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13 Love-'Em-Or-Hate-'Em Sci-Fi Movies That Split Audiences Down The Middle

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Science fiction offers the possibility to take us to places we can only dream about. That kind of freedom lends itself to wild visions of cinema that can be scintillating forms of entertainment... or complete train wrecks. Or, most interestingly, sci-fi films can divide audiences straight down the middle.

Over the years, there have been numerous science fiction movies that have completely divided public opinion upon release. Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain comes to mind. A couple of Star Wars adventures have seriously divided the fan base in recent years. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has proven to be a love-it-or-hate-it film, as well. So, get ready to drink the Kool-Aid or voice your defiant disapproval... we're running through the sci-fi pictures that audiences just can't seem to agree on.

  • Why People Love It: As is to be expected with each and every film Robert Rodriguez brings to theaters, Alita: Battle Angel is a ton of fun if you can turn your brain off for an afternoon. The man responsible for the Spy KidsMachete, and Sin City franchises doesn't know how to go any speed but a hundred miles per hour - and this goofy manga adaptation has all the elaborate action and spectacle you could ever ask for. Bring Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, and Jackie Earle Haley to the party and you're in line for a good time.

    Why People Hate It: Naysayers have found many things to complain about when it comes to Alita: Battle Angel. "It doesn't compare to the source material." "Her eyes are too distracting." "The screenplay is atrocious." Even those who enjoyed the movie were disappointed by the ending or, rather, the complete and utter lack of one. Would the oft-rumored sequel fix some of these issues? We may never find out.

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  • Why People Love It: Have you heard? Some denizens of the internet are super into what Zack Snyder has going on. The #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement is undeniable proof of that. And after 300 made him a major director, he decided to bring the "unfilmable" Watchmen to the big screen with his signature violent, slow-motion style intact. The opening credits are fantastic. It is (mostly) faithful to the source material. And the actors are doing some great work. There really is a lot to like about this superhero movie.

    Why People Hate It: In its original art form, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins created a seminal classic that stands up as well today as it did upon release back in the mid-'80s. It is dense, it is powerful, and it has a lot to say about the nature of superheroes. Snyder's Watchmen has many detractors because it tries to have its cake and eat it, too. That's the nature of a big-budget film from a major studio: It needs to be bombastic and sell tickets. There are elaborate fight scenes with gratuitous violence in a movie that is supposed to be an intense critique of all things superhero. This causes a serious dissonance that some people just can't overlook.

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    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Why People Love It: French director Luc Besson is known for two things: action and science-fiction. 2017's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline, is a mash-up of his two most prominent sensibilities by way of an acid trip. Much like his 1997 effort The Fifth Element, Valerian is buck-wild in the best way possible. It's as if each and every idea in the production stage was greenlit and nothing hit the cutting room floor. Pair that with a budget of around $200 million and you've got a unique piece of cinema that is unlike any other contemporary sci-fi movie.

    Why People Hate It: Wackiness is not equivalent to brilliance, is what the haters would say. The cast may feature talents like Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, and Rutger Hauer, but they all seem weirdly lifeless in comparison to the insanity that surrounds them at every turn. Delightful production design and incredible special effects do not mean the story is any good. The story about our pair of United Human Federation agents getting their hands on the small alien at the center of the plot isn't exactly groundbreaking. And by the end of the film, at the end of the day, who really cares if Valerian and Laureline get married? The bright lights seriously outweigh the emotional depth in this one.

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  • Why People Love It: 1982's Tron may be quaint by today's standards, but the cult classic was revolutionary at the time. So when Disney finally opted to make a sequel nearly three decades later, fans were ready to be wowed. With Jeff Bridges returning, some incredible production design, and an absolutely bopping soundtrack courtesy of Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy had plenty to love. And whatever it was Michael Sheen was doing? Come on, that was awesome.

    Why People Hate It: The plot of Tron: Legacy leaves plenty to be desired and much of the acting outside of Jeff Bridges and Michael Sheen comes off as pretty wooden. It is also clear Tron: Legacy was meant to restart the franchise into a major moneymaker for Disney and, well, that didn't really come to pass. The opening even sets up Cillian Murphy as a villain for the next movie that, 10 years after release, still has never come out. All in all, for some people, Tron: Legacy comes off as a missed opportunity.

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