Three Little-Known and Highly-Recommended Sci-Fi Movies That Take Science Very Seriously

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There are several movies that have managed to win the almost unanimous adoration of science fiction enthusiasts. ‘Blade Runner’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’‘Interstellar’ or ‘Alien: the eighth passenger’ These are just some of them, but there are many more. All of them have in common an exciting story, an overwhelming atmosphere, credible performances, and, above all, an inspired address. In fact, the combination of these ingredients has caused some of them to achieve masterpiece status.

However, there are also other science fiction films that are much smaller and made with more modest means that manage to captivate us with their originality. And also because they consider that viewers are intelligent beings, and, therefore, capable of facing the viewing of the footage in an active way. Making a certain effort to interpret the plot and reach conclusions that do not always have to be imposed in an inflexible way by the plot line.

These films treat the viewer as an intelligent being, and, therefore, capable of facing the viewing of the footage in an active way.

The three films that we propose in this article fit quite well into this philosophy. They offer us a respectful and reasonably serious science fiction, although, honestly, none of them have the ambition to be popular. Its slow and thoughtful pace will probably be tiresome for some fans of this genre, but those who are not easily discouraged will probably you will find in them three jewels that you won’t forget.

There goes a statement of intent before moving forward. In this article you will not find spoilers; just a brief description that aims to help you guess if you want to dedicate your time to any of these films. And, as far as science is concerned, as usual, the three take licenses and do not give up a good dose of fiction, like any of the productions that I mentioned in the first paragraph, but they have internalized integrity and balance that are only within the reach of the best films of this genre.

Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color (2013)

‘First’Carruth’s first film, surprised us in 2004 with a more complex and mature vision of time travel than the one that most science fiction films usually offer us. ‘Upstream Color’ It is his second film, and, although he follows a very different path than the one he followed with his first film, both films share a flirtation with abstraction which has led some critics to consider Carruth a very worthy heir to David Lynch’s cinema.

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The starting point of his second proposal is the relationship into which two people are forced, Kris, played by Amy Seimetz, and Jeff, played by Carruth himself, in whose lives a parasitic organism has crossed that creates a vital and emotional bond between them that they cannot part with. ‘Upstream Color’ is full of hypnotic and cathartic images that evoke some of the sequences that Terrence Malick offers us in his films, although, above all, it exudes originality. It is currently available in filmin.

Solaris (1972), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

This is probably the best known of the three films that we propose in this article. After all, the Russian filmmaker Andréi Tarkovski is objectively one of the most influential and respected directors of those who developed their film careers during the second half of the 20th century. ‘Solaris’ It is not his most personal proposal, but, even so, it is a tape of complex, thoughtful and exciting science fiction. Very exciting.

‘Solaris’ is not Tarkovsky’s most personal proposal, but, even so, it is a complex, thoughtful and exciting science fiction film

Interestingly, this filmmaker stated several times during his life that this is the feature film he least liked of the seven he had made. Stanislaw Lem, the author of the novel on which this film is inspired, was not satisfied with the result either. Beyond the opinion of those responsible, ‘Solaris’ manages to portray with surgical precision the psychological crisis by which it is subjugated an astronaut stationed at a space station that orbits around a mysterious aquatic planet. Is available in filmin.

One last note: the 2002 adaptation directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney and Natascha McElhone is perhaps an oversimplification of Tarkovsky’s original work, but yes, respect its original spirit and it is more affordable. Much more affordable. We can see this reimagining on Disney +.

‘The Wild Planet’ (1973), by René Laloux

The third and last film that we propose in this article is a French animated film for adults that places the human being with amazing skill as the object of play and experimentation of an extraterrestrial civilization known as Draag. Its aesthetic power, which is clearly influenced by the work of Salvador Dalí, and the depth of your message they are beyond doubt. In my opinion not a single one of its 71 minutes of footage is left over. If you want to give it a try, you have it on the MUBI subscription channel, which is integrated into the Prime Video platform.

There are several movies that have managed to win the almost unanimous adoration of science fiction enthusiasts. ‘Blade Runner’, ‘2001:…

There are several movies that have managed to win the almost unanimous adoration of science fiction enthusiasts. ‘Blade Runner’, ‘2001:…

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