Are you captivated by all things science fiction and fantasy; like to take a trip to another world or dimension? Like me, your bags are already packed to go see The Zero Theorem, Interstellar, Snowpiercer, Edge of Tomorrow,, and maybe (you’re a little worried about) Transcendence and Jupiter Ascending. These five films you probably didn’t even know existed are like a little bonus ride—the free air miles with no restrictions. Go ahead, take a little trip.
Lucy, August 8, 2014
Directed and written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita), starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, and Choi Min-sik. Another futuristic Besson outing (halelujah!) about a woman working as a drug mule for the Taiwanese mob; when she accidentally ingests the drug she’s carrying, Lucy (Johansson) develops certain superpowers. Semi-related: Shouldn’t we have flying cars by now?
The Book of Life, October 17th, 2014
Directorial debut by animator/artist Jorge R. Gutierrez, produced by Guillermo del Toro, starring Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Hector Elizondo, Cheech Marin, Ana de la Reguera, Diego Luna, Ice Cube and Christina Applegate. Taking place on the Day of the Dead, a young man goes on a journey to help him choose between what his family wants for him and what he wants for himself. Gutierrez and del Toro have mandated that the film look exactly like their “Art of…” book, and if these first photos are an indication, The Book of Life will be gorgeous.
Ex Machina, TBA 2014
Directed and written by Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go [written by]), starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. A young coder is invited to his wealthy employer’s estate, where he becomes involved with the boss’ creation…an intelligent female robot. With a great cast and director, Ex Machina is a must-see.
I, Origins, TBA 2014
Directed and written by Mike Cahill (Another Earth, Boxers and Ballerinas), starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Archie Panjabi, Cara Seymour and William Mapother. A molecular biology student studying the evolution of the human eye makes a discovery that shakes his beliefs, and could disprove or prove the existence of god. Science vs. religion via this well-regarded Sundance premiere.
The Signal, June 13, 2014
Directed and written by William Eubank (Love, cinematographer on House of the Rising Sun), starring Laurence FIshburne, Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke. Buzzed about Sundance premiere with a twisty, puzzle-filled plot. Three freshman MIT hackers travel together following a fellow hacker’s clues…somewhere. In the middle of a desert, the group is overpowered and taken captive, finding themselves part of a larger plot they must try to unravel. I’m guessing they take the red pill. Dun dun dun.
Here’s the full poster: