Next 3 Sci-Fi Thrillers: 'Kin,' 'Venom,' 'Mortal Engines'
Nowadays, sci-fi movies are often touted more for their perceived demographics than their specific genre. Perhaps that’s why The Darkest Minds (above) did not fare well at the box office this past weekend among sci-fi fans, even though it’s set in an future world where the only children who have survived a pandemic have developed strange new powers that frighten the government.
Thinking about this in the broader sense, one dictionary defines science fiction as “fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.” With that definition in mind, here are three upcoming sci-fi movies that offer alternative worlds and bleak futures.
Two brothers go on the run from a nasty crime boss. But the brothers have a secret weapon: alien technology! Jack Reynor, Myles Truitt, Zoe Kravitz, James Franco, Carrie Coon and Dennis Quaid star.
The sci-fi elements here appear to be the twist, bolstering and enlivening a story we’ve seen before. What is the origin of the weapon(s) that we see in the trailer? And will the possibly alien owners come looking for their lost / stolen technology? Kin will open in theaters on August 31.
With movies like Venom, the tendency is to think superpowers first, sci-fi never. But really, sci-fi is the engine behind the story. In this case, it’s an ‘imagined future scientific or technological advance’ that goes horribly wrong, resulting in reporter Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) acquiring the terrifying superpowers of a symbiote and meting out justice to his own satisfaction.
Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed also star. Venom will open wide in theaters everywhere on October 5.
Immediately recognizable as a sci-fi adventure, Mortal Engines is set in a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities have become mobile and attack each other. Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Stephen Lang and Hugo Weaving star.
Peter Jackson cowrote the screenplay and served as one of the producers of the film, which is based on the first of four novels in a series by Philip Reeve. This skews toward older audiences than its young-adult premise might suggest, so we’re quite curious to see how it all turns out on the big screen. Mortal Engines opens in theaters on December 14.