Skip to main content

3 great sci-fi movies on Hulu you need to watch in May 2024

Hugh Jackman in Reminiscence.
Warner Bros. Pictures

The great thing about sci-fi movies on Hulu is that there’s always an abundance of films in this genre from the 20th Century Fox library alone. But genre fans can’t live on just Alien, Predator, or Alien vs. Predator. We need a little variety with these fantastic adventures, because there’s only so many times we can watch all of the Planet of the Apes movies.

This month’s picks for the three great sci-fi movies on Hulu that you need to watch in May are all from outside studios. They include Vin Diesel’s favorite sci-fi franchise, a 2021 science fiction thriller starring Hugh Jackman, and an unusual sci-fi buddy comedy that goes in some very unexpected directions.

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

Vin Diesel's Riddick holds up his glasses in The Chronicles of Riddick.
Universal Pictures

It says a lot about Vin Diesel’s charisma that he played a serial killer, Richard B. Riddick, in Pitch Black, and audiences loved him despite his character’s near-complete lack of empathy. The Chronicles of Riddick doesn’t lack ambition as it tries to reframe Riddick in a more heroic light while expanding his personal mythology to include his connection to a potentially lost race of warriors.

Riddick even gets his own galactic empire to oppose in the form of the Necromongers, a fanatical interplanetary religious cult that forces its victims to convert to the faith or die. The Necromonger’s Lord Marshal (Colm Feore) is initially irked when Riddick won’t break, but then he becomes worried that Riddick may be the one who was prophesized to kill him. However, the Lord Marshal should really be worried about a threat closer to home, because Riddick isn’t the only one who wants to take him out.

Watch The Chronicles of Riddick on Hulu.

Reminiscence (2021)

Hugh Jackman in Reminiscence.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Westworld co-creator and Fallout executive producer Lisa Joy wrote and directed Reminiscence, a film where memories may be the most valuable commodity humanity has left. In the future, the environment is partially ruined, and people can only comfortably come out at night. Nick Bannister (Deadpool & Wolverine‘s Hugh Jackman) and his partner, Emily “Watts” Sanders (Thandiwe Newton), manage to make a living by using a machine that allows people to relive their own memories.

Nick soon becomes emotionally fixated on one of their clients, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson), even though Emily doesn’t approve. When Mae disappears, Nick’s obsession leads him to start searching for her. He also uses the memory machine to learn that Mae was more than she seemed to be, and she may have her own agenda.

Watch Reminiscence on Hulu.

Biosphere (2022)

Sterling K. Brown and Mark Duplass in Biosphere.
IFC Films

Biosphere is a fairly low-budget sci-fi comedy about what happens after the end of the world. Former President of the United States Billy (Mark Duplass) and his childhood friend, Ray (Sterling K. Brown), are very likely the last two men alive. But in a world with no more females, that means the human race ends with them.

Billy and Ray have managed to survive in a biosphere that keeps them safe from a hostile environment, but their food supply is getting scarce. More alarmingly, Billy is starting to physically change. As they say in Jurassic Park, “life finds a way.” But this is one biological adaptation that takes more than a little getting used to.

Watch Biosphere on Hulu.

Editors' Recommendations

Blair Marnell
Blair Marnell has been an entertainment journalist for over 15 years. His bylines have appeared in Wizard Magazine, Geek…
Like the Netflix sci-fi movie Atlas? Then watch these three great films now
A woman looks at an AI interface in Atlas.

Netflix's latest action movie, Atlas, takes on one of the more pressing and existential issues of our time: artificial intelligence. The film, which stars Jennifer Lopez, follows a data analyst with a deep mistrust for AI who discovers that it may be the only way to take down a super soldier who is hell-bent on destroying humanity.

Although AI and movies about it feel more relevant than ever, this is hardly the first time that AI has been featured prominently in this kind of story. Long before we had the kind of real-world AI that we see today, we had movies that tackled the question head-on. We've selected three movies that expertly tackle the subject.
The Creator (2023)

Read more
3 best shows to watch on Hulu for Memorial Day
A young man and woman carrying an older, injured man, his arms around their shoulders on either side, in a scene from We Were the Lucky Ones.

As you take time to reflect on and honor our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day, sit back and relax with some quality family time, too. Appreciate all you have and enjoy a slow day at home. This might include curling up with the family or even on your own with a great TV show.

There are some wonderful military and war-themed TV shows on Hulu from which to choose. In some cases, you won’t be able to get through the show’s full run in a single day, even through the entire weekend. But start off with the first season and it might inspire you to continue with the three best shows to watch on Hulu this Memorial Day weekend.
M*A*S*H (1972-1983)

Read more
The best sci-fi movies on Hulu right now
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Although Hulu has an excellent library of sci-fi movies, only a single new title was added to that category in May: The Chronicles of Riddick. Considering that Hulu also had to say goodbye to Pacific Rim, Blade Runner 2049, and the 2021 remake of Dune, then it's pretty far from a win for sci-fi fans.

In these quiet months, the best thing to do is dive into the older movies until something fresh comes along. That's why we're also throwing a spotlight on the original Planet of the Apes, Predator, as well as a more contemporary film in the genre, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. You can find the rest of our selections in the best sci-fi movies on Hulu below.

Read more