Science Fiction pretty much always involves either the future or space. Really, it usually means any type of story that involves technology that we don't already have. It can be set in a post-apocalyptic or dystopian future or it can be set on planets other than our own. Sometimes, it just features an alien coming to our own planet. Really, the genre of sci-fi doesn't tell anything about the actual tone of the movie. Sci-fi movies can be action, horror, comedy, romance, or drama movies. It is because of this that you may notice at least one sci-fi movie not appearing on this list as I felt it fit better with another genre. Anyway, there are many different forms of sci-fi and this list only touches upon some of them. Still, there are certainly some unique looking sci-fi movies coming out in 2014. Click the picture to the left to start the slideshow of each film, in order of release date.
'Under The Skin' (April 4)
The IMDB synopsis for this reads "An alien seductress preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland." The alien referenced here is played by Scarlett Johansson who made quite the impression in last year's sci-fi romantic drama "Her". This is technically sci-fi, but like "Her" and really any sci-fi movie, this also fits into other genres. "Under The Skin" seems to be of the horror or thriller variety. The visuals in this movie are very striking. Click here to watch the trailer.
'Transcendence' (April 18)
"Transcendence" is the debut directorial effort from cinematographer Wally Pfister. Wally Pfister did the cinematography for every Christopher Nolan movie from "Memento" to "The Dark Knight Rises". So, yeah, he's good. The cast here is solid, featuring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, and Cillian Murphy, to name a few. The trailer probably showcases the plot better than I could explain it, so click here to watch.
'Edge of Tomorrow' (June 6)
This one has some stuff going against it. For one, I am not the biggest Tom Cruise fan, but I can enjoy him in certain movies. The movie title is also a neutered version of the title of the novel it is adapted from, "All You Need Is Kill". That said, I think this looks like an interesting sci-fi action movie. The concept involves people being sent to war and dying, but then being brought back to life to do the same thing all over again. Why is this happening and how? That's what I am interested in figuring out. Plus, future weaponry and explosions! All from the guy who started his career directing "Swingers". Who would have thought? Click here to watch the trailer!
'The Maze Runner' (September 19)
"The Maze Runner" is an adaptation of a popular novel by James Dashner. It is, of course, the first in a trilogy so there are hopes that this will be a new successful movie franchise like "The Hunger Games". The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and is about a teenage boy whose memory is erased and who is put into a maze with about 60 teenage boys. Will they escape? Probably, eventually, but more certain is that the third movie will be split into two parts.
'Interstellar' (November 7)
"Interstellar" is Christopher Nolan's latest film. That should be enough to get one to see it, but I'll add something else: the movie stars Matthew McConaughey. Matthew McConaughey is really on a roll right now. First, Matthew McConaughey had his excellent starring role in "Dallas Buyers Club". Then he had a scene-stealing cameo in "The Wolf of Wall Street". Now, he can be seen every week on HBO's excellent series "True Detective". The trailer may not give indication of what the movie is really about, but it is pretty powerful stuff. Click here to watch.
'The Zero Theorem' (No Release Date Set)
"Zero Theorem" combines excellent actor Christoph Waltz with excellent director Terry Gilliam. The results look pretty out there, to say the least. Click here to watch the trailer.
'Young Ones' (Release Date Not Set)
'Young Ones' is a movie about a teenage boy trying to survive with his family in a future where water is sparse. It is directed by Jake Paltrow, the brother of Gwyneth Paltrow, and similarly features Elle Fanning, the sister of Dakota Fanning, among its cast. It stars Nicholas Hoult in the main role, but more importantly features the always-intense Michael Shannon as another member of its cast. There is no trailer yet for this film, but the poster gives off a good visual vibe.
'Welcome To Yesterday' (No Release Date Set)
Found footage films are annoying. I mean, at least one character in all found footage films has to be annoying because this person is the kind of person who carries around a camera and films literally everything! How annoying and implausible is that? Even with all the crazy stuff that happens in a found footage movie going on, the person who is filming it all never puts down or turns off the camera. Well, "Welcome To Yesterday" is a found footage film. It is rare that I watch or enjoy found footage films, but I did like the movie "Chronicle" so maybe I could enjoy this. The story here is about a group of young people who create a time machine and end up causing the kind of problems that time travel always does. The acting looks like it might not be so good in this movie either, but still I feel that this might be worth seeing. I think the time travel aspect of the movie could be fun and I am curious to see where the filmmakers take the idea. Click here to watch the trailer!