@Roger – nice mention of fantastic planet. This is a great film.
The best SF films engage the mind, not the eye.
Francisco the best SF has and can do both, imo.
Fantastic Planet was terrific !
A Clockwork Orange
The Empire Strikes Back
Planet of the Apes
…could go on for hours.
“Moon” (Duncan Jones) is by far one of the best recent sci-fi films.
Jones also directed the more conventional “Source Code”
No love for Total Recall ?
Rekall! Rekall! Rekall!
I love Total Recall. It is a good sci-fi film.
1. Children Of Men
2. Blade Runner
3. The Terminator 2
6. The Matrix
8. 12 Monkeys
10. District 9
There a lot more great sci-fi movies like 2048, Total Recall, The Thing, Ghost In The Shell, Stars Wars and more. With most sci-fi movies the best ones are about a world gone wrong or a government of some kind trying to control or inslave it’s people.
The problem here as with horror, is that there are the movies that are serious, thought-provoking works and the movies that are generically pleasing and prototypes for the genre. But the former category is much more compelling to me and I just don’t think that many directors make serious sci-fi films as evidenced by everyone mentioning the same handful and then cherry picking other films that vaguely fit here and there.