Awesome dystopian sci-fi movies you probably haven’t seen

Awesome dystopian sci-fi movies you probably haven’t seen

Why were these films passed over when they were released? Some were ahead of their time. Some didn’t have the big budget or movie stars to carry the picture. Others were simply considered just too weird to get much attention from critics or get promotion. Whatever the reason, any sci-fi fan would do himself a favor by watching these should-be classics as soon as possible.

Primer (2004)

Primer is a down-to-earth, low budget sci-fi about two engineers accidentally discovering time travel in their garage. If you’re going to make a good sci-fi without any special effects or big-name actors, it better be smart, dark and interesting, which is exactly what Primer is. A fresh take on an already trodden path in the genre, the movie is a cerebral challenge for the viewer, but all the more worthwhile.

Moon (2009)

As Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) nears the end of his three-year term as a mining operator alone on the moon, he notices strange changes in his operating system (voiced by Kevin Spacey) and more importantly, even stranger changes in himself. While it has somewhat of a 2001 vibe, let me assure you it takes things to a whole other level (without giving too much away). Again, a recipient of numerous awards and critical praise, it didn’t exactly dominate the box office.

Children of Men (2006)

In the not-too-distant future, humanity has become inexplicably infertile and on the brink of extinction as a result. The story takes place in the United Kingdom, one of the few functioning governments remaining, where Theo (Clive Owen) tries to help an illegal refugee into the country. Shot beautifully, the film won countless awards despite being somewhat of a box office flop. It’s a thriller, a fantasy, and a drama all rolled into one, making many critics’ best-of list of the decade. Literally a must-watch.

The Fountain (2006)

Taking place over three timelines/realities, the central theme is that of immortality and its consequences. Starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, their characters in each setting are searching for eternal youth, fearing that the end of their lives will be the end of their bond. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, the imagery and symbolism take an almost Kubrick-like direction, and while it was also a flop at the theatres, it’s recently been received in a more generous light by critics and fans alike.


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