Alfonso Cuaron’s (Children of Men, Prisoner of Azkaban) Gravity has been on any sci-fi fan’s must-see list for several years now. The film stars only two actors (Sandra Bullock & George Clooney), is composed of 60% CGI, and features extended uncut takes including an opening sequence that runs nearly twenty minutes long. The three newly released trailers have been wildly impressive and make it clear that the film will be two hours of pure space terror with mindblowing special effects to boot.
Gravity is a “contemporary survival thriller that follows an astronaut as she attempts to make her way back to earth after a satellite crash sets off a chain reaction of further crashes.” Gravity has been my most anticipated film for the past two years and I cannot wait to finally see it in theaters October 4.
Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium is set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, and centers on a man who takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. While Blomkamp set the bar incredibly high for himself back in 2009 with his fantastic first feature film District 9, it looks like he’s crafted another truly compelling, original sci-fi with social commentary to spare. The film opens August 9.
3. ENDER’S GAME
Based on Orson Scott Card‘s classic novel of the same name, Ender’s Game centers on an unusually gifted child (Asa Butterfield) who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. The trailers have highlighted the film’s massive scope, fantastic visuals, and its impressive ensemble of actors including Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Ender’s Game hits theaters November 1.