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Top Ten Sci Fi Weapons On Film

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 1, 2012, 4:04 PM
Let the nerd debate RAGE!

10:  Phased plasma rifle (in a 40 watt range) - The Terminator

Thanks to some superb camera work, editing and sound effects, the weapons seen in The Terminator's future sequences packed a gut-wrenching punch that was light years away from the pew-pew lasers of yesteryear. As he demonstrated in Aliens, James Cameron had a particular way of giving his fanciful ordnance real substance and weight, and the future he depicts in 1984's The Terminator is genuinely the stuff of nightmares. If only McG had looked to these sequences for inspiration when making Terminator Salvation, maybe he could have recaptured some of the oppressive sense of foreboding and hopelessness that James Cameron brought to his classic original. Just look at the sequence where a Terminator blasts its way into a human compound near the end of the film. The intruder's every move has a menacing sense of purpose, while the destructive power of the Plasma Rifle it carries is perfectly depicted.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7nq-r…


9:  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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=liF0pZ…


8:  M41-A pulse rifle - Aliens

After the largely weapon-free Alien, James Cameron packed his film with a gigantic arsenal of military hardware in the 1986 sequel, Aliens, switching genres from predatory horror to gung-ho war film. Cameron, therefore, builds tension, not via a haunted house atmosphere, as director Ridley Scott had done in its predecessor, but by demonstrating just how hopeless the humans' weapons are in the face of an enemy that is fearless and seemingly infinite in number. Nevertheless, there's something effortlessly cool about the weaponry on display in Aliens, and Cameron displays the same affinity and adoration for military hardware that he displayed in The Terminator, and even Avatar, with its flying ironclads and knife-wielding mecha. The best weapon of the lot is surely the M41-A pulse rifle, an instantly recognisable piece of weaponry with a built-in grenade launcher that was created by combining parts from a Thompson M1A1 machine gun, a SPAS 12 shotgun, and a Remington 870 shotgun. The enduring popularity of the weapon (replicas are readily available from online shops even twenty-five years later) is further proof that the pulse rifle remains one of the greatest weapons in sci-fi movie history.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j01R_8…


7:  Tesla rifle - District 9

Critics seem divided over whether the second half of Neill Blomkamp's District 9 is a disappointing descent into mindless violence after such an intelligent build-up, or whether it's a natural release of narrative energy following the climbing tension of the first half. Personally, I loved the film's unapologetically messy climax, which saw anti-hero Wikus go on a rampage in an armoured battle suit, and best of all, the startling Tesla rifle. This ridiculously powerful piece of ordnance may look as though it's been cobbled together from leftover motorcycle parts, but it's capable of blowing people to smithereens with a chuckle-inducing effect. Was Blomkamp's inclusion of this weapon due to his frustration at not being able to make a Halo feature, which would have been less bloody, but undoubtedly as full of similarly exotic guns? It's possible. At any rate, the devastating Tesla rifle, and the insane effects it has on the things that get in its way, ranks among the most memorable sci-fi weapons of the last decade.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThJkn6…


6:  The Sol - Akira

The killer satellite to end all killer satellites, the awe-inspiring, widescreen destruction seen near the conclusion of Katsuhiro Otomo's classic 1988 animated feature, Akira, is punctuated by a blast from the Sol. Displaying a bout of teenage angst on an epic scale, antagonist Tetsuo goes on a skyscraper-levelling rampage through Tokyo. His destructive exploits are briefly upstaged, however, by the unfeasibly broad shouldered Colonel Shikishima, who, with the jab of a single button, unleashes the laser-powered fury of the orbiting satellite, turning huge bits of Tokyo debris into smaller bits of debris, and making a proper mess of Tetsuo's left arm. The Sol's victory is short-lived, however. An enraged Tetsuo blasts off, Superman-like, into the upper atmosphere, and using his god-like powers, smashes the satellite to scrap. A Hollywood remake of Akira has been in the offing for several years now. Even with the power of modern computers at 21st century filmmakers' fingertips, I fail to see how they'll be able to replicate an explosive sequence as remarkable as this one, or portray the overwhelming power of the Sol as masterfully as Otomo managed it.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQh26w…


5:  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.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pxjnl…


4:  The Auto 9 - Robocop

I was only 13 years old when I first saw RoboCop - far too young to be watching such a horrendously violent movie. Even now, I can remember the hackle-raising thrill I experienced when I first saw the titular law enforcer deploy his gun from his right leg and open fire at a moving paper target.  Capable of firing what appears to be several dozen rounds per second, the Auto-9, as it was called in the film's script, made a horrendous mess of paper targets and bad guys alike. Apparently based on the real-world Beretta M93R, the gun was modified to look bulkier and more substantial in RoboCop's metallic hands. Like all the great cinematic cowboys, RoboCop seldom misses and never reloads, and his Auto-9, thanks to its distinctive shape and unforgettable sound, is among the most memorable weapons in sci-fi.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQPcZ7…


3:  DL-44 Heavy Blaster - Star Wars

​The galaxy's most infamous rogue can't just pack any old blaster. Hell naw. Han's weapon of choice is the DL-44, a blaster famous for being able to penetrate Stormtrooper armor and being outlawed by the Empire for this reason. In real life, the blaster's design is based off the German Mauser C96 pistol, used in World War I by both the Germans and Ottomans. But their version didn't feature an air cooling vent, power pack, and an enhanced scope. Oh, and to officially end the debate, Han shot first.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGpuM_…


2:  The Phaser - Star Trek

The standard-issue firearm of the Star Trek franchise, the phaser is surely the Swiss army knife of sci-fi. It can be used to stun or kill things, or as a blowtorch to cut through walls or rocks. "Set phasers to stun" became one of the Original Series' most familiar catchphrases, and while the phaser passed through numerous subtle iterations over the numerous series and movies, its distinctive silhouette remains the same.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaDk6c…


1:  The Lightsaber - Star Wars

OK, C'mon you knew this was going to happen! How can ANY other sci-fi or fantasy weapon compare to the awesomeness of the Light Saber! I'm not even going to go into it, if you are just discovering the light saber for the first time by reading Lazlo's Closet and do not agree that it gets the number one spot…then we've got a big problem here…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4FSI5…

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:icondelvan:
Delvan Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
lol i dont think ne1 could beat this list! except the ghostbusters energy guns
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Fastfood Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I really wanted a proton pack in here. I think if the list had gone to 12 it would'a been there.
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verdin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Awesome List!
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:iconfastfood:
Fastfood Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks bud!
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jeffcee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Sonic Screwdriver.
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gamechamp1084 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Or the Samaritan from Hellboy.
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Fastfood Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Now that's a good call.
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:icongamechamp1084:
gamechamp1084 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it was a video game first, but how about the BFG from Doom?
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Fastfood Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah but a crap film so.....Nahh.
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Sense-of-Doubt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Completely awesome list, I think the only thing you missed was the Proton Pack from Ghostbusters.
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