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Sci-fi movies from the early-2000s


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Pitch Black
D: David Twohy (2000) 107m


Alien imitator with Vin Diesel turning in an unmemorable performance as the dangerous escaped prisoner. A spaceship crashes on a desert planet with three suns. The nocturnal inhabitants turn out to be carnivorous and there's a rare solar eclipse on the way. Fabulous sets and good visual direction, but not a lot else going for it.





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Frequency
D: Gregory Hoblit (2000) 118m


Enjoyable time travel yarn in which a temporal radio link allows a father and son (Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel) to reunite. A cop who lost his father thirty years ago when he was six uses a rift in time to try and alter the past. Time paradoxes are intelligently explored, although at times it is necessary to simply suspend scientific analysis and enjoy.





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Solaris
D: Steven Soderbergh (2002) 99m


Director Soderbergh may have bitten off more than he could when tackling a film version of Stanislaw Lemís classic sci-fi novel. George Clooney stars as the psychologist sent to investigate a wayward space station where lost loved ones are re-created. Not in the same league as Tarkovskyís 1972 Russian version, but has more than its fair share of devoted followers.





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Equilibrium
D: Kurt Wimmer (2002) 106m


Suppressing emotions is the order of the day in totalitarian post-World War III society. In a rehash of the Fahrenheit 451 scenario, a cop who tracks down "sense offenders" starts empathising with his collars. The double-Magnum martial arts are a bit over-the-top, but overall this is an interesting film offering plenty to think about.





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Minority Report
D: Steven Spielberg (2002) 145m


Tom Cruise is outstanding in this enthralling story of a Pre-Crime unit whose job it is to arrest criminals before they commit an offence. Arrests are made on the basis of the visions of a trio of drug-mutated psychic "Pre-Cogs". Things hot up when Cruise's character is implicated in a vision. Based on a story of the same name by Philip K Dick.





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The Incredibles
D: Brad Bird (2004) 115m


It's usually a treat when the Pixar and Disney studios get together - and this time around is no different. A family of computer animated superheroes live incognito after being dogged out of public life by lawsuits. When an opportunity arises to revive some of the super glory days the family flies into action. Fabulous superhero spoof.





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Eternal Sunshine Spotless Mind
D: Michel Gondry (2004) 108m


Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star as the couple trying to forget each other in Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind. With personalities that are polar opposites the relationship was doomed from the start. Unfortunately, even modern memory-erasing technology doesn't work for Carey's character. Mind-bending stuff not to be missed.





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V for Vendetta
D: James McTeigue (2005) 132m


When the gentle Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued from the iron fist of brutality by the masked 'V' (Hugo Weaving) she is introduced to his world of vengeance and resistance to oppression. Visually stylish and loaded with Matrix-style SFX action, the film will not disappoint fans of the Alan Moore graphic novel on which it is based. Historical inspiration via Guy Fawkes' 17th century Gunpowder Plot.


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