Best Stunning Movies


  • Avatar

    Avatar (PG-13, 2009)

    Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez
    "Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet f... read moreilled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.
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      fb100001944500499: Stunning vissuals and a classic story and a predictable ending with a creative view of the future f
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • dylanshapiro1
      dylanshapiro1: beauty, vast scope, and excellent craft all characterize Avatar, which is one of the most visually stunning movies ever made. This visual brilliance is marred slightly by a very basic story and fairl
      Reviewed 28 days days ago
    • moviesbewithyou2
      moviesbewithyou2: . I found it to be visually stunning and entertaining, with beautiful 3D movements and some awesome action sequences. All of thi
      Reviewed 18 days days ago
  • Watchmen

    Watchmen (R, 2009)

    Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley
    300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book Watchmen to th... read moree big screen, courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in an alternate universe circa 1985, the film's world is a highly unstable one where a nuclear war is imminent between America and Russia. Superheroes have long been made to hang up their tights thanks to the government-sponsored Keene Act, but that all changes with the death of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a robust ex-hero commando whose mysterious free fall out a window perks the interest of one of the country's last remaining vigilantes, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). His investigation leads him to caution many of his other former costumed colleagues, including Dr. Manhattan, Night Owl (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino), and her daughter, The Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman). Heralded for bringing the world of superheroes into the literary world, Watchmen gave the super-powered mythos a real-life grounding that had been missing in mainstream comics to that point. The film adaptation had languished in one form of development hell or another for years after the book's release, with various directors on and off the project, including Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, and Darren Aronofsky, as well as Paul Greengrass, whose eventual dismissal stemmed from budget conflicts with the studio. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
    • FPSfriendlyfoe
      FPSfriendlyfoe: .
      Overall, while not without flaw, Watchmen is still a smart, visually stunning experience that fans of the book will love. Not nearly as bad as the critics say it is, it
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
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      fb1435557456: A compelling, visceral, visually stunning film, Watchmen is a powerful experience unlike anything I've seen. There are other films th
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
    • johnnytangster
      johnnytangster: . As transferred to the big screen by director Zack Snyder, Watchmen is often visually stunning but also confusing and scattered. The problem is that Snyder, following Moore, is so insane
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • The Fountain

    The Fountain (PG-13, 2006)

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie
    Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abst... read moreract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador played by Hugh Jackman sets out to find the tree in order to save his queen (Rachel Weisz) from the Inquisition. Another conceptual story finds Jackman centuries later, struggling with mortality as a modern-day scientist desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. The third and most abstract concept finds Jackman as a different incarnation of the same character-idea, this time questing for eternal life within the confines of a floating sphere transporting the aged Tree of Life through the depths of space. Even more avant-garde than his breakthrough film Pi, The Fountain finds Aronofsky almost completely abandoning conventional story structure in favor of something more cinematically abstract. Though the film was originally slapped with an R by the MPAA, Aronofsky and co. re-edited it to conform to a PG-13 rating. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Sunshine

    Sunshine (R, 2007)

    Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Hiroyuki Sanada
    As the sun begins to dim along with humankind's hope for the future, it's up to a desperate crew of ... read moreeight astronauts to reach the dying star and reignite the fire that will bring life back to planet Earth in this tense psychological sci-fi thriller that re-teams 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle with writer Alex Garland and producer Andrew Macdonald. The skies are darkening, and the outlook for planet Earth is grim. Though the encroaching darkness at first seems unstoppable, scientists have concocted one desperate last-ditch plan to buy the human race a temporary reprieve from the grim future that looms just past the horizon. A crew of eight men and women has been given a nuclear device designed to literally reignite the sun and sent hurtling through infinity on the most crucial space mission ever attempted. Suddenly, as the crew loses radio contact with mission control, everything begins to fall apart. Now, in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, the men and women who may hold the key to ultimate survival find themselves not only struggling for their lives, but their sanity as well. Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Michelle Yeoh star in a film that asks audiences just what would become of humankind if the sky suddenly went black. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1219895867: . If you like thrilling science fiction this is your movie. The visuals are stunning, and a great ending.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • tgriffttu
      tgriffttu: Intriguing and visually stunning. I don't know how this one flew so far under my radar. Excellent movie.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1145238588: Visually stunning and breath taking ...a feast for the senses. Danny Boyle does not disappoint with this sifi
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • The Fall

    The Fall (R, 2006)

    Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Robin Smith, Julian Bleach
    Visually minded filmmaker Tarsem Singh returns to the director's chair for the first time since The ... read moreCell (2000) with this psychologically complex tale of a hospitalized paraplegic with a curious knack for storytelling. Unable to free himself from his sterile confines, the immobile patient's deepest fears form the basis of a dark story that he shares with his young companion -- a little girl who visits his room as she recovers from a nasty fall. As the eerie tale unfolds, reality and fantasy gradually merge to form a strange world in which anything is possible. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1316170966: r old girl who is hospitalized after losing her father and home from thieves, is one that is visual stunning and unforgettable on imaginary. The hope that the story brings to the little girl comes fro
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
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      fb643301563: Absolutely stunning in every aspect.

      Up there with "Blade Runner".
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
    • fb905075276
      fb905075276: visually stunning. a fairy tale that a lot of people just didn't get. loved it.
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
  • Sin City

    Sin City (R, 2005)

    Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Rosario Dawson
    The Eisner Award-winning comic series Sin City comes to life in this live-action feature adaptation ... read morefrom director Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller. Interweaving multiple storylines from the series' history, this violent crime noir paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There's the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. Inhabiting many of those areas is Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there's Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who's hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba). Featuring a who's who supporting cast that includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Devon Aoki, and Nick Stahl, Sin City promises to be one of the most direct translations from page to screen of a comic series, with shots and dialogue adapted straight from the original comic's panels. Rodriguez quit the Director's Guild when they refused to let Frank Miller co-direct the film, a deal hashed out after the two collaborators developed and shot the opening scene utilizing a green-screen process to harness the stark, black-and-white look of the books as a litmus test for the rest of the production. Quentin Tarantino was brought in and reportedly paid one dollar to direct an extended scene between Del Toro and Owen that amounts to one issue of The Big Fat Kill miniseries. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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      fb727413637: A visually stunning film from Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. While it is not my favorite film, I do have t
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
    • dpaquette1979
      dpaquette1979: Great story's,great characters and stunning visuals
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
    • MrMarakai
      MrMarakai: . It also has the downbeat voiceover that most film's of the genre indulge in. It's quite simply, a stunning piece of work. Comic-book adaptations have taken to our screens on a regular basis but Rodr
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
  • Hero

    Hero (PG-13, 2004)

    Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang, Daoming Chen
    Hero is two-time Academy Award nominee Zhang Yimou's directorial attempt at exploring the concept of... read more a Chinese hero. During the peak of their Warring States period, China was divided into seven kingdoms all fighting for supremacy. Most determined to dominate China was the kingdom of Qin, whose king (Chen Daoming) was wholly obsessed with becoming the first emperor of China. Though he was an assassination target for many, none of his would-be killers inspired as much fear as the legendary assassins Broken Sword (Tony Leung), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), and Sky (Donnie Yen). In hopes of thwarting his death, the king has promised endless wealth and power to anyone who defeats his would-be murderers. No results come until ten years later, when a man called Nameless (Jet Li) brings the weapons of the three assassins to the Qin king's palace. Nameless claims to be an expert swordsman who had defeated Sky and destroyed the famed duo of Flying Snow and Broken Sword by using their love for one another against them. Once Nameless comes face to face with the king, however, it looks as if the situation is more complicated than he had thought. Also featured in Hero is actress Zhang Ziyi (The Road Home, Crouching Tiger, Hiden Dragon) as Broken Sword's devoted servant, Moon. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
    • fb821880446
      fb821880446: such a stunning, visually satisfying movie. so many twists and mysterious goings-on, but is it just me, or
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb1207907530
      fb1207907530: THE most incredibly shot film so far! Every image is a stunning tribute to photography and cinema in general! A very tough act to beat! (The story's pretty
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • fb1593542876
      fb1593542876: THE most visually stunning, well-directed, and unique film I've ever seen. If I were to pick one movie to watch until
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey (G, 1968)

    Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain
    A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative ... read moreand special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage's purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith's evolutionary mission.With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Despite some initial critical reservations that it was too long and too dull, 2001 became one of the most popular films of 1968, underlining the generation gap between young moviegoers who wanted to see something new and challenging and oldsters who "didn't get it." Provocatively billed as "the ultimate trip," 2001 quickly caught on with a counterculture youth audience open to a contemplative (i.e. chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film suggesting that the way to enlightenment was to free one's mind of the U.S. military-industrial-technological complex. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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      fb531247876: d visuals take the place of traditional narrative in this completely groundbreaking, immersive, and stunning film.
      Reviewed 54 days days ago
    • moviesbewithyou2
      moviesbewithyou2: . It has some of the creepiest images in film history, and some of the most stunning, even 40 years later. This is one of the best science fiction movies ever created. Complica
      Reviewed 16 days days ago
    • fb656167950
      fb656167950: . Regardless of how you feel, it's technically stunning for its time and still looks amazing today. 5/5
      Reviewed 12 months 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
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      fb664944358: Visually stunning with a slow ratcheting of the tension. It took a while to get to the alien threat and lacke
      Reviewed 33 days days ago
    • fb509184654
      fb509184654: A couple of great moments and visually stunning but is generally a waste of some great casting due to a shonky script and bizarre pacing.
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • faridapeters
      faridapeters: It's visually stunning. Many many questions! Fassbender was amazing!
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
  • The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones (PG-13, 2009)

    Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli
    Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is just experiencing the pangs of first love when she... read more's viciously murdered by her neighbor Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci), a predatory wolf with a deceptively mundane appearance. As her family slowly begins drifting apart while struggling to make sense of their loss, Susie bravely attempts to find her footing in the hereafter. Meanwhile, down on earth, Mr. Harvey is feeling confident that he's covered his tracks well enough to get away with the crime, and begins honing in on his next victim -- Susie's younger sister, Lindsey (Rose McIver), who's beginning to suspect that he's not the harmless suburbanite he portrays himself to be. Director Peter Jackson reteams with King Kong and Lord of the Rings trilogy co-screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh to adapt Alice Sebold's bestselling novel for the big screen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • edithalaf
      edithalaf: . Powerful message. Always more and more stunning and breathtaking views as the story goes on.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • Chillilounge
      Chillilounge: Very, very, very, very VERY slow, which is a shame cause cinematically it is quite stunning
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • KendylKlownfish
      KendylKlownfish: Peter Jackson's computer-generated are stunning, but Lovely Bones lacks the novel's wit and melodrama, replacing them with gruesome 'body b
      Reviewed 3 years days ago