Secret research: 10 films about laboratories

What happens behind the walls of research centers? What experiments are carried out there and on whom are inventions tested? Films about laboratories, where not only scientific breakthroughs are made, but also developments that harm unwitting victims or the scientists themselves, will help to visit scientists. If you want to wander through the corridors of secret centers or see what excessive arrogance can lead to, we offer you this curious movie selection.

My Creator (2020)

The sci-fi film sends the viewer into the world of the future , where technological discoveries and powerful corporations triumph. In the center of the plot is a young scientist George, who is creating artificial intelligence in a secret laboratory. In addition to work responsibilities, a man pursues a personal goal. He plans to resurrect his dead wife by uploading her consciousness into an innovative robot .

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

Original title:  
Archive

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Theo James, Stacy Martin, Rhona Mitra …

Country:  
UK, Hungary, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Shape of Water (2017)

In the list of the best films about laboratories – a visually exquisite fiction drama shot in a retro style. The mute girl Eloise works as a cleaning lady at a research facility. One night, a secret object is delivered there – an amphibian man caught in the Amazon jungle . This unusual creature attracts Eloise, and the girl begins to teach the creature sign language. Quickly, a simple interest develops into a feeling of love, and the heroine decides to help her lover escape.

Original title:  
The Shape of Water

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer …

Country:  
USA, Canada, Mexico

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Reproduction (2017)

Will Foster is a talented biologist who loves only his family more than his job. But one day, a man’s life is shattered when his wife and children die in a car accident. The pain in the heart of the hero of the film does not subside, and memories of a happy past and a feeling of loneliness push him to a desperate step. Will intends to resurrect the family through cloning. Such experiments were carried out only on animals, but the inconsolable father and husband are ready to take the risk.

Original title:
Replicas

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Morgan (2016)

The top best films about secret laboratories will continue with a science fiction thriller about humanity’s next attempt to become the head of the universe and surpass nature. An unpleasant incident happened in a secret research center. A prototype of artificial intelligence, created in the likeness of a person, attacked an employee. The company’s management sends a risk management specialist there so that an employee can assess the situation on the spot.

Original title:
Morgan

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action

Actors:
Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


The Lazarus Effect (2015)

A group of ambitious doctors creates a cure that can bring a person back from the other world. The heroes of the film begin to test the drug on animals and they manage to resurrect the dog . Soon, one girl from the team dies, and the young scientists decide that this is a great chance to test the serum on a person. Subject does indeed come to life, but has been acting strange from the start.

Original title:
The Lazarus Effect

Genre:
Thriller, horror

Actors:
Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Bolger…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Out of the car (2014)

A sci-fi film about laboratories, experiments and experiments will introduce the viewer to a programmer named Caleb. The young man wins participation in a highly paid project and goes to the house of a recognized genius and businessman Nathan. The guy gets the opportunity to participate in the test of an innovative creation – artificial intelligence in the guise of a beautiful girl.

Original title:  
Ex Machina

Genre:  
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Domhnall Gleason, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac …

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Machine (2013)

Before you is the world of the future, plunged into a large-scale war. Scientists in the UK are launching a secret project to create a new weapon – a robot endowed with artificial intelligence. Roboticist Vincent designed the perfect war machine with the appearance of a beautiful girl and the abilities of a soldier. However, the android clearly lacks human qualities to complete the tasks, and Vincent invites an artificial intelligence specialist to the laboratory.

Original title:  
The Machine

Genre:  
Fiction, action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Toby Stevens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson …

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Chimera (2009)

A horror film about dubious laboratory research and experiments fantasizes about what happens if you create a hybrid of man and animal . Spouses Clive and Elsa start an experiment that is contrary to ethics and lose sponsors. Then the scientists decide to continue the project on their own. They cross the DNA of several animals and a woman. Born in complete secrecy, a creature with a tail, wings and high intelligence becomes the daughter of Clive and Elsa.

Original title:
Splice

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac …

Country:
Canada, Mexico, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Resident Evil (2002)

The Special Forces Squad arrives at a secret laboratory guarded by several Special Agents . On the spot, they discover something terrible. The deadly virus developed here broke out – and all the employees turned into bloodthirsty monsters. Now the squad, along with the policeman and Alice, who lost her memory , but survived, will have to clean up a giant underground complex so that the monsters do not crawl out.

Original title:  
Resident Evil

Genre:  
Horror, action, fantasy

Actors:  
Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabias …

Country:  
Germany, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Invisible (2000)

The hero of an exciting film about unusual experiments develops a formula for invisibility in a scientific laboratory. The man has already learned how to make the object invisible, but returning to its previous state has become a snag. After a while, Sebastian still manages to solve this problem and test its result on animals. Now it remains to test the tool on a person. As a real fan of his work, the scientist is ready to experience the discovery for himself.

Original title:
Hollow Man

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
Kevin Bacon, Elisabeth Shue, Josh Brolin …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


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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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