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Ridley Scott Says: "Sci-Fi is Dead!"

I had to do a doubletake, when I read the following:

At the Venice Film Festival for a special screening of his seminal noir thriller Blade Runner, Sir Ridley said that science fiction films were going the way the Western once had. “There’s nothing original. We’ve seen it all before. Been there. Done it,” he said. Asked to pick out examples, he said: “All of them. Yes, all of them”. #

Strong words, sure. But wrong? I can’t quite disprove his accusations as such. Consider after all Hollywood’s output of sci-fi over the last decade, and the words ‘questionable quality’ comes to mind. Summer blockbusters like Transformers, sure, but not since The Matrix, has there been something which truly boggled the mind. It might be a different story on TV, but even there, a lot of it feels like it’s treading old grown, even if it’s in a slightly new way.

I hear what you’re saying Ridley.

But I also think you’re just old and grumpy, and that you will be proven wrong, any day now.

Any day…

Though, to be fair I think what he means, which is perhaps not how it’s quoted, is that nothing comes close to 2001: A Space Odyssey. And sure, in that he has a point, but then it’s not really a fair comparison, now is it?

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