The Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

From space-invader thrillers to interstellar-overdrive headscratchers, we're counting down the best science fiction films since the turn of the century

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (2014)
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29. 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (2014)

The Empire Strikes Back of the Apes prequels – darker than the first installment and operating on a grander canvas – Dawn is where Caesar takes his rightful place as this franchise’s towering central figure. Played by Andy Serkis, the reluctant ape leader tries negotiating a fragile truce with the surviving humans (including Jason Clarke and Keri Russell), but distrust on both sides soon proves tragic. Director Matt Reeves delivers a robustly epic sequel, crafting spectacular action sequences – the 360-degree tank scene is already a classic – alongside deft political commentary that touches on everything from the patriarchy to Israeli/Palestinian tensions. TG

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