[ Part-02 ] 08 Best Sci-Fi Movie that most people haven't seen
This is part-02 of "Best Sci-Fi Movie"
Orbiter 9, 2017
Helena and her parents were en route to a new colony world in a small starship when the vessel’s life support system was compromised. When it became clear the ship could not keep three people alive indefinitely, Helena’s parents committed suicide by exiting the airlock so their daughter could live, leaving her in the care of the ship’s AI.
Now in her 20s — with years still remaining before planetfall — Helena receives a message that a large starship’s course will briefly bring it within range of her vessel, and the larger ship has agreed to send a repair technician to her via shuttle.
When the airlock opens and a young man named Alex steps aboard, it’s the firs time Helena has met a person other than her parents, and the first time she’s had contact with another living, breathing human being in years. The encounter is about to change her life in ways she never imagined. (Indie from Spain. In Spanish with subtitles.)
The Frame, 2014
The Frame is an undiscovered gem among undiscovered gems. It’s probably not for everyone: It’s cerebral, deeply weird, and after finishing the film I still wasn’t sure what the hell I’d just witnessed.
But if you don’t mind ambiguity and you like movies that leave things up to the viewer to interpret, you’ll enjoy this movie immensely and spend days thinking about the fate of the two leads, a reluctant thief named Alex (David Carranza), and a world-weary paramedic named Sam (Tiffany Mualem).
It quickly becomes apparent something very strange is happening in The Frame, and if you’re confused, that’s because you’re supposed to be. When the movie clicks it’s a revelatory moment, setting up the second and third acts. To say more would be to do this movie an injustice.
Kill Command, 2016
As a child with a degenerative condition that left her paralyzed from the waist down, Mills was cured by an experimental cybernetic procedure created by the defense contractor Harbinger. Now an adult, she works for Harbinger and leads a team creating advanced AI units designed to supplement — and eventually replace — humans in warfare.
When a team of US Marines is scheduled to spend a weekend at a military-owned island to train against the new AI units, Mills accompanies them, eager to see how her creations fare in war games against experienced combat veterans.
But after Mills and the marines are dropped off on the island they realize their access to the global network has been cut off and the Harbinger SAR (Study, Analyze, Reprogram) units aren’t playing war games — they’re using live rounds and artillery. Aware of her work for Harbinger and the fact that she’s been augmented by machine parts, the marines grow increasingly suspicious of Mills as the SAR units hunt them down — and Mills realizes if the machines don’t kill her, the marines will.
Love, Death + Robots, 2019:
(Beyond the Aquila Rift, above, Khanivore from Sonnie’s Edge, middle, and a feline overlord from 3 Robots, bottom)
This is a series of 18 shorts running about 15 minutes per episode, each based on short stories by well-known SF novelists. I am recommending it primarily on the strength of Beyond the Aquila Rift, which is based on a story by Alastair Reynolds, and Sonnie’s Edge, based on a story by Peter F. Hamilton. (With 3 Robots holding a special place in my heart because cats literally rule the world in that episode.)
If you’ve ever delved into literary SF, you know those two guys are some of the biggest names in the genre, known for creating rich science fiction worlds with mesmerizing detail and brain-melting big ideas. Also recommended from this collection: Lucky 13, Suits, 3 Robots and Zima Blue.
The Girl With All The Gifts, 2016:
I know, I know. Not another zombie movie!
With a deluge of zombie media and The Walking Dead beating the genre dead, resurrecting it, then beating it to death again over 11 seasons of torture porn, magic dumpsters and the same tribe-on-tribe story regurgitated again and again — and again — you’ll be forgiven if your first thought is to give this one a pass.
But wait. It turns out there’s still life in this genre, and The Girl With All The Gifts shines as one of the very best with a refreshing and unique take on the undead.
The film is a blend of science fiction, drama and horror. To say more would be to spoil a fantastic narrative. Featuring Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine and a talented newcomer you won’t forget after watching this film.
The Endless, 2017:
Two brothers escaped from a repressive life in a bizarre cult years ago, but the scars of their childhood aren’t yet healed. Determined to find closure, the younger of the two wants to return to the cult and verify through adult eyes that their memories of the cult camp are more sinister than the reality.
The older brother, Justin, reluctantly agrees, but after returning to the cult compound, the brothers are shocked to discover their memories aren’t delusions from childhood, and that something unexplainable is happening there. Feeling the inexorable pull of a force beyond their comprehension, they realize their next choice will have an indelible impact upon their lives.
Inventor Ren Amari (Jessica De Gouw) builds OtherLife, a virtual reality system so real that immersion in its programs is indistinguishable from real life. Ren envisions a wide range of applications, from reliving beloved memories to virtual vacations, but the company’s co-founder, Sam, sees opportunities beyond entertainment value.
Against Ren’s wishes, Sam pitches OtherLife to prison industry executives to alleviate the problem of prison overcrowding: What if an inmate can experience a year of prison in subjective time within the program while a mere minute passes in reality? What if criminals who commit horrific crimes are forced to serve multiple concurrent life sentences? And what would serving 200 years in a virtual prison do to the fragile human mind?
But before prison industry CEOs will invest in the project, they want a demonstration that it’ll work, and the very first prisoner to occupy a digital cell will not be voluntary…
Attack the Block, 2011:
Most alien invasion movies feature terrified crowds running from extraterrestrials raining destruction down on Earth’s cities. Attack the Block flips the script with a bunch of delinquent kids who witness the opening stages of an alien invasion and enthusiastically shout their rallying cry: “Aliens, yo! Let’s go f— them up!”
This science fiction-comedy’s protagonists are poor latchkey kids living in one of London’s seedier public housing towers, filling their idle hours by sticking up unsuspecting passersby for chump change and smoking pot. Their weapons are baseball bats, replica samurai swords and fireworks. Their mode of transportation is bicycles and scooters.
But as the sky lights up with alien pods burning through the atmosphere and falling on London, the kids become the only real line of defense for their apartment building, their families, their friends — and their beloved “weed room” at the very top of the tower block. Stars John Boyega and Jody Whitaker before they were famous.