Ultra Low-Budget Science Fiction Movies #SciFiSunday

One of the great delights of 2021 was the time-travel-ish movie Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes. Shot at a coffee shop in Kyoto, the movie tells the story of a group of friends who discover that the monitor that looks in on the shop shows what will happen two minutes into the future from the perspective of the television in the café. From this simple premise, director Junta Yamaguchi and writer Makoto Ueda spin out a wildly creative set of ideas, surprises, and ramifications. The movie was shot for about $20,000 in a real cafe during the depths of the pandemic. Like Primer or Coherence before it, Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes is science fiction film that uses the restrictions of a micro-budget to fuel creativity. Here are more examples form Collider:

Coherence’s plot involves a group of friends at a dinner party whose lives (and minds) are shattered by a mysterious set of circumstances that may be linked to a comet that’s passing overhead. To say anymore – or explain what area of science-fiction it falls into – would be saying too much.

The important thing is that Coherence does wonders with seemingly few resources or money at its disposal. It took place in one house and was filmed throughout several nights and with a limited script, leading to plenty of improvisation. It all works quite well, and as long as you accept that it’s not going to be a particularly flashy or high-concept sci-fi film, fans of the genre should come away from it satisfied.

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