POWER OF POP FILM GEEK OUT! LOW BUDGET, HIGH CONCEPT FILMS THAT WORK

GEEK OUT! LOW BUDGET, HIGH CONCEPT FILMS THAT WORK

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In this day and age, when computer-generated imagery (CGI) is able to create the most outrageous special effects for movies, it is ironic that instead of engendering more creativity, CGI has become a crutch for film studios/producers/directors. Thus, CGI has replaced effective story-telling, dazzling audiences with visual gimmicks that provide superficial gratification for the eye without anything left over for the soul.

Whilst CGI has certainly benefitted the super-hero movie genre the most, it has also at times marginalized the strength of super-hero stories to begin with – strong characters and plot. Recent casualties of this trend include Man of Steel and Amazing Spider-Man 2, where the sheer massive scale of the battles begins to wear on the filmgoer and taxing that tenuous suspension of disbelief. And please do not get me started on the Transformer or Hobbit movie franchise.

Invariably, scifi geeks (like yours truly) have had to search for high concept flicks with low budgets where directors & writers have had to resort to creative means to tell an effective story. Thankfully, there have been quite a few in recent years that fit this description. Here’s a handy list for your reference (not necessarily in order of merit).

District 9 (Directed by Neill Blomkamp)

Moon (Directed by Duncan Jones)

Moon (Directed by Duncan Jones)

Mr. Nobody (Directed by Jaco Van Dormael)

Mr. Nobody (Directed by Jaco Van Dormael)

Predestination (Directed by the Spierig Brothers)

Predestination (Directed by the Spierig Brothers)

The Signal (Directed by William Eubank)

The Signal (Directed by William Eubank)

The Machinist (Directed by Brad Anderson)

The Machine (Directed by Caradog W. James)

The Machine (Directed by Caradog W. James)

Monsters (Directed by Gareth Edwards)

Monsters (Directed by Gareth Edwards)

Upstream Color (Directed by Shane Carruth)

Upstream Color (Directed by Shane Carruth)

Open Your Eyes (Directed by Alejandro Amenábar)

Open Your Eyes (Directed by Alejandro Amenábar)

Did we missed any film worthy of inclusion? Let us know in the comments section.