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Science fiction has always played a large role in the success of the film industry from the very earliest days when crowds flocked to marvel at Fritz Lang’s dystopian epic Metropolis in 1927.

Some of the biggest grossing and most popular films ever made have been based in the sci-fi genre. In fact, it is almost impossible to imagine popular culture today without references to films such as Star Wars, Alien and ET.

However, how will the genre move forward when, to all intents and purposes, we are already living in the ‘future’ painted by the films many of us grew up with?



Today handheld computers are everywhere (although we like to call them smartphones) and they allow us to do things that are straight out of science fiction films from the 60s and 70s.

Video calls? Skype. A database of all (almost) human knowledge to call on? Wikipedia. A pocket sized translating device? Google.

So how does a whole sector of the film industry deal with the fact that real life has caught up with it?



One way is by making updates and remakes of previously successful films using new technologies and approaches. Recent examples include Robocop and the re-boot of the Star Trek franchise. For many, the upcoming new ‘episodes’ of Star Wars are now the focus of attention.

Another way the film industry has faced the challenge head-on is by taking a side-step into bringing comic book heroes to the screen. The success of the whole Marvel universe of characters, and in particular ‘The Avengers’, has shown this to be a very shrewd move indeed.


New ideas

Sci fi by definition can’t look to the past for its inspiration, so there are plenty of new movies coming out at your local Cineworld that keep things moving forward.

Jupiter Ascending hits the screens on 25th July 2014 and sees directors Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) return with a cosmos-spanning sci-fi thriller. Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Sean Bean, the story revolves around a young woman who learns of her true destiny when a genetically engineered former military hunter arrives on Earth to track her down.

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She then finds that there is a message written in her genes which has implications for the future of the entire universe. The imaginative and visually stunning blockbuster will be screened in both 2D and 3D and is sure to be one of the most exciting new films of the summer.

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