More so than any other genre, science fiction has a tendency to make us think. It prompts us to contemplate all the tough questions and consider the hypothetical outcomes that might result from messing around with science, technology, space, and even politics. Some of the best science fiction movies address ideas that are beyond the scope of our current understanding and expand our concept of fundamentally accepted paradigms. But sometimes, those ideas are just so overwhelmingly different from our established understandings, that it melts our brains just to think about them. Here are 10 moments from science fiction that did just that. Caution! Spoilers Ahead!
8. Disposable Clones – Moon (2009)
Written and directed by Duncan Jones, who also happens to be the son of David Bowie, Moon is the story of a lone astronaut stationed on a moon mining facility with nothing more than the artificially intelligent voice of Kevin Spacey to keep him company. The film’s real ingenuity stems from the way it subverts audience expectations when the astronaut discovers he’s a clone manufactured with artificial memories who’s going to die very soon. From there, it delves into all sorts of complicated existential conundrums that fans of science fiction often enjoy debating.
Moon is a beautiful homage to sci-fi classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running that manages to perfectly capture the absorbing themes and provocative nature of those films.