Best Science Fiction Films of 2012


Who doesn't love science fiction? Why when I was a boy, this used to be my favorite genre of film, and arguably still is; although I try to like all genres just as equally since I have to review movies on this site. However, there's no doubt that science fiction has had a huge impact on cinematic history. Why if it wasn't for science fiction, then we never would've gotten such films like "War of the Worlds", "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and others.

Heck, where would we be if we didn't have such great science fiction where an audience can witness a boy finding out that an evil being named Darth Vader was his father? Or where would we be if we didn't see Marty McFly go back in time? Indeed, where would cinema be without science fiction? Well, that's why I'm proud to present, "Best Science Fiction films of 2012." Unlike last year, I've taken the liberty of categorizing each preview hub in perspective categories. Unfortunately, this also means you might start to see films like "Men In Black III", for example, being listed in this hub, as well as the "Best Comedies of 2012" one too. The reason being is because I can't assume every reader that reads this hub will necessarily read "Best Comedies of 2012" as well.

Another thing to keep in mind is that not all these movies will have trailers, as some have yet to release one. However, I will be updating this hub for the rest of the month once it becomes available.

Unfortunately, I also would like to advise readers not to expect "Ghostbusters III" and the next "Star Trek" sequel to be in this hub after all. Due to various production delays of both movies, they've been pushed back. I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but I will be updating this hub if that changes anytime soon.

Also, be sure to check your local listings, as release dates are subject to change.

Update: "The Gunrunner Billy Kane" was pushed back to 2014.

Men In Black III

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers: Etan Cohen, Lowell Cunningham, David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson, Michael Soccio

Cast: Will Smith, Alice Eve, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Emma Thompson, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Joe Urban, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Chernus, Kevin Covais, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Lenny Venito, Keone Young, Alex Ziwak, Geoffrey Cantor, Dan Bittner, Michael Dean, Josh McBride, David Pittu

Synopsis: Agent J time-jumps back to the 1960s, where an alien with its sights on the younger version of Agent K poses a threat to the future of the MIB organization -- and humankind's very existence.

Release Date: May 25, 2012

Juan in a Million

Directors: Sergio Allard, Denis Arqueros, Nicolas Klein

Writer: Sergio Allard

Cast: Eusebio Arenas, Sergio Allard, Camila Stuardo, Florencia Astorga

Synopsis: Juan Pablo Garcia woke up a December morning to deliver his application to Harvard. He came home to rest before a night of legendary party and a great summer ahead of him. When he woke up, the entire city was empty.

Release Date: November 17, 2012

Commander and Chief

Directors: Ric Halpern, Gerson Sanginitto

Writer(s): N/A

Cast: Cameron Bender, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Skyler Brigmann, Heather Brooker, Steve Filice, Kelly Ann Ford, Evan Helmuth, Preston James Hillier, C. Thomas Howell, Marshall Manesh, Casey Margolis, Candice Patton, Christopher Showerman, Gary Sugarman, Jenny Vilim

Synopsis: The year is 2022, and the world is at peace. George W. Shrub, the infamous former leader of the free world, is struggling to release a new biography about his "fantastical adventures in office." At his biographer's recommendation, Shrub journeys to the U.N. American Presidential Museum in order to research his presidential career. Once there, Shrub crosses paths with Perry, the timid nighttime janitor at the museum. Soon, the two unlikely allies find themselves joining forces to defend the museum from a series of mysterious attacks. With the 5th Anniversary of World Peace being held at the museum in a few days, George and Perry must rely on their wits and guts instincts to stop the attackers and restore peace and justice throughout the galaxy...

Release Date: March 30, 2012


The Waters: Phase One

Director: Roxanne Marchand

Writer: Roxanne Marchand

Cast: Terrie Batson, Shannon Hand, Matthew Bonneau, Mallory Slack, John Rutland, Madison Weidberg, Aaron Sauer, Jack Harrison, Geraldine Glenn, Caitlin Mathis, Chris Bailey, Gabby Barnes, Roxanne Marchand, Jake Moran, Greg Frucci

Synopsis: Hurricane Katrina has ravaged the Gulf Coast and a mysterious virus has taken over the city of New Orleans, leaving its population infected and ravenous. Rookie reporter, Carly Etland, receives a call from a stranger claiming to have been in the quarantined city. As his unbelievable story unfolds about a renegade team of Marines who enter the city to save three computer technicians trapped inside and the cover-up that has him running for his life, she realizes that this could be the biggest story of her career...or the biggest mistake of her life. Who will survive to expose the truth of The Waters?

Release Date: January 15, 2012


Director: Peter Berg

Writers: Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber

Cast: Alexander SkarsgÄrd, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Josh Pence, Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna

Synopsis: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals

Release Date: May 18, 2012

Star Wars- Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3-D

Director: George Lucas

Writer: George Lucas

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Pernilla August, Oliver Ford Davies, Hugh Quarshie, Kenny Baker, Terence Stamp

Voice Cast: Ahmed Best, Anthony Daniels, Frank Oz, Brian Blessed, Andrew Secombe

Synopsis: The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedi escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks, head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually, they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the Sith really extinct? Is the Queen who she really says she is? And what's so special about this young boy?

Release Date: February 10, 2012

John Carter

Director: Andrew Stanton

Writers: Andrew Stanton, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Taylor Kitsch, Ciaran Hinds, Thomas Haden Church, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker

Synopsis: Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

Release Date: March 9, 2012

Total Recall

Director: Len Wiseman

Writers: Mark Bomback, Philip K. Dick, James Vanderbilt, Kurt Wimmer

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke, John Cho

Synopsis: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he's a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on.

Release Date: August 3, 2012

Prometheus- The Prequel To "Alien"

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Rafe Spall, Kate Dickie, Sean Harris, Emun Elliott, James Embree, Benedict Wong, Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik

Synopsis: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Release Date: June 8, 2012

The Hunger Games

Director: Gary Ross

Writers: Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray, Gary Ross

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Alexander Ludwig, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones

Synopsis: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.

Release Date: March 23, 2012


Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Director: Brad Peyton

Writers: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn, Richard Outten, Jules Verne

Cast: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristin Davis, Luis Guzman, Anna Colwell, Michael Beasley

Synopsis: Sean Anderson partners with his mom's boyfriend on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

Release Date: February 10, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Writer(s): N/A

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Kevin Durand, Oded Fehr, Bingbing Li, Johann Urb, Shawn Roberts, Boris Kodjoe, Colin Salmon

Synopsis: Alice fights alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.

Release Date: September 14, 2012



Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Writers: Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron, Rodrigo Garcia

Cast: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock

Synopsis: The lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.

Release Date: November 21, 2012



Director: Rian Johnson

Writer: Rian Johnson

Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Tracie Thoms, Garret Dillahunt, David Jensen, Noah Segan, Nick Gomez, James Hebert, James Rawlings, Sylvia Jefferies, Kristyl Dawn Tift

Synopsis: A killer who works for the mob of the future recognizes one of his targets as his future self.

Release Date: September 28, 2012


Director: Pete Travis

Writers: Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland, John Wagner

Cast: Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Domhnall Gleeson, Deobia Oparei, Jason Cope, Brandon Livanos, Langley Kirkwood, Rakie Ayola, Francis Chouler, Joe Vaz, Warrick Grier, Luke Tyler, Allen Irwin, Karl Thanning, Kevon Kane

Synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Release Date: September 21, 2012

Universal Soldier: A New Dimension

Director: John Hyams

Writers: John Hyams, Jon Greenhalgh

Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins, Rus Blackwell, Mariah Bonner, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Audrey P. Scott, Andrei Arlovski, Glen Warner, Austin Naulty, Roy Jones Jr., James Rawlings, James DuMont, Adam Sibley

Synopsis: Unfortunately, there's still no word on the official plot is for this movie, but it is confirmed that'll be released in 3-D, with a budget of eleven million dollars.

Release Date: May 2012


Neighborhood Watch

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Writers: Evan Goldberg, Jared Stern, Seth Rogen

Cast: Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Billy Crudup, Will Forte, Richard Ayoade, Doug Jones

Synopsis: Suburban dads form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families, only to discover a plot to destroy Earth.

Release Date: July 27, 2012



Director: Dean Gold

Writer: Dean Gold

Cast: Ben Seton, Dominika Juillet, Daz Crawford, Tammy Felice, Dave Vescio, Jesse Wang, May Tan, Andrew Amani, Tom Beyer, Jon Napier, Cal Rein, Michael Fallon, Amy Lyndon, LeVonne Pratt, Tosha Pierce

Synopsis: Sector 70 is a noir-ish dystopian future where prosperity belongs to the few - and those determined to take it. Jarron Brenner did well by the system until his body was invaded by the technology he helped to sell. After a series of traumatic events, a mysterious agent Miranda May takes it upon herself to help save Jarron's life. Soon, however, they find themselves hunted by the shadowy forces of an alien conspiracy.

Release Date: April 1, 2012


Never Open the Door

Director: Vito Trabucco

Writers: Vito Trabucco, Christopher Maltauro

Cast: Jessica Sonneborn, Kristina Page, Matthew Aidan, Deborah Venegas, George Troester, Steven Richards, Mike Wood

Synopsis: Three happy couples enjoy the holidays in a cozy secluded cabin in the woods when they are suddenly interrupted by an unprecedented event that will forever change their lives.

Release Date: April 1, 2012



Director: Michael Manasseri

Writers: Michael Manasseri, J.P. Epstein

Cast: Michael Manasseri, Monty Bane, Ricky Wayne, Jordan Trovillion, Dana Gamarra, Danny Mooney, Sarab Kamoo, Lloyd Kaufman, Lauren Petre, Patrick Moug, Franklin Ruehl, Jimmy Doom, Greg Trzaskoma

Synopsis: Down on his luck and unlikely hero, Jim Crawley is having the worst day of his miserable life. He decides to end it all and even fails at that. An improbable event changes everything and he becomes a half man/half creature.

Release Date: February 21, 2012

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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD

A good portion of these look good. I love Peter Berg, but Battleship looks really bad to me. I like the actors in it for the most part, but I just have a hard time believing it will be anymore than explosions. John Carter From Mars, Prometheus, Hunger Games and Men in Black 3 all look very good. Even Total Recall could be good.

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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

Personally, I can't believe they even considered making a movie based on a board game to begin with, as you know Hollywood is running out of ideas if it's gotten to that point. lol. As for the movies you mentioned, I have to say that I agree with you there, as they all seem to pretty good if you ask me. However, I'm a bit interested to see how "Total Recall" turns out, as it could possibly be one of the surprise hits of next year.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by Nick. :)

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