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What is the most realistic sci-fi movie?

Asked by J0E (13172points) December 22nd, 2009

Science fiction movies are usually pretty ridiculous. Horrible over the top CG effects, platinum body suits, and gamma ray superheroes have made a lot of the movies more humorous than captivating. But if you could pick one sci-fi movie that made the most sense, and maybe you thought “yeah, I could see that coming true”, which would it be?

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J0E's avatar

Personally, I always thought they did a very good job on the first Spider-Man movie. The villain had a plausible accident and understandable motives, the hero had a good reason to be the hero. I thought the whole thing was very believable.

Axemusica's avatar

28 days later.

delta214's avatar

Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, based on the non-fiction book of the same name

J0E's avatar

@delta214 Wow, you have a better imagination than I do if you can imagine that being plausible. Didn’t they manufacture a planet in that?

filmfann's avatar

When Armstrong and Aldrin were on the moon, they commented on how much it looked like it did in 2001 a Space Odyssey

Snarp's avatar

2001. OK, the date was off a bit, but still.

drdoombot's avatar

The Sixth Day with Arnold Schwarznegger did a good job of showing the near-future, with technologies that are feasible and in the pipeline (like news feeds in your bathroom mirror, remotely controlling full-size vehicles, cloning, etc).

Sunshine and Red Planet both seemed to have space technologies pretty close to what we might have some day.

With what the US Army is doing these days in the Middle East, it seems we already have primitive versions of the Hunter/Killer robots from the Terminator movies.

Many of the technologies in Demolition Man also seem possible one day, like cryogenics where the lifeform can be restored, self-driving cars, automated surveillance systems, etc.

And of course, The Matrix is real.

willbrawn's avatar

Serenity! My favorite bit of realism is no sound in space.

RocketSquid's avatar

Plan 9 From Outer Space. That is ALL you need to know.

Christian95's avatar

Great Sci-fi movie taking place in present.I wathch it twice to fully understand it

bunnygrl's avatar

Are we talking a movie with an atmosphere you could lose yourself in? If so my vote goes to Bladerunner. I LOVE that movie, but I’m talking the original version (with voiceover by Mr Ford) that I saw in the cinema all those years ago NOT the faffed about with versions released since. I do like the unicorn footage though, beautiful just independent of the movie. Whenever I do watch it on disc though (hubby got me the 5 disc version which I appreciate and love all of the extra features) but in terms of the movie, I only ever watch the original UK released print. Actually I do the same whenever I watch the star wars movies. We bought the 2 disc versions just because it was the only way to get your hands on the original cinema release versions, again before they were mucked about with. .That is to say, eps 4, 5, and 6 (or New Hope, Empire and Jedi) and not the dreadful eps 1 2 and 3. No offence to anyone but I’ve seen them once and never again.
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Lightlyseared's avatar

Alien. Shit job and get screwed by the company you work for.

J0E's avatar

I forgot to mention District 9 too.

bunnygrl's avatar

Hubby is saying “The Fifth Element” and actually, it’s another one of my favourites, not sure I’d want to live in such an overpopulated world as they show in it (although we’re heading that way scarily enough) everyone looks good in it though :-)
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Snarp's avatar

@bunnygrl Who would be offended by saying episodes 1, 2, and 3 were dreadful? Doesn’t pretty much everybody on the planet agree with that?

J0E's avatar

@Snarp No, the only one that was dreadful was #2, and even hardcore fans like that one. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with them, especially not #3.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I think “I Am Legend” was very realistic in terms of how it portrayed society’s response to the pandemic. Although the deer and lions in the street were a little over the top.

bunnygrl's avatar

@Snarp I have a friend who would wrestle me to the ground for even thinking it lol. He’s just a tiny bit obsessive about star wars, won’t hear a word against, any of it, ever.
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Snarp's avatar

@JOE I really don’t want to drag the thread into this tangent, but I have to ask: really? Episode 1 not dreadful? Seriously? Is this an age thing? I don’t know anyone who saw 4, 5, & 6 in the original theater release who doesn’t think 1, 2, & 3 are garbage.

RomanRealtors's avatar

unbreakable was pretty good but if you want believable get 12 monkeys

bunnygrl's avatar

@Joe I do think that @Snarp has hit the nail on the head honey. Those of us who saw the originals in their theatrical releases well, we’re of a certain age now and, I’m trying to be tactful here but well maybe we expect a bit more by way of quality? George Lucas himself said in an interview in Empire Magazine years ago when the first one was released, that if you went to see it and didn’t enjoy it, even if you were a fan of the original trilogy, then it’s because they are not being made for that audience. He said he made them for children. So the bar was maybe set lower for them? I’m not doing a very good job at explaining what I mean here, oh dear. anyway, as I said, no offence is intended, honest. If you do like them, enjoy <hugs> xx

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

“Outlander” starring Sean Connery. Shows the real corporate world translated into the future, graft, corruption and all.

Kelly_Obrien's avatar

Mars Attacks, slaughterhouse Five, and The Blob always struck me as realistic sci-fi’s which will soon be daily life.

simone54's avatar

Contact is easily the most realist sci-fi film. Come on it was written by Carl Sagan.

ucme's avatar


MagsRags's avatar

I remember being pretty shaken by The China Syndrome when it came out. I haven’t seen it in awhile so I’m not sure how well it’s aged.

I did see War Games recently. The computers and the software imagined haven’t aged well at all, but the basic premise still applies, I think.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

The WOPR! Gotta love the early 1980’s computer technology. I really enjoyed Wargames when I first saw it.

I heard that the character of David Lightman was based not-so-loosely on the notorious hacker Kevin Mitnick.

HumourMe's avatar

I, Robot seems plausible.

Bugabear's avatar

District 9, Serenity and 2001. No sound in space is a big one.

RomanRealtors's avatar

btw 2012 is totally believable…

St.George's avatar

Blade Runner.

jessegavin's avatar

The Day After Tomorrow – I mean seriously. It is completely possible to out-run a freeze-tsunami.

downtide's avatar

@Megan64 I agree about Blade Runner. Probably not by 2049 though.

Seek's avatar

“Children of Men” with Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, based on the book “The Children of Men” by P.D. James.

That book and movie contributed heavily to the conception of my son, I’m sure of it.

mattbrowne's avatar

Well, it’s a series: I’d say Firefly.

Shecky_Johnson's avatar

Final Cut. Quantum Leap.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

I, Robot
I Am Legend cuz you never know with today’s scientists

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