Movies in the Science Fiction/Adventure genre

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5th Wave, The

The 5th Wave is an adaptation of Rick Yancey’s 2013 YA sci-fi novel. Although many recent multi-book YA properties have made successful book-to-screen translations (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner), The 5th Wave is a departure from...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2016-01-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: J Blakeson
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, ...
Abyss, The

Spoilers follow! James Cameron is widely viewed as being one of the most difficult and demanding directors, due in large part to the powerful streak of perfectionism that defines his filmmaking. Cameron's most difficult and contentious shoot to...

Run Time: 2:51
U.S. Release Date: 1989-08-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ADVENTURE
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Ed Harris, Capt. Kidd Brewer Jr., Kimberly Scott, ...
After Earth

The sad truth about After Earth is that not only is it difficult to find things it does well, but there are numerous examples of outright incompetence dotting the landscape. Outside of some nice visuals, it's impossible to find a reason to recommen...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2013-05-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ADVENTURE
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Jaden Smith, Will Smith
Aliens

Perhaps the best single word to describe James Cameron's Aliens is relentless. Tautly paced and expertly directed, this roller coaster ride of a motion picture offers a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a tidy science fiction/action pack...

Run Time: 2:17
U.S. Release Date: 1986-07-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ADVENTURE
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Mark Rolston, Al Matthews, ...
Alita: Battle Angel

On the one hand, it’s possible to express deep admiration for the world-building and storytelling of Alita: Battle Angel and to offer praise and credit to director Robert Rodriguez and co-writer/co-producer James Cameron for providing a rive...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: : Rosa Salazar, Mahershala Ali, Christoph Waltz, ...
Allegiant

Allegiant exemplifies what happens when a book or movie exists solely for the purposes of placating fans and maintaining a revenue stream. Craft and originality are swapped out for familiarity and sameness. Plot turns into a regurgitation of not only...

Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2016-03-18
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, ...
Armageddon

Deep Impact has been buried. Godzilla's size didn't matter as much as TriStar hoped it would. Six Days, Seven Nights took about that long to come and go. Now it's time for Bruce Willis to kick asteroid. Recalling the amazing box-office assa...

Run Time: 2:30
U.S. Release Date: 1998-07-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ADVENTURE
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Bruce Willis, Michael Duncan, Keith David, ...
Bloodshot

Bloodshot suffers from a world-building failure. With too little time and emphasis placed on crafting the setting and exploring some of the rich possibilities of the milieu in which events transpire, the movie turns into little more than a ho-...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-05-05
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Dave Wilson
Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Guy Pearce, ...
Chronicles of Riddick, The

With a title like The Chronicles of Riddick, one can assume that David Twohy's movie comes with lofty aspirations. Indeed, there are hints of a complex, involving story here. Unfortunately, too many of the nuances are drowned out by incessant, re...

Run Time: 1:59
U.S. Release Date: 2004-06-18
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ADVENTURE
Director: David Twohy
Cast: Vin Diesel, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton, ...
City of Ember

City of Ember has almost anything one could want from a science fiction-based family adventure film: likeable characters, an imaginative setting, and a fast pace. The third item on that list is notable. Recognizing that children often have limite...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 2008-10-10
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/ADVENTURE
Director: Gil Kenan
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, ...