Top ten underrated SF movies of all time
September 3, 2008
I like science fiction movies. Not as much as SF novels, you understand, but all the same, they’re a big factor in my life.
I do wonder why SF movies are all Action Adventure Flicks (Space Opera, in other words) rather than addressing some of the bigger themes you’ll find in the novels, but either way there are plenty of interesting movies out there.
This site has a list of the top ten underrated SF movies of all time, but it misses out a handful of vitally important movies and I’m wondering if there are more that should be included.
I can’t fault those that are there but where’s Dark Star? One of my favourite films it was co-written by Dan O’Bannion who went on to write Alien. It’s clearly a student project but what a movie! I saw it at about the same time as I first saw Silent Running and the two films took root in my subconscious and have yet to move on.
And then there’s Charly, based on one of the best SF novels ever written. It actually is one of those thoughtful SF novels that rarely get made into movies (“Not enough aliens. When does the lead heroine get eaten by a bug?”) and requires many people to rethink what they mean by Science Fiction (I would say the most successful SF TV series ever made is actually ER. It uses science to tell its stories which makes it SF to my way of thinking. Discuss!).
No such list could be complete without The Man Who Fell To Earth if only because it’s got David Bowie in it.
Any others? I could talk about Solaris, Metropolis and Mad Max but I would say they’re probably not underrated so much as neglected these days.
I once got hold of a copy of Metropolis but was warned it was “in German” which of course was a pointless warning because it’s a silent film.
All the caption pages were in German.