Annal: 2002 Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 2002.

Film:AI: Artificial Intelligence

AI: Artificial Intelligence

Steven Spielberg

History will place an asterisk next to A.I. as the film Stanley Kubrick might have directed. But let the record also show that Kubrick—after developing this project for some 15 years—wanted Steven Spielberg to helm this astonishing sci-fi rendition of Pinocchio, claiming (with good reason) that it veered closer to Spielberg’s kinder, gentler sensibilities. Spielberg inherited the project (based on the Brian Aldiss short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long”) after Kubrick’s death in 1999, and the result is an astounding directorial hybrid. A…

Film:Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III

Joe Johnston

Surpassing expectations to qualify as an above-average sequel, Jurassic Park III is nothing more or less than a satisfying popcorn adventure. A little cheesier than the first two Jurassic blockbusters, it’s a big B movie with big B-list stars (including Laura Dern, briefly reprising her Jurassic Park role), and eight years of advancing computer-generated-image technology give it a sharp edge over its predecessors. While adopting the jungle spirit of King Kong, the movie refines Michael Crichton’s original premise, and its dinosaurs are…

Film:Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Simon West)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Simon West

Like the video game series it’s based on, Tomb Raider is best enjoyed for its physical strategies, since even casual scrutiny of story details will induce a headache. It’s more concerned with puzzles than plot, populated with characters that don’t have personalities so much as attitudes. It’s silly and somber at the same time, but as a franchise vehicle for Angelina Jolie in the title role of relic hunter Lara Croft, this is packaged entertainment at its most agreeable, ambitious in scope and scale, and filled with the kind of globetrotting adventure that…

Film:The One

The One

James Wong

The One sets a martial arts milestone by pitting action star Jet Li against his greatest enemy: himself. This sci-fi thriller establishes a “multiverse” consisting of countless parallel universes, each populated by variants of every individual. Li plays a renegade from the Multiverse Agency, illegally traveling through “quantum tunnels” to eliminate all versions of himself until only two remain, each sharing the cumulative strength of their “parallel universe versions.” This mumbo-jumbo inspires a variety of dazzling special effects, and director…

Film:Planet of the Apes (2001)

Planet of the Apes

Tim Burton

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind’s past—and the last hope for it’s salvation!

Film:Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

Cameron Crowe

Vanilla Sky reunites director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) with über-playboy Tom Cruise, adds another sexy Cruz (Penélope) and Cameron Diaz for good measure, and delivers a wildly entertaining, bizarre venture into erotic science fiction. Adapted near exactly from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar’s 1997 romantic thriller Open Your Eyes, the film follows David Aames (Cruise) as he falls from his graceful Manhattan perch of inordinate wealth, good looks, and newfound love with Sofia (Cruz) because of severe facial disfigurement in a car…

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