With the release of the long-awaited Sci Fi movie Ender’s Game, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you (and us, of course) some of the best Sci Fi movies, screenings adapted from famous novels. So, here are our top ten choices.
1. Fahrenheit 451
Is it censorship or the destructive effects TV has on reading as main theme? Whatever Ray Bradbury wanted to highlight, the screening Francois Truffaut from 1966 remain in film history as a fascinating and distinguished artifact in the confused ’60s.
2. The Andromeda Strain
Best- seller by Michael Crichton is read without taking a breath. The film adaptation, released two years after the 1969 release of the book, follows closely the story of a team of scientists investigating an alien organism that causes rapid death by blood clotting.
3. Soylent Green
Harry Harrison’s 1966 novel, Make Room! Make Room! is a fast and exciting reading that leaves in your memory terrible images of a possible future world marked by misery, overcrowded, threatened with extinction due to pollution, lack of resources, a major climate change. The adaptation of Richard Fleischer with Charlton Heston in the lead role overlaps in an original way two distinct film genres, because the discoveries in the dystopian are made through the investigation generated by the murder of a wealthy man.
4. Blade Runner
Ridley Scott failed to screen the famous Dune series (we probably would have had a more successful version than that of David Lynch in 1984), but he found a great way to portray a dark vision of the future: adapting the novel written by Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The film was not successful in terms of box office, but it was later considered one of the best adaptations and has won a lot of fans.
5. A Scanner Darkly
Published in the 1977, the semi- autobiographical book of the same name of Philip K. Dick had a strong impact on its appearance – the story does not condemn the world of drug users, but it does not blindly approve it (the epilogue lists the affected by drugs).
The animated version of Richard Linklater uses a rational approach and successfully portrays on the big screen both the drama and the magic phantasmagoric world imagined by K. Dick.
6. The War of the Worlds
The production from more than half a century ago has been helped by a very well written script, dedicated to the spirit of the book, small decor changes so as not to alter the meaning of the message, which is to draw attention to contact with aliens and their intentions. The film is full of memorable scenes that make the film a ‘50s classic and the acting is convincing, as well as the special effects (awarded, moreover, with an Oscar) which are outstanding for the period. The novel received two adaptations, the one with Tom Cruise in the lead role, despite the modern special effects, being less memorable than that from 1953.
7. Children of Men
A not very faithful adaptation of the novel of PD James, The Children of Men, the film released in 2006 and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), failed to impress in terms of box office. Instead, it impressed critics and received three Oscar nominations and two BAFTA awards.
The filmmakers brought substantial changes to the novel, in terms of plot, characters and political message. But the premise arts is the same: what would happen if the entire population of the world became infertile?
8. Cloud Atlas
With talented filmmaker Tim Tykwer, the Wachowski brothers obtained one of the most ambitious and daring productions of 2012, a tour de force that not only did justice to the novel, but went ahead in the creative approach. Aesthetically, filmmakers impressed audiences and critics and managed to unite all the story in a way that reinforced the message promoted by the author and intertwined with their own approach to the story.
9. Minority Report
Best received movie by critics in 2002, Minority Report is another hit from Steven Spielberg. Adapting a short story by Philip K. Dick included in volume Fantastic Universe film has, like all adaptations, some differences from the basic story: Tom Cruise’s character, John Anderson joins the Precrime service after his son being kidnapping. In the book, however, Anderson is 50 years old, is bald and not in shape. In the book, the Precogs can view any offense, not just the murder, and the place where the action takes place in the film is not New York, but Washington DC.
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey
A reference film in the history of cinema, 2001: A Space Odyssey was based on some of the older stories of Arthur C. Clarke joined in the volume Sentinel of Enternity in 1951. The author worked in the novel and the script for the film at the same time and the result is a fascinating symphony orchestrated by Stanley Kubrick, a meditation on humanity and technology.