The 25 best sci-fi movies of the 21st century, which must be seen

1. Communication

  • United States, United Kingdom, 2013.
  • Duration: 89 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

The film was shot in the main director’s living room in just five days and 50 thousand dollars, but he is not inferior in the heat of intrigue to his higher-budget counterparts.

A company of friends is going to a dinner party. Already on the road with them, there begins to be some kind of devilry: cellular communication is working with interruptions, and the glass of mobile phones for some unknown reason are cracking. Later it turns out that on this very day a comet flies very close to the Earth, because of which different strangenesses are created. And interruptions with communications – even the most innocent of them.

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2. Hell

  • United States, Great Britain, 2007.
  • Duration: 107 minutes
  • IMDb: 7.3.

One of the most spectacular and underestimated sci-fi movies, in which there was a place and a heart-rending drama, and a crazy space adventure.

A team of desperate astronauts is sent to save humanity. Their mission is to reach the dying Sun and drop a nuclear bomb on it, so that the star shone with new forces. If this is not done, life on Earth will be threatened with extinction.

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3. Detonator

  • USA, 2004.
  • Duration: 77 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.0.

Another unrecognized masterpiece of low-budget cinema on the topic of time travel. To make the dialogues sound more professional, director Shane Carrut, a mathematician by training, specially studied physics in the process of writing the script. Apparently, he was a little carried away, so the film was not very popular among the broad masses, but he earned approval from critics from Rotten Tomatoes, who dubbed him the best fantasy film for thinking people.

The main characters construct in the garage something that resembles a time machine. Friends think that their discovery will turn the world around, until they face unpleasant side effects.

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4. The Moon 2112

  • Great Britain, 2009 year.
  • Duration: 97 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.9.

This incredibly entertaining and realistic film, shot in record time (in just 33 days!), Was the directorial debut of Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie.

The contract of astronaut Sam Bell is coming to an end. In complete solitude, he spent three years on the moon, watching the work of the isotope producing apparatus. A couple of weeks before the end of the contract, Sam feels that something is going wrong with him, and then discovers that he was being led for a long time by the nose.

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5. Aliens in the area

  • Great Britain, France, 2011 year.
  • Duration: 88 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

This picture combines elements of a youth comedy, a fantasy and a horror film. A gang of guys from a dysfunctional area terrorizes local residents exactly as long as it does not accidentally discover on their “possessions” the strange origin of an alien coming from. After this incident, a formidable company rethinks its life purpose and decides to retrain into defenders and fighters with an unearthly race.

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6. Through the snow

  • South Korea, Czech Republic, United States, France, 2013.
  • Duration: 126 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.0.

Fantastic and post-apocalyptic South Korean thriller, based on the graphic novel.

Trying to stop global warming, people invent a reagent capable of lowering the temperature. But everything goes not according to plan. They get a frozen planet, practically unsuitable for life. Only those who managed to get on the train were able to survive without a break, wagging around the world. As in ordinary society, the train has its own hierarchy. To get used to it, you need to learn how to play by special rules.

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7. Donnie Darko

  • USA, 2001.
  • Duration: 113 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

Richard Kelly’s directorial debut took place at an unfortunate time: people have not yet recovered from the tragic events of September 11th. The film failed at the box office, but later, after going on DVD, still got his fans.

Frank – a mysterious creature remotely similar to a rabbit, warns high school student Donnie Darko that his life can be cut off in 8 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. After the due time, Donnie discovers that the prediction of the rabbit has come true: a plane falls on the boy’s house. As a reward for saving his life, Frank begins to demand payment from Donnie.

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8. Start

  • United States, Great Britain, 2010.
  • Duration: 148 minutes
  • IMDb: 8.8.

This movie is very popular with those who like to solve riddles and unravel the intricate plot lines.

Industrial spy Dominik Cobb is famous for stealing corporate secrets, using the technology of joint dreams. To return to his children, he agrees to an almost impossible job. This time he will not steal another idea, but introduce it into the subconscious of the victim.

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9. It’s hard to be God

  • Russia, 2013 year.
  • Duration: 177 minutes
  • IMDb: 6.7.

A screen version of the fantastic story of the Strugatsky brothers, shot by Alexei Herman. Work on the film lasted about 15 years, and the final version was released after the death of the director.

A group of scientist-researchers with a special mission is sent to a planet almost identical to the Earth. Life there froze at about the mark “The Middle Ages” and is in great decline. Earthlings are forbidden to interfere in what is happening, so as not to change the course of history, but the rules exist in order to break them.

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10. The Time Loop

  • USA, China, 2012 year.
  • Duration: 118 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.4.

You can use time loops not only for peaceful purposes. In 2074, they came up with the idea to get rid of undesirable people with their help. The victim is sent 30 years ago, and a specially trained killer-luper kills her. Once a well-established system fails: the protagonist faces an aged and lets himself escape from the future, instead of closing the loop, shooting himself.

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11. Out of the car

  • Great Britain, 2014.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

The picture-debut of the famous British writer Alex Garland, which is called one of the best films about artificial intelligence in the history of cinema. Programmer Caleb agrees to participate in an interesting experiment: during the week he will have to test the robot girl Ava, which was created on the basis of his preferences.

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12. Paprika

  • Japan, 2006.
  • Duration: 90 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

Japanese director Satoshi Cohn is not very well known, but his works were inspired by such directors as Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky, which already means something.

In the not too distant future, a useful DC Mini device was invented, allowing doctors to penetrate into the dreams and fantasies of patients. It was not dangerous until it fell into the hands of intruders, who with his help began to drive innocent people mad.

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13. The Edge of the Future

  • USA, Canada, 2014.
  • Duration: 113 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.9.

The film is incredibly similar to a computer game: the main character dies, reborn, pumps his abilities and starts all over again, until the conceived will not be perfect.

Major William Cage has a unique ability to turn any day into Groundhog Day. To prevent war between invaders and alien aliens, to understand what is happening, and then get out of the time loop, he will have to die more than one hundred times.

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14. WALL · AND

  • USA, 2008.
  • Duration: 98 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

This touching cartoon is not at all as simple as it seems. Behind the cute shell, you can see a real anti-utopia about the ever-growing dependence of people on technology and ubiquitous automation.

A small robot cleaner WALL · And alone cleans the Earth from debris, which is so clogged that it has become unsuitable for life. One day, to check how things are progressing with the cleaning of the planet, Eva’s robot scout arrives on Earth, into which VALL • And falls in love without memory.

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15. Arrival

  • USA, 2016.
  • Duration: 116 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

An unusual film about aliens who do not destroy the planet and capture its inhabitants in captivity, but act in the opposite way.

When 12 space alien ships descend to Earth, the US government begins to worry and instructs the team led by the linguistic teacher Louise Banks in any possible way to find a common language with them and find out what they came for.

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16. Planet of the Apes: The Revolution

  • USA, 2014.
  • Duration: 130 min.
  • IMDb: 7.6.

The second part of the exciting sci-fi trilogy, based on the novel by the French writer Pierre Bull. Monkeys and people are once again trying to find out which of them is more worthy of living on the planet. Peacefully to agree in any way it is impossible, therefore both parties start preparation for inevitable battle.

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17. Dissenting opinion

  • USA, 2002.
  • Duration: 145 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

A film-prediction, shot in the original and recognizable manner of Steven Spielberg based on the story of Philip Dick.

2054 year. People learned to foresee the future and created a special department for crime prevention, which is headed by Captain John Anderton. The department’s task is to see the offenses that someone plans to commit in the near future, and in any way prevent them. Once in one of the visions Anderton notices himself killing a person. To avoid punishment and to understand the situation, John is forced to hide from his colleagues.

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18. The World of the Future

  • USA, 2015.
  • Duration: 17 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.2.

Short cartoon about a little girl Emily, who travels to the future in the company of a clone telling her how everything will be arranged in the world in a couple of decades.

19. She

  • USA, 2013 year.
  • Duration: 126 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

Unusual and futuristic love story of a lonely writer and the operating system Siri. The development of their relations is very strange, but it is terribly interesting to observe.

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20. District No.9

  • South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada, 2009.
  • Duration: 112 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

Another film about atypical behavior of aliens. While people are wondering why the aliens appeared on the planet and why they do not leave their plates, it turned out that there is simply nowhere to live for alien guests. To somehow save the situation, the earthlings built a special camp for the aliens, but this was not the best solution.

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21. Impurity

  • USA, 2013 year.
  • Duration: 96 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

The second film by Shane Carrut in this collection and again low-budget, but this is no less interesting. A mysterious drug dealer attacks a girl and launches into her body a worm that paralyzes her will and desire. Now she, like a puppet, is ready to fulfill all the requests and instructions of the insidious stranger.

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22. Guest

  • United States, Switzerland, 2013.
  • Duration: 125 minutes.
  • IMDb: 5.9.

The planet was captured by aliens who called themselves Souls. They get into people, enslave their will and mind, and then control them. To hide and survive a few. Among the lucky ones is the young girl Melanie, who finds a way to co-exist with the alien in one body. It is obvious that in her hands – the key to saving the whole planet.

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23. Stay in my shoes

  • United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, 2013.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.3.

Mysterious aliens who took the form of an earth girl, rides on a white minivan and in earnest seduces single men. But she does it not for the sake of flirting and not because of a sense of loneliness: with earthquakes yielding to her charms, nothing good happens.

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24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • USA, 2004.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

They say that a broken cup does not stick together, but the characters in the film do it very well. A beautiful and sad picture by Michel Gondry about a couple who, after parting, struggled to erase memories of each other from memory.

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25. A child of man

  • USA, Great Britain, Japan, 2006.
  • Duration: 104 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.9.

A gloomy anti-utopia about humanity, which faced the problem of infertility. The last child was born almost twenty years ago, and in the world there are no more women who are able to become pregnant. While scientists are looking for ways to cope with the problem, people begin to create unimaginable things.

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