Best Science Fiction Movies of 2003

1.

The Matrix Reloaded

6.2
7.2/10

Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has discovered his superpowers including super speed, ability to see the codes of the things inside the matrix and a certain degree of pre-cognition. But a nasty piece of news hits the human resistance: 250,000 machine sentinels are digging to Zion and would reach them in 72 hours. As Zion prepares for the ultimate war, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity are advised by the Oracle to find the Keymaker who would help them reach the Source. Meanwhile Neo's recurrent dreams depicting Trinity's death have got him worried and as if it was not enough, Agent Smith has somehow escaped deletion, has become more powerful than before and has fixed Neo as his next target.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Helmut Bakaitis
Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Release date: 2003-05-15
2.

X2

6.1
7.4/10

Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses—Magneto and Mystique—to unhinge Stryker's scheme to exterminate all mutants.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Release date: 2003-04-24
3.

Battlestar Galactica

6.0
8.6/10
Battlestar Galactica
After a 40-year armistice in a war between the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons, the Cylons launch a surprise nuclear attack intended to exterminate the human race. Virtually all of the population of the Twelve Colonies are wiped out.
Release date: 2003-12-08
4.

The Matrix Revolutions

5.7
6.7/10

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Mary Alice
Directed by: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Release date: 2003-11-05
5.

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

5.6
7.9/10

Four talented alien musicians are kidnapped by a record producer who disguises them as humans. Shep, a space pilot in love with bass player Stella, follows them to Earth. Reprogrammed to forget their real identities and renamed The Crescendolls, the group quickly becomes a huge success playing soulless corporate pop. At a concert, Shep manages to free all the musicians except Stella, and the band sets out to rediscover who they really are -- and to rescue Stella.

Starring: Romanthony, Thomas Bangalter
Directed by: Kazuhisa Takenôchi, Hirotoshi Rissen, Daisuke Nishio
Release date: 2003-05-28
6.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

5.3
6.3/10

It's been 10 years since John Connor saved Earth from Judgment Day, and he's now living under the radar, steering clear of using anything Skynet can trace. That is, until he encounters T-X, a robotic assassin ordered to finish what T-1000 started. Good thing Connor's former nemesis, the Terminator, is back to aid the now-adult Connor … just like he promised.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 2003-07-02
7.

The Animatrix

5.2
7.4/10

Straight from the creators of the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy, this collection of short animated films from the world's leading anime directors fuses computer graphics and Japanese anime to provide the background of the Matrix universe and the conflict between man and machines. The shorts include Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance, Kid's Story, Program, World Record, Beyond, A Detective Story and Matriculated.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Clayton Watson, Pamela Adlon, Melinda Clarke
Directed by: Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Andrew R. Jones, Peter Chung, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Koji Morimoto, Shinichiro Watanabe
Release date: 2003-05-09
8.

Hulk

4.7
5.6/10

Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers massive radiation exposure in his laboratory that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Starring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte
Directed by: Ang Lee
Release date: 2003-06-19
9.

Star Wars: Clone Wars

4.6
7.8/10
Star Wars: Clone Wars
This series takes place during the three-year time period between the prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show depicted the actions of various characters in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and other Knights of the Jedi Order during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
Release date: 2003-11-07
10.

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune

4.5
7.6/10

Under Paul ‘Muad'Dib’ Atreides' rule as Emperor, the planet Arrakis has enjoyed a renaissance. However, the revolution that Muad'dib inspired has transformed into a brutal jihad that has plunged all of humanity into a bitter, neverending cycle of interstellar war. Now a conspiracy on Arrakis threatens to rob Muad'Dib of his throne and his life.

Release date: 2003-03-25
11.

Code 46

4.5
6.2/10
Code 46
A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Nabil Elouahabi, Om Puri, Emil Marwa
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Release date: 2003-09-02
12.

Daredevil

4.4
5.3/10

He dwells in a world of eternal night, but the blackness is filled with sounds and scents, tastes and textures that most cannot perceive. Although attorney Matt Murdock is blind, his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, Murdock represents the downtrodden. At night he is Daredevil, a masked vigilante stalking the dark streets of the city, a relentless avenger of justice.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Favreau
Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson
Release date: 2003-02-14
13.

Timeline

4.2
5.6/10

A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.

Starring: Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 2003-11-26
14.

The Core

4.2
5.5/10

Geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes discovers that an unknown force has caused the earth's inner core to stop rotating. With the planet's magnetic field rapidly deteriorating, our atmosphere literally starts to come apart at the seams with catastrophic consequences. To resolve the crisis, Keyes, along with a team of the world's most gifted scientists, travel into the earth's core. Their mission: detonate a device that will reactivate the core.

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci, Tchéky Karyo
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Release date: 2003-03-28
15.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman

4.2
6.7/10

A new vigilante, Batwoman, is wreaking havoc in Gotham City. The dynamic duo must discover her true identity.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tara Strong, Héctor Elizondo, Kyra Sedgwick, David Ogden Stiers
Directed by: Curt Geda, Tim Maltby
Release date: 2003-10-21
16.

Dreamcatcher

4.1
5.5/10

Four boyhood pals perform a heroic act and are changed by the powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they're overtaken by a vicious blizzard that harbors an ominous presence. Challenged to stop an alien force, the friends must first prevent the slaughter of innocent civilians by a military vigilante ... and then overcome a threat to the bond that unites the four of them.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant
Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan
Release date: 2003-03-21
17.

The Second Renaissance Part I

4.1
8.1/10
The Second Renaissance Part I
Tells the early history of how conflict began between the humans and machines. Part 1 of 2.
Starring: Julia Fletcher, Dane A. Davis, Debi Derryberry, Jill Talley, Dwight Schultz
Directed by: Mahiro Maeda
Release date: 2003-02-01
18.

Kid's Story

3.9
7.6/10
Kid's Story
A high school student is haunted by thoughts of "The Matrix" and a person named "Neo". Part of the Animatrix collection of animated shorts set in the Matrix universe.
Starring: Clayton Watson, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kevin Michael Richardson, John DeMita
Directed by: Shinichiro Watanabe
Release date: 2003-06-02
19.

Beyond

3.9
7.8/10
Beyond
While looking for her cat, a young woman and some kids find an abandoned building where strange things happen and the rules of physics don't always apply. Part of the Animatrix collection of animated shorts set in the Matrix universe.
Starring: Hedy Burress, Matt McKenzie, Pamela Adlon, Tara Strong, Tress MacNeille
Directed by: Kouji Morimoto
Release date: 2003-06-03
20.

A Detective Story

3.9
7.6/10
A Detective Story
A private detective is hired to find the elusive computer hacker "Trinity." Part of the Animatrix collection of animated shorts in the Matrix universe.
Starring: James Arnold Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Matt McKenzie, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson
Directed by: Shinichiro Watanabe
Release date: 2003-04-01

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