Best Sci-fi Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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6. Perfect Sense

Released on: October 7, 2011

Directed by: David Mackenzie

Written by: Kim Fupz Aakeson

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green

This film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, and for good reason: it focuses on the burgeoning romance between a chef and an epidemiologist, who begin to come together after some epidemic sweeps through the world and causes people to lose their senses one by one. The true turning point in the couple’s relationship comes when they encounter a man who has lost all sense of smell.

When Michael, a chef, loses his sense of hearing, he experiences a sense of anger and crying, which he, in turn, unleashes on Susan, the epidemiologist he falls in love with. It doesn’t dissolve into anything soppy or overly sensitive; rather, this film focuses on the actual epidemic and how it affects everyone who is in the epidemic’s wake.

Ultimately, the epidemic seizes them both, and they fall in love as they, and the rest of the world, become blind – which is the last sense of all of them to go. The funny thing is, while all of the other senses were preceded by a sense of loss, anger, or another negative emotion (such as in the sense of hearing), when everyone loses their sense of sight – which is the last sense to lose – they all feel a sense of euphoria.