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The best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now

Unfortunately for sci-fi fans, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Annihilation, and Dune (1984) are all leaving Netflix this month. Netflix just doesn’t cater to science fiction lovers the way they do for anyone who enjoys romantic comedies, action films, and thrillers. We wouldn’t notice these departures as much if Netflix had a steady stream of sci-fi films to replace them.

But it’s not all bad news this month. Dredd is heating up Netflix’s 10 most popular movies chart, and the sci-fi masterpiece, Arrival, and the underrated Snowpiercer are both available as well. If you’re looking for anything else in the genre, then check out our updated list of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.

In need of a few more suggestions? We’ve curated a guide to the best sci-fi movies on Amazon Prime Video and the best sci-fi movies on Hulu, too.

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Dredd (2012) new

Dredd
60 %
7.1/10
r 95m
Genre Action, Science Fiction
Stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey
Directed by Pete Travis

The British comic book, Judge Dredd, was previously adapted as a movie in 1995 with Sylvester Stallone, but it failed to launch a franchise. The popular 2012 sci-fi remake, Dredd, was also far from a commercial blockbuster, but it’s a much better movie. Karl Urban absolutely owns the title role as Dredd, one of the leading Judges in Mega-City One. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Cassandra Anderson, a rookie Judge with psi powers who is out on her training evaluation with Dredd.

In this dystopian future, Judges are the equivalent of the police and the courts, and they have the authority to dispense justice as they see fit. Unfortunately for Anderson and Dredd, they soon find themselves locked in an apartment high rise run by a crime lord, Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal (Lena Headey). And she’ll do anything to see both Judges dead.

Arrival (2016) new

Arrival
81 %
7.9/10
pg-13 116m
Genre Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
Stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 sci-fi film Arrival plays a lot like a Christopher Nolan movie, and that’s a compliment. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as language experts Louise Banks and Ian Donnelly, respectively. Banks and Donnelly are called in when aliens arrive over 12 countries around the world with a message to convey to humanity. The problem is that the aliens’ language is incredibly complex, and the early translations of their message alarm other countries, especially China. If Banks can’t decode the message in time, it may be too late to stop a war.

Snowpiercer (2013) new

Snowpiercer
84 %
7.1/10
r 127m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt
Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Before director Bong Joon-ho won his Oscars for Parasite, he helmed Snowpiercer, a Korean film that adapts the comic book by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. In the dark future established in this film, scientists have accidentally triggered a second ice age, and the last survivors of humanity are all joined together on a train that is constantly moving. However, class warfare is alive and well, and the poor people live in squalor in the rear of the train.

When Curtis Everett (Chris Evans) has enough of the abuse, he leads an uprising against the front cars alongside Namgoong Minsoo (Song Kang-ho). But they face fierce resistance from Minister Mason (Tilda Swinton), as the battle for the future of humanity begins.

They Cloned Tyrone (2023)

They Cloned Tyrone
75 %
6.7/10
r 122m
Genre Comedy, Science Fiction, Mystery
Stars John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, Jamie Foxx
Directed by Juel Taylor

Very early on in They Cloned Tyrone, a drug dealer named Fontaine (John Boyega) is brutally murdered in front of one of his clients, Slick Charles (Foxx), and one of his Slick’s girls, Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris). But much to the surprise of Slick Charles and Yo-Yo, Fontaine shows up the next day without any memory of what happened to him.

While investigating the mystery of Fontaine’s apparent resurrection, the trio uncover a clone conspiracy that has very troubling implications for their lives and their future. And if they want to save themselves, Fontaine, Slick Charles, and Yo-Yo need to fight back.

Terminator Genisys (2015)

Terminator Genisys
38 %
6.3/10
pg-13 126m
Genre Science Fiction, Action, Thriller, Adventure
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke
Directed by Alan Taylor

Terminator: Genisys is the fifth film in the Terminator franchise, and maybe the fifth or sixth best movie in the series. But a little Terminator is better than none. In a wildly divergent timeline, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) travels from the future to 1984 in order to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), only to find that a T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) already saved and trained her over a decade earlier.

Sarah and her Terminator, “Pops,” also have their own plan to take out Skynet, unaware that the machine AI has already turned Sarah and Kyle’s son, John (Jason Clarke), into the ultimate weapon to be used against them.

The One (2001)

The One
25 %
5.9/10
pg-13 87m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Jet Li, Jason Statham, Carla Gugino
Directed by James Wong

Jet Li’s Gabe Law is the title character of The One … or is it Gabriel Yulaw? As a member of the Multiverse Authority, Gabriel had the bright idea of killing all of his other counterparts in the multiverse in the hope that this would give him god-like powers. Gabriel betrayed two of his colleagues, Evan Funsch (Jason Statham) and Harry Rodecker (Delroy Lindo), in pursuit of his mad plan. Now, Gabriel’s ambitions are close to being realized.

As the last living variant of Gabriel, Gabe is also gifted with extraordinary powers. And when Gabriel arrives in his universe to kill him, Gabe is the only one who can stand up to him.

65 (2023)

65
40 %
5.4/10
pg-13 92m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
Stars Adam Driver, Ariana Greenblatt, Chloe Coleman
Directed by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods

65 doesn’t try to hide its sci-fi premise. It’s about a pilot named Mills (Adam Driver), a man who accepts a long-term gig as a pilot to provide for his family. But when his starship crash lands on Earth 65 million years ago, Mills is left with no way to reunite with his wife, Nevine (Chloe Coleman), and their daughter, Alya (Nika King).

The only thing that gives Mills the will to live is Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), a young girl who is the only other survivor. When Mills discovers a potential escape from prehistoric Earth, he escorts Koa across a landscape that is filled with very ravenous and very dangerous dinosaurs.

Replicas (2018)

Replicas
19 %
5.4/10
pg-13 107m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
Stars Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch
Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Few could argue that Replicas is a great sci-fi film, but it deserves consideration as one of the most hilarious unintended comedies of the last few years. Viewed through this lens, Replicas is fall-over funny as William Foster (Keanu Reeves) bends over backwards to convince his wife, Mona (Alice Eve), and their children, Sophie (Emily Alyn Lind) and Matt (Emjay Anthony), that nothing is wrong. And he totally didn’t clone them after his real family died in a car accident.

The first successful test of human cloning soon attracts the attention of William’s dangerous associate, Jones (John Ortiz). To protect his family of clones, William will have to push the limits of science once again. Watch this movie with a full liquor cabinet and a few friends, and then let the jokes fly. This movie is destined to eventually be a Mystery Science Theater 3000 selection.

Captain Nova (2021)

Captain Nova
5.5/10
86m
Genre Adventure, Family, Science Fiction
Stars Kika van de Vijver, Marouane Meftah, Anniek Pheifer
Directed by Maurice Trouwborst

Captain Nova (Anniek Pheifer) has come from the future to save the past in the Dutch sci-fi movie that shares her name. Unfortunately, for Nova, the trip back in time has also changed her into a 12-year-old child. And young Nova (Kika van de Vijver) soon realizes that her mission is now nearly impossible because of this unforeseen side effect.

With few other viable options, Nova teams up with a kid named Nas (Marouane Meftah) as she attempts to rewrite the future by taking on a greedy corporation. And if Nova fails, her future is destined to unfold in the same way that it did before.

Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers
52 %
7.3/10
r 129m
Genre Adventure, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards
Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Director Paul Verhoeven’s take on Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is not a comedy, but it is a satire with some very darkly funny moments. Casper Van Dien leads the cast as Johnny Rico, a young man who joins the military in the future because he wants to stay close to his girlfriend, Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), as she pursues a path as a starship pilot. Johnny even becomes a squad leader before he faces the end of his military career in the aftermath of a deadly training accident.

However, a devastating attack on Earth by giant alien bugs convinces Johnny to stay in his unit and fight alongside his friends, Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer) and Ace Levy (Jake Busey). But the true threat of the alien bugs may overwhelm Johnny’s team and lead to the annihilation of humanity itself.

Astro Boy (2009)

Astro Boy
53 %
6.2/10
pg 94m
Genre Animation, Action, Family, Science Fiction
Stars Nicolas Cage, Madeline Carroll, Freddie Highmore
Directed by David Bowers

Casual fans may not recall that Astro Boy was one of the first anime series that broke out in the U.S. during the 1960s. But none of that background info is necessary for the 2009 feature film that updates Astro Boy’s origin. Freddie Highmore headlines the cast as Toby Tenma, the son of a prominent inventor, Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage).

When Toby is accidentally killed, Tenma is able to recreate Toby’s personality in the body of a robot that eventually takes the name Astro. And while Astro is not truly Toby, his innate goodness leads him to become a hero to his fellow robots, as well as the protector that Metro City desperately needs.

Rim of the World (2019)

Rim of the World
5.2/10
pg 99m
Genre Science Fiction, Adventure, Action, Comedy
Stars Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr.
Directed by McG

McG’s Rim of the World takes its inspiration from the kid-centric sci-fi films that Steven Spielberg produced and directed in the 1980s. At the Rim of the World summer camp in California, Alex (Jack Gore) is a boy who is still grieving the loss of his father when he starts bonding with his fellow social rejects, ZhenZhen (Miya Cech), Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.), and Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto).

Much to their collective surprise, Alex and his new friends discover that they are in the midst of an alien invasion. And they may be the only ones left who can deliver the key to victory to NASA … if they can live long enough to escape.

What Happened to Monday (2017)

What Happened to Monday
47 %
r 123m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Action
Stars Noomi Rapace, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
In the future, overpopulation and famine have forced world governments to strictly enforce a One-Child Policy. But not everyone is so keen on following the rule, especially a group of seven identical sisters (Noomi Rapace) who are forced to live a fugitive existence, constantly pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. Led by Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), the Bureau is ruthless, but the sisters outwit them by assuming the identity of a single person and each entering the world only one day of the week. It works until Monday doesn’t come home.

Warriors of Future (2022)

Warriors of Future
pg-13 101m
Genre Drama, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Louis Koo, Lau Ching-wan, Carina Lau
Directed by Ng Yuen-fai
This Chinese blockbuster sees a meteor strike the Earth. Onboard is a destructive alien lifeform that spawns and soon threatens humanity. After elite forces are almost completely wiped out trying to save their city, one surviving soldier, Tai Loo (Louis Koo), discovers that there’s a larger conspiracy connected to the invasion.

Spiderhead (2022)

Spiderhead
54 %
r 106m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Miles Teller, Chris Hemsworth, Jurnee Smollett
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Spiderhead is a state-of-the-art penitentiary where inmates wear a surgically attached device that administers dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences. It doesn’t look like a prison — there are no bars, cells, or uniforms. There are just drugs, administered at the beck and call of visionary Steve Abnesti (Thor: Love and Thunder‘s Chris Hemsworth), who presents himself as a humane reformer of the criminal justice system. When two subjects, Jeff (Miles Teller) and Lizzy (Jurnee Smollett), begin to form a connection, however, Abnesti takes special interest in them as his experiments begin to test the limits of free will itself.

Morbius (2022)

Morbius
35 %
5.2/10
pg-13 105m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Stars Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Let’s be clear, Morbius is not very good, but it was a blockbuster movie with implications for Sony and Marvel’s shared Spider-Man universe. So, it makes the list. Jared Leto plays Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant biochemist and hematologist who is ironically being killed by a blood disorder that he just can’t crack. Desperate to find a cure so that others may avoid the same fate, Morbius tests an illegal, dangerous serum on himself. While the cure works, it comes at the cost of unleashing a darkness within him that slowly turns him into a vampire. As Morbius tries to manage his increasingly violent urges, his best friend and benefactor, Milo (Matt Smith), suffers from the same disorder. That’s why Milo plots to wrest the cure from Morbius, whom he believes is selfishly keeping it for himself.

The Adam Project (2022)

The Adam Project
55 %
6.7/10
pg-13 106m
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Stars Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by Shawn Levy
After a decade in development hell, with Tom Cruise attached to star at one point, Netflix finally saved the day and brought The Adam Project to life. Our story follows Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds), a fighter pilot living in a dystopian 2050. While manning a time jet to rescue his wife, Adam’s craft plummets into 2022, where the adult Adam is forced to take up arms with his younger self (Walker Scobell) in order to save the world from the tyrannic clutches of Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener), the wretched ruler of the future. At this point, we’ve seen Ryan Reynolds do it all, especially when it comes to action. While there’s plenty of the actor’s familiar chops on display, the sci-fi backbone of The Adam Project gives Reynolds a fun sandbox to show off in. And he delivers a performance that is a few notches above what we’d normally expect to see.

Stowaway (2021)

Stowaway
63 %
5.6/10
pg-13 117m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Stars Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim
Directed by Joe Penna
Stowaway is a sci-fi film that explores just how far human beings are willing to go to protect one another, breathing new meaning into words like “sacrifice” and “preservation.” Following the crew (played by Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, and Daniel Dae Kim) of a Mars-bound spacecraft, the trio of planetary researchers discovers an accidental fourth passenger named Michael (Shamier Anderson) trapped aboard the vessel. Literally entangled in a carbon dioxide purifier, the dislocated launch engineer inadvertently destroys the device, robbing everyone aboard of precious oxygen. As the clock starts ticking on how much air is left to breathe, the crew is forced to consider some perilous and tragic choices in order to arrive on Mars safely. There’s nothing like the absence of familiar Earth to raise the stakes in any live-or-die situation, and Stowaway handles this familiar sci-fi formula with an impactful narrative.

Synchronic (2020)

Synchronic
64 %
6.2/10
r 101m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Stars Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton
Directed by Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Synchronic stars Anthony Mackie and Steve Dornan as New Orleans paramedics Steve and Dennis. When a series of deaths are linked to an experimental new drug called Synchronic, the emergency responders are forced to follow the trail of the elusive chemical when Dennis’ daughter vanishes. Her disappearance may have more to do with the mind-altering substance and inter-dimensional time travel than either medical technician could ever expect. With the look and feel of a raw ’70s film, Synchronic successfully balances its sci-fi horror leanings, delivering thrill after thrill as the plot compounds and time begins to fold.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
80 %
7.7/10
pg 114m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
Want to get the kids into sci-fi? This techpocalyptic animated thrill ride from Lord/Miller (The Lego MovieSolo: A Star Wars Story) ought to do the trick. Teenager Katie Mitchell has trouble connecting with her oddball family, especially when it comes to her father, who just could not be more different than Katie. But when he fears he might lose her forever when she leaves for film school, Katie’s father cancels her plane ticket to LA and takes the family on a road trip instead. Unfortunately, mid-trip, a scorned artificial intelligence (A.I.) called Pal incites a robotic rebellion, rounding up all the people of the Earth to send them out to space. Narrowly escaping capture, the Mitchells are now the last free humans on Earth, and with the help of a couple of damaged robots, they must find a way to save humanity — and their family.

The Swarm (2020)

The Swarm
5.3/10
pg-13 101m
Genre Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Stars Suliane Brahim, Sofian Khammes, Marie Narbonne
Directed by Just Philippot
Bugs. They’re smaller than us, but few things freak us out more. Director Just Philippot capitalizes on our innate fear of things that crawl and hop in his 2020 horror film The Swarm. Suliane Brahim stars as the widow Virginie, who’s trying and failing to keep her family afloat by raising locusts. When she learns the insects have developed a taste for human blood, it opens the door for her to finally make money off the things while at the same time making them more dangerous. When the inevitable comes, as Richard Brody writes for The New Yorker, the film does for grasshoppers “what Alfred Hitchcock did for birds.”

Army of the Dead (2021)

Army of the Dead
57 %
5.8/10
r 148m
Genre Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime
Stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick
Directed by Zack Snyder
What do you do when there’s a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas? Well, obviously, you take advantage of the situation and rob one of the city’s most successful casinos. At least that’s what Dave Bautista’s Scott Ward and his squad of mercenaries do in the zombie heist movie Army of the Dead. Judging by the previews for the film, Ward and his squad of mercs will need all the firepower they have and more. Unlike the shambling horrors populating your average zombie story, the undead of Vegas (sounds like a band name) not only count Elvis Presley impersonators, Vegas showgirls, and Bengal tigers among their ranks, but they’re fast, smart, and a lot more organized.

Oxygen (2021)

Oxygen
67 %
6.5/10
r 100m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
Stars Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi
Directed by Alexandre Aja
Waking up with no memory of your identity would be pretty bad, right? Imagine that, on top of amnesia, you’re also inexplicably trapped in a cryogenic pod that’s slowly running out of air. That’s the premise for the French language sci-fi drama Oxygen. Mélanie Laurent plays the imprisoned protagonist who has nothing but her buried memories and the pod’s uncooperative computers to piece together who she is and how to survive. Oxygen looks to be a claustrophobic and gripping thriller, and it will be available for streaming beginning Wednesday, May 12.

Spectral (2016)

Spectral
6.3/10
pg-13 109m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Action
Stars James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Gonzalo Menendez
Directed by Nic Mathieu
If you’re in the mood for good ol’ fashioned alien warfare, you’ll love Spectral. This early Netflix original shows just how creative the studio could get with a slim budget despite significant action demands. An extraterrestrial force begins to wreak havoc on a war-torn European city, forcing local engineers to team up with American Special Ops to stop the invasion.

The Midnight Sky (2020)

The Midnight Sky
58 %
5.6/10
pg-13 118m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo
Directed by George Clooney
George Clooney directs and stars in The Midnight Sky. With humanity on the brink of extinction, scientist Augustine Lofthouse (George Clooney) refuses to vacate his Arctic laboratory when radiation levels on Earth grow to dangerous levels. Instead, he chooses to use his lab’s computer system to search for orbiting ships deployed on missions. Intending to warn the distant crew of Aether of Earth’s impending doom, Lofthouse discovers a young girl in the lab. The two band together to brave the Arctic elements on a journey to a north-bound radio tower that will be powerful enough to send a warning signal to Aether. An effects-laced sci-fi thriller, The Midnight Sky looks and feels like similar brink-of-the-apocalypse films but with extra weight placed on the performances — notably, Clooney. It’s not a perfect film, but it more than does its job.

Outside the Wire (2021)

Outside the Wire
45 %
5.4/10
r 116m
Genre Thriller, Action, Science Fiction
Stars Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Enzo Cilenti
Directed by Mikael Håfström
In 2036, a Russian civil war has the U.S. providing wartime support to the nation. The military now fights alongside “Gumps,” robot soldiers that occupy every branch. As punishment for disobeying squad commands, Harp (Anthony Mackie), a drone pilot, is sent to Ukraine to fight alongside Leo (Damson Idris), an android super-soldier. Together, the duo is forced to take on Victor Koval, a terrorist determined to use Cold War missiles for combat. Led by two great lead performances and a medley of sci-fi action that’ll keep you glued to your seat, Outside the Wire delivers the thrills from start to finish.

The Discovery (2017)

The Discovery
54 %
6.3/10
r 102m
Genre Drama, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford
Directed by Charlie McDowell
In a reimagined modern era, proof of the afterlife is amongst us, thanks to the research of scientist Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford). With the news hitting the world by storm, suicide rates climb exponentially as people opt to begin life anew as opposed to remaining in troubling situations. Harbor’s son, Will (Jason Segel), questions his father’s studies. Meeting Isla (Rooney Mara) on a ferry, the two discuss mortality and eventually begin a relationship. When Will takes Isla to his father’s hidden compound, the nature of his father’s work comes to light in ways neither father, son, or Isla could ever expect. A wonder-filled, philosophical film, The Discovery features an intriguing story and stellar performances, especially from Segel and Redford.

The Wandering Earth (2019)

The Wandering Earth
57 %
6.0/10
tv-ma
Genre Science Fiction, Action, Drama
Cast Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Zhao Jinmai
The Wandering Earth may be the biggest film that you’ve never heard of, but it was a huge blockbuster in China. The movie takes place in the future, as the expanding sun forces humanity to literally move the Earth to another solar system. This requires Captain Wang Lei (Li Guangjie) to leave behind his son, Liu Qi (Qu Chuxiao), as his mission in space keeps him away for several years. However, both father and son will have major roles to play in order to ensure that the Earth survives its perilous journey.

Mirage (2018)

Mirage
7.4/10
tv-ma
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama, Romance, Mystery
Cast Adriana Ugarte, Chino Darín, Javier Gutiérrez
Don’t be afraid to read subtitles when watching Mirage. This Spanish sci-fi film has a story that is universal no matter which language is used. Adriana Ugarte stars as Vera Roy, a woman who inadvertently discovers a way to communicate with a teenager named Nico Lasarte (Joel Illescas) 25 years in the past. After helping Nico prevent his own accidental death, Vera discovers that her own world and timeline have greatly changed. Vera’s daughter no longer exists, and her husband, David (Álvaro Morte), is married to someone else. Subsequently, Vera desperately searches for a way to regain what she lost.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
61 %
7.1/10
tv-ma
Genre Science Fiction, Mystery, Drama, Thriller, TV Movie
Cast Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Craig Parkinson, Alice Lowe, Asim Chaudhry
There’s nothing else on Netflix exactly like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. This spinoff from the British sci-fi anthology series is an interactive movie that allows players/viewers to control the fate of Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead). In 1984, Stefan is a young programmer who gets the chance to adapt a “choose your own adventure” book into a video game. However, art imitates life, and Stefan is soon faced with questions about his own free will. It’s not possible to see every bit of footage from Bandersnatch in one continuous viewing. That’s why it invites repeat viewings by letting alternate choices unlock new story paths. This may not be the future of all movies, but it is a subgenre worth exploring.

Advantageous (2015)

Advantageous
59 %
6.2/10
tv-ma
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Cast Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams
Advantageous is not a flashy sci-fi movie, but it is thought-provoking. In the near future, a single mother named Gwen Koh (Jacqueline Kim) loses her job and her financial security. Desperate to provide for her daughter, Jules (Samantha Kim), Gwen volunteers for a radical experiment to transfer her mind to a younger body. However, Gwen 2.0 (Freya Adams) is a very different woman from the original model, much to the horror of Jules and even Gwen herself.

Project Power (2020)

Project Power
51 %
6/10
r 113m
Genre Action, Crime, Science Fiction
Stars Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback
Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Superheroes aren’t real, but their powers are. That’s the premise behind Project Power, a film that presents a near-future world in which superhuman powers can be granted to almost anyone via a special pill called Power. For five minutes, users of Power have abilities uniquely tied to them. New Orleans police detective Frank Shaver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) openly uses Power, even against regulations. In his search for the source of Power, Frank comes across Art (Jamie Foxx), a man who may have unexpected connections to the development of the drug. This is a cautionary tale, and a fresh take on a very familiar genre.

Bird Box (2018)

Bird Box
51 %
6.6/10
r 124m
Genre Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Jacki Weaver
Directed by Susanne Bier
It’s understandable if you get some Quiet Place vibes from Bird Box. Both are sci-fi horror movies that deal with monsters that directly connect with human senses. In this flick, the creatures can make anyone who sees them become insane with suicidal urges. Hence the constant blindfolds to keep the entities out. Sandra Bullock plays Malorie Hayes, a woman struggling to survive in this horrific new world, while flashbacks explore how she dealt with the end of life as she knew it. Not all of the moments land, but Bird Box has its share of real scares.

See You Yesterday (2019)

See You Yesterday
74 %
5.2/10
r 86m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure, Crime, Action
Stars Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro
Directed by Stefon Bristol
Many sci-fi films have something important to say about the present, and See You Yesterday has a premise that seems all too timely. The story follows C.J. Walker (Eden Duncan-Smith), a revolutionary genius even as a teenager. C.J. has come up with actual working time machines, and she has a very personal reason to use them. Her brother, Calvin Walker (Brian “Stro” Bradley), has been killed during an encounter with the police. To save Calvin, C.J. and her friend Sebastian (Danté Crichlow) try to change the past. Needless to say, complications ensue.

Beyond Skyline (2017)

Beyond Skyline
46 %
5.3/10
r 105m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure, Horror
Stars Frank Grillo, Bojana Novaković, Iko Uwais
Directed by Liam O'Donnell
The long-delayed follow-up to 2010’s Skyline is one of the rare instances where the sequel is vastly superior to the original. This unapologetically pulpy, alien invasion B-movie shows what happens when civilians are left to defend themselves against a superior species of aliens. Frank Grillo stars as a cop at odds with his son when the aliens strike. Suddenly sent running for their lives, the father-son duo move at a breakneck pace, traversing through subterranean tunnels to the nuclear wasteland of Los Angeles to an alien ship to a rebel human base in Laos to mount a final defense. Beyond Skyline is absolutely nutty, but if you like big action, ludicrous sci-fi tropes, and good ol’ fashioned human versus alien violence, this one’s for you.

Okja (2017)

Okja
75 %
7.3/10
tv-ma
Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Action
Cast Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-hyun Ahn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Devon Bostick, Lily Collins, Steven Yuen
Bong Joon-ho earned Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Parasite, but he was making remarkable movies well before that recognition. Okja is one of his most polemical films, taking on the meat industry and capitalism at large in this touching sci-fi drama for Netflix. The story follows Mija, a young girl who has grown up in the mountains of South Korea with a fictional super-pig best friend named Okja. But when the multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation kidnaps Okja and transports her to New York to launch an entirely new meat industry, it’s up to Mija to save her best friend. A caustic satire of the greed and grotesqueness of American food processing, Okja pokes fun at everyone from self-obsessed CEOs to bumbling, naive activists in a sci-fi romp that hits close to home.

I Am Mother (2019)

I Am Mother
64 %
6.7/10
pg-13 114m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Clara Rugaard, Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne
Directed by Grant Sputore
Director Grant Sputore turned a lot of heads with I Am Mother, a superbly made and terrifically acted sci-fi thriller. In the far future, humanity is seemingly extinct. An android called Mother (voiced by Rose Byrne) fulfills its primary function by attempting to revive humanity. But first, Mother raises Daughter (Clara Rugaard) for practice and teaches her how to survive in this inhospitable world. However, Daughter’s reality is shattered when she encounters a woman (Hilary Swank) from the outside, who happens to be the first human that Daughter has ever met. And once the newcomer is inside of the bunker, I Am Mother takes a decidedly sinister turn. The truth will come out, but will anyone survive to see it?

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