Since the old black and white days of Hollywood, we know of its evident affinity for science fiction and science fantasy. Starting from Star Wars, Aliens, Star Trek etc. the science fiction movies have developed a strong fan base and a huge following. Movies have always been known for showing futuristic technologies to the audiences and attract them with the most high tech gadgets. If you are a technology freak and love how some of the most advanced works of technology are shown on the big screen, here are some movies that you must watch.
Known to be the movie that expanded into the larger ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’, the movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Starks and Iron Man. Directed by Jon Favreau, the movie was released in 2008 and became a major box office success. Tony Stark is a wealthy industrialist and an engineering genius who has inherited his family business, Stark Industries which is a weapons manufacturing unit for the US military. Upon a visit to Afghanistan for a weapons demo, Stark gets injured and is imprisoned by a group of terrorists. He soon builds a suit of armor in his captivity and escapes from his captors. The movie was a commercial and critical success and helped revitalize the dwindling career of Robert Downey Jr.
While the previous movie in the list was a simple work of fiction and flying suits of armor, Inception, released in 2010 takes the level of imagination to a whole new level. Written and directed by the legendary Christopher Nolan, inception’s story follows a group of dream specialists who use a special military technique to steal a person’s ideasby infiltrating their dreams. As ambitions as the concept sounds, Inception is one of the most enticing science fiction movies that you can watch. It stars a band of notable actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Caine, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Ellen Paige, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy. The movie might appear a little confusing at first, but will become dangerously engaging and addictive once the story takes its course.
3. Total Recall
While this is a much ignored remake of the iconic movie that originally starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall is based on a short story by author Philip K Dick. Released in 2010 and starring Hollywood heartthrobs Collin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Beil, the movie was directed by Len Wiseman. The story is set in a post apocalyptic earth where the only two habitable areas are Britain (UFB) and Australia (The Colony). Colin Farrell plays the role of Douglas Quaid a happily married worker from the Colony who enlists in a virtual vacation known as recall. Recall involves the planting of artificial memories in the customer’s brain making them believe they actually went on a vacation. Nevertheless, something dangerously goes wrong in the process and Quaid is pursued by the police including his own wife who reveals their marriage to be a charade. Although the movie was panned by the critics for its lack of depth, it features some of the most true to life scenes of a post apocalyptic future.
4. Minority Report
Another movie inspired by the works of Philip K Dick, Minority Report is a definitive watch if you’re excited about futuristic technology. The movie was directed by the master Steven Spielberg, and was released in 2002 following a massive box office success. The movie stars Tom Cruise who plays John Anderton, a vigilant officer in the futuristic pre-crime department which tracks criminals before they’re able to commit the crime. The information of the crime comes from three mutated humans known as precogs, who receive precise visions of future events. Despite of his achievements in the department, John has a dark past involving the disappearance of his son. His already troubled life is thrown into topsy-turvy when his name appears in one of the precogs prediction and he is vision killing an unknown man. Told by the master story teller –Spielberg, the movie makes the best use of CGI techniques which were known to the industry at that time.
5. The Matrix
Starring Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburn and Hugo Weaving, The matrix was released in theaters in 1999 and revolutionized the action cinema forever. The plot of the story is set in an unknown future where artificial intelligence has imprisoned humans in a virtual reality prison known as the Matrix. Keanu Reeves plays the character of John Anderson who is an office worker by day and a computer hacker by night. John is soon pulled into the battle between humans and machines and is revealed to be the savior of mankind or ‘The One’. The movie was not only noteworthy for its story line and the cast, but also introduced several new elements to the action movie genre.
Movies have always tried to capture the best of fictional technologies, many of which, such as touch screens and tablet computers etc., have become a reality now. Having such futuristic technologies at our disposal, it is also important that we protect our favorite movies from damage by converting them to digital. Conversion from the old home movie formats like 16 mm, 8 mm, and Super 8 to DVD or any other digital format not only eliminates the need for a projector but also protects your movie collection from damage.