A science fiction film is that which uses any kind of alternate universe or science, or any scientific theory that is not taken as fact, such as the possibility of intelligent life forms on other planets. Time travel, cyborgs, super powers, all of these things and more falls under the genre of science fiction. These films are widely used to portray and explore philosophical, political, and social issues. Many science fiction films provide the viewer with a unique and unusual way in which to analyze important notions such as the human condition, and the purpose and standing of war.
The genre goes back to the dawn of cinema, long before computer generated images and modern special effects. In 1902, Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) used mechanical and simple camera tricks to create visual effects that opened the doors for special effects to evolve.
The genre has since evolved, and films now can easily depict a realistic representation of a group on the moon, which would make the 1902 film look silly to most modern viewers.
We’ve compiled a list of what we find to be both the most influential and the most entertaining within the science-fiction genre.
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