TOP 10 SCIENCE FICTION FILM ROMANCES — #5

Much time and space have been given in the annals of film production to tales of romance that cross, well, time and space. From the early B-movies through to latter-day sci-fi extravaganzas, filmmakers and audiences alike clearly adore some inter-stellar, even occasionally inter-species lovin’. Here, ten of the best:

5. JOHN SPARTAN AND LENINA HUXLEY

Demolition Man (1993)
Played by Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock
Subgenre: Dystopian

Gung-ho police officer John Spartan is sentenced to decades in cryonic suspension for the crime of being, well, gung-ho. He is awoken many years later in a brightly-colored future in which wrongdoing is anathema, and where the police are at a loss to deal with the multiple “MurderDeathKills” being perpetrated by Spartan’s recently revived nemesis (Wesley Snipes, in his best performance ever). One of his few fans in the future police department is the young and enthusiastic Lenina Huxley – note the Brave New World reference; clever, eh? – an aficionado of his more brutal century, and in between the tracking down of unrepentant serial killers and the exposure of a top level conspiracy, eventually hero worship leads to something more… even despite his new obsession with knitting and the fact that apparently in the future, all sex will be virtual. (And all restaurants Taco Bell.)

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