My 14yo said last night she would like to see some 'good science fiction films'

(49 Posts)
ErrolTheDragon Fri 13-Dec-13 14:33:30

Not sure she's actually seen many (apart from the Star Trek reboots) ... what would be your top picks for this age group please?

MrPoppy Fri 13-Dec-13 14:34:34


slug Fri 13-Dec-13 14:40:56

Alien and Alien 2. Space and a kick arse female lead.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 13-Dec-13 14:44:33

I think Alien might be too scary. I was a student when the first one came out and didn't like the sound of it then and still don't TBH! But thanks for the suggestion - I'm sure they're good films.

slug Fri 13-Dec-13 14:54:03

She may like the rebooted TV series of Battlestar Galactica

ErrolTheDragon Fri 13-Dec-13 14:56:12

Not seen that - DH and I probably would like it even if she didn't. grin

Attack the block
Starship trooper
2001 space odyssey
12 Monkeys
War of the worlds
Day of the Triffids
Invasion of the body snatchers
total recall
the andromeda strain (actually, the book is highly recommendable)

shall I go on?

Whoops, I didn't see you asked for that particular age group, I thiought they watched everything at 14.

back to the future!

Battlestar Galactica is great, I agree.

Also Serenity (film) and Firefly (series) - watch the series first.

I've just finished Fringe - it went a bit post apocalyptic at the end and the science is absolutely ridiculous, but good story.

everything Franca says !!!

almost forgot blade runner!

Rollermum Fri 13-Dec-13 15:05:07

I was going to say Blade Runner too. Also I Robot.

BaaHumbug Fri 13-Dec-13 15:06:34

A very old one, I've always liked Silent Running.

justsodamntired Fri 13-Dec-13 15:13:11

Bet she'd love Serenity and Gattaca. Not scary and very accessible.

TinyTear Fri 13-Dec-13 15:15:04


TinyTear Fri 13-Dec-13 15:15:27

the day the earth stood still - THE ORIGINAL!!!

AverageHeight Fri 13-Dec-13 15:18:40

2001 space odyssey
Star Wars!!!

Does she want thoughtful (along the lines of Moon) or blockbuster (Independence Day)?

ChaffinchOfDoom Fri 13-Dec-13 15:21:14

total recall
12 monkeys
the new one with Idris elba in it - prometheus
war of the worlds

ProfondoRosso Fri 13-Dec-13 15:22:35

YY to Blade Runner and Inception.

I love Tarkovsky's original Russian version of Solaris - really strong messages about the meaning of life and science. It is quite long, though!

INeedSomeHelp Fri 13-Dec-13 15:28:13

Tron - does that count as science fiction? It will probably seem very dated to a 14 year old now.

BaaHumbug Fri 13-Dec-13 15:34:13

Is she too old for Flight of the Navigator?

Probably not - I'm 47 and still not too old for it. grin

MysteriousHamster Fri 13-Dec-13 15:39:39

Another one for Gattaca.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 13-Dec-13 15:43:36

>Does she want thoughtful (along the lines of Moon) or blockbuster (Independence Day)?

Not sure TBH. Up till now I'd have said she would prefer something with a bit of humour (some sci-fi can be awfully up itself dolorous, can't it?) and not too dystopian/pessimistic (though of course she loves Hunger Games so maybe that's my taste not hers now).

pollywollydoodle Fri 13-Dec-13 15:51:38

solyent oldie but goodie
the original total recall
day of the triffids. midwich cuckoos

ErrolTheDragon Fri 13-Dec-13 16:12:45


Thanks for all these suggestions - there's quite a few I've not seen. And some I've not seen for a long time - the Midwich Cuckoos film (Village of the Damned) is even older than I am - probably the first 'sci fi' film I ever saw! grin

Takver Fri 13-Dec-13 16:18:16

All I can add is don't bother looking out Logan's Run - I raved about it to DH, finally got it on Lovefilm . . . and it is utter, utter shite grin

I assume she's seen all the Back to the Future and Star Wars films?

oscarwilde Fri 13-Dec-13 16:19:01

ET ? smile
Men in Black

not a sci-fi fan
The Matrix - is that suitable?
A Space Odyssey
The Terminator series
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Mad Max
The Fly
Apollo 13
Flight of the Navigator
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Planet of the Apes
Any James Bond film from the 60's.... grin

ErrolTheDragon Fri 13-Dec-13 16:58:52

She's seen Star Wars IV-VI and both Men in Black a while ago. And The Matrix not too long ago, quite liked it.

Will look at those links later - thanks!

GaryTheTankEngine Fri 13-Dec-13 17:12:21

I really liked 'War of the Worlds' - the new one.

It's a good introduction to scifi actually, because it has a good book behind it.

Teladi Fri 13-Dec-13 17:17:03

The Fifth Element

LondonMother Fri 13-Dec-13 22:57:31

Minority Report. Also, I know it's not really science fiction but I saw it first at an all night sci fi film screening - Dr Strangelove. One of the best films ever made.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 13-Dec-13 23:20:27

>Any James Bond film from the 60's...

Oddly enough, James Bond cropped up when we were talking this evening - how long he'd been around and different actors - so she concluded he's actually a Time Lord grin.

Some great ideas, thanks all!

I forgot one of the best: MArs Attacks!

LondonMother Sat 14-Dec-13 10:32:52

Galaxy Quest! That's a good laugh. It has Alan Rickman in a comedy role too.

WithaPickleOnTop Wed 25-Dec-13 13:27:23

Starship troopers is fun.
Stargate Atlantis the Tv series.

chemenger Wed 25-Dec-13 13:31:01

Silent running, funny and sad at the end.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Wed 25-Dec-13 14:22:56

Serenity and another vote for Galactica.

CoteDAzur Wed 25-Dec-13 14:28:34

Keeping in mind she's 14:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Total Recall (the original, with Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Fifth Element
Minority Report
Dark City (really good film)
Gravity (must see it in a 3D theatre)

AnUnearthlyChild Wed 25-Dec-13 14:47:28

Star Wars episodes 4 -6 are a must.

Glad you say they've seen it.

TerrariaMum Wed 25-Dec-13 14:47:31

I know more about sci-fi television so will list those in case she feels episodic:

Star Trek: The Next Generation
The X-Files (though it has started to look dated)
Red Dwarf

that's all off the top of my head.

GingerPCatt Wed 25-Dec-13 14:47:55

It's a brilliant sci fi Bollywood film. Robots, great fight scenes, and totally nonsensical dance numbers. It's subtitled.

DandyDan Sat 28-Dec-13 11:34:34

Event Horizon
12 Monkeys

ErrolTheDragon Tue 07-Jan-14 21:36:13

Thanks all. thanks

Now I've just got to choose a couple from all those for her birthday next month... smile

echt Sat 11-Jan-14 07:47:34

Silent Running
Minority Report
Alien Nation
Alien - OK, not really science fiction, more of a boogey man in space
Galaxy Quest - a film with heart

ctrlaltdel Sat 11-Jan-14 07:55:06

Spaceballs grin

Galaxy quest is brill and the fifth element I never stop tiring of watching them

notyummy Sat 11-Jan-14 08:06:49

All the Aliens
Battle star Galatica remade series is utterly amazing- but make sure she knows it's an allegory about the war on terror....

notyummy Sat 11-Jan-14 08:07:51

Oh and completely agree with Galaxy Quest. Makes me roar every time!

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