Movies in the Science Fiction/Thriller genre

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10 Cloverfield Lane

When J.J. Abrams released Cloverfield in 2008, it arrived cloaked in secrecy. Now, some eight years later, the film’s so-called “blood relative” (Abrams’ term, not mine), comes with a similar marketing strategy. Going-in, viewers are unlikely...

Anon

You don’t have to look too far or to deep to find the similarities among writer/director Andrew Niccol’s three science fiction films (I’m ignoring The Host, which is more Stephanie Meyer than Niccol). Like Gattaca and In Time, Anon boas...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2018-05-04
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore, ...
Anti-Matter

With most big-budget science fiction movies ignoring intelligence in the unhealthy pursuit of orgiastic special effects, the realm of the idea-based sci-fi film has been co-opted by low-budget indies. In that vein, along comes Anti Matter, the...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2017-09-08
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Keir Burrows
Cast: Yaiza Figueroa, Tom Barber-Duffy, Philippa Carson
Captive State

The scenario presented in Captive State would almost certainly have worked better in a mini-series format. The filmmakers’ low-budget approach of minimizing special effects might have allowed for an expansion of the narrative over a six or ei...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2019-03-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Torture, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Cast:
Criminal

Criminal is an action-thriller with a science fiction twist. To the extent that its purpose is to energize and involve an audience, it succeeds. The premise, however, which involves transplanting the memories of a dead man into the mind of a living o...

Run Time: 1:53
U.S. Release Date: 2016-04-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Ariel Vromen
Cast: Kevin Costner, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, ...
Don't Let Go

Spoiler Warning: I’m not 100% certain what constitutes a “spoiler” for this film and what has been revealed in the trailer and/or pre-release publicity. However, it’s difficult for me to engage in a coherent discussion of the movie wit...

Run Time: 1:43
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Jacob Estes
Cast: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, ...
Hotel Artemis

Hotel Artemis has the look and feel of a graphic novel adaptation, albeit with a few pages missing. With its flashy action sequences and Tarantino-wannabe vibe, the movie tries hard to be hip and edgy but ends up simply being uneven. Tonal shi...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2018-06-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Director: Drew Pearce
Cast: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Dave Bautista, ...
In Time

Andrew Niccol is fascinated by the impact of futuristic technologies on society. His gripping feature debut, 1997's Gattaca, explored a civilization in which genetic tinkering rendered natural reproduction obsolete. With In Time, he is again looki...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2011-10-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/THRILLER
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Vincent Kartheiser, ...
Inception

Undoubtedly, some reviews are going to describe Inception as confusing. Such a description confounds me, and may be more indicative of how accepting people have become of screenplays that allow for no ambiguity and traverse plotlines by blazing tr...

Run Time: 2:28
U.S. Release Date: 2010-07-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/THRILLER
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Pete Posthethwaite, Marion Cotillard, ...
Knowing

Knowing is a classic case of a movie that is crammed with interesting ideas but is unable to conceptualize them in a compelling fashion. Knowing doesn't fail because of a lack of ambition or scope but because of flaws in execution. The movie trie...

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2009-03-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Mature Themes)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/THRILLER
Director: Alex Proyas
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, ...