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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'The Girl With All the Gifts' (2016)
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37. 'The Girl With All the Gifts' (2016)

In a dystopian future overrun by the walking dead (because of course!), pre-teen Melanie may be humanity's last hope. She's also a second-generation zombie – an offspring of the "hungries" who are being experimented on by a group of teachers, scientists and soldiers, including Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton. The hope is that their behavior (or just their brain stems) holds the key to an antidote. Scottish director Colm McCarthy's adaptation of M.R. Carey's book reverses the classical subgenre's narrative that portrays the undead as a state of devolution, returning man to the base desires of hunger and destruction. Gifts asks: What if zombies are simply the next phase of mankind? And how can we all coexist without having our brains eaten? BT

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