Best Science Fiction Movies of 2004

1.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

6.7
8.3/10

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Release date: 2004-03-19
2.

The Butterfly Effect

6.2
7.7/10

A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott
Directed by: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress
Release date: 2004-01-22
3.

I, Robot

5.8
7.1/10

In 2035, where robots are common-place and abide by the three laws of robotics, a techno-phobic cop investigates an apparent suicide. Suspecting that a robot may be responsible for the death, his investigation leads him to believe that humanity may be in danger.

Starring: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 2004-07-15
4.

Primer

5.7
6.9/10

Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.

Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford
Directed by: Shane Carruth
Release date: 2004-10-08
5.

The Day After Tomorrow

5.5
6.4/10

After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also shepherding to safety his son, trapped in New York after the city is overwhelmed by the start of the new big freeze.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Jay O. Sanders
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 2004-05-26
6.

The Chronicles of Riddick

5.4
6.7/10

After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero will emerge as humanity's champion - and the last hope for a universe on the edge of annihilation.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Thandie Newton, Karl Urban, Colm Feore, Linus Roache
Directed by: David Twohy
Release date: 2004-06-11
7.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

5.1
6.2/10

As the city is locked down under quarantine, Alice joins a small band of elite soldiers, enlisted to rescue the missing daughter of the creator of the mutating T-virus. It's a heart-pounding race against time as the group faces off against hordes of blood- thirsty zombies, stealthy Lickers, mutant canines and the most sinister foe yet.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Thomas Kretschmann, Sophie Vavasseur
Directed by: Alexander Witt
Release date: 2004-09-10
8.

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

4.9
8.2/10
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
Sixty days on and Rygel is retrieving pieces of John and Aeryn from the sea bed. The Diagnosan re-crystalises them and they start getting to know the local species. Meanwhile, Scorpius and Sikozu are aboard a Peacekeeper Command Carrier on a recon mission. They attack a Scarren ship, which provokes the Scarrens into declaring war on The Peacekeepers.
Release date: 2004-01-01
9.

Blade: Trinity

4.8
5.9/10

For years, Blade has fought against the vampires in the cover of the night. But now, after falling into the crosshairs of the FBI, he is forced out into the daylight, where he is driven to join forces with a clan of human vampire hunters he never knew existed—The Nightstalkers. Together with Abigail and Hannibal, two deftly trained Nightstalkers, Blade follows a trail of blood to the ancient creature that is also hunting him—the original vampire, Dracula.

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Dominic Purcell, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by: David S. Goyer
Release date: 2004-12-08
10.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

4.6
6.6/10

After their narrow escape at the end of "Pitch Black," Riddick, Jack and the Imam find themselves at the mercy of a madwoman who intends to entomb Riddick forever as part of a twisted art exhibit. With little but a shiv and Riddick's innate viciousness to aid them, Riddick and his allies must find a way to escape from their captor and her band of mercenaries.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Rhiana Griffith, Keith David, Nick Chinlund, Dwight Schultz
Directed by: Peter Chung
Release date: 2004-06-15
11.

The Final Cut

4.5
6.2/10

Set in a world with memory implants, Alan Hakman is a 'cutter'—someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories—but his latest assignment puts him in great danger.

Starring: Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, Jim Caviezel, Mimi Kuzyk, Genevieve Buechner
Directed by: Omar Naim
Release date: 2004-10-15
12.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

4.5
6.1/10

When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" uses his private air force to fight them off. His ex-girlfriend, reporter Polly Perkins, has been investigating the recent disappearance of prominent scientists. Suspecting a link between the global robot attacks and missing men, Sky Captain and Polly decide to work together. They fly to the Himalayas in pursuit of the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf, the mastermind behind the robots.

Starring: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Angelina Jolie
Directed by: Kerry Conran
Release date: 2004-09-17
13.

Salad Fingers

4.3
8.2/10
Salad Fingers
The adventures of Salad Fingers, an unspecified mutated creature driven to madness by his loneliness.
Release date: 2004-05-09
14.

The Forgotten

4.2
5.8/10

Telly Paretta is a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man who has had a similar experience, Telly embarks on a search to prove her son's existence, and her sanity.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Anthony Edwards, Jessica Hecht, Christopher Kovaleski, Dominic West
Directed by: Joseph Ruben
Release date: 2004-09-24
15.

The Stepford Wives

4.1
5.3/10

What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech, terrifying little town.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken
Directed by: Frank Oz
Release date: 2004-06-10
16.

Cube Zero

4.1
5.7/10

Cube Zero is the third film in the trilogy yet this time instead of a film about people trapped in a deadly cube trying to get out we see it from the eyes of someone who is controlling the cube and the torture of the victims inside. When the nerd can’t stand to see a woman suffer he himself enters the cube to try and save her.

Starring: Zachary Bennett, Stephanie Moore, Michael Riley, Martin Roach, David Huband
Directed by: Ernie Barbarash
Release date: 2004-10-15
17.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

3.8
7.4/10
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life.
Starring: Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn, Jeff Daniels, Dagmara Domi?czyk, Steven Grayhm
Directed by: Lloyd Kramer
Release date: 2004-12-05
18.

5ive Days to Midnight

3.5
6.7/10
5ive Days to Midnight
A physicist discovers a briefcase containing postdated documents and evidence which indicate he will die five days in the future.
Release date: 2004-01-01
19.

Five Children and It

3.5
5.6/10

A Psammead is 'It', an ancient, irritable, ugly sand fairy, which five children find one day in a gravel pit. As a reward for finding him, It grants the children one wish a day, the results of which will last until sunset.

Starring: Tara Fitzgerald, Freddie Highmore, Alex Jennings, Jonathan Bailey, Jessica Claridge
Directed by: John Stephenson
Release date: 2004-10-15
20.

Thunderbirds

3.4
4.3/10

Dangerous missions are the bread and butter of the Thunderbirds, a high-tech secret force employed by the government. Led by Jeff Tracy (Bill Paxton), the Thunderbirds are at the top of their game, but their nemesis, The Hood (Ben Kingsley), has landed on their island and is attempting a coup by using the team's rescue vehicles. He'll soon discover that the Thunderbirds won't go down.

Starring: Brady Corbet, Soren Fulton, Debora Weston, Lou Hirsch, Alex Barringer
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Release date: 2004-07-23

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