The idea of using science fiction as an allegory for deeper issues has been around for quite a while. Whether taking a stand against racism, social and political conformity, totalitarianism, or industrialization, science fiction has provided the world with some of the best cautionary tales about the future of humanity gone wrong. So, prepare to enter a world where your identity and the fate of the human race may be endangered...
The perfect science fiction film. It tells the story of a small American town being infiltrated by aliens who take the form of people and replace them with alien duplicates as they sleep. This film has been seen as both a critique of McCarthyism and the anti-Communist paranoia of the '50s, but also as an attack on the Soviet Union's conformity and subversive tactics.
Perhaps one of the most groundbreaking science fiction / action films ever. A man discovers that the world he lives in is a complex and expansive computer simulation and that all the people in it are being preyed upon by machines for their mechanical nourishment.
See the full review, "Simulation and Simulacrum".
Terry Gilliam's film about a man sent back in time to stop a deadly virus from being unleashed, but is in fact being manipulated in order to ensure it.
See the full review, "Beware the Army of the 12 Monkeys".
Fritz Lang's silent film about a future society that has been divided into two groups... the wealthy who live in skyscrapers and the poor who live and work in underground factories. Still stunning, even if dated.
A classic sci-fi B-film about an alien messenger coming to our planet to warn us of the destructive power of our own weapons. The film can be interpreted in a number of different ways, as an anti-war film or as a film for totalitarian control.
The original classic Japanese film that uses the idea of a mutant dinosaur as an allegory for the destructive power of atomic warfare. Although the series lost its powerful message in the many, many later installments, this original is still great.
A terrific rotoscoped animated film that features great performances. Takes place in the near future where the war against drugs has become so convoluted that paranoia and deception are the norm.
See the full review, "An Addictive Thriller".
A powerful sci-fi / horror film about a deadly disease turning much of Britain's population into vicious zombies. Shows how one's attempts to survive often result in a downward spiral of violence and dehumanization. Brilliant.
The 2000 film, which was based on the comics, tells the story of mutants who struggle to achieve equality with human beings while protecting them from mutant extremists. Misplaces many of the characters and themes of the comics, but still manages to be a powerful and exciting film.
A science fiction update on the classic Civil War tale about a slave who befriends a Confederate soldier. In this film, a human fighter pilot finds himself reluctantly trapped on a hostile planet with an alien enemy. Although, the film hasn't aged particularly well, the message is as relevant as ever.