Originally published on Fandor Keyframe on 04/21/2016.
A montage showcasing my favorite sci-fi films of this century.
Ever since I was a kid, my favorite movie genre has been science fiction (with horror coming in at a close second). To be honest, though, anyone from my generation would be hard-pressed to find a movie that impacted their lives in a meaningful way that wasn’t science fiction. We all grew up on Star Wars, Close Encounters, Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T., Aliens, Back to the Future…The list is endless. Science fiction has the freedom to ponder the big questions in a variety of dramatic contexts, both in our world or a different one. The power of the genre has always been in its capacity for escapism, but also in its promotion of a conversation about who we are and what we want from ourselves and each other.
The first fifteen years of the 21st century have seen that conversation grow and splinter in many fascinating directions. A.I., cloning, conservation and the stewardship of our planet, societal alienation, space travel, love; the best sci-fi films of this century have tackled these themes and ideas while also telling stories that are rousing, unsettling, heartbreaking…and above all, human.