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The last few years have seen the return of science fiction cinema in a big way. Not since the early 80 s have there seemingly been so many sci-fi movies released in such a short time. Movies like Avatar have set box office records, and visionary directors such as Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Guillermo Del Toro have turned to the genre as a way to tell their stories.

Although not as prevalent before about 2009, science fiction has been fairly well represented at the movies ever since the turn of the century, with the Star Wars prequels and The Matrix bringing more attention to the genre.

Even though many of the sci-fi movies released this year have been disappointing either critically or financially, there are many potentially fascinating examples of the genre left to come in the next few months and years.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity has received significant pre-release buzz, celebrated cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence comes out early next year with one of the most interesting plot ideas in quite a while, and Christopher Nolan’s potentially groundbreaking Interstellar looms over almost every movie coming out in 2014. Many other projects are sure to come out over the next few years, hopefully continuing sci-fi’s second golden age.

What constitutes science fiction is up for debate but generally, I would list the prerequisites as being something that either depicts a future society, advanced technology, or uses a technical or scientific idea as a springboard to tell a story.

For this list, movies that contained elements of science fiction, but primarily belonged to a different genre were not considered, which is why no superhero movies appear and great films such as The Prestige, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Fountain are not listed even though they are better than many of the movies on here.

20. Pitch Black

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It’s cheap, derivative, uninspired, and certainly did not need an overblown sequel, but Pitch Black is one of the more underrated sci-fi films of the millennium so far.

When a cargo ship carrying the notorious criminal Riddick crashes on an uninhabited world, Vin Diesel’s hulking criminal escapes, much to the chagrin of the crew. However, after the dark secret of the planet is revealed, Riddick must join forces with the other survivors to have a chance at escaping the planet alive.

Pitch Black, while hardly a masterpiece, is a surprisingly clever film that has an unexpected number of ideas for what is essentially a B-movie. Vin Diesel plays the role he was born to as Riddick, a killer who shows no fear, empathy, or emotion, and the bleak landscape of the film sets just the right tone.

Sure, the special effects are pretty poor and there’s nothing particularly original about any aspect of it, but Pitch Black is a well executed, above average horror/action/sci-fi film that is just good enough to crack this list.

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Ah, the “no-sell”; the ability to completely shrug off an opponent’s attack – whatever kind of attack it may be – and walk away from it completely unscathed.

It’s a commonly occurring plot device, utilised in fiction to convey a certain character or entity as formidable and hard to beat, thus emphasising the threat they pose (generally, but not always, to the protagonist).

There have been THOUSANDS of examples of the use of this tool in various fictional media and none more so than in movies.

In this article, I’ll be looking at some of the more memorable examples (mostly from my lifetime) to have occurred in the world of cinema.

By no means a definitive list and in no particular order (so further input, by way of comments, is definitely encouraged), here are ten great examples of no-selling attacks in movies…

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There are a lot of ways that you can screw up a movie, because movies are just begging to be screwed up all the time. The road towards cinematic perfection is long and tough and near-on impossible, and there are many a poisonous element that you might leave lingering within the frames of a motion picture in order to derail it. And usually you won’t notice that it’s there until you’ve finished shooting and the movie is shipped into theatres. It could be a bad performance, some unconvincing dialogue, or it might just come down to the inclusion of a single character…

Yes, sometimes all it takes is a singular character to stop you from enjoying whatever it is you’ve decided to spend a couple of hours of your life watching. Characters so out of place, or annoying, or totally at odds with the rest of the movie, that you can’t believe that the filmmakers decided to include them – surely they noticed that they didn’t fit in properly? Didn’t they realise that they were risking the entire movie when they opted to include them? Apparently not, because tons of these ill-judged creations make it into motion pictures on a frequent basis…

Take these famous movies, for instance, all of which ultimately failed to win us over because they were derailed by the presence of a single character who would have been better left back on the drawing board (or in the incinerator, perhaps)…

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