Real SCIENCE-Fiction

by Manorainjan | created - 10 Dec 2015 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

Movies I have seen and regard them as science based in contrast to fantasy or "Western" (Action/war) that happens in space, without any science.

Beaming, laser swords, wormholes, time travel, warp drive, energy shields and the like do not necessarily disqualify any movie for the s-f genre, but certainly they do not qualify for s-f but for fantasy.

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1. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 62,036 | Gross: $8.40M

Nearly as good as the book. The bad news is, that 1984 is actually no S-F any more. It has become our reality. The deviations from that we perceive as reality today are increasingly insignificant.

2. Idiocracy (2006)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews

Votes: 136,365 | Gross: $0.44M

Here, not fantasised high-tech is driving the story, but extrapolated idiocy, which is the much more likely and realistic option. It simply shows, where we are heading towards.

3. Her (2013)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Votes: 495,219 | Gross: $25.57M

It's not always about new hardware ;-)

4. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 25,299

An oeco-thriller in space that deals with the question of the existential values of plants.

5. Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

96 Metascore

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident leaves them stranded in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

Votes: 732,701 | Gross: $274.09M

The additional documentary is a must-see!

6. The Martian (2015)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

Votes: 710,753 | Gross: $228.43M

Applied science: "How to survive on planet Mars?"

7. Elysium (I) (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

Votes: 404,811 | Gross: $93.05M

8. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 545,529 | Gross: $100.55M

The science part is in the fields of linguistics and neurology.

9. Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein (1989)

119 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Another planet in the period of medieval times. An employee of the institute of experimental history from Earth, who is send under the name of noble don Rumata of Estor as a spy with a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fleischmann | Stars: Edward Zentara, Aleksandr Filippenko, Hugues Quester, Anne Gautier

Votes: 973

How far have we truly developed since medieval age?

10. Automata (I) (2014)

R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

37 Metascore

Human race is at edge of the end. Robot race is at edge of the beginning.

Director: Gabe Ibáñez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott, Melanie Griffith

Votes: 52,125

11. Tomorrowland (2015)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Family

60 Metascore

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 165,309 | Gross: $93.44M

12. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 617,037 | Gross: $115.65M

Actually more of a parable than a S-F. Here the aliens serve as any minority especially immigrants or refugees and how they are treated by the majority and how helpless the majority becomes.

13. S1m0ne (2002)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Al Pacino, Catherine Keener, Rachel Roberts, Benjamin Salisbury

Votes: 57,205 | Gross: $9.68M

As all good science-fiction it is about the ethics of using new technology.

14. World on a Wire (1973– )

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 4,884

1st and German adaptation of the novel Simulacron-3. About the possibilities to create virtual worlds and the consequent question if we are ourselves may live in one. Later on credited as: "The Matrix before the Matrix"

15. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

36 Metascore

A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.

Director: Josef Rusnak | Stars: Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 63,443 | Gross: $15.50M

2nd adaptation of the novel Simulacron-3. About the possibilities to create virtual worlds and the consequent question if we are ourselves may live in one. Released half a year after Matrix (whereas Matrix is not based on any science at all).

16. Enemy Mine (1985)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

59 Metascore

During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies become dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus

Votes: 41,391 | Gross: $4.27M

Starting from the usual primitive paranoid POV to see aliens as enemy, this movie develops the perspective further and tells the tale of being different but also being valuable and also having quite a cultural achievement. It teaches about the existential value of any sentient being.

17. The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007 TV Movie)

74 min | Documentary

Everything you've ever been told about Global Warming is probably untrue. This film blows the whistle on the biggest swindle in modern history. We are told that 'Man Made Global Warming' is... See full summary »

Director: Martin Durkin | Stars: Tim Ball, Nir Shaviv, Ian Clark, Piers Corbyn

Votes: 1,822

The fictitious element of science in here is the so called greenhouse-effect. The documentation deals with the invention of this fake news and the dystopian story told to us by all and every mass media. This is the update to 1984 (see top of this list)

18. The Machine (I) (2013)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot.

Director: Caradog W. James | Stars: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine

Votes: 29,249

A discussion about the question, in how far we even want to create sentient machines and how much of an independent mind we would allow them. One could argue, that this movie contains a needless amount of martial action. But as humanity is right now, we are brutal and cruel and kill each other for the petty profit. So it is realistic to start from there, especially when looking on those who could be wealthy enough to finance such a research.

19. Lockout (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

48 Metascore

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Directors: James Mather, Steve Saint Leger | Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan

Votes: 90,816 | Gross: $14.33M

Not much of a Sci-Fi, much more "action" but a feasible idea to exile heavy criminals in a prison in orbit in stasis. The assumption that stasis might be harming the mind and that criminals would be used as human guinea pigs for research on stasis and long term stay in space is likely.

20. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality called the OASIS dies, he makes a posthumous challenge to all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune and control of his world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 327,444 | Gross: $137.69M

As usual not as good as the book. But besides the tons of eye-candy a realistic dystopic picture. The fascination with pseudo-cultural references AKA pop-culture over reality is a development that could develop like in the movie.

21. Orbiter 9 (2017)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A girl discovers that the reality of her life isn't as she believes.

Director: Hatem Khraiche | Stars: Clara Lago, Álex González, Andrés Parra, Belén Rueda

Votes: 5,607

Nothing beyond the possible; ethic questions and the influence of rising hormones of young people threatening any plan however well thought out.

22. Eyeborgs (2009)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A federal agent investigates when inconsistencies turn up in the photographic evidence of several murders recorded by mobile robotic cameras.

Director: Richard Clabaugh | Stars: Adrian Paul, Dale Girard, Mikey Wiseman, John S. Rushton

Votes: 2,134

Nothing in this movie is beyond possibility. It is simply the extrapolation of current developments which try hard to come close to this fiction from 2009 and achieve one success after another, year by year. Now privacy has already become a fiction.

23. Battle Planet (2008)

Unrated | 85 min | Sci-Fi

In the not-so-distant future, Captain Jordan Strider, a Special Forces Officer in the New World Alliance, is chosen for a top-secret mission. Sent to a desolate planet, Terra 219, to arrest... See full summary »

Director: Greg Aronowitz | Stars: Zack Ward, Monica May, Colleen Smith, Kevin Thompson

Votes: 846

Seemingly just one of these "action" movies in outer space this has more to offer. Basically it is about a "live saving" suit which actually is a battle suit in development. That has a scientific and technological base indeed and the way humans are abused for the purpose of "development" is not even a new thing.

24. Delete (2013– )

180 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A reporter and a young hacker uncover an artificial intelligence which has become sentient. It has one goal. Self preservation. Humans are trying to destroy it. So it's 'it' or them.

Stars: Keir Gilchrist, Erin Karpluk, Ryan Robbins, Gil Bellows

Votes: 1,190

The xth adaption of "The Guardian" from the 50th. Certainly AIs never will develop consciousness, But they could be taught mor and more patterns of behaviour that will mimic it. And script writers: Please understand, that the telephone network is no different from internet any more! You pick up any phone and "they" get You right then and there.

25. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

M | 100 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Eric Braeden, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent, William Schallert

Votes: 7,681

Real Science-Fiction which is still to be caught up with. We are trying hard ;-) A AI takes the objective to be an grant for peace very serious. Is it not the human being who is the most serious threat of peace?

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