Is Sci-Fi Out of Ideas?

 

What movie genre is most in need of a savior as the New Year begins? For once, the answer isn't the musical: With Tim Burton's arterial-auteurist Sweeney Todd splattering audiences nationwide, Dreamgirls and Hairspray each topping $100 million in grosses last year, and the success of the all-obliterating international multiplatform Chiclet-toothed juggernaut that is High School Musical, we can finally take musicals off the endangered-species list. Instead, let's turn our attention to an unlikely candidate for a heart-and-brain transplant: science fiction.

Sci-fi is in trouble, though it's not the kind of trouble that can be measured at the box office, where it looks as healthy and robust as a T. rex must have seemed five minutes before it realized that there was nothing left to eat. The genre has been around for as long as the movies themselves, and flourished for the last 30 years. The problem is, none of the ideas are getting any newer. Scratch that: The problem is, there are no ideas.

(Source: EW)


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