50+ Glorious Opening Voiceovers from Science Fiction Movies

Behold the wondrous opening sequence of Spielberg's War of the Worlds. Any movie that starts with Morgan Freeman's cask-aged voice, telling us we're screwed, is off to a great start. Many science-fiction movies open with voiceover narration, which prepares you for greatness... or bombards you with backstory. » 12/11/12 2:00pm 12/11/12 2:00pm

What The Hell Are You Talking About, Crazy Announcer?

You know a science fiction movie is going to be totally absurd and balls-to-the-wall when it starts off with a voiceover that just throws a giant ball of crazy at your head. Someone who is trying not to giggle gives a little speech about how there was a guy named Zaark 795, and he rose up against his brother, the… » 12/11/12 1:39pm 12/11/12 1:39pm

You Can't Have An Apocalypse Without A Gloomy Voiceover

It's just the law of apocalypses: You can't feature the destruction of all (or most) life on Earth, without throwing in a gloomy monologue explaining exactly how we blew it all to hell. It's the way things work around here. Typically, these monologues include scenes of devastation as well as a droning voice talking… » 12/11/12 1:35pm 12/11/12 1:35pm

Science Fiction Movies That Start With Deep Personal Monologues

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: » 12/11/12 1:30pm 12/11/12 1:30pm

Voiceovers That Turn Into Conversations, And Weird Voiceover Spoofs

This is sort of a catch-all for two categories that didn't quite deserve their own pages: monologues that start out as a voiceover, and then turn into someone talking to the camera; and voiceovers that are just sort of demented, silly or satirical. They're both a bit different from your standard science fiction… » 12/11/12 1:27pm 12/11/12 1:27pm

Voiceovers That Turn Into Conversations, And Weird Voiceover Spoofs

This is sort of a catch-all for two categories that didn't quite deserve their own pages: monologues that start out as a voiceover, and then turn into someone talking to the camera; and voiceovers that are just sort of demented, silly or satirical. They're both a bit different from your standard science fiction… » 6/12/09 12:00pm 6/12/09 12:00pm

What The Hell Are You Talking About, Crazy Announcer?

You know a science fiction movie is going to be totally absurd and balls-to-the-wall when it starts off with a voiceover that just throws a giant ball of crazy at your head. Someone who is trying not to giggle gives a little speech about how there was a guy named Zaark 795, and he rose up against his brother, the… » 6/12/09 12:00pm 6/12/09 12:00pm

Science Fiction Movies That Start With Deep Personal Monologues

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: » 6/12/09 12:00pm 6/12/09 12:00pm

In The Year 2727, Some Messed Up Shit Happened!

Perhaps my favorite kind of opening voiceover is the kind where the narrator starts out by intoning, "In the year 2027, we realized we had gone out of the house without any lower garments, and the Earth was reduced to rubble as a result. The survivors lived in caves, eating scraps of jerky. Until one day, a new hope… » 6/12/09 12:00pm 6/12/09 12:00pm

You Can't Have An Apocalypse Without A Gloomy Voiceover

It's just the law of apocalypses: You can't feature the destruction of all (or most) life on Earth, without throwing in a gloomy monologue explaining exactly how we blew it all to hell. It's the way things work around here. Typically, these monologues include scenes of devastation as well as a droning voice talking… » 6/12/09 12:00pm 6/12/09 12:00pm