Live Poll: 2018: Sci-Fi on the Edge

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Science fiction has pushed boundaries since the dawn of film, and shows no sign of stopping. Which of these sci-fi movies are you anticipating the most for 2018?

This poll intends to discover science fiction outside of the mainstream—films that seem thoughtful and explorative regarding their genre. Hence, it generally excludes superhero movies, blockbusters, and space-operas.

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Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/tskEKk3FPX8/
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So what qualifies as what is always up for debate, and hence I need help refining the list. Let me know if you think things should be added/removed, and feel free to give me your assessment of the following:

Probably:
Annihilation
Captive State
Parasite
God Particle
I Think We’re Alone Now
High Life
Replicas
The Titan - Sci-fi premise sounds solid.

Unsure:
Fahrenheit 451
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Alita: Battle Angel
Ready Player One
The Mandela Effect
Extinction
Omphalos - Sounds really interesting. I have no idea what kind of release it'll get though.
Kin - This may be more of an action movie? The short film it's based on was light on plot, so it's hard to gauge the full scale/implication of the story. It looks good though.

Probably Not:
The Darkest Minds - Sounds like a superhero-esque movie.
Overlord - May be supernatural-themed
The Predator - Probably soft sci-fi, from what I've read.
Inversion - May be a comedy?
The Beyond - Not sure
Occupation - Sounds soft to me

Ruled-Out: Mortal Engines

All of these titles should be on the current list, but may get removed as I narrow it down.
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You know, I wonder if hard sci-fi isn't even the idea I want to explore here. It's more like I'm just curious about thoughtful/interesting sci-fi films that fall outside of the superhero/blockbuster/space opera zone.

Hard sci-fi might not be the right word, but I don't know what the right word would be. If I can find it I'll revise it into a different list.

Thoughts on that? I can't just talk to myself all day as an attempt to justify bumping my thread.
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Even if you just called it Sci-Fi, you could still have exclusions.

There was once a poll on independent sci-fi, but that may be too restrictive for your purposes.
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Would "Thoughtful Sci-Fi" be a fair label? I don't know if that's a perfect fit.

Maybe even "Sci-Fi on the Edge", "Sci-Fi on the Fringe", or "Divergent Sci-Fi".

I don't want the list to become confused with the TV series Fringe, or the Divergent film series though. So probably the first one of those three.
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Ok, so I've heavily refined my list, and have arrived at something relatively final. If you feel something is missing or could use some work, please let me know. http://www.imdb.com/list/ls027641845/

Also, if an admin could update the title/description of the thread, that would be amazing. It's a different poll entirely now.

Thank you!
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Done.
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Should I add Isle of Dogs? I just found out that it'll be sci-fi.

Anyway, my vote is for Annihilation. Alex Garland's filmography so far has been pretty impressive.
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Bump.
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Bumpity bump.
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From the current list, Overlord and I Think We're Alone Now look interesting.
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I suspect that I Think We're Alone Now will look beautiful, as Reed Morano is not only the cinematographer, but the director too.

Overlord may or may not be the next Cloverfield movie, and I expect it will be much stronger than Paradox. Sounds like a solid genre flick to me. :)

Good choices!
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More than few look intriguing, these I would anticipate the most for 2018, based on premise and casting:  Captive State (2018), premise winner  I Think We're Alone Now (2018), casting winner Fahrenheit 451 (2018 TV Movie) and Overlord (2018).
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Fahrenheit 451 looks like it could be the best adaptation of that material to date, I'm excited to see what they do with it.

Captive State looks really interesting too. I actually find Rupert Wyatt's directorial work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes to be quite underrated. Take that and the premise, and it's really promising. 
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I am a huge Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning fan, so that one has me the most interested. Likewise, I like how promising Captive State (2018) and Fahrenheit 451 (2018 TV Movie), as well as, many of the others look, but I couldn't list them all. Impressive list, you got me excited for the coming year.
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I'm happy you're excited. I am too. :)
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Captive State seems to me the most interesting one from your list.
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Both Annihilation and Mute come out TOMORROW. Annihilation might be a bit belated (and arrive on the wrong platform) depending on where you reside though, so yeah. Mute will be on Netflix, and has been curiously described as a sci-fi Casablanca. 

I'm especially hyped for Annihilation. It might be my most anticipated for the year actually. ;) 
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The Cloverfield Paradox has already been released and it has over 48,000 votes, so perhaps it should be excluded?
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I'll consider it, though it could still have been someone's most anticipated. It was on the list before the film was released, too, and I'm trying to represent the entire year, not just the upcoming examples. Perhaps if I started the thread earlier and didn't revise it so much this wouldn't be a problem. :P

Worst case scenario I'll have to remove Annihilation and Mute as well since they were released Friday, and at that point I might as well not have a list.

But I'll consider it. I am panicking a little bit. XD
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No, it's probably fine, I think you can let it stay. And relax. :)
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Thank you. XD 

If the suggestion repeats itself then I think I might remove it. Nonetheless, I should probably start next year's list before any surprise releases happen.
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'Well made poll and well written intro with a good title, as well. Thank you for bringing some interesting films to my attention, by the way. I love polls in which some good polls without huge budgets get some well-deserved attention. 

I do want to see Annihilation but I think 'High Life' will get my vote.
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High Life does sound really interesting, I'm looking forward to it as well. :) Thank you!
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Thank you! :D
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Thank you! :)