Best Science Fiction Movies of 2009

1.

Avatar

6.9

In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 2009-12-10
2.

Star Trek

6.6

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.

Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Release date: 2009-05-06
3.

Mr. Nobody

6.5

Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.

Starring: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Đan Phạm, Rhys Ifans
Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael
Release date: 2009-11-06
4.

Moon

6.3

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Release date: 2009-06-12
5.

District 9

6.3

Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth. Not to conquer or give aid, but to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens' welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, Elizabeth Mkandawie
Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Release date: 2009-08-05
6.

Watchmen

6.2

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Release date: 2009-03-05
7.

9

5.7

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Shane Acker
Release date: 2009-08-19
8.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

5.5

After seeking to live a normal life, Logan sets out to avenge the death of his girlfriend by undergoing the mutant Weapon X program and becoming Wolverine.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Release date: 2009-04-28
9.

Pandorum

5.5

Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone – and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

Starring: Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le
Directed by: Christian Alvart
Release date: 2009-09-08
10.

Monsters vs Aliens

5.4

When Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches. The military jumps into action and captures Susan, secreting her away to a covert government compound. She is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters...

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland
Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman
Release date: 2009-03-19
11.

Terminator Salvation

5.4

All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.

Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard
Directed by: McG
Release date: 2009-05-20
12.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

5.3

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Rainn Wilson, Tyrese Gibson
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2009-06-19
13.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

5.3

A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja, courageous Lucian leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor. Determined to break the king's enslavement of his people, Lucian faces off against the Death Dealer army in a bid for Lycan independence.

Starring: Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Rhona Mitra, Shane Brolly, Steven Mackintosh
Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos
Release date: 2009-01-22
14.

2012

5.1

Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build "arks" to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world.

Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 2009-10-10
15.

Surrogates

5.1

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 2009-09-24
16.

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

5.0

Three men walk into a bar; two geeks and a cynic. They are three ordinary blokes who all have dreams and hopes for an exciting and better future

Starring: Chris O'Dowd, Dean Lennox Kelly, Anna Faris, Meredith MacNeill, Marc Wootton
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick
Release date: 2009-04-24
17.

Knowing

5.0

A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Ben Mendelsohn, Nadia Townsend
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 2009-03-19
18.

Push

5.0

After his father, an assassin, is brutally murdered, Nick Gant vows revenge on Division, the covert government agency that dabbles in psychic warfare and experimental drugs. Hiding in Hong Kong's underworld, Nick assembles a band of rogue psychics dedicated to destroying Division. Together with Cassie, a teenage clairvoyant, Nick goes in search of a missing girl and a stolen suitcase that could be the key to accomplishing their mutual goal.

Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Maggie Siff
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Release date: 2009-02-04
19.

Where the Wild Things Are

4.9

Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts -- Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander -- crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways.

Starring: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Release date: 2009-10-16
20.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

4.9

From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 2009-08-04

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