Some science fiction movies start out with a more personal touch — one character giving an internal monologue about their feelings. Either it's a character being introspective, or it's some kind of noir deal, where the person talks about their pain in a hardcore, tough-guy way. Here are some of our faves:
Top: Red Planet:
This almost went into the list of "By the year 2027" monologues, but then it turns into Carrie Anne Moss lecturing us about how she's the greatest space badass, and introducing her team. "Here's Chimp. He wears cool glasses, and he's great with a thruster. Here's Zpork, who's a hothead. But he keeps it cool in a tight spot. And then there's Borf. I don't know why he's on the team."
Supposedly the studio forced director Alex Proyas to add this monologue, where Keifer Sutherland tries to explain the enitire movie to us. It's sort of noir-esque and does set a nice gloomy tone.
Spy Kids 3: Game Over
Another noir one, this time very tongue-in-cheek, from the third (and worst) installment in the Robert Rodriguez superspy series.
Because you demanded it, this awesome monologue which combines noirish pain with animal cunning. Riddick is such a badass, he can speechify even in cryosleep.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Just a short monologue... Spike is musing about a boy who wanted to play games. And then he gets jolted out of it.
20th Century Boys
This recent (and awesome) Japanese film starts with an introspective monologue about being a young person and thinking that rock'n'roll can change the world. Which, by the way, it can't.
It's a post-apocalyptic movie, starring Kevin Costner and directed by The Cost as well. So you already know it's going to be great. But in case you had lingering doubts, here's a cloying voiceover by his unborn daughter. Hey look, a lion! Let's have the movie be about him instead!
Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura is being tortured by a robot who's asking him stupid questions. But he still has time to talk to you, the viewer, about what it's like to be him.
The Abel Ferrara version of this classic film starts out with a little girl in the backseat of a car, musing about the nature of fate, and how you never know when your parents are going to be turned into pod people.
This is the greatest thing ever. A wonderfully noirish monologue by a future cop who thinks he's succeeded in cutting off the head of a criminal cult. He thinks.