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the last decent sci-fi movie??


seems to be a dying genre. cgi is partly to blame.

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The golden age of scifi pretty much petered out ten years ago but if I had to scrape the barrel for some recent enjoyable fare i'd pick Reminiscence -2021- and that Underwater -2020- flick.

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really, both of these were panned. i did see both of them

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I liked Underwater as well.

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Underwater was awesome. Pretty rewatchable too.

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I didn't mind The Creator (2023), and I haven't seen it yet, but Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse looks good. But my favourite scifi movie in recent times is probably The Vast of Night (2019) so I wouldn't say it's dying so much as slow and steady.

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it has 6.7 on imdb , which is good for a sci fi

yet all the recent thread titles are expressing displeasure , more so then normal jaded mc posters .

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started strong. fell apart at the end

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I feel that's pretty typical of most recent films I've seen, regardless of genre.

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Not sure why. It wasn't bad by any means. Maybe not amazing, but not bad.

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I have never seen The Vast of Night but from the RedLetterMedia review it sounds like a very well made movie.

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I quite like it, but it's a very particular style of film, so I don't know that I would recommend it to everyone.

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Edge of Tomorrow was good.

I didn't mind the star trek movies,
Alita Battle Angle
new blade runner.

New Halo Tv series is not too bad, if you never played the games.

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i haven't seen edge of tomorrow

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well its "sci fi military version of Groundhog Day" , if that sounds appealing

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Lotta low-bar movies listed here.

Some of the ones about artifically intelligent robots have been pretty good.
Anything that has to resort to putting Morgan Freeman in it they already know is bad. ;-)

Taking out fantasy and horror reduces the number down to almost single-digits.

I like stuff like "The Man From Earth" with no tech, violence or special effects.

Hard to think of a really good science fiction .... I'll be back.

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"I like stuff like "The Man From Earth" with no tech, violence of special effects."

Hate to repeat myself, but UFO (2018) bears it.

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The Man From Earth is my favourite Sci Fi. Would have never believed a mostly single room scenario with just talk would be so captivating and thought provoking.

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Fun movie. Reminds me of two other favorites, "My Dinner With Andre" and "Mindwalk".

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Its a great movie .

But without 'the tech' is it "Sci fi" ?

Yes , something "impossible" is happening , somehing that would not happen in our real world , but that alone doesent make it sci fi imo

no science

again - im not knocking the movie , I've watched it several times

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It's more sci-fi than all the horror, fantasy, zombies, dragaons, and time travel BS out there. Science fiction bends the mind by stretching reality in ways we've not though of. The more Sci-Fi movies track with reality the more I like them.

IMDB calls it fantasy. Sci-Fi like the Martian, Expanse, Colossus: The Forbin Project. There are very few real science fiction movies, because an author has to work hard and know a lot. Silo is Sci-fi. Star Wars is not, Star Trek is a bit trickier because you really have to suspect your disbelief, but for kids it's not bad. I don't think anything like the transporter will ever or can ever exist.

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How would you class Mad Max?
No science
Nothing that couldnt happen in our reality

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Yes there is science, just old style science that was reinvented from necessity. How else do you get methane farming for the vehicles without science?

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well if you put it that way *any* movie is science fiction , if it features , say , a lightbulb

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Except that societal collapse to that extent hasn't happened yet so no, any movie with a lightbulb wouldn't be science fiction because bulbs exist in our current reality.

Should the world, ie the internet and the electrical grid collapse tomorrow and never come back again, how would you survive? Would you know how to convert a vehicle to use methane that you have harvested from your own farming technique? Could you make that lightbulb work again?

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You don't see people using flint axes currently either , but if Mad max resorted to that because he couldn't find a steel one , then using cave man tech hardly makes it "sci fi"

You know , I reckon I could do that , ive run an engine from an oxy acet torch b4. Its definitely existing proven technology even if not used. I saw a guy on a "off the grid" tv program doing it (methane from comopost).
Its all a bit of a plot device anyway - you dont need methane powered monster trucks in the post apocalyptic future to survive , thats just to keep fans of the previous movies happy .

Also pigshit methane is a highly in efficient way of gathering energy for your monster truck , you gotta feed those pigs. It'd be far simpler to just grow rape and make bio diesel , less cinematic though.

Regardless of all that though , lets just rule that out and concentrate on Mad Max 1 & 2 for simplicity - are they sci fi ?


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Ok. They are regarded as post-apocalyptic movies, yes? Then that makes them a sub-genre of science fiction, so again, falls under the umbrella of sci fi.

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Action adventure maybe. Not really science fiction.

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I agree .

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It's a fictional story that would need science to explain it - therefore 'science fiction'.

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Have not heard of Mindwalk. Added to my 'to watch' list. Thanks.

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From what I've seen, LOLA is up there.

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The Creator(2023) was solid last year Dune Part 1(2021) , Alien:Covenant(2017) and The Martian(2015) both Cruise sci-fi movies Oblivion and Edge Of Tommorow

Rogue One(2016),The Last Jedi(2017) and Andor(2022) have been peak Star Wars along the OT.

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I think we should start with what you think the last decent sci-fi film is to set expectations. I remember you lasted about 5 or 6 minutes into Tenet? Tenet had some good filmmaking, but was not good overall, however, if it doesn't capture your interest within the first few scenes you're out.

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Ghost in the Shell 2017 was decent, none mentioned it

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