Sci-fi films to look out for

Lorinda Marrian

In a world where science-fiction movies make up almost every second movie in cinemas, there is an abundance of films for fans to watch. Perdeby has put together a list of some of the most promising and anticipated sci-fi films for the rest of the year.

Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg directs this sci-fi action adventure film that takes place in a dystopian universe in the year 2045 where people escape their harsh lives through the virtual reality world called The Oasis. The film follows the story of the un ­likely hero, the young Wade Watts, as he seeks to take control of the virtual world by hunting for a digital Easter egg left behind by the Oasis’ creator. The film will be released on 29 March.

Avengers: Infinity War

This is easily one of the most anticipated movies of the year and will see the Marvel Cinematic Universe start to work through the long awaited infinity stones storyline. The Aveng­ers will team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos from amassing all the infinity stones and destroying the universe. The Russo brothers direct the film, along with its planned sequel for 2019, on a rumored $1 billion budget. The film’s South African release date is set for 27 April.

Replicas

This sci-fi thriller follows the story of neuroscientist William Foster, played by Keanu Reeves, well known in the sci-fi world for his work in the Matrix. After the accidental death of his wife and children, Foster will stop at nothing to bring his family back, even going as far as breaking the laws of man and science. The film also stars Alice Eve who is best known for her role as Carol Marcus in Star Trek into Darkness. The film is set for an August release date.

Captive States

This movie essentially asks what will life be like after an alien invasion and follows the story of a group of people in a Chi­cago neighbourhood after nearly a decade of extra-terrestrial occupation. The movie is directed by Rupert Wyatt who is best known for directing the 2011 box office hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The movie stars John Goodman and Vera Farmiga in leading roles and is also set for an August release date.

Mortal Engines

Based on the novel of the same name by Phillip Reeve, this post-apocalyptic sci-fi film was adapted into a screenplay by Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. The film is set in a world where gigantic cities roam the Earth and devour smaller towns for their resources. It follows the story of Tom Natsworthy a low-class citizen played by Misfits actor Robert Sheehan fighting for survival after meeting fugitive and assassin Hester Shaw played by Hera Hilmar. The movie marks the directorial debut of Christian Rivers who has since worked as a visual effects and storyboard artists alongside Peter Jackson in his most famous trilogies. The film will be released in early December.

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