Sci-Fi Tournament: The ClassicsApril 2, 2015
The Classics Region is filled with some of the most iconic movies in the sci-fi genre ever. Comprised of three 80’s films and one that sneaked in from the 90’s, these are the films a lot of us grew up on and still love today. The plot in all of these movies captivated our imaginations and spawned a multitude of sequels. The influence that all four films have had on the sci-fi genre, and movies in general, is undeniable. So, how do these movies stack up against each other in head-to-head matchups? Let’s find out.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day vs. The Predator
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Okay, I know. The sequel to the 1984 action-adventure epic, The Terminator, wasn’t released until 1991. So, it definitely is cheating a little here, but then again, this is my tournament! Even if I decided to kick this movie out of the running right now, the reality is I am sure it would be back.
By now, we all know that if we were to ever be attacked by predators, that our best bet would be to cover ourselves in mud and launch flaming arrows. I mean, if a team led by perhaps the greatest action star ever can barely get it done, what is left for us?
This is an interesting matchup of 1 vs. 4 because it’s also Arnold vs. Arnold. Both of these movies launched franchises and spin-offs that are still produced today. Both revolved around plots that are rehashed and sampled from in modern sci-fi films.
With that said, Mr. Schwarzenegger is perhaps best known for this role in The Terminator, as opposed to Dutch from the jungle. This one was pretty lopsided in my opinion, which is the only one that matters at this stage.
Back to the Future vs. Blade Runner
Back to the Future
Great, Scott! This movie takes me back to a simpler time; a time when I thought my 2001 Saturn could perhaps take me to a better place if I reached 88 mph. Err… let’s be honest, with a Saturn I would have needed to reach over 200 mph.
This was the only movie that was before my time; I wasn’t born by 1982. While Harrison Ford is better known as Dr. Jones and Han Solo, his role as Richard Deckard disappoint. In 2019, perhaps there will be replicants and we’ll add take a page of his book on how to deal with them.
I may not be giving Blade Runner it’s fair shake here, but it never resonated with me the way that Back to the Future did. I seriously search AutoTrader.com every six months or so to see if there is a DeLorean for sale within 50 miles of me.
Throw in the fact that I absolutely had a crush on Lea Thompson, and traveling back and forth from the future was something anyone would have loved to do, and you have a recipe for success across a multitude of audiences.
There weren’t any upsets there, as I advanced both the top-seed and the number-two seed in the 80’s Classic Region. But which one of these iconic classics will you advance to our Sci-Fi Final Four? Place your vote below.