Here’s our list of underrated Science Fiction Movies that we’ve uncovered from under the dusty DVD drawer.
By no means are these movies perfect, but they have something really unique to offer to the Scifi genre.
5. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
Reason: We actually liked this movie (for the most part). But we’ve seen the death-revive trope and the alien invasion story before. There are several unique parts in that Tom Cruise’s character tries to use his new found immortality to his advantage to defeat the aliens.
Think of it like playing Call of Duty and re-spawning to your original spot every time and reliving the same sequence of events. This can be tiresome at times, but still an interesting movie with convincing performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
4. Cloud Atlas (2012)
Reason: This is a weird and long movie. But there’s something really special about it. There are six stories that take place at different periods of time. Sometimes the stories are strange and random, others are riveting and meaningful. But it’s an interesting dichotomy and if you have the time (like 3 hours), it’s worth a watch.
3. Sunshine (2007)
Reason: Sunshine is not my favorite science fiction movie, but I’ve noticed our Editor-in-Chief taking a liking to it. The premise is definitely interesting, a group of astronauts compile nuclear payload in order to restart their dying sun — and save Earth from freezing. The beginning is interesting, although it has a couple horror tropes near the end.
2. Gattaca (1997)
Reason: Gattaca was one of those movies that your teacher probably forced you to watch in biology class. Despite these mandatory viewings, I particularly like this movie. Imagine living in a world where your biological make-up can be altered to create a healthier and stronger version of you.
Anyone that doesn’t receive this biological upgrade prior to birth are deemed inferior, affecting every facet of their life from careers to relationships. Jude Law, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman give fantastic performances.
1. Ex Machina (2015)
Reason: You spend the majority of your time with Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), trying to determine whether a robot has achieved artificial intelligence.
It’s a spine-tingling thriller with many twists and turns and brilliant performances from Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander. What makes this movie interesting is the dialogue and the exploration of what it means to be human or to reach artificial intelligence for that matter. Yes, my friends. There is action, but it’s saved for the end.