Sci-Fi Month

Sci-Fi Month: I Have To See These Films!

Today I want to share with you some recent science fiction film releases that I really want to see – generally films that have come out in the past year or so, or are coming out within the next year. I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to, or missed in the cinema and want to catch up on! Don’t forget to check out the schedule for the rest of today’s posts. You can also Tweet about the event using the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

“A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.”

Oblivion – Okay so I barely know anything about this film, but I know that it is about an Earth that is almost empty of resources, so empty in fact that it can no longer support human life. There are still some people left on Earth, whose job it is to find the remaining resources – and Mr. Tom Cruise is one of those people. I really enjoy the science fiction stories that cover isolation and how it affects us, and which delve into more cerebral aspects of the genre. Plus the music to this film is brilliant – thank you very much to Sarah J. Maas who recommended it to me when I met her in October!

Oblivion was released 14th April 2013.


“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”

 Gravity – I read Empire magazine (movie magazine) every month, yet somehow I completely missed out on this one until it actually came out. Perhaps Empire didn’t cover it whilst it was in production, or perhaps I just wasn’t paying attention, but now that it’s out it is big. The cast members come to a grand total of two: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. It’s had brilliant reviews, a great critical reception and sounds just my sort of thing. As much as I would hate to be in that sort of situation – space in general actually simultaneously fascinates and terrifies me – films like this really appeal to me.

Gravity was released 4th October 2013.

“The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.”

 Ender’s Game – I loooooooved the book by Orson Scott Card so I was really excited when I heard that there was going to be a film of it. Although I can’t really see them making the whole series into books (the weird chronology/time skips may cause issues), it’s exciting that there’s at least one film based on the series. It’s a shame that the author has some rather extremist and disturbing views, but that doesn’t lessen my enjoyment of the books.

Ender’s Game was released 1st November 2013.


 “Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – this second installment in the Hunger Games series of films will see Katniss and Peeta going back into the arena, and it will be deadlier than ever. Although generally considered the weakest book of the three, I still enjoyed this one and CANNOT WAIT for the film. It looks amazing, as well as visually stunning – just from the trailer alone it seems as though they’ve worked so much on developing how the Capitol and technology is presented.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released on 22nd November 2013.

“As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.”
Pacific Rim – I first saw the trailer for this one ages ago, and knew at that moment that I really wanted to watch it. Sadly, when it finally came out, I couldn’t find anyone else who was really interested in it (apart from my dad who doesn’t have much time to go to the cinema). I need more friends who love sci-fi living nearby! Giant mechas? Fighting monster-dinosaur things? Awesome technology? A soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi who did the amazing Game of Thrones music? Count me in!

Pacific Rim was released on 12th July 2013.


“The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past – X-Men: First Class is my favourite of the X-Men films. As awesome as Sirs Patrick and Ian are, I just love the prequel. But no worries, because the cast from BOTH film series will be in this new prequel! Plus Peter Dinklage, perhaps most famous for his role as the brilliant Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, will be playing the villain. I also kind of have a thing for Michael Fassbender. Ahem.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on 23rd May 2014.


“Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society.”
Divergent – the book was a massive hit, and although it wasn’t one of my favourites of last year I still really enjoyed it. From the trailer, the film seems pretty loyal to the book so far. I thought it was coming out this year for some reason but apparently not… If you haven’t heard of this book, you may have heard of Allegiant (the third book in the series), of which there has been a lot of fuss over lately – someone leaked ending spoilers before the book was released in October.

Divergent will be released on 21st March 2014.


What science fiction releases are you looking forward to, or what recent films did you miss in the cinema? Feel free to join in with your own post!


21 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Month: I Have To See These Films!”

  1. I’ve seen Oblivion and despite my very cold feelings towards Tom Cruise, it was a decent (and beautiful) film. However, not comparable to Gravity, which I saw last night and it gave me a proper movie hangover. I finally realised the purpose of 3D in movies. It was so good!I’m also looking forward to Ender’s Game and X-Men. Fiancé saw Pacific Rim and said it filled its purpose as a highly entertaining piece 🙂

    1. I almost went to see Gravity on Monday, but plans changed – hopefully soon!Ooh good – I’m hoping it’ll be like Prometheus in that it was satisfyingly sci-fi and entertaining, but not necessarily cerebral 😉

  2. Yesss, I like this post because sci-fi movies are the next best thing to sci-fi books. =DOblivion: I never really liked Tom Cruise so that kinda put me off but I know I will watch it because it has all sorts of awesome technology and special effects (from what I’ve gathered from the trailer).Ender’s Game: Gaaah, I so have to read the book soon ’cause the movie is out. Should happen any day.Catching Fire: I LOVE this book the best from the trilogy and I’m crazyyy excited for it. A few people on Twitter have already watched it and they loved it. Yayeee.Pacific Rim: Gaaah, I’ve been dying to watch it ever since I came to know about it. Shall happen soon.X-Men: I’m oblivious to the awesomeness that is X-Men. But I know I need to start from the beginning if I want to fangirl over it.Divergent: The latest trailer really looks good and the movie is coming out during my Birthday month so it’s like the best gift ever. =DAnother movie that comes to mind is Elysium but I’ve no idea if it’s good or not. There’s Matt Damon so I know I’m definitely watching it. =P

    1. Yep, it looks preeeeetty cool!You have to read the book! It’s great =)There was a midnight showing of it here last night but I couldn’t go. Going to go with my sister at some point soon I hope.Pacific Rim is all over Tumblr, which just serves to remind me that I STILL haven’t seen it =(X-Men is BRILLIANT, its silly in places but that’s what makes it so fun. Definitely catch up ;)Ooh yay! I wonder if the film will be as faithful as the trailer makes it look?I forgot about Elysium! I want to see that one too.

  3. I should see Gravity, but like you I am a little terrified of the idea of floating helpless in space but everyone praises it so I should give it a try! And all the upcoming movies I am looking forward to seeing too! Especially X Men cause I need to see pretty Michael Fassbender. LOL I loved Pacific Rim! It was really cool!

  4. Gravity is brilliant – I saw it at the London IMAX and it was utterly riveting – everyone I was with thought the same.It really is an astonishingly good filmPacific Rim – I’d skip that unless you just like big stompy robots and don’t care about anything else. The acting is wooden, everyone except the two leads is more interesting – including the non-speaking parts. Oh, and it’s got possibly the world’s longest ever voiceover at the start.

    1. Ooooh at the IMAX – I can imagine! The nearest IMAX to me closed down, sadly =(I have to admit that I kind of like the sound of it, even if it’s mindless ;D

  5. I thought Oblivion was just OK. I had really high hopes but it fell kind of flat for me. If you search Oblivion on my blog you should be able to find the review. I saw Catching Fire last night and LOVED IT!

    1. Yup, I’ve been told the film isn’t brilliant, but still I’d quite like to see it for myself, just to see whether I agree. Oh I’m jealous! I want to see it so badly =(

  6. I felt the same about Oblivion as Amy, oops, but I was really surprised at a few plot twists. :3 I hope you’ll enjoy it! And I think I’ve raved enough about Pacific Rim already so WATCH IT!! Then I also caught Catching Fire last Friday and I’ll just advise you to prepare your heart (because I wept like 4 times). T_T I need to read and watch Ender’s! Also looking forward to the rest of the films! Eeek, so much excitement! Oh wait, did you catch Thor: The Dark World? There was some science in it that made the ending really confusing and hilarious for me. 😛

    1. I knowwww, I wanted to see Pacific Rim ever since I saw the trailer ages ago, and I just never got round to it – or found anyone else who wanted to go and see it in the cinema =( I’m hoping to see Catching Fire this weekend with my sister, as my best friend doesn’t want to see it despite reading the books – she didn’t enjoy the first film at all =P And nope, still haven’t seen the second Thor film!

    2. Man, if you can, persuade your best friend to see Catching Fire! I also didn’t enjoy the first film so my expectations for Catching Fire was that it’ll probably be the same but boy was I surprised when I finished it. :’D

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