One Choice: ’80s Science-Fiction Movies

Inspired by the popular online game that asks people to choose one movie from a group of four, One Choice… is pretty much the same game. Readers will be given four similar movies and asked to choose one. Now here’s the catch, the other three movies will be gone forever, wiped from your brain as if they never existed. Are you ready to theoretically live in a world where you have The Empire Strikes Back but not Star Wars or Return of the Jedi? What about the 1989 Batman movie but not Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight? The choice is yours, screenager, so choose wisely.


So far, One Choice has tackled buddy cop flicks and horror films for ’80s Month, but we’re just getting started. The decade featured a lot of groundbreaking and entertaining science-fiction films, so why not make you choose from some of the most-talked-about films that decade that doesn’t have Star in its title.

Here are the 4 Movies:

Flash Gordon (1980)

Cast: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, and Max von Sydow

Synopsis: A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.


Tron (1982)

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, and David Warner

Synopsis: A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.


The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

Cast: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, and Ellen Barkin

Synopsis: Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.


They Live (1988)

Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster

Synopsis: They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live.


So, will it be Flash Gordon, Tron, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, or They Live? It’s time to choose. What will be your One Choice?


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Four Movies, One Choice: '80s Science-Fiction Movies

What will be your One Choice?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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