Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Top 10 Sci-fi Movies Badass Weapons

Modern time’s weaponry is deadly enough as it is, they are fascinating pieces of engineering that divide Nation’s opinions on what is and what’s not morally acceptable. They always had a fascinating side of power and glory to those that are not on the receiving end of a cutting edge weapon. But even Modern day weapons seem obsolete when compared to any of the following weapons originated from Science Fiction movies. They were born from the imagination of writers; some are feasible enough to be a real weapon in a near future, while other will continue to be fiction for a long time to come. Let’s have a look at ten of these fictional weapons.

  • 10
  • Klaatu's Nanites

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

For people who do not live with their parents or other knowledgeable folks, even the simplest of house pests can become alien enemies whose intentions are to destroy their lives and wellbeing. So when an alien weapon actually acts like a household pest, it is sure to make it into the list of most kickass weapons.
The 2008 version of the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still showed us the nanites—a self-replicating insect—that basically acts like big chompers to destroy everything that crosses their path. In fact, the movie showed these nanites chomp up a whole Hummer like it was just a candy bar!

Movie Trailer

  • 9
  • Phaser

  • Star Trek

The Phaser from the Star Trek series reminds us of the default weapon in video games. It is considered the underdog and is even ignored, until the protagonist is on his last straw and there are no other big guns to help him out. The Starfleet Phaser is in itself is a strong weapon, and although it looks like a weird glue gun, it has enough power to vaporize a human being. It is also versatile enough to simply stun the bad guy. If you think about it, a weapon like this would be awesome in some situations. Boss giving you extra work? Set to stun! A pesky salesman at your front door? Set to stun, or kill, whatever.
  • 8
  • Noisy Cricket

  • M.I.B

Men in Black is one sci-fi movie that really breathed new life into the old world of fantastic stories and gave a new meaning to unbelievable storylines. What made all this possible was of course the charisma of Will Smith and the restrained acting prowess of Tommy Lee Jones–not to mention the weapons the movie featured. The Noisy Cricket is one of the most memorable ones.
Not much is known about the Noisy Cricket, except that its size is about that of a ladies’ pistol, and that it can blast open a new hotel window and make nothing out of a towing truck.

Scene from MIB showing the Noisy Cricket in action

  • 7
  • Plasma Caster

  • Predator

The Plasma Caster is just one weapon out of the many that were first seen in the Predator series. The Plasma Caster is a shoulder-mounted energy weapon which fires a brilliant blue or gold plasma pulse. It is helped by a laser sight built into the Predator’s helmet. The Plasma Caster could be controlled to fire minor wounds or even bring down a big aircraft. It comes so down in the list because it is one of the most vulnerable weapons that the Predator carried, but it could also be used as a hand-held weapon to stun enemies.

Gory scene from the Predator

  • 6
  • M55 Nuke Launcher

  • Starship Troopers

What’s a sci-fi movie without a weapon of mass destruction? That’s what the makers of Starship Troopers thought which gave birth to this badass weapon – the M55 Nuke Launcher. The M55 Nuke Launcher, as the name suggests, is designed to launch a nuclear weapon which has the potential to destroy large bugs and arachnid tunnels. Oh, and it’s shoulder mounted too!
  • 5
  • BFG

  • Doom

The BFG has had a life of its own, right from the computer game to the movies. It has been revered by everyone who has ever been on the right side of an evil-smashing gun. Of course, the BFG got a new life when none other than the Rock himself wielded it in the movie, and even the Rock had to give a nod to the real name of the gun – Big Fucking Gun, though the movie named it something boring – so boring that nobody remembers it.

The Rock on the Daily Show

  • 4
  • Rail Gun

  • Eraser

If you thought a movie that had sci-fi weapons as their central plot point wouldn’t feature in this list, you’d be forgiven. We all know how overhyped movies don’t deliver at the box office, and this movie didn’t, eventually, but it still gave us this great piece of sci-fi legend – the rail gun.
Now, the rail gun is not a new name, and it has been used for several weapons in computer games, right from Quake to the more recent ones. So, what is the rail gun all about?
Basically, the rail gun is an entirely electrical gun that accelerates a conductive projectile along a pair of metal rails. This particular rail gun comes equipped with a special sensor that allows the shooter to bypass walls to see the enemy, and even keep a tab on their heartbeat rate – surely something to be very careful about.
Trivia Bit: The U.S. Navy has tested a real railgun that accelerates a 3.2 kg (7 pound) aluminum projectile to 8.4 kilometers per second (seven times the speed of sound), 3 times faster than a sniper rifle bullet.

Cut scene from Eraser

  • 3
  • Light Saber

  • Star Wars

We need to accept it, if sci-fi is a religion, George Lucas is God. How else could this list have two objects from the same franchise? While the number 1 spot is known to most people who know about the world of Star Wars, the light saber is something that even someone who doesn’t know what sci-fi is, would know.
The light saber is a blade of pure energy that is about a meter long. The energy is simple plasma, and is the signature weapon of both the Jedi and the Sith, and if both enemies like the same weapon, you should just accept that it is indeed a kickass weapon. The light saber increases its kickass points by the ability to be used either as an offensive or a defensive weapon.

Well done "Nerd Wars" :)

  • 2
  • Zorg's ZF-1

  • The Fifth Element

We all know the need and use of an All-in-One in the office. The All-in-One, called the AiO, is basically a machine that eliminates all kinds of enemies that will crop up during your game of Solitaire – that Xerox,• that fax, and oh, it even handles that printout. Zorg’s ZF-1 from the Fifth Element is basically an AiO, but only of the Alien world.
Under the number of technological inventions that Zorg gives in the movie, is a machine that basically has around six to seven ways to total the enemy. So, you have a gun that basically acts as a flamethrower, has a wicked net launcher, which also works like Spider Man’s net fluid. To get back to the basics, it also has some nifty arrows to more than pick the brains of the enemy.• Its rocket launcher comes as an added advantage, at no extra cost. And as Zorg tells us, the grand finale is the ice cube launcher that renders the enemy into a big ice cube that you can shatter and use with your drink.
If this makes you feel the gun is the greatest, you should remember that the gun has one major manufacturing flaw, that it sort of ‘remembers’ the last position it fired in, and then shoots at just that. So, if you have multiple targets to kill, which is not uncommon in a movie that stars a bald Bruce Willis, the gun would have some problems for itself.

Zorg explaining how it works

  • 1
  • Death Star

  • Star Wars


Perhaps the most popular of weapons in sci-fi history, this weapon is so huge that it is a planet in itself (check out the Himalayas mountain peak comparison above). While not in the same category of the previous entries, I felt it deserving the number 1 spot for being a unique brilliant conception and also for it's destructive power. So, what is the Death Star? The Death Star is a space station, the purpose of which is to destroy planets, blast their enemies, and do all the naughty work that makes sci-fi legends into sci-fi legends. If you have no idea just how big the Death Star is, here are some statistics for you:
The Death Star has a crew of more than 265,000, with thousands of gunners, troops, storm troopers, pilots, support crews, and ship support staff. The Death Star itself contains Blast boats, Strike Cruisers, Support Ships, Land Vehicles, Assault Shuttles, and several other sci-fi weapons like tractor beam projectors, turbo laser batteries, and other interesting stuff.
Oh, and i forgot to mention – it’s an incomplete structure too. Do you realize now how huge it actually is?

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