Lesser known Sci Fi / Action

by andy-n-p | created - 04 Feb 2012 | updated - 20 Jul 2017 | Public

A list of movies and shorts that you may have forgotten about that could be good to watch on a Saturday afternoon...

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1. Archetype (2011)

7 min | Short, Sci-Fi

Robot named RL7, starts to doubt his actions. He understands that something is wrong with his memory and he is determined to do something about it.

Director: Aaron Sims | Stars: David Anders, Robert Joy, Elle Newlands, Louis Leterrier

Votes: 410

2. Portal: No Escape (2011)

7 min | Short, Action, Sci-Fi

A woman, named Chell, wakes up in a testing facility with no memory of how she got there. The one thing on her mind, escape.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: Danielle Rayne, Alex Albrecht, Brad Arnold, James Logan

Votes: 2,038

3. Pandorum (2009)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

28 Metascore

Two crew members of a spaceship wake up from hypersleep to discover that all their colleagues are missing. Despite this, it appears that they are not alone.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue

Votes: 138,172 | Gross: $10.33M

4. Rosa (I) (2011)

8 min | Animation, Short, Action

In the near future, humanity has disappeared, leaving behind a large megalopolis devoid of natural life. From the destruction awakes ROSA, a robot part of the KERNEL project, mankind's last... See full summary »

Director: Jesus Orellana

Votes: 447

5. Monsters (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides, Annalee Jefferies

Votes: 84,987 | Gross: $0.24M

6. Cargo (2009)

112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Dr. Laura P. takes a job on a cargo spaceship for 4 years plus 4 years back. She'll join her sister on Rhea. 44 months later, in Laura's shift, strange things happen in cargo. The crew is reanimated and the captain dies mysteriously.

Directors: Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter | Stars: Anna Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiller, Yangzom Brauen

Votes: 18,059

7. Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum.

Director: Gareth Carrivick | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly, Anna Faris

Votes: 30,730

8. Push (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

36 Metascore

Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Camilla Belle, Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Colin Ford

Votes: 101,675 | Gross: $31.81M

9. Virtuality (2009 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The crew of spaceship begin to die because of unknown defect in a virtual reality device.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kerry Bishé, Joy Bryant, Jose Pablo Cantillo

Votes: 3,986

10. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

Terrorists kidnap the Russian Prime Minister's 2 kids, take Chernobyl nuclear power plant and threaten to blow up a reactor. 4 Universal Soldiers go in but are no match to a Next Gen. UniSol. Luc/JCVD goes in but faces 2 NGUs.

Director: John Hyams | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Andrei Arlovski, Mike Pyle

Votes: 23,929

11. Doomsday (2008)

R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

51 Metascore

A futuristic action thriller where a team of people work to prevent a disaster threatening the future of the human race.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig, Caryn Peterson

Votes: 69,834 | Gross: $10.96M

12. Outlander (2008)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.

Director: Howard McCain | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Ron Perlman, Jack Huston

Votes: 69,352 | Gross: $0.16M

13. Travelers (2016–2018)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century, while attempting to change the path of humanity.

Stars: Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, Jared Abrahamson

Votes: 38,329

14. The Expanse (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

Stars: Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham

Votes: 74,949

15. Invasion (2005–2006)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In the aftermath of a hurricane, a Florida Park Ranger and his family deal with strange occurrences.

Stars: William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan

Votes: 11,339

16. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 36,270

17. Rubicon (2010– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Will Travers is an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Jessica Collins, Lauren Hodges, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 9,820

18. Primer (2004)

PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya

Votes: 91,253 | Gross: $0.42M

19. Cypher (2002)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber

Votes: 29,222

20. The Nines (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

52 Metascore

A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.

Director: John August | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Elle Fanning

Votes: 31,734 | Gross: $0.06M

21. Circle (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.

Directors: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione | Stars: Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key, Autumn Federici

Votes: 32,658



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