Investigations beyond reality: 20 fantastic detectives

Even the most brilliant detective has to rack his brains over especially sophisticated thefts or murders. The heroes of fantasy detectives have a much more difficult time – in such films, anyone can turn out to be a criminal: an alien, a vampire, an android, or even an alien from the future. The next selection includes the best films that combine fantastic surroundings and detective intrigue.

Oxygen (2021)

In the action-packed novelty of the movie, a woman, having regained consciousness, finds herself locked in a capsule. All memories of the person and the past have completely vanished. Oxygen supplies will last for a strictly limited time. The voice assistant enters into a dialogue with the woman. With the help of a smart machine, you can get out of the trap, but first you need to find an approach to the soulless mechanism.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Oxygène

Actors:
Melanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Eric Herson-Macarel …

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Wreckage (TV series 2021)

An interesting foreign series attracts with a plot with elements of detective and science fiction. Debris from an alien spaceship is falling to Earth. Next to mysterious artifacts, people acquire the ability to levitate, pass through walls, and exhibit other amazing skills. Representatives of several intelligence agencies unite to study a mysterious anomaly.

Original title:
Debris

Actors:
Jonathan Tucker, Reanne Steele, Norbert Leo Butz …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
18+


The Invisible Man (2020)

In the plot of an intriguing science fiction film with elements of a detective story, a woman runs away from her partner, a famous scientist and a cruel abuser. After some time, Cecilia learns that after the suicide of her former lover, she became the heiress of a solid state. Big money does not bring joy – a woman constantly feels the presence of a dead boyfriend nearby and begins to realize that suicide may have been a hoax.

Original title:
The Invisible Man

Actors:
Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

The intricate film combines detective and science fiction in an extraordinary plot. In Philadelphia, several corpses are found with injection marks. The policeman leading the investigation goes on the trail of a black woman. A meeting with a suspect turns into a strange prediction and the death of the inspector. Nine years later, a similar series of murders takes place in the city.

Original title:
In the Shadow of the Moon

Actors:
Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Don’t Let Go (2019)

The policeman is called with a request for help by his little niece, who died along with her parents. The investigation did not reveal the real killer. During the dialogue, the hero realizes that the girl got in touch from the past, when she was still alive. If you understand what really happened on that terrible day, then perhaps it will be possible to prevent the tragedy and save the family.

Original title:
Don’t Let Go

Actors:
David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


Altered carbon (TV series 2018 – 2020)

Top Fantastic Detectives continues the series, based on the novel by writer Richard Morgan. In the distant future, humanity has the opportunity to move consciousness into different bodies. One of the bearers of the mind of an influential billionaire was destroyed. Even the memory device, due to the aimed shot, did not save data on the last moments. The rich man hires a former commando to investigate the assassination attempt on himself.

Original title:
Altered Carbon

Actors:
Joel Kinnaman, Anthony Mackie, Chris Conner…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.0


Remnant: Still Seeing You (2018)

A failed scientific experiment has blurred the line between reality and the afterlife. Now remnant ghosts appear everywhere – incorporeal entities repeating the same action. In the bathroom of a teenage girl with a bunch of complexes, a cute remnant appears, conveying a threatening message: “Run!”. A high school girl decides to find out who this person is and learns a lot of shocking facts.

Original title:
I Still See You

Actors:
Bella Thorne, Richard Harmon, Dermot Mulroney …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
16+


Remember Everything (2017)

Excellent detective fiction with a charismatic undersized hero from the “Game of Thrones” in the title role. The scientist developed a unique device capable of recording human memories, but was killed on the eve of the presentation of a brilliant invention. The detective, who undertook to investigate the crime, decides to use experimental technology to search for the killer.

Original title:
Rememory

Actors:
Peter Dinklage, Matt Ellis, Jordan Largy …

Country:
UK, USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Tunnel (TV series 2017)

The South Korean detective television series plays on the theme of time travel in an original way. In 1986, a police officer was investigating an elusive killer. Chasing the suspect, the inspector ran into the tunnel, from where he was transported thirty years ahead. In the future, the maniac has not been found, and a series of brutal murders is still ongoing. Together with a new partner, the detective continues the search for the villain.

Original title:
Teoneol

Actors:
Choi Jin-hyuk, Yun Hyun-min, Lee Yu-young …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.3

Age limit:
18+


11.22.63 (mini-series 2016)

A worthy place in the list of the best foreign series that combine the genres of science fiction and detective is the film adaptation of the novel by the king of horrors Stephen King . Through a time portal, an ordinary teacher is transported to 1960 in order to prevent Kennedy’s assassination a few years later. In preparation for a noble cause, the hero becomes attached to the past and meets the love of his life.

Original title:
11.22.63

Actors:
James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age limits :
16+


Dirk Gently’s Detective Agency (TV series 2016 – 2017)

An absurd, eccentric and hilariously funny story based on the fantastic works of Douglas Adams. A modest hotel worker is faced with a whole bunch of serious problems, and then an extravagant detective settles in the hero’s apartment and offers him to be a partner. A strange tandem will have to investigate the most incredible crimes.

Original title:
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Genre:
Fantasy, detective

Actors:
Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2


Radio wave (TV series 2016 – 2017)

A fast-paced TV series based on one of the best science fiction and detective films. The detective girl accidentally contacts her dead father, an experienced police officer, using radio communications. A dead parent helps his daughter in investigating the most intricate crimes. Although it becomes much easier to search for villains, everyday life is much more complicated due to otherworldly help.

Original title:
Frequency

Actors:
Peyton List, Riley Smith, Devin Kelly …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Signal (TV series 2016)

The highly rated crime-fiction drama takes a non-trivial approach to the topic of time travel. A young South Korean police officer finds a walkie-talkie that helps him get in touch with an experienced law enforcement officer from the past. By joining forces and exchanging information, detectives take on the investigation of the most complex crimes and even prevent some atrocities.

Original title:
Sigeuneol

Actors:
Lee Jae-hoon, Kim Hye-soo, Cho Jin-un …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
16+


I am a zombie (TV series 2015 – 2019)

In a comedy detective series with elements of fantasy, a cheerful medical student turns into a zombie . In order to have access to human brains, Olivia gets a job at a morgue . By absorbing dead flesh, the girl gains access to the memories of the deceased. The heroine decides to use her strange feature to help the police solve murders.

Original title:
iZombie

Actors:
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
16+


Stitchers (TV series 2015 – 2017)

The girl, trying to find those responsible for the death of her stepfather, hacks into the police server. Instead of punishment, the heroine is offered a job in the National Security Agency. A rare disease of a girl – immunity to the passage of time – turns out to be useful in a unique project where special agents reveal hopeless cases, penetrating the minds of the dead.

Original title:
Stitchers

Actors:
Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.9


Eternity (TV series 2014 – 2015)

A young-looking New York City medical examiner has actually been living in the world for more than two centuries. A brilliant specialist is trying to unravel the secret of his immortality by studying the corpses, and at the same time helps the police in the search for dangerous criminals. The detective intrigue is made even more acute by the appearance of a stranger who knows about the secrets of the hero. In each episode of the multi-part movie, which combined detective and science fiction, the word “eternity” is sure to sound, although the popular show is devoid of pathos.

Original title:
Forever

Actors:
Ioan Griffith, Alana de la Garza, Joel Moore …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Secrets of Haven (TV series 2010 – 2015)

Detective fiction television series based on Stephen King’s novel The Colorado Kid. An investigation into the death of a criminal leads an FBI agent to a small provincial town. Almost all the inhabitants of the provincial settlement have strange talents, but not everyone can control their manifestations. Audrey discovers she has a gift for helping the locals curb their paranormal powers.

Original title:
Haven

Actors:
Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Time Patrol (2013)

The famous science fiction action film is based on a short story by Robert Heinlein. After the discovery of time travel, many people rushed into the past to correct any mistakes and change the present. Any adjustments in history can lead to unpredictable consequences, so a special police unit stands guard over the past years.

Original title:
Predestination

Actors:
Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor …

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Surrogates (2009)

A spectacular movie that tells about strange crimes in 2057 – a cool mix of science fiction and detective. In the future, people practically do not go out, entrusting all their duties and contacts to powerful and perfect androids with impeccable appearance. A mysterious villain destroys the robots, but along with the ideal machines, for unknown reasons, the owners of mechanical bodies also die. The protagonist of the film, an FBI agent played by Bruce Willis, is trying to figure out what is happening.

Original title:
Surrogates

Actors:
Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


I, Robot (2004)

A fascinating film based on the stories of Isaac Asimov contains both detective intrigue and a fantastic image of the future. A policeman who does not like technical innovations is working on an unusual murder case: a robot, against all odds, has raised its hand against a human. But humanity, which in fact has already lost its independence, is too dependent on androids – smart machines, if desired, can easily seize power.

Original title:
I, Robot

Actors:
Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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