Immersion celebrates returning familiar faces
The most widely-regarded and fan-favorite sci-fi sagas came out in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, before audiences enjoyed the superior visual effects that they take for granted when catching a flick today. You can chalk that up to a recent lack in narrative quality inversely related to the upswing in CGI quality. Science-fiction has also become more relevant in pop culture, especially during the space race. Gene Roddenberry, the sci-fi godfather and creator of “Star Trek”, had the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise travelling galaxies before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. Even Steven Spielberg tried to steer his well-loved 1980s Indiana Jones franchise toward a sci-fi vibe in the 2008 sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 1982 cult classic Blade Runner also has its first sequel well into pre-production with original star Harrison Ford signed on to co-star with Ryan Gosling. Comic book movies have also tried to add a cosmic tinge with recent hits Man of Steel, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thor: The Dark World. A few franchises even crossed over as the xenomorphs from Alien showed down against the creatures from Predator that resulted in two films.
While several films in the sci-fi genre take serious stances or make bold points (2001: A Space Odyssey, Looper, A Clockwork Orange, Interstellar, District 9, Twelve Monkeys, etc.), it’s the franchised sci-fi that always aims for entertainment. One of the great things about the genre is that a reader/ viewer can choose how much he or she would like to apply themselves based on their respective selection. 2015 sees the next chapter in some of the biggest sci-fi movie franchises: Star Wars, The Terminator, Mad Max, Jurassic Park, and The Hunger Games.
Honorable mention: TRON, Predator, Transformers, Men in Black, Bill and Ted