Sir Ridley Scott believes that the science fiction movie is a spent force; an extinct race; a decommissioned battlestar. Talking in Venice, where he was presenting another new cut of Blade Runner, the director declared the genre as dead as the western.
“There’s nothing original,” says Scott. “We’ve seen it all before. Been there. Done it.” Asked to pick out examples, he said: “All of them. Yes, all of them.”
Even quality sci-fi films in recent years seem to owe a great deal to Scott’s films and Kubrick’s classic 1968 film. Motifs such as the monolith in 2001 and even the device of having a band of contrasting characters aboard a spaceship have been used so often that maybe Ridley has a point. But to say that there isn’t anything original does sound a little too grumpy and shortsighted to me.
If you want to check out quality sci-fi made in recent years then I would suggest watching Children of Men, Sunshine, Serenity, Gattaca, Twelve Monkeys, The Matrix, Solaris, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly.
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