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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'Source Code' (2011)
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38. 'Source Code' (2011)

Take Groundhog Day, sprinkle in a bit of Inception and throw in several decades' worth of space-time continuum headscratchers – and voila, you've got this zippy techno-mystery anchored by a strong Jake Gyllenhaal performance. The actor plays a soldier forced into a wonky secret project, in which his consciousness is projected back in time, repeatedly, to the minutes just before a terrorist attack. Writer Ben Ripley and director Duncan Jones blessedly keep the scientific explanations to a minimum and instead focus on the tiny clues the hero gradually uncovers, and the doomed passengers he begins to care about for as he fights to save their lives – over and over. And over. And over. NM

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