. A year later, astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) are en route to Jupiter to investigate the signal's destination and purpose. However, their mission comes under threat when the ship computer, HAL (voiced by Douglas Rain), seemingly develops a malfunction.
Apocalyptic action sci-fi from the director of 'Independence Day' (1996) and 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004) starring John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson. The ancient Mayan calendar has predicted that the world will end on 21 December 2012 and scientists have confirmed the prediction as fact, but as the fateful date looms ever closer and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons begin to cause devastating destruction, desperate efforts are made across the world to try to prevent or prepare for the inevitable disaster. Jackson Curtis (Cusack), a divorced writer and researcher trying to survive the cataclysm with his daughter, draws on his knowledge of ancient writings to keep them and others who have managed to survive alive.
Roland Emmerich, Jonathan Liebesman, Neill Blomkamp
John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Danny Glover
Triple bill of sci-fi thrillers in which the human race is threatened by alien invasions and cataclysms. In '2012' (2009) scientist Dr Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is perturbed to discover that the Earth's core is heating up and that global disaster appears nigh, in line with the ancient Mayan calendar's prediction that the world will end on 21 December 2012. Helmsley informs President Wilson (Danny Glover) of what he has discovered and belated preparations are made to try and survive the cataclysm. As increasingly violent tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons begin to cause devastating destruction, Jackson Curtis (John Cusack), a divorced writer and researcher, draws on his knowledge of ancient writings to try and keep himself and a small group of survivors alive. In 'Battle - Los Angeles' (2011) the world finds itself under attack from aliens who follow a deadly meteor bombardment with an attempt at a ground invasion. Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) is reassigned to a platoon sent on a special mission in an alien-occupied zone of Los Angeles. Led by 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez), the platoon find themselves making up the rules as they go along. Fighting against an unknown enemy, the troops must do whatever they can to defend themselves and their city. 'District 9' (2009) explores the tense relationship that exists between a group of aliens who have been living on Earth for 30 years and the humans who have been trying to keep them segregated and under their control. The aliens are contained in District 9 in South Africa, a squalid facility now under the supervision of Multi-National United (MNU), a company engaged in exploiting the superior technology of the aliens to make money. When MNU worker Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) becomes infected with a DNA altering disease, giving him alien DNA, he realises that he is alone and in serious danger. There is only one place in which he can hope to survive: the discontented and dangerous District 9.
Triple bill of apocalyptic sci-fi movies. John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson star in '2012' (2009). The ancient Mayan calendar has predicted that the world will end on 21 December 2012 and scientists have confirmed the prediction as fact, but as the fateful date looms ever closer and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and typhoons begin to cause devastating destruction, desperate efforts are made across the world to try to prevent or prepare for the inevitable disaster. Jackson Curtis (Cusack), a divorced writer and researcher trying to survive the cataclysm with his daughter, draws on his knowledge of ancient writings to keep them and others who have managed to survive alive. 'Terminator Salvation' (2009) is the fourth film in the hugely popular 'Terminator' franchise. The film is set in 2018 in a post-apocalyptic world where the human race is at war with Skynet and its army of deadly Terminators. John Connor (Christian Bale) is a young soldier who is destined to become the leader of the human resistance. However, he is forced to question his certainty about the future when a mysterious stranger named Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) suddenly appears, and John must decide whether he has been sent from the past or the future. As Skynet grows more and more powerful and all hope for the human race looks like being eliminated in one final devastating attack, John and Marcus journey to the centre of Skynet's operations where they discover a shocking secret... 'Children of Men' (2006) is set in a world in which humans have almost completely lost the ability to procreate, and there is a search on for any remaining specimen that can. It's the year 2027 and earth's youngest human being, at 18, has just died. Extinction seems a certainty, aided by the fact that wars are now waged continually between desperate nationalistic factions. Set against the backdrop of London, Clive Owen plays Theo, a former activist now bureaucrat informed of the discovery of a lone pregnant woman - ostensibly Earth's last hope. The challenge is to deliver her from harm to a place where her baby can be delivered safely. Understandably, there is more than one of the warring factions that would benefit from getting their hands on her.
Sci-fi action feature directed by Sergio Martino. In a post-apocalyptic society in the year 2019, the Federation recruits mercenary Parsifal (Michael Sopkiw) to infiltrate the city of New York, occupied by the Eurak monarchy, to save one of the planet's last remaining fertile women. 20-years after a nuclear holocaust, the Earth's male population is left unable to procreate, with only a few citizens of New York remaining immune to the infection. With his loyal fighters Big Ape (George Eastman) and Ratchet (Romano Puppo) in tow, Parsifal heads into enemy territory in search of one of the planet's last hopes.
Patrick Ryan Sims writes and directs this sci-fi home invasion thriller. After they are the victims of a violent break-in, wealthy suburban couple Mike (Dane Bowman) and Karen (Jordan Savage) welcome a new state-of-the-art security system, known as Dell (Johnathan Hurley), into their home. But when the android is affected by a glitch in his programming he turns on the family he was created to protect and holds them hostage in their own home, pitting man against machine in a battle to overthrow the artificially intelligent unit.
Low-budget sci-fi action thriller. Set in Paris in 2047, in a futuristic world where virtual reality is ubiquitous amongst society, Agent Nash (Mike Dopud) is hired by the corporation Synternis to hunt down and kill cyberterrorists, who are eager to destroy the connected virtual world. However, he soon finds himself caught up in a conspiracy involving his employers, the cybercriminals he's chasing and Interpol.
Matt Osterman writes and directs this sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Dane Cook. The film follows astronauts Captain Theo Cooper (Routh), Dr Emily McTier (Caity Lotz), Bug Kieslowski (Ben Feldman) and Cole Dvorak (Cook) as they undertake a 400-day simulation mission to study the possible effects of space travel to a far-off planet. Stationed in an underground bunker, the group are monitored to see how they would cope physically and mentally, and pass the time together with no sunlight and no contact with the outside world. As their mission approaches its end, the isolated conditions take their toll on the group and the strain causes them to question the nature of their simulated environment. When they decide to open the bunker's hatch and venture outside they begin to wonder if they really are just part of a simulation...
Remake of the 'lost' 1960s BBC SF series, which originally starred Julie Christie. When a group of scientists receive a message from outer space telling them to build a computer, they follow the orders with disastrous results. The computer is far more advanced than they imagined - and proceeds to build a biological robot, Andromeda, from one of their dead colleagues. Jane Asher and Kelly Reilly star.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, and based on an unrealised project developed by the late Stanley Kubrick, 'A.I.' tells the story of David (Haley Joel Osment), the first lab-built artificial child capable of feeling real emotions. David is adopted by Monica and Henry Swinton (Frances O'Connor and Sam Robards), a couple whose own biological child has been placed in cryogenic suspension awaiting a cure for a currently fatal medical condition. The Swintons seems to adapt well to the new child in their lives, but when their own son is cured and sent home, it jeopardises David's position in the family and he soon finds himself all alone on a dangerous adventure in the outside world.
Sci-fi thriller directed by Ilyas Kaduji and starring Sienna Guillory, William B. Davis and Mhairi Calvey. When an orphaned young woman becomes the helpless target of seemingly endless psychic and extraterrestrial phenomena, a Texan paranormal radio host tries to protect her and fight back against the invasive forces. But in doing so they discover the sinister truth behind the world of the paranormal.
Simon Pegg stars in this British sci-fi comedy directed by Terry Jones. A group of aliens (voiced by 'Monty Python' members Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin) are planning to destroy Earth but before doing so test mankind by giving one human, Neil Clarke (Pegg), the power to do absolutely anything. Unbeknownst to him, if he uses the power for good he will save his planet. As he tries to adjust to his new ability he is assisted by his dog Dennis (voice of Robin Williams). Will Neil be able to prove he is worthy of such power and save the Earth from being eliminated? The cast also includes Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Eddie Izzard.
Big-budget, live-action adaptation of the cult MTV animated series, starring Charlize Theron as the titular futuristic assassin. 400 years in the future, disease has wiped out most of the world's population. The survivors live in a vast, hi-tech city called Bregna, run by an authoritarian government of scientists. An underground rebellion movement, known as the Monicans, are starting to fight back, but when the Handler (Frances McDormand) dispatches top operator Aeon Flux (Theron) to kill a government leader, the assassin stumbles upon a vast conspiracy that has overwhelming implications for the future of the city.
M. Night Shyamalan directs this sci-fi thriller starring Will Smith and his son Jaden as a father and son who crash land on Earth over 1,000 years after humans abandoned the planet. General Cypher Raige (Smith) is an important figure in the new civilisation humans have built on Nova Prime following the mass departure from Earth centuries before. After a lengthy tour of duty, Cypher is looking forward to spending some time with his 13-year-old son Kitai (Jaden Smith). However, when Cypher and Kitai's spacecraft is damaged in an asteroid storm, forcing them to crash land on the abandoned Earth, the necessity of father-son bonding is accelerated. With Cypher critically injured from the crash, Kitai must find a way to signal for help on a planet reclaimed by nature, ruled by hyper-evolved animals and containing the alien creature who has escaped from the wreckage of their craft.
Joseph J. Lawson directs this action movie in which a technology firm brings dinosaurs back to life only for them to run riot in Los Angeles. Paraplegic Justin (Ronny Cox) is the CEO of the company responsible for the outbreak. Having developed technology that can regenerate flesh, thereby allowing Justin to walk again, the firm utilise the same breakthrough to reanimate dinosaurs - only for the prehistoric creatures to break free from captivity. As fireman Gabe Jacobs (Treat Williams) endeavours to rescue his daughter Jade (Jillian Rose Reed) from the ensuing carnage, he becomes caught up in the struggle to contain the outbreak before it reaches disastrous proportions.
Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou star in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama. After a chemical explosion leaves the air unbreathable, wiping out the majority of mankind, the US government quickly houses a few surviving scientists in underground bunkers where they can work on a solution to save the human race. Kept in cryogenic sleep and only awoken for two hours every six months to carry out tests and inspections, scientists Bauer and Cartwright (Reedus and Hounsou) are the occupants of one bunker working together to restore life on Earth. But, with only each other for company will the isolation prove too much for the scientists?...
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright
When Kane (John Hurt) and the crew of the spaceship 'Nostromo' investigate a transmission from a deserted planet, he is attacked by an unknown organism which attaches itself to his face. The crew cut the creature off, but not before it has made Kane the host of a monstrous alien killer, one which will hatch out through his stomach (one of cinema's most memorably gory scenes) and proceed to hunt down the crew one by one.
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright
Director's cut of this classic sci-fi horror from Ridley Scott. When Kane (John Hurt) and the crew of the spaceship 'Nostromo' investigate a transmission from a deserted planet, he is attacked by an unknown organism which attaches itself to his face. The crew cut the creature off, but not before it has made Kane the host of a monstrous alien killer, one which will hatch out through his stomach (one of cinema's most memorably gory scenes) and proceed to hunt down the crew one by one.
All six films in the 'Alien' franchise. In Ridley Scott's 'Alien' (1979) the crew of the Nostromo starship are on their way back to Earth after completing a mission when they are diverted to a planetoid to investigate a cryptic message. While exploring an abandoned spacecraft on the planet, they come across a store of unhatched eggs. When one of the eggs releases a mysterious creature that leeches on to a crew member's face, the others bring him back on board to recover from the ordeal. Little do they know that they have also brought on board an alien lifeform that will kill anyone or anything that gets in its way. In James Cameron's sequel, 'Aliens' (1986), sole survivor from the Nostromo Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens after 57 years in stasis, and with a team of Space Marines in tow she returns to the planetoid now named LV-426 to investigate the loss of contact with the terraforming colony in residence. In David Fincher's dark 'Alien 3' (1992), Ripley crash lands on an old prison planet used to house convicted murderers - but she's not alone. When Ripley discovers her body is being used to carry an alien queen she faces a difficult decision to save humanity and sacrifice herself. In Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'Alien Resurrection' (1997), 200 years after Ripley died bearing the alien queen, a group of scientists successfully produce clones of both her and the alien. The United States Military, hoping to use the queen to breed aliens to study, fail to keep the clones locked up and they escape. It is not long before the new Ripley is forced to team up with a gang of smugglers to repel the alien clones that are set on destroying life on Earth. In 'Prometheus' (2012) Scott returns to direct a new cast of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. After finding fragments of alien DNA, a team of scientists known as The Company travel into space aboard the state-of-the-art Prometheus spacecraft to investigate the origins of human life on Earth. Their journey takes them into the darkest corners of the universe - but, to their horror, their inquisitive nature ends up posing a threat to the future existence of humankind. The scientists now find themselves tested to their mental and physical limits as they fight a desperate battle to preserve the future of the human race. Finally, in 'Alien: Covenant' (2017), set as a sequel to 'Prometheus' (2012), the crew of the Covenant discover a planet they believe to be paradise, but when they actually start to investigate they find a dark and dangerous world inhabited by a colony of creatures who are less than pleased to see them.
Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance
In the second sequel to 'Alien', Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) crash-lands on a mining colony planet worked by convicts. While coping with the difficulties of being the only woman on a planet populated by hardened criminals, Ripley comes across evidence that her nemesis, the resilient alien, may have accompanied her there.