5 Forgotten Sci-Fi Gems For Those Fed Up With Mainstream Movies

5 Forgotten Sci-Fi Gems For Those Fed Up With Mainstream Movies
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If you want to try something new in the genre, these lesser-known movies are your choice.

Not all sci-fi movies are created equal, and some have not received as much attention as expected, despite being well received by fans of the genre.

Here are five such examples, if you want to indulge in something less well-known than the established classics.

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name, the movie made little impact at the time.

With an all-star cast including Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson, and a unique visual style using interpolated rotoscoping, this story of a drug epidemic in a near-future dystopia is well worth your attention.

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Upgrade (2018)

Leigh Whannell's cyberpunk action film did everything that the same year's Venom failed to do.

The suspenseful story of a man implanted with a chip that controls his body and helps him hunt down his wife's killers, the movie is packed with gruesome and uniquely choreographed action and dark humor.

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Prospect (2018)

This indie sci-fi movie is worth a look, especially if you are a fan of Pedro Pascal.

The opening landing scene sets the tone perfectly, and the rest of the story does not disappoint, relying heavily on character development instead of flashy special effects.

Pandorum (2009)

Although Pandorum received a poor critical acclaim upon its release, it has managed to attract a significant fan base over the years.

Directed by Christian Alvart, the film centers on two crew members of a spaceship, portrayed by Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, who suddenly awaken from hibernation to find the ship seemingly deserted.

If you are a fan of space horror, you should give this movie a chance.

Strange Days (1995)

Written by James Cameron himself, Strange Days is a rare example of a sci-fi movie that has become more relevant over time, rather than dated.

Unique among the many dystopian stories, this one posits that we don't have to go decades into the future to see dystopia.

It's already here, and we're living it.

And with the widespread use of the Internet, which allows us to see the most gruesome and disturbing real-life events whenever we want, the world of the movie has only become more eerily realistic years later.