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Best Standalone Movies


  • Serenity

    Serenity (PG-13, 2005)

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin
    A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this sc... read morei-fi action-adventure adapted from the television series Firefly. In the 26th century, the galaxy has been colonized by a military force known as the Alliance, but its leadership has not gone unquestioned. The Alliance was once challenged by a league of rebels known as the Independents, but the Alliance emerged victorious after a brutal civil war, with the surviving Independents scattering around the galaxy. Also wandering the edges of the galaxy are the Reavers, who have won few allies due to their violent behavior and habit of ripping apart their enemies and eating them before they're dead. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), who fought as an Independent in the galactic war, is the head of Serenity, a rogue frieghter ship whose crew includes Mal's first mate, Zoe (Gina Torres), who fought alongside him in the war, her husband, hotshot pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), sunny but dependable mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and hard-nosed gunman Jayne (Adam Baldwin). The crew of Serenity wander the galaxy, taking on whatever work they can get, from criminal activities like smuggling and stealing to legitimately offering transport to travelers. Passengers aboard Serenity include professional "companion" Inara (Morena Baccarin) and holy man Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), but the real trouble aboard the ship comes with the arrival of Simon (Sean Maher) and his teenage sister, River Tam (Summer Glau). In time, the crew discovers that River has remarkable psychic powers and was being held captive by Alliance forces until Simon came to her rescue. Now the Alliance is hot on the heels of Serenity and its passengers, with The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a sinister Alliance tracker, leading the chase. Serenity was written and directed by Joss Whedon (in his directorial debut), creator of Firefly, which only lasted 11 weeks on the air but gained a powerful cult following who rallied to get the show released on DVD after its cancellation, leading to impressive home-video sales and and an eventual motion picture deal. A couple of months prior to Serenity's theatrical release, reruns of Firefly were picked up by the Sci-Fi channel, adding even more fans to its cult following. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
  • The Matrix

    The Matrix (R, 1999)

    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster
    What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma ... read morethat faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people's minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is "The One" who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb1440367675: .

      Sheer brilliance that should have been left as a standalone movie. Really spectacular stuff.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • jimi366
      jimi366: . They sucked. The Matrix works great as a standalone movie.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • veruca
      veruca: a standalone movie. they shouldn't have made the other two matrix movies.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Prometheus

    Prometheus (R, 2012)

    Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce
    Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Promet... read moreheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. -- (C) Official Site
    • fb1400173320
      fb1400173320: Most questions answered, but many more being asked!!
      Great film as a standalone movie, just needs a sequel to beef it out ready for when it connects to the first alien f
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • vCJv
      vCJv: . Not a groundbreaker in comparison to its predecessors, which is hard not to compare to. As a standalone sci-fi it's fantastic.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • jross1987
      jross1987: . Are there flaws in this film when you look at it as an original standalone story? Oh yeah...without question. Are there moments when you look at the characters on s
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games (PG-13, 2012)

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks
    Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forc... read morees each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. -- (C) Lionsgate
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      fb100002985851288: . Just the right amount of action and romance. In a standalone movie, it is very good, but as an adaptation to the Hunger games 1st book, it could have
      Reviewed 2 years days ago