Was 1997 the Greatest Year for Science Fiction in Film?

I never paid attention to this, but may be damn true. And if we consider “Flubber” a science fiction movie, that is so damn true!

Plot and Theme

Most years have a few high-quality genre pieces to offer, some years see the release of a genre-defining film and a solid collection of supporting movies, and every now and then there are collisions where two absolute classics are released side-by-side (see:  1968, 1977, and 1982).  But, there’s nothing quite like what happened 20 years ago.  Eleven science fiction films of note were released in 1997, spanning all subgenres.  This piece will discuss each of these films, heralding 1997 as a seminal year for cinematic science fiction.

Intellectual Dramas 

In the first section, we’ll look at three slow-burn, intellectual science fiction films:  Contact, Gattaca, and Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes).  These films respect the intelligence of the audience while discussing some of the most classic science fiction concepts.

Contact

contact Jodie Foster, listenin’ for aliens.

Based on the 1985 Carl Sagan novel of the same name and…

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6 thoughts on “Was 1997 the Greatest Year for Science Fiction in Film?

  1. I remember commenting about this on the original post, so it’s nice to see this revisited. Perhaps i feel the 80’s had one of the greatest years for science fiction but none the less 1997 was a great year for the charming green gooey Flubber that I shall never forget heh and then comes classic favourites of mine such as Starship Troopers with its bold gory visuals, The Fifth Element and Mimic.

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