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Is Intelligent Sci-Fi Making a Comeback?

Well done Sci-Fi films like Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian, Prometheus, Arrival, have all been successful with critics and audiences, and the upcoming Passengers, Valerian, Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner 2, Life, and Alien: Covenant all seem to suggest that quality science fiction films are making a comeback. Is there a reason for this, and do you think this is going to be the next popular genre in movies.

  • This is an important topic for a number of reasons. Most important of all, however, is that hard sci-fi's recent increase in out-put needs to be discussed in a meaningful fashion. That also said, what about Children of Men? A little older, sure, but important. On that note, what separates "intelligent" sci-fi from "unintelligent" sci-fi? X-Men Days of Future Past is undeniably sci-fi, and also quite intelligent. Would that count? What about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Is that any less intelligent than Prometheus? Isn't it even more intelligent? – agramugl 5 years ago
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  • Love the idea. I agree with ProtoCanon's comment that it would be good to define 'intelligent sci-fi', or just change the term to something different. Providing a history of the sci-fi genre to establish how these recent movies have captured the essence of the classics, and what happened in between, would be a good start. – Daonso 5 years ago
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