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Interstellar: Five Sci-Fi Movies That Went Under The Radar And You Should Definitely Watch

Get set for a journey through some sci-fi movies that didn’t make it big for some reason, but totally deserve a watch. They might not be blockbusters, but they’re great movies with mind twisting plots, great science and lots of fun. So, if you’re up for something different and cool, give these gems a chance. Who knows? You might just find your new favorite movie!

“Gattaca” (1997)

“Gattaca” (1997), directed by Andrew Niccol, is a dystopian sci-fi film set in a future society where genetic engineering determines social status. Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Jude Law, it explores themes of discrimination, identity, and human potential. While not a commercial success upon release, it garnered critical acclaim for its thought-provoking storyline and stylish visuals.

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Over time, it has gained a cult following and earned praise for its prescient portrayal of genetic technology. “Gattaca” remains a notable entry in the sci-fi genre and a thought-provoking exploration of the future of humanity. Fun Fact: Ethane Hawk and Uma Thurman met and fell in love during the making of this movie.

“Moon” (2009)

“Moon” (2009), directed by Duncan Jones, is a thought-provoking sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell. Set on a lunar mining base, it follows a solitary worker nearing the end of his three-year contract who makes a startling discovery that challenges his perception of reality.


The film explores themes of isolation, identity, and ethics, receiving critical acclaim for its compelling storyline and Rockwell’s performance. While it didn’t achieve mainstream success ,it is praised for its intelligent storytelling and atmospheric visuals, solidifying its place as a modern sci-fi classic. Fun Fact: The director is music legend David Bowie.

“Predestination” (2014)

Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller. Starring Ethan Hawke, the film delves into themes of identity, fate, and time travel as a temporal agent embarks on a complex mission to stop a terrorist known as the “Fizzle Bomber.”

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Despite its intricate plot, the film received positive reviews for its inventive storytelling and Hawke’s performance. While it didn’t achieve widespread recognition, “Predestination” has earned a cult following for its thought-provoking narrative and twisty plot twists.

“Ex Machina” (2014)

“Ex Machina” (2014), directed by Alex Garland, is a riveting sci-fi thriller that explores artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac, the film follows a young programmer who is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment involving a highly advanced humanoid robot.

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As the lines between man and machine blur, themes of power, control, and morality come to the forefront. Praised for its gripping storyline, stunning visuals, and thought-provoking themes, “Ex Machina” received critical acclaim and has since become a modern classic in the sci-fi genre, leaving a lasting impact on audiences and sparking discussions about the implications of AI technology.

“Coherence” (2013)

“Coherence” (2013), directed by James Ward Byrkit, is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller set during a dinner party where a strange cosmic event occurs. With a small ensemble cast, the film explores themes of parallel universes, identity, and reality as the characters grapple with their surroundings and each other.

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Shot on a shoestring budget, “Coherence” received critical acclaim for its innovative storytelling, improvisational style, and ability to create tension within a confined space. While it didn’t achieve mainstream success, the film has gained a cult following and is celebrated for its originality and thought-provoking narrative.

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