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Quite possibly the greatest sci-fi movie of all time?


I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it even dethrones the original star wars trilogy, BY FAR. I honestly felt like I was on a roller coaster of emotions while watching this movie, no movie even comes close to how I felt the entire time. The acting, action, plot, cinematography, and score were all on point and surpassed anything I've ever seen in my life. This movie deserves those billions at the box office, and more.

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How about we compromise and agree that it isn't? Sure, it was a pretty good Marvel film but the best SF film ever? No way. Not even close.

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Right. Because the answer is Flash Gordon.

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No mate, that would be Buckaroo Banzai.

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I'm pretty sure it's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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I don't really care for TOS era Star Trek and I actually think that WOK is pretty sucky.

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No, it's Battlefield Earth of course.

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Still Buckaroo Banzai.

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How about I uncompromise and go as far as say the revered Star Wars trilogy isn’t even all that great to begin with? Oooh damn!
Apart from Empire, I didn’t see what made the other two films in the trilogy all that masterful, particularly Return of the Jedi. I’d say the influence, nostalgia and the fact that a magnificent film like Empire is part of this trilogy makes these two SW entries so renowned. When it comes to other amazing trilogies, I believe the Russo Brothers had already dethroned many revered trilogies with the Captain America trilogy (even if they didn’t necessarily direct the first one). The sheer excitement, depth, size and intensity of these films is mighty. Plus from a technical aspect, Winter Soldier and Civil War are a masterclass.

In regards to Infinity War being the best Sci-Fi pic, naturally there’ll be tons of disagreement over this. And although I agree with everything you said about it in terms of what it has to offer, I hesitate to call it the best sci-fi film simply because it’s so much more than that (it can be called an action movie as well as a fantasy movie). Also, there are a number of great Sci-Fi films that I wouldn’t exactly describe as so much superior to IW as other cinephiles would, but they feel more, idk, representative of the genre.

IW is not only a great Marvel film and CBM, but imho a superb film in any regard.

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Dude. I agree with everything you said. I love Star Wars and Empire is one of the best films ever made but the original trilogy as a whole is super overrated and I’d even go so far as to say Return of the Jedi is mediocre at best. The throne room stuff is brilliant, but is that worth the other hour and a half of boring filler nonsense? Barely.

Infinity War is a modern masterpiece. The scale, buildup, acting, stakes, pace, action, emotion, and even humor are all on point. Aside from a few fair critisisms such as a few small plot holes (what movie doesn’t have them) and the fact it jumps between several groups early in the movie (it takes ridiculously long to get back to Tony and Strange), most complaints people have don’t hold much water imo. And even that one is kind of necessary for this kind of storytelling. People just don’t pay enough attention, don’t understand what this movie is, or both.

As far as trilogies go, why don’t we throw in IW with TWS and CW and call it the Russo trilogy since they didn’t direct first avenger. If you do it that way they made arguably one of the best trilogies ever, right there with but just below The Dark Knight Trilogy. Again this is all my opinion.

Overall, I give IW a 9/10 and it snuck into my top 15 of all time. Best sci movie ever? I’d say no and I’d give that honor to the first Terminator (yes I like it more than the 2nd one, I know I’m in the minority on that).

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I loved Avengers: Infinity War but it is not in the running or greatest sci-fi movie. The greatest sci-fi movie of all time is 2001:A Space Odyssey.

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No way! While it has sci-fi elements, it is first and foremost a superhero movie and that's that. It does in no friggin way compare to real sci-fi movies, not because they are better, but because they are different.

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Neither StarWars, nor Avengers are sci-fi... They are fantasy movies... Dungeon and dragons in space...

Sci-fi is 2001, The Andromeda Strain, Minority Report, Interstellar and such...

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Ehh, not exactly. Star Wars is kind of in its own category of being Lord of the Rings in space. Avengers is closer to Star Trek. The Star Trek films have elements of fantasy, primarily 1 and 5, but the rest are dominantly sci fi. Even 2001: A Space Odyssey has elements of fantasy because we're talking about a monolith of a mysterious origin that has no scientific basis.

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Both Star Wars and Star Trek are considered soft SF of the space opera variety.

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Love that you brought up Minority Report, doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. It’s my second favorite Cruise film after Collateral.

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It's so good

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Where'd you put The Last Samurai? It's my favorite Cruise movie.

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I don't know about the greatest Sci-Fi movie. "The Fifth Element" still has a big place in my heart as #1 Sci-Fi movie of all time. A:IW is more CBM spectacle than anything else and I love every minute of it!

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How about no.

And no, the Star Wars trilogy (while great) are HARDLY the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.

2001
The Planet of the Apes
Alien
AlienS
Close Encounters
Blade Runner


And that's off the top of my head.

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I'd add:

Wrath of Khan
Terminator 2
12 Monkeys


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lol Wrath of Khan... great for unintentional comedy, but come on...

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Maybe you're thinking of Star Trek IV, the comedy with the whales? Khan was a perfect sci-film even apart from other Trek films. IV was an intentional comedy.

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I have to agree here. I'm a huge ST fan but I just can't see what all the Khan jazz is all about.

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Wrath of Khan is a perfect film.

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If you have low standards...

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