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Best Sci Fi Movies Of The Decade


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After we were discussing Moon in another thread richmeister mentioned that he thought it was a possibility for the best sci fi picture of the decade. That got me thinking, what are some other great sci fi movies that came out this past decade.


I don't know if I would say this decade was great for sci fi (compared to 90-00 with movies like The Matrix, Independence Day, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Ghost in the Shell, just to name a few) but here are some of the sci fi movies that I enjoyed this past decade:

Pitch Black (2000) - Just squeaking into this decade (does 2000 count for this decade or the past?) was one of my favorite sci fi movies of recent memory. A very cool main character and a creepy world, what more could you ask for? It also contains one of my favorite movie lines. I absolutely believe in god, and I absolutely hate the fucker.

Avatar (2009) - Ok, I know that many of you would disagree with me on this one but in my mind there are two things that make a sci fi movie good. Visuals and story. I don't think it's necessary to have both, nor do I think that a movie with poor visuals needs a compelling story (just look at Starship Troopers, I think it's hilarious and because of that I'll watch it on occasion). Since this was the most visually stunning movie I've ever seen this gets my vote for one of the best sci fi movies of the decade.

Serenity (2005) - I felt that this movie served as a good wrap up of the tv series but it tended too much toward being a serious movie. One of the reasons I like Firefly is because of his humor, and it was missed in the movie.

Primer (2004) - This is my vote for the best sci fi movie of the decade. Does that mean that we had a relatively weak decade for sci fi movies? Yea, I'd say so. But this movie got the story aspect of a sci fi movie down pat. It is by far the best time travel movie I've ever seen and it's complex story will have you running for your computer right after you get done watching it. After you read some writeups about the movie you can watch it again and see the whole story play out from the first seconds to the end credits.

War of the Worlds (2005) - To be honest I don't remember a whole lot about this movie but from the bits and pieces that stuck with me I thought that it was entertaining. I wish that it kept to the original story a bit more since following Tom Cruise's character, a normal dude, felt pretty random. And the sounds in this movie were spectacular. I clearly remember there was a massive electrical storm the night I saw the movie and I was expecting to hear those fog horn-esque sounds coming from tripods in the distance.


I'm sure that you guys will come up with a bunch of movies I have forgotten or just missed. So what sci fi movies do you think are candidates for the best of the decade?


Here are some other movies that I didn't particularly like or haven't seen but I just wanted to throw them out there to jog your mind:
Minority Report (2002) - Eyeball transplant...
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Moon (2009) - I'm pretty gullible, but I saw the ending of this movie from the credits.
Children of Men (2006)
Star Trek (2009) - I could go on for a very long time about how I hate this movie.
Donnie Darko (2001)
District 9 (2009) - It was disgusting
Cloverfield (2008) - The hype really blew this movie out of proportion.
28 Days Later (2002)


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QUOTE (PTrain @ Jul 4 2010, 12:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
District 9 (2009) - It was disgusting


RAGE. District 9 was great.

I'm not really into the sci-fi genre, but Children of Men was for me the best film out of the genre in the decade.
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Primer is a great choice. I thoroughly loved figuring it out over multiple viewings. It did what a good sci-fi ought to do.

I would throw in The Prestige as a phenomenal sci-fi film that deserves a nomination.

Children of Men was ok but I didn't think it had much merit to the plot or sci-fi aspects, it was just a very well-done drama/action film where the mcguffin happened to be a pregnant woman. That long-cut near the end was impressive, though.

I loved District 9 too, but I don't think it was quite on the intellectual/plot level of Primer or The Prestige.

Avatar doesn't really deserve a mention at all.

I'm tempted to throw Equilibrium in there, because I love the action scenes and there is a somewhat interesting plot, but the film just has a few too many amateurish mistakes for it to win.

Watchmen is an possibility, at least the Director's Cut. Maybe only because I love the graphic novel, but I thought the DC was fantastic and pretty faithful to the comic, which in turn means the plot of the movie was pretty excellent.

Finally: I haven't seen Inception yet. I'd rather hold off of a final verdict until then.

Edited by Destructor, 04 July 2010 - 01:39 PM.

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You guys have given pretty much every good sci fi, I really can't add any more to the list. Sci fi isnt exactly my genre of choice so if I had to pick it would either be The Prestige or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I loved both of them so much.

As for the others
Primar - Haven't seen (lol I know, I even remember the thread from ages ago icon_sad.gif)
Avatar - Haven't seen (lol I know)
District 9 - Great movie, like Destructor said the plot itself wasn't diffcult to pick up on. It was quite drama heavy and not really a puzzle. My favourite from last year, much better then The Hurt Locker.
Children of Men - I love this movie, the atmosphere the movie has is just perfect.
Serenity - Didn't enjoy that much, maybe because I never watched Fire Fly.
Cloverfield - Great movie but the hype was to much.
Watchmen - It's a good movie, I didn't get round to reading the graphic novel and my take on the movie felt like it was lacking something which I can't put my finger on.
Star Trek - I really liked this movie, its the first thing I've ever seen of Star Trek and the way they reboot the series is very smart and well done. And then the rest like plot, action, cinematography, acting were all great.
Moon - I was hyped as fuck for this movie and rented it and when I watched it I was heavily distracted all all that so I didn't really enjoy it. I think a second watch would help.
Donnie Darko - Its good but after I kinda got bored of it.
Minority Report - I've only seen the end half but it seemed alright lol.
28 Days Later - Great movie.
War of the Worlds - Its a good movie its just that the ending ruin makes you not wanna watch it again lol.

Actually guys isn't V for Vendetta a sci fi? I fucking love this movie.


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Finally: I haven't seen Inception yet. I'd rather hold off of a final verdict until then.



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Though I'd mention some unnamed movies that I enjoyed this decade, since all of yours lists seem pretty good... with a few changes I would make based off my own opinion.

Uhm, well... I guess one of my favorite sci-fi movies of this decade is most probably Deja Vu. Well, as far as I know, it was just some sci-fi flic you watched once in your life and never again... but I seriously enjoyed that movie, even though Denzel Washington was in it and all he's really known for is being black.

I guess I am Legend is worth the mention though... but meh, I still didn't like the ending to that movie. :/

There was also The Day After Tommorow.. but I didn't even enjoy that.... so let's not go there icon_wink.gif

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Children Of Men is the best in my mind.

I also agree that while it was slightly... bloody, District 9 was a great movie.

I am a die-hard fan of Cloverfield, I'm not ashamed to admit it! icon_smile.gif

Edited by Palt_Teh_Destroyer, 05 July 2010 - 03:34 AM.


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Moon and 28 days later were fantastic, easily the two best of the decade. Moon is captivating and tragic with Sam Rockwell putting on the performance of his carreer tbh. 28 days later changed the ballpark for zombie films imo, it changed the common conception that zombies were slow moving dumb creatures and that they could run, and run fast, made it even more terrifying.

I'm not a fan of CGI stuff like avatar and cloverfield. They didn't really do anything for me.

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1. Matrix (fuck ya's, '99 is close enough yo)
2. Moon
3. Star Trek
4. Serenity
5. V for Vendetta
6. Minority Report
7. District 9
8. Wall-e
9. Avatar
Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick ties with Primer for 10th place.

Edited by DethFanatic, 05 July 2010 - 06:31 AM.


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QUOTE (DethFanatic @ Jul 5 2010, 09:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
1. Matrix (fuck ya's, '99 is close enough yo)
2. Moon
3. Star Trek
4. Serenity
5. V for Vendetta
6. Minority Report
7. District 9
8. Wall-e
9. Avatar
Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick ties with Primer for 10th place.


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QUOTE (ŁΰŹĭƒęr @ Jul 5 2010, 10:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are you serious? Pfft. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but yours is wrong.

QUOTE (ŁΰŹĭƒęr @ Jul 5 2010, 10:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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QUOTE (ŁΰŹĭƒęr @ Jul 5 2010, 10:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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QUOTE (ŁΰŹĭƒęr @ Jul 5 2010, 10:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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Oh damn, I forgot about The Matrix Reloaded. People trash it, but I found it as mind-blowing as the first one, mainly due to the big twist at the end. Revolutions was a piece of shit that took the brilliant twist in Reloaded - that the entire concept of The One and Zion was a manipulation by the machines, and the Oracle was in on the entire thing - and apparently just forgot about the whole thing and decided to make a jesus allegory. But if you pretend Revolutions never happened, then Reloaded was excellent. The action scenes had some of the most awesome choreography I've ever witnessed, and while the dialogue was a little weak at times the movie had a great personality of its own.
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One good, though flawed, picture that no one mentioned yet is A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
The Road could possibly also be classified as sci-fi -- an interesting piece that captures the spirit of our times.
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QUOTE (The_Zooloo_Master @ Jul 5 2010, 09:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One good, though flawed, picture that no one mentioned yet is A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
The Road could possibly also be classified as sci-fi -- an interesting piece that captures the spirit of our times.

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Of the ones I remember seeing Moon.
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QUOTE (Rob` @ Jul 5 2010, 05:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Of the ones I remember seeing Moon.

I was kind of disappointed by Moon. It was good, no doubt, but... well, here was my thought process while watching it (spoilers ahead!):

"cool, he's alone on the moon, there's a robot, this could be neat"

"awesome, he's seeing things, going a bit nuts from years of isolation, this could lead to awesome stuff"

"holy shit there's two of them what's happening? he's gotta be insane now"

"he's talking to himself, this is badass, this is shaping up to be a neat psychological drama about isolation, or it could lead to a more interesting twist later..."

" ..."

"oh. everything that appears to be happening is actually literally happening. it's just a clone. that's it? really?"

"ok, that ended in a very straightforward way with very little conflict or any smart twists at all."


So, yeah. It could have been so much more than it ended up being. But what it did, it did well.
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I was going to say Gattaca but its 1997.

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Looks interesting, downloading now!

Also what's with all the love for Riddick? Those films sucked.
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wow you guys don't watch many sci-fi movies do you
My top 10:
10. Zebraman
09. The Host
08. Moon
07. Solaris
06. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
05. Children of Men
04. Tekkon Kinkreet
03. The Road
02. Sunshine
01. Battle Royale

this decade has not been good for sci-fi but these are all fucking great

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i take it there was something underlying about The Host which i didn't get, although i've only seen it once.. coz i found it boring.

plus some scenes which did not translate very well at all.

Edited by j-tak, 05 July 2010 - 08:37 PM.


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