iesScience Fiction Movies
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Riffing off the original Mad Max series, from the 1970s, Fury Road takes contemporary anxiety — scarce resources, climate change, the general apocalypse — and turns it into a dense, great thriller, with marvelous special effects and an idealistic bent.
In this post-apocalyptic film, petrol and water have become scarce commodities, and a group of people fleeing a cult leader has to team up to fight for their survival. With an ensemble cast led by Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the film’s take on the near dystopian future tends more towards action and thriller than sci-fi, but it trades on a very real fear — that of natural resources running out. The film’s dystopian aesthetic and feminist overtones form part of its unique appeal that’s bolstered by strong performances from a brilliant ensemble cast.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
The Martian (2015)
“The Martian” is a story of an astronaut Mark Watney who is left stranded on Mars after his crew presumes him dead after a fierce storm but he survives the storm and must survive on a hostile planet till his crew comes to his rescue. The Martian is packed with powerful performances from the cast and stellar direction from Ridley Scott.
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%