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Top Sci-Fi Movies to watch during our Sci-Fi weekender

07 May 2023

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The sci-fi genre has always been a crowd-pleaser among audiences of all ages and for a good reason. With their otherworldly settings, futuristic technologies and imaginative storytelling, sci-fi films always manage to take us on a journey of discovery, leave us in awe and capture our imagination.

So for all the sci-fi lovers out there, mark your calendars. We’re pulling a sci-fi weekender between Friday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of May on GO Stars, featuring some of the most iconic movies of this genre. Below are some of our top pics.

Man in spaceship with VR set

Ready Player One (2018)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One is an electrifying adventure that takes place in a futuristic world where people escape the real world through a virtual reality game called the OASIS. The film showcases the journey of Wade Watts, played by Tye Sheridan, as he embarks on a competition that could change his life forever.

Exploring themes of nostalgia, escapism and the dangers of corporatism in virtual reality, the plot follows the central premise set up in the popular novel by Ernest Cline, while its unique mix of retro and futuristic elements provide a refreshing take on the sci-fi genre. Meanwhile, the cinematography beautifully captures the vastness and intricacies of the virtual world.

Overall, Ready Player One is a thrilling adventure that both fans of the book and new viewers will enjoy.

When to watch: Friday 12th May at 15:10 on GO Stars

A monster and a gorilla fighting

Godzilla vs Kong (2021)

The latest instalment in the popular monster franchise, Godzilla vs Kong is a thrilling sci-fi action movie that pits two iconic monsters against each other. In fact, the two are brought together by a group of scientists and researchers who embark on a mission to uncover the mysteries of their origins. As they get closer to the truth, the two monsters face off in a series of epic battles that are sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

The movie’s plot is straightforward, with a well-paced storyline that keeps the audience hooked, while the special effects are top-notch. It also features a star-studded cast, which includes Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Kyle Chandler and Lance Reddick, with Brown and Chandler reprising their roles from the previous Godzilla film.

What sets Godzilla vs Kong apart from other sci-fi movies is its relentless energy –from start to finish, the movie is an adrenaline-fueled ride. While the movie does have some predictable plot points, it is ultimately a fun and entertaining ride that should appeal to fans of the genre.

When to watch: Friday 12th May at 17:30 on GO Stars

A monster with several arms

Venom: Let there be carnage (2021)

Directed by Andy Serkis, Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the sequel to 2018’s Venom film, starring Tom Hardy who reprises his role as Eddie Brock/Venom. We follow Eddie and Venom’s journey as they navigate their complex relationship while dealing with the emergence of a new villain, Carnage, portrayed by Woody Harrelson.

The dynamic between Eddie Brock and Venom is the movie’s main highlight and their humorous dialogue and personality clashes are a definite standout. The introduction of Carnage adds a layer of tension and solidifies itself as a formidable opponent to Eddie and Venom. At the same time, Tom Hardy delivers a nuanced portrayal of Eddie’s internal struggles while balancing it with his alter-ego’s snarky and adventurous attitude.

One more great film for the superhero genre fans, Venom: Let there be carnage is ideal for those who enjoyed the first instalment.

When to watch: Saturday 13th May at 23:20 on GO Stars

A bunch of superheroes standing next to each other

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

The ultimate superhero movie that lives up to its hype, Zack Snyder’s Justice League sees Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) gather a team of superheroes to fight against the utmost threat – Steppenwolf. In fact, the script emphasizes the importance of trust and teamwork and the characters work together to achieve a greater goal.

What is particularly noteworthy is the performances of the lead and supporting actors. Affleck and Gadot shine as their characters yet again, while Ezra Miller adds humour to the mix as Barry Allen/The Flash. Ray Fisher has a more significant role this time around, whereas the supporting cast of heroes, namely Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Henry Cavill’s Superman give noteworthy performances too.

Serving as the quintessential adaptation of these beloved characters, the film is a definite must for anyone who loves Zack Snyder’s work.

When to watch: Saturday 13th May at 17:05 on GO Stars

Man on a bike being chased by a dinasaur

Jurassic World Dominion (2022)

Jurassic World Dominion is the highly anticipated continuation of the Jurassic World franchise, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The movie takes the storyline of the previous films to a new direction, exploring the concept of genetic engineering and time travel.

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, the special effects bring the prehistoric creatures to life with great realism and the storyline has a well-balanced mix of action and drama that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. The same applies to Pratt and Dallas Howard’s performances whose chemistry keeps us invested in the overall storyline.

Overall, Jurassic World Dominion is a well-executed movie that delivers everything a fan of the franchise may ask for – a visually stunning spectacle with magnificent special effects and thrills a-plenty.

When to watch: Sunday 14th May at 16:50 on GO Stars

Young girl screaming with her hair up in the air

Firestarter (2022)

Based on Stephen King’s 1980 novel of the same name, Firestarter is a supernatural thriller directed by Keith Thomas. It portrays the story of a young girl, Charlie, who has the ability to start fires with her mind. The movie follows her journey as she tries to control her dangerous power while also being hunted by a secret government agency.

With a well-written script and engaging plot, Charlie’s struggle to control her powers offers an emotional core to the movie. In fact, the themes of parental responsibility, government intrusion and the ethical implications of experimenting on human subjects offer an added layer of substance to the story, bringing a thought-provoking angle to the narrative. In general, Firestarter is a gripping example of the sci-fi thriller/horror genre.

When to watch: Sunday 14th May at 23:35 on GO Stars

How to watch these Sci-fi movies on GO TV

Looking to enjoy our sci-fi weekender? If you’re not subscribed to GO TV already, just follow these steps:

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For more great TV content, take a look at these romantic movies. Alternatively, if horror is your thing, here as some good picks you may want to watch.