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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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