Sci-Fi is a popular and standard genre in movies. Such movies often use story-lines based on universe, technology, scientific considerations and perspectives.
Watching these movies is always a treat because it lets us visualize things that we could only dream of. Sci-fi movies have epic stories and great cinematography.
And it gets better,
As the technologies used in movie-making have improved, we’re able to enjoy life-like science fiction movies these days.
This time, we’re going to introduce you to the sci-fi films that Mood My Mood highly recommends every fan to watch.
- 55: “Gemini Man” (2019)
- 54: “Videodrome” (1983)
- 53: “Bad Blood” (1986)
- 52: “eXistenZ” (1999)
- 51: “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” (1989)
- 50: “The Predator” (2018)
- 49: “X-Men” (2000)
- 48: “ConeHeads” (1993)
- 47: “Magnolia” (1999)
- 46: “The Fly” (1958)
- 45: “Contact” (1997)
- 44: “RoboCop” (1987)
- 43: “Ad Astra” (2019)
- 42: “The Fly” (1986)
- 41: “Encounters with the Unknown” (1973)
- 40: “Predestination” (2014)
- 39: “Cloud Atlas” (2012)
- 38: “Never Let Me Go” (2010)
- 37: “District 9” (2009)
- 36: “Ghostbusters” (1984)
- 35: “The Fifth Element” (1997)
- 34: “Looper” (2012)
- 33: “Moon” (2009)
- 32: “Solaris” (1972)
- 31: “Alita: Battle Angel” (2019)
- 30: “Brazil” (1985)
- 29: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016)
- 28: “Planet of the Apes” (1968)
- 27: “Paul” (2011)
- 26: “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
- 25: “The Thing” (1982)
- 24: “Total Recall” (1990)
- 23: “WALL-E” (2008)
- 22: “Kin-dza-dza!” (1986)
- 21: “Metropolis” (1927)
- 20: “Ex Machina” (2014)
- 19: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)
- 18: “Minority Report” (2002)
- 17: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017)
- 16: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)
- 15: “Her” (2013)
- 14: “The Odyssey” (2015)
- 13: “Gattaca” (1997)
- 12: “Zero Gravity: Mission in Space” (2013)
- 11: “Alien” (1979)
- 10: “The Matrix” (1999)
- 9: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
- 8: “Inception” (2010)
- 7: “Blade Runner” (1982)
- 6: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
- 5: “The Butterfly Effect” (2004)
- 4: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1994)
- 3: “Ready Player One” (2018)
- 2: “Interstellar” (2014)
- 1: “Back to the Future” (1985)
55: “Gemini Man” (2019)
The fact that it’s a Will Smith action film alone makes it worth watching, but with Ang Lee as the director, expectations will be even higher. The film is a masterpiece of director Ang Lee, who introduced wire action to the world with “Green Destiny”, and the action that easily surpasses even such a high hurdle.
Henry Brogan, who has carried out many bloody missions for the nation as a masterful hitman, has finally decided to retire. But as he dreamed of a peaceful life, the government didn’t let him go so easily. The plot to assassinate Henry revolves around the secret behind the mission that led to his retirement. The person who has been sent to do this is Henry himself when he was young…
54: “Videodrome” (1983)
Max is the president of a local TV station. As I was unearthing extreme footage that would make viewers happy, I came across one video. Max’s fascination with the endless atrocities begins to grow, and strange things begin to happen.
The film is full of grotesque and erotic expressions. At the time of its release, the story was too difficult to accept and did not make much of a splash in theaters in North America, but when it was made into a video and landed in Japan, it became popular among enthusiasts. A videodrome, indeed!
53: “Bad Blood” (1986)
In Paris in the near future, a strange disease called STBO, which is transmitted through loveless sexual acts, is prevalent. Unfulfilled with his girlfriend, Alex is enticed by his father’s friend Marc, a debtor to his late father, to help him steal the elixir for the STBO.
One of the “Alex Trilogy” from French film prodigy Leos Carax. Doni Lavan, a regular in Carax’s films, is superb as Alex, a sensitive young man who is attracted to Marc’s mistress Anna.
The film is full of poetic dialogue and contrived visuals, and I think it’s the type of film that will divide people between likes and dislikes, but it’s still very much worth giving the world of Carax a try. And I want you to see the last scene that made such an intense impression!
52: “eXistenZ” (1999)
The fact that the prodigy David Cronenberg has made a film about video game culture alone makes it a film worth seeing, a film that will leave you feeling like you’ve never experienced anything in its genre.
Cronenberg’s unique worldview remains the same, with game pods that connect to human bodies and guns made out of flesh, and there are many moments that are beyond comprehension. The core theme is the relationship between humans and video games, and there are many connections to Cronenberg’s early masterpiece, Videodrome.
After watching the ending of “Iggystens,” you’ll be shocked as if you’ve been shot in the head with all the previous images spinning around in your head.
51: “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” (1989)
After running over a man with his car, an ordinary office worker’s body begins to turn into metal. This is a unique science fiction movie that depicts the suffering of the man and his confrontation with a mysterious man who is the cause of his physical changes.
Director Shinya Tsukamoto did a tough job with the script, art, lighting, editing, and starring. The black-and-white images, filled with crazy acting and shocking visuals, have a huge impact, and it seems that Quentin Tarantino is a fan of the film. It’s very much worth a try.
50: “The Predator” (2018)
This is the fourth film in the “Predator” series, starting with the first film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which was released in 1987. Story-wise it’s a de facto sequel to the first film, with Shane Black, who played Schwarzenegger’s henchman Hawkins in the same film, taking the megaphone.
Quinn, an ex-mercenary of the Special Forces, discovers a Predator and a spaceship that is believed to have crashed in Mexico. While the government is trying to cover it up, Quinn’s son, Rory, accidentally activates a mysterious device that summons the Predators from outer space.
The extraterrestrial Predator, which has amazing combat capabilities, has evolved further through genetic cross-breeding, and appears in a powered-up form. Quinn is played by Boyd Holbrook, who played the villain Donald in LOGAN/Logan.
49: “X-Men” (2000)
In the near future, mutants are born through genetic mutation as humans evolve. The X-Men is the story of a group of people who are out of touch with humanity but want to coexist with each other, and a legion that is trying to control them.
This is the first film in the “X-Men” series. Wolverine, with his astonishing regenerative abilities and sharp claws, meets Professor X, who formed the “X-Men” to protect the mutants. Then, a battle was drawn between Professor X and Magneto and others who were at odds with him.
The agony of the mutants and the powerful battles that unfold between mutants with various abilities are worth watching.
48: “ConeHeads” (1993)
An alien couple has come from a distant planet to reconnoiter the conquest of Earth. He was forced to stay on Earth due to a spacecraft malfunction, but became accustomed to life on Earth and even acquired a false American citizenship, and even had a child.
The film is based on a character from a popular TV show as the main character. First of all, it grabs the hearts of viewers with its comical visuals, and further entertains them with the slapstick drama that unfolds as an alien family is marked by immigration. Dan Aykroyd’s penetrating and brilliant performance in the lead role is a must-see!
47: “Magnolia” (1999)
The film’s nine main characters include an elderly man recovering from terminal cancer, a love evangelist who gives mote lectures, a popular TV presenter who has been sentenced to life expectancy, and an LAPD police officer. The cleverly scripted film tells the story of a day when a seemingly unrelated man and woman are connected by a strange edge.
The film is a complex puzzle, with many lives and mysteries interspersed throughout its three-hour runtime. It may seem difficult to understand, but the meaning of the number “82” and the shocking last scene can be solved by referring to the Old Testament.
46: “The Fly” (1958)
André, a scientist working on the study of moving objects, conducts experiments on his own body. At that moment, a fly gets mixed up with a human and a fly, and it takes on the most horrible form in the world…
The main plot of the film is the same as the remake of The Fly, but there is a major difference in the molding of the combined fly. It would be interesting to see and compare both.
45: “Contact” (1997)
Ellie, who studies extraterrestrial intelligence, catches a signal from the planet Vega one day. Analysis revealed that it was a blueprint for the transfer device to Vega. The device is manufactured and goes through several trials that Ellie will ride through.
Jodie Foster gives a passionate performance as Ellie, the single-minded protagonist, in this sci-fi film that depicts the long-standing conflict between science and religion and the human drama while keeping the sci-fi as its main theme.
44: “RoboCop” (1987)
In the crime-ridden near-future Detroit, the private company Omni is in charge of police operations, and the development of cyborg cops is underway to combat crime. While investigating a case, Murphy, a dead cop, is reborn as “RoboCop”, a cyborg cop.
Like Terminator, the film was a hit from a low budget, thanks to the novel setting in which the corpse is used as a part of a robot instead of being resurrected from a dying state.
Although there are many violent and grotesque scenes that make you want to look away, the last scene where Robocop confronts the mastermind of the crime is refreshing and refreshing.
43: “Ad Astra” (2019)
The near future. Roy McBride is an astronaut who grew up watching his father devote his life to the search for extraterrestrial life and chose the same path himself. However, my father was missing in the far reaches of the solar system, 16 years after he set off on his search in space. One day, Roy is told by one of the higher ups, “Your father is alive,” and sets off into space in pursuit of the mystery.
Brad Pitt plays the main character Roy and Tommy Lee Jones plays his father, H. Clifford McBride. While expressing the grand universe through astonishing images, the film cuts to delicate themes such as the meaning of life.
42: “The Fly” (1986)
Seth is a brilliant scientist who conducts a series of experiments to transport objects. At one point, he sends himself on a transfer, unaware that a single fly has gotten inside the device. It seemed to have worked, but Seth’s body gradually began to show strange changes….
This is a remake of the 1958 film The Fear of the Flying Man. The way Seth’s body gradually undergoes horrific changes had a strong impact on the viewers. Veronica’s determination to stay by Seth’s side until the end is moving.
41: “Encounters with the Unknown” (1973)
A mysterious luminous body has been sighted in the United States and a massive power outage has occurred. People who have had their families taken by UFOs or witnesses to UFOs begin to see mysterious images in their minds…
This film, which focuses on encounters with aliens, has a different flavor from previous science fiction films, and the scene where a UFO appears surrounded by fantastic light can be said to be the most symbolic.
Although the film did not become an explosive hit when it was released, it was gradually ignited by re-runs and other events, and several versions were produced, and it has come to be called Spielberg’s masterpiece. How do you feel about the decision made by the main character in the last scene?
40: “Predestination” (2014)
The film is about an agent, played by Ethan Hawke, who travels back in time to prevent a crime from occurring. The plot is said to be a mix of “Inception”, “Minority Report” and “Looper”, but the film maintains its originality and has a surprising twist at the end.
Although there are some plot holes, no other recent film has been as shocking as this one. What’s more, there’s no doubt that Sarah Snook gives a great performance.
39: “Cloud Atlas” (2012)
Based on the novel by David Mitchell, this film is one of the most ambitious in cinematic history.
The big theme is the connection of humanity, and it is an epic work that tells the story of the past, present, future, and six different timelines at random, including San Francisco in 1973 and Neo Soul in the near future 2144.
Once the film starts, you may be in a state of bewilderment at its intricate structure for a while. But once you get into the world of the film, you’ll be instantly drawn to the images and the story, making it an unforgettable experience.
Another highlight is that many actors, including Tom Hanks and Hugh Grant, play multiple roles, and the elaborate special make-up transforms them into different people, so you’ll be surprised at the end roll.
38: “Never Let Me Go” (2010)
Boys and girls live in a boarding school, isolated from the rest of society, under excessive supervision. As they grow up, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy find out what it means to be born, and they leave boarding school and start living together.
Based on a novel by Japanese-British author Kazuo Siiglo, it was adapted into a film with Carey Mulligan in the lead role. It was an ephemeral yet refreshing portrayal of the lives of the protagonists who, despite being burdened with an all too painful mission, quietly accept it.
37: “District 9” (2009)
One day, a spaceship suddenly appears in the sky of Africa. The aliens begin to live in a quarantined area called “District 9” on the ground, but when the conflict with humans worsens and they are forced to move to “District 10”, the story begins.
A new kind of science fiction movie with a documentary touch and an unprecedented image of aliens who come as refugees, not to invade the earth, but as weak people. The cast is also almost obscure, and the lead actor, Schaert Copley, is apparently a high school friend of Blomkamp’s.
There are a lot of grotesque scenes, so it may be hard for those who don’t like it, but the sadness and melancholy ending will strike a chord with you.
36: “Ghostbusters” (1984)
Scientists studying the paranormal form the “Ghostbusters” and begin their scientific ghost-busting business. While work is going well, the time is approaching when the God of Destruction, Goza, will be resurrected by the gods who possess humans…
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, and other gorgeous members appeared in the film, and it was a desperate sci-fi comedy. The giant, adorably shaped monster that appears as the last boss is also a popular character that symbolizes the game.
A sequel was released in 1989, and a reboot was released in 2016, replacing the cast with women, which caused a lot of buzz.
35: “The Fifth Element” (1997)
It’s been three years since “Leon” became an international hit. Luc Besson’s long awaited release of this sci-fi action film is a change from his previous hard-boiled film, which is sprinkled with fast-paced comedy. The breadth of the film’s style is astonishing, and the camerawork in the action scenes is as good as ever.
In the year 2263, the Earth is threatened with destruction by a mysterious being who calls himself Mr. Shadow. Corben, a skilled ex-military man who lives a life of self-indulgence, is suddenly met by a mysterious woman, Lee Lu. As he helps her escape, he unknowingly begins to unravel the mystery of the Fifth Element, which holds the key to the survival of the human race.
34: “Looper” (2012)
Set in the near future, time travel is an important aspect of the story. How will the future change as a result of the protagonists’ choices, and how will that changed future ripple through to the present? Will you be able to remember your loved ones even in a changing future? Highly acclaimed for its excellent screenplay, this film will leave a deep lasting impression not only on core science fiction fans, but on many who watch it.
In the year 2044, Joe has a job called the Looper, killing targets sent by a future criminal organization. One day, however, the other loopers’ contracts are being terminated. The price of ending a contract is to kill yourself to be sent 30 years later. The time has finally come for Joe, too. Old Joe, sent in from the future, runs away at the slightest opportunity.
In fact, Old Joe had a certain sorrowful determination in his heart.
33: “Moon” (2009)
First of all, Sam Rockwell’s performance in the lead role was worthy of an Academy Award for Best Actor. It is philosophical rather than thinly plotted, and after watching it, you may want to discuss it. It’s a sci-fi thriller that you’ll want to watch again after watching the movie.
What’s more, it’s a movie that’s full of charm outside of a complicated plot. The Man Trapped on the Moon is a beautiful tribute to such classics of yesteryear as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running.
You could say that Duncan Jones is a love letter to the science fiction genre.
32: “Solaris” (1972)
The main character, Chris, a psychologist, is sent from Earth to investigate after an anomaly occurs at a space base where he is exploring the planet Solaris. There were many mysterious phenomena of the “sea” that covered Solaris.
The work that made A. Tarkovsky’s name known to the world. The film was hastily submitted to the Cannes Film Festival and was very well received, but it was not immediately accepted by the public due to its esoteric story. After that, the film was gradually accepted because of the beauty of its images, and it is now very famous as a masterpiece.
Tarkovsky’s sense of that, especially in the representation of the intellectual organism “sea” that exists in Solaris and the music of Bach used in the play, is greatly appreciated.
31: “Alita: Battle Angel” (2019)
The setting is the near future, 100 years from now. The main character, Alita, is a cyborg who was found in a scrap heap with only her brain intact. When Dr. Ido finds her, she is given a new body and wakes up with no memory of it. She didn’t know her past, but her identity was the final weapon that was supposed to have been lost 300 years ago.
The film is based on “GUNNM” with Japanese manga artist Yuki Kishiro. This is a sci-fi film by James Cameron, who has wanted to remake this film in Hollywood for many years. Watch the journey of a cyborg girl in search of her identity, and the powerful action as it unfolds!
30: “Brazil” (1985)
The film is also a social satire, set in a society with a bureaucratic and totalitarian atmosphere in the fictional state of Brazil, where information is thoroughly controlled by computers. It’s a complex story with a variety of stories intertwined together.
The visuals are also distinctive, especially the expression of the “ducts” that often appear in the play is very elaborate and worth a look. It might be interesting to watch the film while thinking about what the “ducts” in the film represent and what the motif of “ducts” was used to convey. There are also homage scenes from “Battleship Pochomkin” and “Star Wars”, so it’s good to compare them.
The director is Terry Gilliam, a member of the famous and popular comedy group “Monty Python”, known in the UK as the “Beatles of comedy”, and the main character Harry is played by Robert De Niro. It’s often described as an esoteric cult film, but it’s also a visually pleasing film, so it’s a good idea to give it a try.
29: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016)
Rogue One”, the first live-action spin-off of the “Star Wars” series, the gold standard in film history. Looking at it in chronological order, it takes place just before the release of “Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope” in 1977.
The Death Star, the ultimate weapon of the Galactic Imperial Army, is finally completed. However, the designers had incorporated a fatal flaw in this weapon. After a series of twists and turns, the Rebel Alliance realizes the existence of the blueprints describing the defects. The allied forces, who are desperate to steal the blueprints, and the imperial forces, who attack them. What will be the end of the battle and how will it end?
The battle of the nameless warriors who give their lives to leave little hope for the overthrow of the Galactic Empire is a must-see for tears!
28: “Planet of the Apes” (1968)
When a spaceship on its way back to Earth crash-lands on a planet where highly intelligent apes dominate the speechless humans, it is a world in which the intelligent apes are in control. Astronaut Taylor is captured by an ape, but tries to escape with help from the ape’s side.
This is the memorable first installment of the blockbuster series, which caused a stir with its novel setting that reversed the positions of the apes and humans, and went on to produce four sequels and a TV anime.
Even though the film is about 50 years old, the special make-up skills of the realistic monkeys were astonishing from the bottom of my heart, and above all, the shocking ending grabbed the hearts of viewers. If you are watching the Japanese version of the DVD for the first time, be careful because there is an epic spoiler in the package.
27: “Paul” (2011)
A pair of nerds meet a hilarious alien named Paul, which causes a slapstick drama. While the story centers on Paul’s return to his hometown, it also depicts his journey and friendship.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starred in the film and wrote the screenplay. The two leading British comedians have put British black jokes where they belong.
There are also homages to “Star Wars” and many other films sprinkled throughout the film, so it might be fun to pick up and watch it while you’re at it.
26: “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
After the destruction of the space fortress Death Star, the Imperial attack on the rebels is fierce, and the rebels are driven back to the icy planet Hoth. Later, when he learns that Han Solo and Princess Leia, who escaped Hoth, are in the hands of Darth Vader, Luke throws out his apprenticeship under Yoda and heads to the rescue.
Set three years after the last film, the fierce battle between the imperial and rebel forces is powered up and unfolded. Yoda, the most powerful Jedi master and a regular at the top of the list if you vote on character popularity, also made an appearance in the film.
In the climactic battle between Darth Vader and Luke, a shocking revelation is revealed from Darth Vader’s mouth.
25: “The Thing” (1982)
The setting is Antarctica. The Norwegian base of the Antarctic Research Expedition is destroyed by an unknown creature that came to Earth a long time ago. One dog escapes from the base and brings terror to the American base.
This is a remake of 1951’s “Object X”, but this is a more faithful representation of John W. Campbell’s original novel “The Shadow Goes”.
Since unknown creatures have the ability to attach to and mimic humans, who is a real human being? The members of the Antarctic observation team panic and the viewers are misled. It is also a work that leaves a strong impression by brilliantly expressing the indescribably eerie nature of deforming life forms without CG.
24: “Total Recall” (1990)
The main character, Douglas, is tormented by dreams of a Mars he’s never been to. At one point, he learns that there is a “sell your dreams” service, and he chooses the “Become a spy and travel to Mars” course at the company that provides it, but trouble arises during the experience…
This is another film directed by Paul Verhoeven. With Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role, the main character asks, “Who are you really? The film is a dynamic depiction of a man who is on a quest to find the truth about his life.
Since CG was not yet widely used, special make-up was used to express the visuals of human deformation. Shuwa, played by Douglas, spotted the ball from his nose! The scene in which he pulls out the bottle with the
23: “WALL-E” (2008)
The humans have given up on the devastated Earth and live gracefully in space. Meanwhile, Wally, a robot, is silently working on garbage disposal on Earth. One day, Wally meets a robot Eve and falls in love with her at first sight, and follows her into the magnificent universe, where she is retrieved by a spaceship.
This is an original CG animation created by Pixar and Disney. Pixar’s skill in expressing the richness of the robot Wally’s feelings for Eve with almost no dialogue is superb.
Also, the film doesn’t just end up being a robot love story, it’s ironic in that it sounds a wake-up call to humans living a corrupt life.
22: “Kin-dza-dza!” (1986)
The setting is Moscow in the 1980s. The protagonists listen to the story of a suspicious man who has transmigrated through space, and the device he possesses sends them to a planet in the Kinza the Nebula. Will they be able to return to Earth from an unknown planet with an expanse of desert?
Although the film has received poor reviews from critics, it is a hit film that has made phenomenal attendance figures in the local Soviet Union.
A tastefully-designed airship flies on “Kin Thea,” a true wonderland. It’s a heartwarming work with a carefree mood, but it also has a dystopian setting and a bit of satire.
21: “Metropolis” (1927)
The future city “Metropolis”. While those in power led glamorous lives, there were many people forced into forced labor in the basement of the “Metropolis”. When the strike winds up against them, the powers that be create androids that look like the workers’ daughters to take care of things…
Near-future cities and androids are depicted in silent black-and-white images. I can’t help but admire the beauty of a different type from the elaborate CG images.
At a time when television was a near-future item in itself, this film is the origin of science fiction films, featuring videophones and androids. The design of the humanoid robot C-3PO in “Star Wars” was a major influence on his later works.
20: “Ex Machina” (2014)
Caleb, a young man who works as a programmer for a major company, is invited to the president’s vacation home to engage in research. Even though she knows it is taboo, she is attracted to Eva, the beautiful AI robot she is researching.
An artificial intelligence experiment is conducted in secret in a closed villa. The game between humans and artificial intelligence has a lingering ending that will capture the imagination of viewers.
The story with a touch of suspense is also excellent, but the highlight of this film is the inexpressible beauty of “Eva” played by Alicia Vikander! No wonder the film won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
19: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)
Many of the films I’ve introduced so far have complex adult-oriented stories, and some of the cult films weren’t much of a hit when they were released. However, this is a masterpiece that was a huge hit in Japan and can be enjoyed by children. Movie hitmaker Steven Spielberg is directing the film.
The innocent friendship with aliens, the adults trying to steal E.T. away from them, the escape with their friends, and the breakup with E.T., all depicted from a child’s point of view, may seem ordinary when you try to put them into words, but they still resonate with you even now that you are an adult. Also, not only are the child actors cute, but life in America back then is very interesting to watch now.
If you haven’t seen the scene where the bicycle flies through the air and the index finger is put together, which has become a Universal Studios attraction, you should. Even if you saw it as a child, you may be able to see it differently now as an adult.
18: “Minority Report” (2002)
Washington in 2054. The police were using the power of the ability to foresee the future to prevent future crimes from occurring. When John, a detective from the Crime Prevention Bureau, is warned that he is about to commit a murder, he runs away and begins to investigate the system of future prediction.
Starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg in 2002, the film is a world featuring holograms operating in space, biometric technology, magnetic autopilot cars, and voice-recognition furniture.
Some of them have already become a part of our lives, and many of them are about to become. It’s a film that wonders at Spielberg’s skill at brilliantly predicting the near-future world, while also touching on the justice system.
17: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017)
Rey finally awakens the Force and meets the legendary Jedi, Luke Skywalker. The film depicts Luke’s apprenticeship under a certain circumstance, his fierce battle with Kylo Ren against the Force, and the battle between the First Order led by Snoke and the Resistance led by Leia.
Following Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this is the second chapter of a sequel trilogy in which Rey is the main character, and is the equivalent of episode 8 in the series.
Daisy Ridley continues as Rey, and the role of Luke Skywalker is, of course, Mark Hamill. It was also the posthumous work of Carrie Fisher, who played Leia, who passed away in December 2016.
16: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004)
Joel and Clementine have a fight in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. One day Joel learns that she has had surgery to take away the memories of her and her. He is devastated and wishes to have a similar surgery to hers…..
The setting of the “service that erases certain memories” is the one that director Gondry was given by a friend, “What would you do if you got a letter that said, ‘Your lover has erased his memory of you, so don’t have any more contact with him’? The idea was inspired by the question, “What’s your name?
The ending of the couple in this film is a treat to watch. It’s a fantasy romance with a disjointed timeline and an intricate structure that mixes the dream world with the real world to give us some love instruction.
15: “Her” (2013)
Theodore’s job is to write letters on his behalf, but he falls in love with Samantha, an AI woman who only exists on the network. Set in near-future Los Angeles, the film tells the frustrating love story of a lonely man who leaves his wife and a woman of no substance.
It’s a unique film in the vein of director Spike Jonze, who has made a name for himself in the commercial and music video industry and has shown his genius in films such as “Malkovich’s Hole” and “Adaptation”. Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, and Scarlett Johansson as Samantha’s mesmerizing voice.
The film won the Best Screenplay award at the 86th Academy Awards for its wistful yet sentimental exchange of dialogue. What will be the end of their love?
14: “The Odyssey” (2015)
The astronauts were caught in a storm while investigating Mars. One of them, Mark Watney, is believed to have died and was marooned on Mars. Mark has to survive on Mars alone…
Matt Damon, popular for his work in the “Ocean’s” and “The Bourne” series, played the lead character Mark.
Mark started the ultimate self-sufficiency life using chemical technology to wait for rescue from the planet, which could be any day now. It’s fascinating to see him try to stay tough while showing his brash humor even in extreme conditions.
13: “Gattaca” (1997)
The near future is controlled by genetically engineered differences between those who are good and those who aren’t. Vincent, who has a recessive gene, is unable to get the job he wants, so he impersonates him with the genetic information of an ex-elite disabled by an accident, knowing it to be illegal.
Ethan Hawke played the main character Vincent, and Jude Law played Jerome, a former elite who sells genetic information to Vincent. Nowadays, genetic manipulation of human beings has become a reality, and the way we live our lives in a world where our future is determined by the genes we are born with is a thought-provoking experience.
12: “Zero Gravity: Mission in Space” (2013)
Ryan and Matt are involved in an accident during an EVA in space, 600 kilometers away from Earth. “Thrown into the void of nothingness and without the means to return to Earth, the two search for a way to make it back on their own.
The only substantive characters are Ryan, played by Sandra Bullock, and Matt, played by George Clooney. The film depicts a man who is filled with despair and heartbreak, but never gives up hope.
The visual representation of the magnificent space is unquestionably amazing, and the NASA astronauts raved about how it “faithfully recreates space”. It was 90 minutes in the blink of an eye as if you were floating in zero gravity. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to experience outer space with this movie!
11: “Alien” (1979)
Giant spaceships, cold sleep, anomalies in the mother computer, unknown intelligent life and a huge mysterious egg… Just listening to the elements will definitely make you a fan of near-future things.
In the environment of the alien that attacks and proliferates in the form of “parasitizing a human being”, and the spacecraft that has to be in a closed room for a long time, the fear of the crew is amplified rapidly, and the person watching will be swallowed by the atmosphere.
Prometheus, a spin-off film created by Ridley himself, was released in 3D in 2012, and many other derivative films have been produced, and the film’s popularity is still unabated.
I would definitely recommend this film if you are okay with horror, as the visual techniques and special effects from 1979 are fun to watch.
10: “The Matrix” (1999)
Thomas, a programmer who works for a major corporation, and Neo, a brilliant hacker, meet a mysterious beauty and her friends, and are informed that the world they are living in is a “virtual world” created by computers.
Keanu Reeves as Thomas/Neo, who finds himself in a battle to escape from computer domination. The novel and stylish fight scenes, shot with special effects and wire action called Bullet Time, became a big topic of conversation when the film was released.
The scene where he deflects and dodges a projectile is one of the most iconic scenes in the film.
9: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
Peter, an earthling who has been kidnapped and raised by aliens in a gang of thieves; Gamora, Thanos’ adopted daughter and assassin; and Rocket and Tree Groot, a raccoon who makes a living as a bounty hunter. They meet through a chance encounter and take a stand against a huge evil force plotting to destroy the universe.
While the storyline is based on a royal path, the characters are very individual and this is a unique hero movie from Marvel that is crazy and fun. I recommend that you take your mind off the film and watch it while you are in the mood.
8: “Inception” (2010)
Cobb is an industrial spy who infiltrates the subconscious and steals ideas while his target is dreaming. At one point, in exchange for a great advantage, you are asked to take on an even more difficult mission: planting new information instead of taking it away.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio. Saito, the client of the mission and the key man of the story, is played by Ken Watanabe, a world-renowned Japanese actor.
The first thing that surprises you is the dizzying and astounding images, and the weightless action that unfolds in a dream is a must-see. In addition, the structure of the dream that goes through many layers is very complicated, and because it is complicated, it makes you want to watch it again and again until you are convinced. Were the cobs able to succeed in their mission?
7: “Blade Runner” (1982)
This film is based on American author Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. The original author, Philip, is still a popular author for his work that incorporates his own mystical experiences, the spiritual world, social elements and political issues. His films such as “Total Recall” and “Minority Report” are also based on his works.
‘Blade Runner’ is set in 2019. The Earth has become so polluted that the majority of humanity has abandoned it and is living in outer space. In the midst of this, the people who were left behind on Earth were forced to work with replicants, artificial humans. However, they gradually become emotional and turn against the humans. The people who were responsible for executing them were called the Blade Runners.
However, Deckard, a retired Blade Runner, becomes embroiled in an incident…
The unique futuristic city is very science fiction-like, yet somehow realistic, and the audience is thrilled. It would be interesting to pay attention to the Japanese signs and the hustle and bustle of the city.
6: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
The masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which goes without saying. The beauty of the images will take the breath away from everyone who sees them. Not only is the beauty that is pleasant to look at on the surface, but the well-crafted compositions and screen transitions are breathtaking no matter how many times you look at them.
Even though this is a work in 1968 and the year 2001 is long gone, the sense of the near future is still not lost, as Kubrick says. The interior of the ship is so artistic that it has even been displayed in an art museum, and I highly recommend it to those who have never been interested in science fiction movies before.
In addition, the artificial intelligence “HAL” is an indispensable part of the story. The simple structure with a red lamp that looks like an eye is striking. The theme of the film is the horror and immeasurable power of the computer, which unknowingly possesses a power that surpasses the intentions of mankind.
5: “The Butterfly Effect” (2004)
This sci-fi suspense film follows Evan, a young man who can travel back in time and change the events that follow, as he travels through time again and again for his childhood friend Kaylee, whom he loves.
The film is based on the “Butterfly Effect” itself, one of the chaos theories in which the slightest difference at the beginning becomes a big change afterwards, and the elaborate structure and unexpected developments keep you watching! Not only that, but it’s also a heartbreaking love story with a moving ending.
Ashton Kutcher plays Evan and Amy Smart plays Kaylee in this sci-fi suspense masterpiece, which was followed by two sequels.
4: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1994)
Ten years after a deadly battle with a murderous android Terminator from the future. Sarah, a rambling storyteller, is mentally ill and isolated, living apart from her son, John. Just then, two Terminators come to John.
The low-budget first film was a huge hit, and the second film was produced on a generous budget. The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is back in action, but in a different position than in the previous film, fighting the latest Terminator in a spectacular battle.
The latest Terminator, with a liquid metal body, can pass through any confined space and copy humans and matter. It is said that this film is the beginning of the spread of CG technology in the film industry.
3: “Ready Player One” (2018)
In the near future, in the year 2045, the year of desolation and chaos, “Oasis” is a dream VR (virtual reality) world created by the genius Halliday. Wade, a lonely 17-year-old boy, has an epic adventure that spins between two worlds to solve the mystery of the legacy hidden in the “oasis” before Halliday died.
Based on Ernest Cline’s masterful novel, the film was directed by master filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The dynamic and powerful world of the images is a masterpiece of its own.
There are many characters and items that cross over with various 80’s culture, including Japanese anime and video games, and there are homageous displays throughout. It’s played by two fresh faces, Tye Sheridan as the hero and Olivia Cooke as the heroine.
2: “Interstellar” (2014)
Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey and popular Japanese actress Anne Hathaway play the lead roles in this film, and while the cast alone is a big draw, the finely crafted storyline is one of the highlights.
Earth is dying of food shortages, and humanity is searching for new habitable celestial bodies. The protagonist believes that the “phenomenon of books falling off the bookshelf” is actually a message from the universe made up of a binary system…
It is a human drama that firmly depicts love and the power of human beings, and at the same time, the scientific setting is realistic and detailed as the experts were asked to come up with an idea, so it is well worth watching as a near-future science film.
The use of CG is kept to a minimum and miniature sets and shooting tricks are used.
The director also cites “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Blade Runner” as his influences, so if you watch those films first, you’ll be able to discover their influence in the images and enjoy them even more.
1: “Back to the Future” (1985)
The film is an international megahit of the 1980s, which, as you may have guessed, tells the story of high school student Marty’s struggle to time travel in a car-shaped DeLorean developed by scientist Doc.
Fast-forward to 1985 and then to 1955. The comedic episodes, such as the turmoil that ensues when she meets her parents when she is young, are also a highlight. Steven Spielberg was the executive producer and Robert Zemeckis was the megaphone for the film. It is also known as the film that catapulted its lead actor, Michael J. Fox, into international popularity.
Not only is it known as a trilogy, including this one, but it is also the gold standard of time travel movies that have become a social phenomenon, spawning many derivative works such as anime and video games.
The near future, unknown science, the mystery of the universe, and the mystery of life – why not experience the extraordinary by watching a movie that is full of romantic elements.
There are many movies that are packed with various elements from classics to cult, thrillers, love stories and family movies, so you are sure to find your favorite SF movie from among them!