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10 Great Sci-Fi Movies For The Modern Age

Under The Skin
StudioCanal

It used to be when people thought of science fiction they thought of spaceships, aliens, Star Trek; if it's nerdy, stick it in the sci-fi bin and leave it to someone with the niche tastes required. But as we move further into a world reliant on tech, science is more and more a part of our daily lives, and the gap between fiction and reality closes.

It follows that this should be reflected in a medium that’s preoccupied with our lives on this planet, film. Sci-fi is becoming less confined to a genre and more of an aspect of our existence. Whether a film is a comedy or a horror or a romance, technology is becoming so ingrained in the way we relate to one another that it’s elemental to a modern reading of the human experience.

That’s not to say sci-fi in the modern era doesn’t still have it’s fair share of aliens and spaceships, but the good ones present this with realistic responses, explanations and repercussions.

10. A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place
Paramount

Has silence ever been so exhilarating? The success of A Quiet Place lies in its commitment - you really aren’t going to hear a lot of dialogue in this taught 90 minute thriller.

Here sci-fi is more of a utilitarian element. The film needs an antagonist that will kill you at the drop of a pin from seemingly any distance, but can’t see a thing... Aliens? Sure, that’ll work.

This may be an extreme example, but like most good sci-fis today the actual science fiction part is mostly a means to an end to tell a larger story about humanity. The story here is one of family, survival and teamwork but the reason you need to see A Quiet Place is for its technical execution.

From the sound design to the pacing and the performances, A Quiet Place will have you locked in from the outset, not saying a word.

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