While 2022 was an incredible 12 months for movies, 2023 guarantees to top it with a schedule stuffed with great movies from every kind of genres: motion (Mission: Inconceivable: Dead Reckoning Part 1), comic book (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), drama (Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer), and regardless of the hell Barbie is presupposed to be.
One genre particularly is geared to have an incredible 12 months in 2023: science fiction. With the same old slate of sequels, reboots, and original movies with high-concept premises (Kylo Ren battles dinosaurs!), these five sci-fi movies stand out as the perfect of a really crowded pack that we will’t wait to observe later within the 12 months.
Rebel Moon (TBA 2023)
Finally done with the DC Prolonged Universe, Zach Snyder veers away from the superheroes and zombies that dominated his previous movies and appears toward the heavens. His next film, Rebel Moon, is ready in a peaceful colony in a faraway galaxy that’s threatened by Balisarius, an alien tyrant hell-bent on conquering as many planets as he can. In desperation, the colonists send a young woman with a mysterious past to collect other warriors from nearby planets to assist fight Balisarius.
Inspired by each Star Wars and the movies of Akira Kurosawa, Rebel Moon guarantees to bring the space opera back to sci-fi. Snyder has an epic vision, in addition to Netflix’s seemingly unlimited financial resources at his disposal. Plus, he’s gathered an eclectic solid featuring Charlie Hunnam, Sofia Boutella, Djimon Hounsou, Corey Stoll, Justice League‘s Ray Fisher, Jena Malone, and Anthony Hopkins to bring his epic vision to life. While Snyder has had his misfires (remember Sucker Punch?), Rebel Moon has a schlocky B-movie premise that we will’t help but like, and there’s no pesky WB executive reining within the director’s penchant for slow-motion motion sequences and washed-out visuals.
The Wandering Earth 2 (January 22)
Wait, what? There’s a sequel to The Wandering Earth, a movie you’ve probably never heard of? Well, prepared to be much more surprised as The Wandering Earth was certainly one of the most important global hits when it was released in 2019. It’s not hard to see why, because the concept is intriguing: a bunch of scientists need to avoid wasting Earth from the dying sun’s intense heat. Their solution? Knock Earth out of it’s orbit in order that it might travel to Jupiter and reap the benefits of that planet’s gravitational pull.
In fact, things go awry, and the film’s heroes must overcome not possible odds to avoid wasting their damaged planet. It’s not a spoiler that they do, for the reason that sequel is on this list. Not much is thought about The Wandering Earth 2, but the identical director and solid is involved, which bodes well. The unique, which might currently be seen on Netflix, is an entertaining romp that pairs an incredible concept with a Hollywood-sized budget. It’s the rare Chinese computer graphics blockbuster that plays just as well, if not higher, than those cranked out by American studios, and the sequel guarantees more of the identical thrills that made the unique so fun to observe.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (June 9)
Look, we’ve been burned too persistently by the Transformer franchise. None of them are great, and when you take into consideration, just one is absolutely watchable, 2018’s surprisingly sweet Bumblebee with Hailee Steinfeld. That’s why the seventh (!) installment of the robots fighting robots series is on this list, as Rise of the Beasts serves because the standalone sequel to that film.
While Steinfeld doesn’t appear on this sequel, Peter Cullen does because the voice of Optimus Prime. He’s joined by Hamilton actor Anthony Ramos, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, and Michelle Yeoh as assorted humans and robots. The movie adapts certainly one of the franchise’s most beloved storylines, Beast Wars, and the teaser trailer shows jaw-dropping battles in Nineties Recent York City, in addition to Transformers turning into giant prehistoric dinosaurs as they bash one another with high-tech weapons. It’s silly and somewhat silly, but it surely looks like good fun, and there’s no Mark Wahlberg or Shia LaBeouf (each of whom previously starred in past Transformer movies and were terrible) around to spoil the party.
65 (March 17)
65 – Official Trailer – Only In Cinemas March 10
All it’s good to find out about 65 is that this: Adam Driver battles actual dinosaurs … with guns. How is that this possible? Does it matter? There’s no higher hook for a 2023 movie than that, but we’ll fill you in on the main points. The 65 within the title refers to 65 million years BC, which is the era spaceman Driver mistakenly travels in time to when he crash lands his ship stuffed with passengers on a deserted planet, which he quickly finds out is Earth. To get back home, Driver must protect the opposite survivor of the crash, a toddler named Koa, and battle all types of prehistoric monsters.
If the premise isn’t enough to sell you on this film, possibly a number of the creative team involved will. The movie is written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who wrote the unique A Quiet Place — in order that they know a thing or two about creating character-driven stories and generating effective suspense. Joining them is composer Danny Elfman, whose scores for Batman and Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness prove he craft a memorable tune or two. The film’s primary appeal, nonetheless, comes all the way down to this: Kylo Ren runs amok in Jurassic Park. If that’s not enough to get you to observe this, I don’t know what can.
Dune: Part Two (November 3)
What other movie would top this list? Dune: Part One was probably the most critically praised movies of 2021, garnering 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, and winning six of them, so it’s only natural the follow-up could be probably the most anticipated movies of 2023m genre be damned. Dune continues the journey of Paul Arrakis, who has realized his destiny as “The One” and guarantees to get revenge on the oily (literally!) Baron Harkonnen, who masterminded the assassination of his father and almost destroyed his family.
In fact, fans of Frank Herbert’s novel, and even David Lynch’s terrible 1984 version, know that there’s way more occurring than mere revenge. There’s palace intrigue, metaphors on colonization and climate change, and numerous weird clothes. Along with its complex plot, what makes Dune: Part Two so appealing is the impressive solid. Part One stars Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, and Javier Bardem are joined by Don’t Worry Darling‘s Florence Pugh, No Time to Die‘s Lea Seydoux, Elvis‘ Austin Butler, and Christopher Walken. These actors are being guided by Denis Villeneuve, director of Part One and a contemporary sci-fi auteur visionary with such works as Blade Runner 2049 and The Arrival in his filmography. Anyone searching for an exceptional well-made sci-fi film that’s destined to be remembered as a classic won’t be disillusioned with Dune: Part Two.
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