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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'Inception' (2010)
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5. 'Inception' (2010)

Christopher Nolan's big-budget, big-concept, big-everything (filming took place on four continents) 2010 blockbuster works on so many levels – subconscious, visceral, temporal – that there are endless ways to appreciate it, though as we follow a team of dream "extractors" deeper and deeper down the spiral, one can't help but marvel at the film's structure most of all. Nolan's script is a multi-layered latticework of timelines and realities, dead-ends and false ledges, one that ultimately provides few answers, but asks plenty of questions. Is Leo's top is still spinning? When does a shared dream become reality? Are we awake right now?!? Heavy stuff, man. JM

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