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Sci-Fi Movies People Only Pretend To Understand

Updated 10 Feb 2020 2.5k votes 473 voters 38.2k views14 items

List RulesVote up the confusing sci-fi movies people should just admit they didn't get.

There are a bevy of beloved science fiction films that are absolutely amazing, but not that hard to follow. Stories about space marines fighting off bloodthirsty aliens or police officers being reanimated into robotic law enforcers don't require the audience to do any mental gymnastics. Then, there are movies that make you feel like you need a Ph.D. in quantum physics to even start to understand them. If you've ever wanted 2001: A Space Odyssey explained, Annihilation explained, Interstellar or Under the Skin explained - and were too afraid to ask - you've come to the right place.

High-brow sci-fi isn't a new genre, by any means. In fact, it's something movie fans have been pretending to understand and appreciate since the early days of filmmaking. Whether the film is told with a non-linear narrative, features symbolic or surreal imagery to convey characters' inner thoughts, or features incredibly convoluted time travel gimmicks, "smart" sci-fi has taunted casual moviegoers for years.

Ultimately, however, when you strip away the pretense and the artifice, even the brainiest sci-fi films can be simple to comprehend (for the most part).

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