The New Sci-Fi Boom: 10 Best Sci-Fi Films of The Last 5 Years

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 6:01 pm, This is a list post.

Introduction

Max Versus Kruger

One of the most popular genres in film history is science fiction. Over the years, audiences have been amazed as they are transported to exciting new worlds, meet alien creatures, face possible post-apocalyptic futures, or experience the thrill of adventure in space. While sci-fi movies have been entertaining the public as far back as the 1930s with Flash Gordon serials, the genre experienced a wave of popularity during the early days of the summer blockbuster. Thanks in large part to the overwhelming success of George Lucas’ Star Wars in 1977, studios began developing similar projects of their own in an effort to capitalize on the new trend. The ’70s and ’80s spawned a batch of influential sci-fi classics including the two Star Wars sequels, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial, the Alien films, Back to the Future, and the start of the Terminator franchise. These movies aren't just considered fine examples of sci-fi genre fare, they are also listed as some of the greatest films ever made. Director Neill Blomkamp has emerged as one of the leading voices of this sci-fi generation with his Oscar-nominated feature length debut District 9and this month’s Elysium. Of course, Blomkamp is just one high-profile director to try his hand at the genre and his contemporaries have added some memorable entries to the realm of sci-fi. Here are our picks for the ten best sci-fi films of the past five years (ordered by release date). Of course the list is not all-inclusive, so once you've had a chance to read our picks, share yours in the comments.

WALL-E

WALL-E and EVE Dance in the Stars

Pixar’s 2008 film is perhaps one of their boldest efforts - as the first act is essentially a silent film. Audiences meet the titular robot and see him go about his day in several dialogue-free sequences. What could have been boring was instead highly entertaining and WALL-E went on to become a box office smash (grossing $223.8 million domestically) as well as winning the Oscar for Best Animated Film. Like most offerings from Pixar, what makes WALL-E memorable isn’t just the crisp animation, but the story and characters. The relationship between our hero and EVE is one of the standout aspects of the movie, giving audiences an emotional core to relate to - along with a captivating look at humanity's possible future. WALL-E also features important lessons about preserving our planet for everyone watching. Between lovable characters, terrific animation, and a strong meaningful message, it’s easy to see why this is considered a modern sci-fi classic.

Star Trek

Kirk and Spock Board the Enterprise

Rebooting Star Trek and recasting the iconic roles of Captain Kirk and Spock (among others) was always a risky proposition, and while some will disagree with his alternate timeline approach, director J.J. Abrams had a solid vision for the franchise. Looking to capture the sense of awe and wonder that fueled the works of Lucas and Spielberg to success, Abrams repackaged Star Trek as a modern space adventure film that was accessible not just to the “Trekkies,” but also new fans. Abrams and his team have accomplished their goal, as they have produced two hit films that have won over both critics and audiences. Star Trek and this summer’s sequel Star Trek Into Darkness combined great casting, thrilling set pieces, and solid story telling to make the brand more popular than it has ever been. Thanks to the success of the first two films, anticipation is high for Star Trek 3, which is currently targeting a 2016 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise Star Trek.

Avatar

Avatar Jake and Ney'tiri

As the mind behind films such as The Terminator and Aliens, it made sense that James Cameron would return to the sci-fi genre at some point in his career. Always looking for new ways to revolutionize movie-making technology (see: the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day), the “king of the world” capitalized on advancements in computer generated imagery and motion-capture technology to bring Pandora, the world of his passion project Avatar, to life. While some felt that the final product was more about style over substance, there’s no denying Avatar’s place in cinematic history. Becoming the highest-grossing film of all-time (unadjusted for inflation), audiences were wowed by the jaw-dropping visuals that gave the movie an “event” feeling (a rarity for original films) as moviegoers felt they had to see it on the big screen. Despite complaints about the simplistic nature of the story, critics also adored Avatar as it secured nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Cameron is now moving on to helm three sequels, where (hopefully) he will continue to develop his creative vision and to push the boundaries of technology even further.

Moon

Sam Rockwell in Moon

Proof that you don’t always need major studio backing to make a great sci-fi film, Duncan Jones’ directorial debut Moon was produced for only $5 million and still managed to captivate audiences despite those limitations. Featuring a stellar performance by Sam Rockwell, the premise of Moon - a man struggles through feelings of isolation while on a mission to the moon - would make for a strong film on its own. However, a twist that occurs halfway through (we won’t spoil it here), helps elevate the film to something truly unique and fascinating. Moon was praised by critics upon its release and hailed as a return for hardcore sci-fi. Making an impression due to its heady themes and ideas, Moon was nominated for several awards across various circuits, most notably winning Jones a BAFTA.

District 9

Wikus Transformation

Once the Halo film adaptation fell through, director Neill Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson turned their attention to a sci-fi project titled District 9. Based on Blomkamp’s short film Alive in Joburg, the filmmaker’s feature length debut tackled societal issues such as xenophobia and racial intolerance - using the apartheid as inspiration for its main storyline. Budgeted for a modest $30 million and featuring an unknown cast, District 9 snuck under the radar and went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of 2009. Grossing an impressive $115.6 million domestically, the film also received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Carried by a remarkable performance by Sharlto Copley (who easily could have received a Best Actor nod), District 9 married social commentary with sci-fi genre thrills to give audiences something fresh and exciting while announcing Blomkamp as a promising young talent.

Inception

Cobb and Arthur in Action

After the overwhelming success of his Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan was given the freedom to pick any movie he wanted. Before working on his Bat-trilogy finale, Nolan chose to work on the original sci-fi film Inception, a dream - no pun intended - project he had been brainstorming since 2002. Opening to rave reviews in the summer of 2010, Inception also became a box office smash, grossing $292.5 million in the States. Thanks to its amazing visual effects, intriguing world-building, and memorable score, the film quickly became a part of the pop culture zeitgeist and has remained a favorite amongst movie fans. Inception was an obvious choice for several technical categories at that year’s Oscars, but Nolan was also given nominations in both Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for capturing the minds of moviegoers around the globe.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Caesar Plans His Escape

After the negative reception that Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes received, it seemed unlikely Fox would attempt to revive the well-known franchise (at least for a while). Yet, in 2011, they released the reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Directed by relative unknown Rupert Wyatt and arriving with extremely low expectations, not many moviegoers thought this had potential to become a hit. Anchored by an unforgettable turn by mo-cap legend Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes emerged as a sleeper hit and is widely considered to be one of the best films of that summer. Operating more as a character study than action film (save for the climactic Golden Gate fight sequence), critics and audiences were impressed by the movie’s cautionary sci-fi tale and its ability to turn the chimp Caesar (Serkis) into a well-developed, sympathetic, dynamic main character. Fox campaigned, and failed, to get their star a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, but the film did receive recognition for its visual effects work. A sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is set to hit theaters next July.

Source Code

Gyllenhaal and Monoghan in Source Code

After Moon made an impression at Sundance 2009 and gained a cult following, Duncan Jones was treated to a bigger budget ($32 million) and a larger cast for his next project, the original sci-fi film Source Code. The movie features Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, an army pilot who relives the same eight minutes over and over again (via the “source code” device) to discover the identity of a train bomber.  Due to its premise, Source Code drew several tongue-in-cheek comparisons to the 1993 classic comedy Groundhog Day when it was released. However, while Source Code is bolstered by strong performances from Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright, it was the intriguing central plot point that hooked moviegoers. Guided by a fast-paced script that keeps the audience guessing, the film also provides audiences with one of the better “what if?” high concepts in recent memory. Under the careful direction of Jones, Source Code was able to give moviegoers both an exciting, high-stakes thrill-ride as well as food for thought to boot.

Super 8

Super 8 Parents Reunite With Their Kids

It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams is an admirer of the classic Spielberg adventures of yesteryear. Like most people of his generation, films such as Close Encounters, Goonies, and E.T defined his youth and have influenced the director’s own films. Abrams got the chance of a lifetime when he collaborated with Spielberg while working on his 2011 film Super 8, a direct homage to the films that inspired him. Using a sci-fi mystery as a backdrop for a charming coming-of-age story featuring a terrific cast of talented child actors, Abrams gave audiences a creature-feature with heart. Combining exciting action sequences, a story filled with suspense, and good old fashioned drama, Super 8 proved to be a favorite among critics and moviegoers, earning $127 million on a “low” $50 million budget.

Looper

Young Joe Takes Aim

Time travel has long been a favorite staple of sci-fi films, but due to its complicated and fickle nature (and the fact that there’s no real way to get it “right”), it’s one of the toughest elements to nail. Rian Johnson’s Looper humorously acknowledged this in one brief on-the-nose line of dialogue (in the diner) and instead focused on giving moviegoers a fresh story as opposed to explaining the finer details of how everything worked. Using the always intriguing “if you could talk to your future self, what would you say?” concept as a jumping off point, Looper provided moviegoers with one of the more exciting and interesting offerings of 2012. Touching on aspects such as changing the past and fixing our personal mistakes, Looper, like most of the films on our list, mixed action with thought-provoking material to challenge viewers intellectually. This film was a critical favorite and there are those who consider Johnson’s absence from the Best Original Screenplay nominees to be a notable snub.

Conclusion

Elysium Max Exoskeleton

While superheroes have become the latest hot trend in Hollywood, sci-fi has - over the last half decade at least - cemented its place as one of the cornerstones of the industry. Giving filmmakers the ability to test the limits of their imaginations and audiences a gateway to exciting new worlds, it's clear that sci-fi will remain a staple of the industry. It remains to be seen if the new batch of sci-fi hits will be remembered as fondly as the classics that topped the box office and gained awards recognition in the 1970s and 1980s, but filmmakers are already hard at work on some exciting possibilities. There are several upcoming movies on the horizon that should continue the genre's prominence in the box office (and with any luck, critics). In the next few years, moviegoers will be treated to a plethora of exciting new projects including Edge of Tomorrow, Tomorrowland, Interstellar, and of course, Star Wars: Episode 7, among others. Again, our list is not all-inclusive, so be sure to share your own picks in the comments. ____ Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisAgar90     
TAGS: avatar, district 9, inception, looper, moon, rise of the planet of the apes, source code, star trek, super 8, wall-e

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  1. Great list . Although I would add Prometheus, Pacific Rim and World war Z

    • Pacific Rim and World War Z wouldn’t necessarily fall under the category of Sci-fi. One’s a Monster movie and the others a Zombie movie.

      And as for Prometheus, well that was possibly one of the worst Sci-Fi movies of all time, so why on earth would it be on this list. If you thought it was good in your opinion then fair enough, but generally its universally hated so I wouldn’t expect to see it on any top ten lists.

      Here’s a few questions you should ask yourself if you think thats a good movie

      • Pacific Rim is a alien movie, which falls under science-fiction.
        Science fiction:
        – a literary genre that makes imaginative use of scientific knowledge or conjecture.

        – A literary or cinematic genre in which fantasy, typically based on speculative scientific discoveries or developments, environmental changes, space travel, or life on other planets, forms part of the plot or background.

        And yes, I agree. Prometheus doesn’t deserve to be on this list.

      • No, not really. Prometheus was liked by critics. It was successful at the box office. Rotten Tomatoes audience poll shows that most viewers liked it. I don’t know where you’re getting the “universally hated” thing from unless you’re basing it completely on blog comments, which I suspect is the case.

      • Prometheus is less idiotic than Avatar. One of the most overrated film in a long time.

        • Really? A movie that features a biologist–supposedly experienced but DEFINITELY cowardly–who goes COMPLETELY against character and plays with an alien organism that even LOOKS scary (hisses aside, for the moment), and you say that it’s smarter than a film that maintains its character and world consistencies throughout the running of the story? You’re joking, right?

          “Avatar” had a very simple, enjoyable story that it illustrated beautifully. It’s just laughable to say “Prometheus” was a smarter movie…it THOUGHT it was. I enjoyed it, but it was not nearly as well-made, nor as well conceived, as “Avatar”.

          I found this almost as funny as those people who thought “Inception” had a complex, difficult-to-follow story. The story, itself, was quite straight-forward, BUT it was told brilliantly using often complex thematic and philosophical elements.

          Heh-heh…TOO funny…

          • You think Inception has complex themes and philosophical elements? Heh-heh. It’s themes never go beyond the basic “what-is-reality?” questions that show up in every virtual reality/dreamworld movie. The only reason people think it’s “deep” is because of the needlessly convoluted plot device of the multiple dream levels and the M. Night Shyamalan twist at the end (Cobb escaped to the real world… or did he?! Dun-dun-DUNNNN!) It was sure a fun thriller though.

            • Yes, I do…because it does. If you disagree, I have no problem with that.

            • Funny…I experienced nothing convoluted in the film. Maybe, people found depth in the film because it had depth.

            • Actually if you pay attention…..They do tell you if it’s reality. The top isn’t his totem

  2. Ya know if it was well done an adaptation of “The Forever War” would be one hell of a film. It kinda also has a place as a social commentary again. It was based off the author’s time in Vietnam, but considering the U.S. really is engaged in a real forever war (the war on terror), it could be a hit.

    • my favorite novel. i tried to acquire the rights once upon a time but ridley scott got them. so at least he’ll make a sweet film out of it

  3. I believe that there are more great films to come.. Elysium looks great , Europa Report , Gravity and of course Star Wars

  4. If the article proves anything more than most , its that we haven’t had a lot of great sci-fi movies in the last five years. Especially when you compare to what was previously released in the 70s , 80s and 90s.

    Inception is probably the best of the last five years. District 9 a likely second.

    Seriously though Moon?? That film was the best cure for insomnia if I’ve ever seen one.

    Looper did have potential but lost its way in the middle part and wasn’t sure what type of movie it wanted to be.

    Oblivion was better than most in the list and deserved a place in the listing.

    • It’s weird you mention how many great films popped up in the 70s then dissed Moon, which, if anything, is a call back to some of the very best sci-fi from that era.

  5. avatar and inception.. really ? those 2 suck giant camel balls (to say the least), especially cameron’s generic green and blue CG fest that had no innovation in it besides the creature designs…

    • Inception was great.

      • Aye, Inception was great.

    • You’re right about Avatar though…It was entertaining the first time I saw it in theatres merely for the spectacle of it all, but it doesn’t hold up to multiple viewings.

    • @jwalka

      Thank god someone else agrees with me!

      Both of those, def over rated

    • Inception was great. Avatar was just escapist, popcorn munching entertainment.

  6. good list but what is SUPER 8 doing on there???

    • ^My thought as well.

    • Ya see SUPER 8 is there because its one of the best SCI-FI movies of the last 5 years. If you disagree, why not suggest another movie then?

      • Tron Legacy

    • Super 8 was one of the most amazing movies I’ve ever seen, Sci-Fi or not.

  7. a few major omissions… for starters, where is OBLIVION? that would be in my top three of the past five years

  8. Source Code was just ok to me,but not that great,and I refuse to watch Looper because I hate Rian Johnson as a director.

    Remember that episode of Breaking Bad about the fly? Yeah,he directed that!

    • Really? You mean that episode that was one of the show’s best and that was fantastic?

      • No,I mean that episode which was one of the most painful episodes of any TV show ever to watch.

        • I see someone doesn’t get symbolism. Believe it or not, “Fly” is one of the most important episodes of Breaking Bad, going extremely in depth with Walt’s character. If you were bored by that episode, well, it just shows you are someone who can’t read between the lines very well.

  9. Sharknado!

  10. no but in all seriousness has anyone mentioned Sunshine?

    • Somebody mentioned earlier that it came out in 2007…otherwise, YES, it would definitely rate as a top SF film.

      • thanks. knew it was close. had to mention it though. great flick

  11. The Sci-Fi Best list has about as much depth as a kiddie pool.

    Cloverfield
    Melancholia
    Upside Down
    Doomsday
    Pandorum
    Europa Report
    In Time
    Chronicle
    Splice
    Repo Men
    I Am Number Four
    Iron Sky
    The Adjustment Bureau
    Another Earth
    Franklyn

    • I like the list except Splice (reminded me too much of Species), I Am Number Four and Iron Sky (which was funny but I wouldn’t put it in my top 10). I haven’t seen Franklyn or Upside Down but I just added them to my Netflix Que….

  12. My personnal list would have been bigger and included Oblivion, Priest, Prometheus, Dredd and Outlander (this last one was in 2008, so just barely made it).

    • *6 years… Oops…:( still, good movie IMO.

    • Outlander? Seriously? One of the worst movies I’ve seen in my entire life.

      • You don’t watch many movies then…or only watch really good ones…Outlander wasn’t a “good” movie but it wasn’t terrible…5 out of 10.

  13. Where is Prometheus?!

    • In the bin?

  14. I agree with most of this list,with the exception of ‘Super 8′,which I thought was overrated,and the alien at the end looked like a rejected ‘Cloverfield’ design and some of the story after the train crash scene was kinda of boring,on a side note,I don’t know if it would ever make this list but ‘Pacific Rim’ was the best sci-fi action adventure of this summer,so far and I say “so far” only because I have not seen ‘Elysium’ yet.

    • The best way to describe Super 8 is that it’s a well MADE film. It has good characters, casting, tone, direction, and is a terrific period piece. But the script itself is just really weak. The sci-fi angle was advertised as something we had never seen before, but instead ended up pretty cliché.

      • That is a recurring observation that I have about JJ Abram’s projects in general, including Star Trek. Behind the great visuals and technical proficiency, the stories seem a bit lacking.

        In Super 8, I found the alien to be easily the least convincing or impressive part of the film…which was disappointing.

      • I think the movie wasn’t promoted for what it was. I knew almost nothing about the film when I saw it and I felt like it was one of the better films of the past 5 years. The acting was good, the story really kept me interesting without be stupid complicated like Inception. It wasn’t a CG spectacle, but I felt the rest of the film made up for it.

        Maybe it was just that I didn’t know what to expect when I saw it, but I really love it.

  15. Firstly, you can’t call Wall-E a sci-fi movie.

    Oblivion is overlooked for some reason, ‘Everybody Hates Tom Cruise Syndrome’ I guess.

    My list:
    1. District 9
    2. Looper
    3. Moon
    4. Inception, Prometheus
    6. Avatar
    7. Oblivion
    8. Super 8
    9. Source Code
    These are the only ones I could think of, if I’ve missed any then I haven’t seen them.

    And if I think about it a bit more Star-Trek shouldn’t be amongst this list either, it’s a semi-good adventure movie but not a sci-fi movie.

    • Not sci-fi…have you lost your mind? Space ships, aliens, blaster guns, time travel, alien worlds, takes place in the future….and it’s freaking Star Trek for crying out loud. Its part of the definition of sci-fi.

      And there way, way better than semi-good movies. There great movies.

      • Personally, while Star Trek definitely has spaceships and phasers, I feel that the actual serious science aspects of it were sketchy and served mostly just to hold the plot together. Maybe the red matter was bit cool. But for example, while I love Star Wars, I consider it more fantasy than sci-fi, and ST09, while set in space, is more action than sci-fi IMO.

        • It also involved time travel. So if it’s not sci-fi looper isn’t either

    • Star Trek,,,,,, NOT A SCI-FI MOVIE???

      What are you smoking mate.

    • Wall-E is about a future where humans have over populated and lost their resources and are forced to leave earth to live in space, with the titular character being a ROBOT. Dude, it’s a sci-fi movie.

  16. Can’t agree with the smurf thing, I found that insanely boring and predictable, with the cgi distracting and the action plodding.

    Inception I still think I must be missing something about, either that or it’s utterly over rated.

    Source Code was OK, but there really hasn’t been anything better to get in the top ten?

    Super 8 and Looper I’ve still to see, but over all the list shows how poor sci-fi’s being served at the moment.

    I think of those 10 only Moon, District 9 and Wall-E will stand the test of time, all doing what sci-fi does best, holding up a mirror to our time or the nature of man.

    • If you don’t think Avatar won’t be remembered your insane. Film is a benchmark in cinema for its box office and effects even if you dislike it.

      • That’s a problem I actually had with Avatar. You’re right, it will be remember for it’s effects and box office success. Storytelling? Not really. It’s a good movie, don’t get me wrong, but I was actually pretty disappointed when I saw it. It’s entertaining and all, but pretty forgettable. But, because of it’s effects, it gets praised.

      • The only thing original and memorable about Avatar is the effects. And effects don’t make a good film.

  17. 1) Star Trek
    2) Star Trek Into Darkness
    3) Avatar
    4) Inception
    5) Wall-E
    6) Source Code
    7) Chronicle
    8) Super 8
    9) District 9
    10) Looper

    • On second thought, replace Looper with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

  18. can’t believe you left these great movies out:

    SUNSHINE (2008) directed by Danny Boyle

    PROMETHEUS (2012) directed by Ridley Scott

    CLOVERFIELD (2008)

    -Source Code was horrible—not even worth mentioning in the top 10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was borderline worthy.

    you sci-fi fans need to check out SUNSHINE by Danny Boyle. Awesome, Awesome movie. Very Under-rated and under the radar, don’t know why, but guys you need to check it out!!

    • Did you just call Prometheus a Great Movie. Oh dear god, are you kidding. That was absolutely awful, I’m talking Phantom Menace bad.

      Here’s a few questions you should ask about that movie

  19. Looper… why didn’t he just shoot his hand off at the end ?

    Super 8… oh the poor stranded alien boohoo… wait a sec the poor stranded alien thats eating people alive… Oh forget about that part *throws in flashy special effects to distract you!* Move along please don’t think of that part.

  20. Avatar is on here is this a joke????? Most of the other films on this list told a great story or had incredible acting. Avatar was just pretty and that’s it, it was Pocahontas in space!!!! I have seen most of the other films except Source Code but am majorly irked with the choice of Avatar I wish everyone would forget about it, its the reason frickin 3D came back as gimmick. Sorry for the rant but as an avid film lover that movie annoys me so much.

  21. I loved Source Code. It was such an “intimate” movie being that you’re basically watching the same few characters through the entire movie. And without constantly changing settings to draw attention, all of the attention are on those characters. And I absolutely fell in love with Michelle Monaghan watching that movie and couldn’t help but be really jealous of the main character by the end of the movie, lol. But I think that’s part of what made the movie great, it made me really feel for the characters and imagine it all to have been real.

  22. This is one thing I want to rave about:Inception
    I know it’s sort of based inspired by Paprika but just the way the pacing the personal conflict and the cleverness of the plot it was like awesome Scifi filmmaking. Anybody else want to rave

  23. I dont get the hype for District 9.

  24. I would’ve pulled 8mm and put in Prometheus. 8mm was too predictable and cliched.

    • Prometheus was also pretty cliché.

  25. I agree with most of the list except for Moon and Super 8. Haven’t seen Planet of the Apes. I was going to add Serenity but didn’t realize it has been out for about 8 years.

  26. I’m so glad Moon was on this list. It took pretty basic sci-fi ideas and made a terrific social commentary (and a pretty disturbing one, when you think about it). Definitely one of the most under rated films in recent years.

  27. These are the best of the past 5 years (so far)
    1. The Hunger Games
    2. Real Steel
    3. Wall-E
    4. Avatar
    5. Star Trek
    6. Chronicle
    7. Inception
    8. District 9
    9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
    10. Oblivion

    • Hunger Games #1?? Scott Pilgrim was freakin’ awesome but don’t that would classify as sci-fi….

    • Scott Pilgrim was pretty much pure fantasy, not really Sci-fi (sorry), and while I also really enjoyed Real Steel, I would not say it did better than most of those other films (probably at #8 for me).

  28. My Top 10:

    01 – Primer
    02 – Moon
    03 – The Fountain
    04 – Cloud Atlas
    05 – Sunshine
    06 – Inception
    07 – District 9
    08 – Another Earth
    09 – The Mist
    10 – Pandorum

    • oh sorry I thought it was 10 years
      then:

      Moon
      Upstream Color
      Cloud Atlas
      Inception
      District 9
      Another Earth
      Source Code
      Pandorum
      Attack The Block
      The Divide

  29. Avatar and Inception don’t belong on the list. The former is nothing more than a CG crapfest and the latter is so overrated it hurts.

    All this list shows is that there are very few good Sci-Films out these days.

    • “Avatar” and “Inception” both definitely belong on this list. The first was a beautifully imagined SF morality play; the second was brilliant musing on the nature of humanity and of reality.

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