In this age of advancement of animation and special effects, the movies that have reaped the benefits the most are sci-fi films. The added visual tools help portray the fictional stories that origin from books, comics, cartoons, etc. in its true light. The audience today is very demanding, and with the addition of each new movie in the genre, the level of expectation from an upcoming film just keeps getting higher. Here is a list of the 30 best upcoming sci-fi movies of 2016 that we expect to rock the box office upon their respective releases:
30. Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2016)
This film focuses on the events that happen 20 years after its earlier 2012 installment, Iron Sky. The Nazi moon base has ironically become the last place of shelter for all of mankind, due to Earth being ravaged and torn by nuclear warfare. Even so, our main characters must journey through to find a power that might be able to save what’s left of humanity.
29. The Mortal Instruments Origins: Clockwork Angel (2016)
It is the first of three newly announced films based on Cassandra Clare’s popular The Mortal Instruments novels and surrounds the life of a 16-year-old girl named Tessa Gray.
Directed by Gabriel Dewey and written by Julia Knights, don’t miss out on this captivating film if you liked the novels.
28. Rupture (2016)
Written and directed by Steven Shainberg, it stars the ever prominent sci-fi queen Noomi Rapace. The simple premise of the film is that a single mother is abducted by an ambiguous organization. The film then revolves solely on her attempts to escape from their clutches, and around the mystery surrounding her abduction.
27. Passage to Mars (2016)
A sci-fi adventure written and directed by Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and starring Zachary Quinto. Witness this movie and learn how a NASA expedition of a six-man crew to the Arctic and Mars turns into a two-year voyage of adventure.
26. The Space Between Us (2016)
Written and directed by Peter Chelsom, this movie stars The Secret Circle famed Britt Robertson.
The story is about a young man who lived his entire life on Mars while being raised by a group of scientists. Watch how he returns to Earth in search of his long lost father.
25. The Three-Body Problem (2016)
An upcoming rare Chinese sci-fi film directed by Fanfan Zhang, it is based on a novel barring the same name.
After scores of physicists strangely die, a Chinese nanomaterial’s expert finds himself bounded to unravel the mystery and catch the culprit or phenomena responsible.
24. SFv1 (2016)
Starring Kellan Lutz, this is a highly anticipated movie direct by the Shane Abbess. Set in the distant future, an unexpected turn of events causes two of the unlikeliest of people to confront a crisis on a global scale together.
23. What Happened to Monday (2016)
An upcoming science-fiction thriller set in the not too distant future. Overpopulation leads to a one-child policy being introduced and adopted. However, a staggering seven identical twins, all played by Nomi Rapace, pretend to live as a single person as they try to avoid the Child Allocation Bureau in this movie.
22. Ghostbusters (2016)
A reboot of one of the classics, the main cast is almost entirely female. It should open up the franchise to a whole new audience. The cast also consists of a fairly funny set of actresses, such as Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon. So all signs are there for it to be a success in spite of its previous outings.
21. 23 Jump Street (2016)
The plot of this film is not fully revealed yet but it probably involves a sci-fi theme as our two main protagonists, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, go undercover to bust up illegal drug activity in an institution.
It is also reported that the fake sequels we saw at the end of the credits of the last film might actually happen in this latest installment. So keep your fingers crossed!
20. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Part of the still in development upcoming Star Wars anthology series, set in between Star Wars Episode 3 and Episode 4, it’s set to be based around a band of rebel fighters, who carry out an important mission to steal the plans for the Death Star from the Empire.
Directed by the director of the recent Godzilla film, Gareth Edwards, this is a movie any Star Wars fan cannot miss out on!
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (2016)
The director from the original film has changed to correct some of the problems from the first film and the sequel is being directed by Dave Green.
The adding of Stephen Amell to the cast, as Casy Jones, could possibly bring a positive outcome depending on how the chemistry works on film with the ever beautiful Megan Fox.
18. Okja (2016)
Not much about this film is known as of yet, aside from the fact it is director Joon-ho Bong’s next feature film starring the charismatic Jake Gyllenhaal.
The lack of information can be deceiving, but one must not let it cloud the judgment of this upcoming sci-fi movie full of quality actors and backroom staff.
17. The Blob (2016)
Directed by Simon West and starring Samuel L Jackson – A strange being was used for government testing, and it was let loose under unforeseeable circumstances.
Watch how it eats everything, and expands bigger and scarier with each meal!
16. Passengers (2016)
A passenger on a spacecraft, heading towards a colony on the outskirts of space, is awakened 60 years early from his sleeping chamber due to a malfunction. This provokes him to awaken a second passenger out of fear of growing old alone.
Starring a very exciting cast of Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, and Lawrence Fishburne, this a must-see for all sci-fi movie lovers.
15. Story of Your Life (2016)
Its a story about aliens visiting our planet. Our main character, played by Amy Adams, interacts with them to observe vivid flashbacks that lead to her finding out about the true mystery behind their visit.
14. Cell (2016)
This movie stars the veteran actor Samuel L Jackson and the charming John Cusack. The plot focuses on a strange signal being sent through cell phones worldwide that ensues apocalyptic chaos.
Not much is known further about the plot at this point but the film surely features an intriguing recipe for disaster set up for some hopefully engaging storytelling.
13. DxM (2016)
Directed by Andrew Goth and starring sort of-forgotten former Jurassic park actor, Sam Neill. The plot of this film is best described as a sub-atomic fight for the subconscious. So make sure to check out one of the most highly anticipated new upcoming sci-fi movies.
12. The 5th Wave (2016)
With the highly critically acclaimed actress Chloe Grace Moretz, this is a film about survival against the 5th wave of an attack by the aliens.
Watch on how amidst all this chaos, the main character tries hard to save her younger brother from all the turmoil.
11. The Circle (2016)
Based on the book of the same name, it is complemented by a stellar cast comprised of Tom Hanks, Jon Boyega, Emma Watson, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillian, and Patton Oswalt. So clear your schedule now on the release date of this special James Ponsoldt creation.
10. Geostorm (2016)
It revolves around a man who travels to space to stop climate-controlled satellites from creating a devastating storm. Parallel to the plot, things are set in motion to kill the president.
Combine that with Gerard Butler being the leading role, it should be reason enough for anyone to be excited for this action-packed sci-fi film (it might get delayed to early 2017 though).
9. Assassin’s Creed (2016)
Along with the upcoming World of Warcraft film, this movie is expected to help the public finally gain confidence in a video game movie adaptation.
Optimism is very high as the extremely talented Michael Fassbender was cast in the leading role.
8. Replicas (2016)
Directed by a female director Tanya Wexler, this movie stars the matrix lead, Keanu Reeves, and is about a biologist who is trying to do everything he possibly can to bring his family back to life after they died in a car accident.
7. The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)
The upcoming third installment in this adaptation of a series of 4 young adult novels. Like many films of the same genre that came before it, e.g. Harry Potter, Twilight, etc., this movie builds major anticipation within the hearts and minds of its key demographic, which is comprised mostly of young teenagers.
6. Deadpool (2016)
Judging from the trailer and genius advertisement so far, it is safe to say that we are in for one hell of a ride when watching this movie.
The R-rated violence and vulgar, but self-aware, comedy is a defining trait of this fictional mercenary, Deadpool. Marvel fans better hold their breath, as one of their loved comic book heroes comes to cinema in the most jaw-dropping fashion.
5. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
This is the third installment in the prestigious Captain America series. The film will ultimately give us pay-off for the conflict that was set up way back in the first Avengers film between Captain America and Iron man.
They’ve always had trouble seeing eye to eye with each other, and it seems that this time they couldn’t come to a solution without using their fists.
4. Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
This is the third film in these rebooted set of Star Trek films that have come out in the past half a dozen years.
J.J Abrams leaving the films after the second installment may leave some a bit worrying, but rest assured the new fresh talents of Robert Orci and Justin Lin will truly leave their mark in this third edition of this iconic series.
3. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Bryan Singer returns with the next installment in the incredibly long-running now semi-rebooted X-men franchise. This time we’ll be seeing a batch of fresh new faces but in familiar attire, as some new actors were cast to play younger versions of characters we already know of, e.g., Cyclops, Storm, etc.
Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X, as the X-men possibly face off against their most deadly foe, Apocalypse.
2. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Independence Day is a film that revolutionized disaster movies. The sequel, directed again by Roland Emmerich, is expected to re-invest us into this genre of movies again. What worked best in the previous film was the smoothness of Will Smith and the socially awkward wit of Jeff Goldblum.
However, we will only see Jeff Goldblum return this time around, without Will Smith, which admittedly does deteriorate the anticipation of a film like this.
1. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Another sci-fi 2016 convention product and the Zack Snyder’s long-awaited sequel to Man of Steel. It will finally set the incredibly hyped up DC Cinematic Universe in motion, which is expected to rival or even surpass the popularity of the prevailing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We will finally see the repercussions of some of the questionable decisions that Superman made in the “Man of Steel”. Moreover, one cannot wait for the epic showdown between our two main protagonists; Batman and Superman!
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