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TOP 10 SCI-FI MOVIES OF THE DECADE (2000 - 2009)


 

The past decade’s sci-fi offerings may have OD’ed on CG effects, but some efforts actually deserve the “thinking man’s SF” moniker . . .
 

#10 MOON (2009)

What’s it about? Working stiff astronaut (Sam Rockwell) discovers that everything isn’t as it appears to be. Either that or loneliness had driven him mad . . .

Why? Thoughtful hard SF tale that not only harkens back to the 1970s, but also to short stories by the likes of Arthur C. Clarke.
 

#9 TIMECRIMES (2007)

What’s it about? Clever time travel story about a middle-aged schlubb who might or might not be a witness to a murder.

Why? Don’t be misled by the DVD cover. This isn’t some torture porn horror movie, but a clever Spanish time travel movie that inexorably follows its own plot logic in the best tradition of the genre.
 

#8 FLATLAND (2007)

What’s it about? Indie SF movie based on a Victorian novel (!) set in a world that lacks depth, i.e., the world is completely 2-D!

Why? It isn’t only math buffs that will enjoy this oddity. Science fiction fans of a certain inclination (those who enjoy the science more than the fiction) will find loads to appreciate. Besides, chances are that you’ve never seen anything like it before!
 

#7 SERENITY (2005)

What’s it about? Full-length feature film based on Buffy-creator Joss Whedon’s sadly doomed space opera TV show Firefly.

Why? Because it’s a better Star Wars flick than any of the prequels . . .
 

#6 DONNIE DARKO (2001)

What’s it about? Who knows exactly! Giant talking monster rabbits and time travel, we think . . .

Why? An instant cult smash Donnie Darko had everything from hilarious chats on the Smurfs to an intense foreshadowing of doom that’ll make even Stephen King wet his pants!
 

#5

THE MIST (2007)

What’s it about? . . . and speaking of which. This horror movie about some townspeople trapped in supermarket by nasty beasties from another dimension is based on a novella by Stephen King. It is directed by Frank Darabont of Shawshank Redemption fame.

Why? The. Best. Ending. Ever.
 

#4 MINORITY REPORT (2002)

What’s it about? Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Cruise as a cop who arrests murderers before they can commit any crimes. Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.

Why? Minority Report gave sci-fi cinema some astoundingly new and fresh visual ideas . . .
 

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