The Martian (2015)

Space doesn’t look that bad after all!

Not too far into the future, mankind finds a way to travel the long distances to visit other planets. That’s not unlike many stories we’ve been told before.

During a mission on Mars a sandstorm forces a space crew to leave behind a member of the team, who is presumed dead. Again, we’ve been there, done that.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)

A new story for a new generation.

When I first heard that there was going to be three more Star Wars films I was both excited and worried.

We saw that the last three films which documented Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the dark side weren’t received in the most positive light compared to the originals.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

The Mockingjay finally spreads her wings.

Why do we lose that sparkle of happiness and pure innocence when we grow up? I guess we start to see the world for what it really is.

Our eyes are slowly opened to what the world’s really like and that happiness is something you have to fight for.

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Chappie (2015)

For all of you sci-fi fans out there, here is Chappie.

Computer genius Deon creates the scouts, robotic police officers that are just as efficient as Robocop – and you don’t even need to blow anyone up to make them!

Chappie is set in South Africa, from which District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is from. And that’s also where the similarities to District 9 begin.

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Ex Machina (2015)

We don’t know what we don’t know about artificial intelligence.

For some, reaching the technological singularity brings nothing but excitement. But for others there aren’t many things scarier than not knowing what that will mean for us. It’s hard for humans to admit but we are a relatively advanced, yet young and primitive species and Ex Machina shows us this in a big way.

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Interstellar (2014)

Love is not bound by time and space.

Christopher Nolan has tested our limits. The extremities of what we are capable of, both as a species and as individuals.

In the near three-hour epic that is Interstellar, two strands in the narrative became vividly clear. There is no doubt that the universe and the rules that govern it are too gargantuan for our relatively young minds to comprehend. But within all that we have a purpose and a force driving us that is just as majestic – love.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

The revolution has begun.

Katniss has finally found her calling – she’s the one to take down the Capitol. We’ve waited 3 years for this!

Catching Fire set the hearts of people everywhere ablaze with the action of the Games and, more importantly, the emotions, the oppression and the destitution forced on the districts by President Snow and the Capitol.

The stage was set to bring all of Pan Am to the fore to stand beside the Mockingjay.

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Her (2013)

I’m a big fan of technology.

In the future I can definitely see myself having a big fancy house packed wall to wall with artificial intelligence ready to wait on me hand and foot. Not for vanity, just to help me out with boring stuff like cleaning and ordering new light bulbs.

The thing is, robots will need artificial intelligence, the kind that will allow it to learn and develop with the absence of programmers and weekly upgrades.

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