Best of 2014: Movies – Best Sci-Fi/Action Movie

Another year is in the books, and we here at Hush Comics couldn’t pass at the chance to rank our favorites of this year’s releases in all types of mediums. Some of the winners will surprise you; heck, some of the results surprised  us. The results are completely subjective, and therefore were chosen with infallible logic. We would love to hear your opinions on what we have chosen, or if you thought we missed anything. This should be a fun review before we gear up for 2015.

hush best of 2014
Click on the link to take you to the “Best of 2014” homepage.

Best Sci-Fi/Action Movie

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Interstellar
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

WINNER – Interstellar

F’ING SPACE, MAAAAN! These were the words that left my mouth when somebody asked how I felt about the best space movie released in the past decade. Christopher Nolan, deemed all-time taker of my movie dollars put a lot of time, money and, most importantly, vetted research into this epic tale. He took my love for science, which has been all but corporatized at this point, and reverted it back into love of the unknown and reawakened a quest for knowledge I haven’t felt since watching Beakman and Bill Nye as a kid. F’ing space, man. – Sherif

Second Place – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn-of-the-Planet-of-the-Apes

There’s a stereotype for science fiction movies.  Flying cars, futuristic weapons, space travel, sexy space aliens, you know all the criteria.  Too often film makers (and fans) force us into thinking that a sci-fi flick needs elements that advance civilization and take us to new galaxies.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes breaks the sci-fi stereotype in most excellent fashion.  Instead of a flick taking place among the stars Dawn shows audiences how society has fared since the events in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and as you might expect there is no space travel, but rather society has regressed to lifestyle closer to that of the stone age.  And while humans suffer and struggle, the apes thrive!  They’ve learned to communicate with one another as well as humans, they’ve structured their civilization, made rules, and have even developed morals.  The chimps, gorillas, orangutans, and all other primates are on a rise synonymous with humanity’s ability to send humans to the moon.  The movie as a whole was very well done and captivating, but it’s most endearing quality is its unique perspective on the genre.  There’s something special about watching apes ride horses, wield firearms, protect human beings and build families.  Dawn was a unique sci-fi experience and it should definitely not be missed! – Taylor

Third Place – Godzilla

godzilla-attacks-golden-gate

Godzilla, the movie and the monster, really had the odds stacked against him (and it) when this reboot was announced. Most people found themselves asking why on Earth the monster was being reanimated yet again and why the hell they would want to see that. Freaking Matthew Broderick and Roland Emerich did their damnedest to destroy Godzilla’s good name in the 90’s, and they almost had him beat, until Gareth Edwards got his hands on the project and single-handedly saved the king of all monsters’ good name. Aaron Johnson (known mostly for the lead role in Kick-Ass) really stepped up as a tough yet sensitive soldier just trying to get home to his wife and son. Above all else, Godzilla once again proved that he was a force to be reckoned with. He looked like the good old monster we all know and love, and he came to the rescue and lived to tell the tale! The best aspect of Godzilla for me is that it was shot with so much suspense that it made monster movies scary again! It’s hard for any property to be remade or rebooted these days since most people instinctively hate them or claim that their mere existence is ruining their childhood, but Godzilla took a giant fire-breathing bite out of all the haters and for that, I love him. – Keriann

RUNNER UP – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1, from left: Patina Miller, Liam Hemsworth, Mahershala Ali,

Taken out of District Twelve and plopped into the revolution happening in District Thirteen and the rest of Panem, something was missing in my chest after I saw this film. While there were mixed reviews of the third installment of The Hunger Games franchise, I absolutely loved it. Did the third book need to be split into two movies? Probably not. Like Sherif said in his review of the film, splitting the last book of a series into two or more films has only and probably will only ever work for Harry Potter (sorry, Hobbit.) Regardless, I was deeply effected by this film and the social commentary in it. From police brutality to economic inequality, the themes in this movie really hit home for a lot of audience members this year. I can’t wait for the Part II in 2015. – Charlotte

RUNNER UP – Transformers: Age of Extinction

transformers-age-of-extinction-best-of-2014-sci-fi-_-action-film-runner-up

One word: Dinobots. While the plot of these movies has always been a bit on the lazy side, the lack of Shia Lebouf makes this movie worth seeing for that alone. This is a Michael Bay film, so the customary explosions in lieu of plot are to be expected and in this case, it really worked out well. Optimus Prime is an even bigger badass when he is mad at the humans and Mark Wahlberg was pretty decent by himself. John Goodman plays the voice of one of the Autobots and is able to almost single-handedly carry a large portion of the later story with his awesomeness. – Robert

Next Category: Best Family Flick

Published by

Hush Comics

We are a Fancy-Pants Bunch of Nerds. We have all grown up in the Denver/Aurora area. We love comics, movies, television and being generally nerdy.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s