Nothing rouses us quite like the words, ‘evolution’, ‘artificial intelligence’, ‘space’, and ‘aliens’. We adore our geek movies for sending our neurons into overdrive with their complex plots and philosophical implications; our rods and cones into frenzy with their visual effects; tingling our Broca’s area with the sheer awesomeness of technical jargon used in these films.
Here are some of our all time favorite geek movies:
The Matrix Trilogy
The Matrix Trilogy boasts an ingenious plot about a hacker (Neo aka The One) fighting to save mankind from being dominated by machines, while he’s shuttling back and forth between reality and the dream world of the Matrix.
On top of being a truly intelligent sci-fi movie, the reason why The Matrix has garnered itself such a cult following is because of the cryptic symbols embedded along the way that have been the subject of heavy debate and much obfuscation. Some have argued that the movie is an allusion to the Christian faith (Neo is kinda a Jesus-like figure), while some think that it’s a production by the Illuminati (check out the photos online where Neo’s passport states that his date of birth is September 11! Gasp! )
Last but not least, the highly stylized fighting scenes were pure cinematography gold. The Wachowsky brothers, who directed the trilogy, roped in a Hong Kong martial arts choreographer, Yuen Wo Ping, for the action scenes. The contemporary fusion of eastern and western fighting styles combined with the realism take on the scenes unfolded beautifully on screen. Who can forget the scene where Neo singlehandedly takes on a hundred Agent Smiths in the street fight of all street fights? Plus, they do it all in immaculately tailored suits with nary a hair out of place.
Originally a TV series, Star Trek debuted in black and white on 8 September 1966 in the United States. Its success was attributed to its engagement with prevalent social issues at that time, such as NASA’s mission to the moon. Also, the producers were adamant about having a racially diverse cast, which was atypical at that time.
While most sci-fi movies are usually centered round doomsdays and dystopias, Star Trek offers us with a more optimistic view of humanity, and that combined with its well-executed larger than life characters (William Shatner’s iconic portrayal of Captain Kirk), is a winning formula that endures.
The Harry Potter of the previous generation, Star Wars is a classic tale of good versus evil in a galaxy far, far away. Besides having this pop culture phenomenon to thank for the classic line of ‘May the Force be with you’, Star Wars is a also a massive money making franchise; spawning a vast array of merchandise and more notably, collector’s edition toys that fetch for a premium.
The epic story spans over 2 generations, and although it’s set in an alternative universe, it is thematically a story about love, family, and friendship. Plus, the characters of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, and friends are masterfully crafted; besides their iconic appearances, each represents something that us humans all relate to.
And who can forget the sheer epicness of the Star Wars’ introduction music?
2001: A Space Odyssey
Every aficionado of the sci-fi genre knows this one. Directed by the visionary Stanley Kubrick in 1968, this movie opened to mixed reviews but went on later to achieve cult status and is now considered to be father of all of sci-fi movies.
In the movie, the discovery of a mysterious black monolith piques the interest of man. Who left it there? Where did it come from? More questions are raised as they find yet another monolith on the moon. The plot unravels the humans go on a journey to find answers that they might regret.
It takes bona fide geeks to appreciate this one, as it has little dialogue and is a lengthy 141 minutes long. It contains some pretty abstract themes, and leaves you with some heavy philosophical questions to ruminate over.