Best Sci-fi Movies Part 2

Here is part 2 of Best Sci-fi Movies appreciated and loved both by the audience and critics:


Arrival (2016)


Ted Chiang’s short novella, Story of Your Life, serves as the inspiration for this moving film about language and discovery in which humanity struggles to make sense of strange, alien visitors arriving on Earth. At the center of the film is linguist Louise Banks, whose attempts to commune with the aliens bring her unsettling visions of her daughter. While the premise – unfamiliar aliens, existential threat – is tried and tested, in director Denis Villeneuve’s capable hands, it turns into a meditation on communication, uncertainty, and love.

IMDB: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%


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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)



Riffing off the original Mad Max series, from the 1970s, Fury Road takes contemporary anxiety – scarce resources, climate change, the general apocalypse – and turns it into a dense, great thriller, with marvelous special effects and an idealistic bent.

In this post-apocalyptic film, petrol and water have become scarce commodities, and a group of people fleeing a cult leader has to team up to fight for their survival. With an ensemble cast led by Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the film’s take on the near dystopian future tends more towards action and thriller than sci-fi, but it trades on a very real fear – that of natural resources running out. The film’s dystopian aesthetic and feminist overtones form part of its unique appeal that’s bolstered by strong performances from a brilliant ensemble cast.

IMDB: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%


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The Martian (2015)



"The Martian" is a story of an astronaut Mark Watney who is left stranded on Mars after his crew presumes him dead after a fierce storm but he survives the storm and must survive on a hostile planet till his crew comes to his rescue. The Martian is packed with powerful performances from the cast and stellar direction from Ridley Scott.

IMDB: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%


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Interstellar (2014)



Nolan’s space epic about a mission to find a new world or humanity is sometimes unfairly dismissed as spectacle exceeding substance. Of course, its story snares are more passionate than philosophical and you could drive a bus through the vast Catch-22 of its time and gravity twisting closure, yet it's an uncommon occasion in science fiction: a fruitful blockbuster. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain all exceed expectations in their lead jobs and the portrayal of Earth in the last throes of a worldwide biological breakdown has a genuine effect. The splendid set pieces, including a practical delineation of a dark gap, and an extraordinary Hans Zimmer soundtrack, add to the feeling of scale and dramatization.

IMDB: 8.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%


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Ex Machina (2014)



Garland is no stranger to sci-fi – having written Sunshine, but Ex Machina was his directorial debut. Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson) is a brilliant computer programmer who wins a competition to spend a week at the remote house of the CEO of the company he works for, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). When he gets there, he finds out he’s been selected as the human component in a Turing test for Ava (Alicia Vikander), a fembot with a human face and robotic body. As he tests her capabilities, he finds that she may be far more intelligent than Nathan may have realized. Ex Machina could very easily have delved into standard sci-fi fare – an intelligent AI that’s far smarter than anyone realizes, a reclusive, genius creator – but fuses an elegant aesthetic with clever storytelling to create a more nuanced, human film.

IMDB: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%


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Her (2013)



In this romantic take on sci-fi, directed by Spike Jonze, Theodore, a depressed writer, leads a lonely life in a futuristic version of Los Angeles. He upgrades an operating system, which leads to the introduction of a virtual assistant with AI capabilities, who calls herself Samantha. As Theodore tries to move on from his impending divorce he finds that Samantha’s influence on his life stretches past the purely practical. Rather than delving into sci-fi tropes about a lonely man and his operating system, Her’s a nuanced and sweet exploration of intimacy and technology brought a new dimension to how we society thinks about virtual assistants.

IMDB: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%


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Source Code (2011)



Director Duncan Jones followed his critically acclaimed debut, Moon, with another critical and commercial hit, Source Code in 2011. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a US Army pilot who wakes up in the body of someone else, a school teacher aboard a commuter train. Minutes later the train explodes and he awakes again inside a cockpit, where he's told via video screen he's in a simulation and that his mission is to go back again (and again) to identify the bomber within the eight minutes available to him. The clever conceit sets up an exhilarating thriller with a sci-fi twist that's all wrapped up in a tight 90 minutes.

IMDB: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%


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Inception (2010)



A James Bond film inside a heist film inside a Christopher Nolan film, Inception takes a near-perfect screenplay and executes every dreamworld with precision and flair and humor. Nolan's cinematic experiments with time are always interesting (as in Interstellar and Dunkirk) but Inception still feels like the most complete entry in this trickster's obsession with time as a storytelling tool. With Hans Zimmer on soundtrack duty and stellar acting from Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, there’s plenty here to elevate an already mind-bending story. 

IMDB: 8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%


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District 9 (2009)



Set in 1982 in Johannesburg, South Africa, an alien spaceship appears and a population of insect-like aliens is found aboard, before being banished to District 9 by the government. Three decades later, the district has become reviled by the locals, and increasing unrest leads the government to believe that the aliens should be moved. In the process of doing so, three escape, setting off another chain of events. Inspired by apartheid in South Africa, District 9’s visual effects were also designed to evoke a kind of insect-like alien, but one that viewers would sympathize with as the film went on.

IMDB: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%


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Cloverfield (2008)



Director Matt Reeves uses found footage to great effect in Cloverfield, which tells the story of an alien invasion in New York, using clips that look as though they were filmed on a camcorder. The stakes get higher and higher, as a plan is put in place to destroy Manhattan in order to flush out the monster, told entirely through grainy camera recordings. Found footage is a staple of horror, rather than sci-fi, but Cloverfield melds the two together for a thrilling and terrifying ride. Subsequent sequels and spinoffs weren’t as well received.

IMDB: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%


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