As all things do with time, our 5 Movies to Watch This Week series has run its course and is evolving into something slightly different. Instead of simply listing a selection of five movies each week, we’re going to take a look at one well-liked film and offer you a selection of similar films that are just as good or better.
To get the most out of each and every film you dedicate your time to watching, we also hope to further familiarize our audience with some of their favorite directors by highlighting said directors’ less popular films, etc.
With this week’s entry we’ve decided to highlight the Oscar-nominated sci-fi drama Ex Machina. Written and directed by Alex Garlan in his directing debut, Ex Machina tells the story of programmer Caleb Smith who is invited by his employer, the eccentric billionaire Nathan Bateman, to administer the Turing test to an android with artificial intelligence. The film was recognized as one of the ten best independent films of 2015.
Today we’ll be sharing with you six other sci-fi films that are guaranteed to please – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Blade Runner (1982), Coherence (2013), Dark City (1998), Metropolis (1927) and Moon (2009).
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The sci-fi masterpiece from acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a story about human evolution. When Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission to investigate an imposing black structure that provides a connection between the past and the future, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.
Blade Runner (1982)
Ridley Scott’s one-of-a-kind film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation. The use of replicants on Earth is banned and they are exclusively utilized for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and killed by special police operatives known as “Blade Runners.”
The plot focuses on a group of recently escaped replicants hiding in L.A. and the burnt-out expert Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.
In this mind-bending sci-fi thriller, eight friends at a dinner party start experiencing strange and mysterious events on the night a comet is passing close to Earth.
Dark City (1998)
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he’s wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can’t remember whether he committed the murders or not. For one brief moment, he’s convinced that he’s gone completely mad. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as the Strangers.
This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers. When the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers.
Astronaut Sam Bell’s (Sam Rockwell) three-year shift at a lunar mine is finally coming to an end, and he’s looking forward to his reunion with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, Sam’s health takes a drastic turn for the worse. He suffers painful headaches and hallucinations, and almost has a fatal accident. He meets what appears to be a younger version of himself, possibly a clone. With time running out, Sam must solve the mystery before the company crew arrives.
If you liked Ex Machina, we highly recommend checking out 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Blade Runner (1982), Coherence (2013), Dark City (1998), Metropolis (1927) and Moon (2009).
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