Best sci-fi films on Netflix that will expand your mind

Best sci-fi films on Netflix that will expand your mind

Andrew Lu | 30 Apr 2020
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As we near the end of the lockdown, why don't we catch up on some awesome sci-fi movies on Netflix

These include Arrival, Annihilation, Snowpiercer, Blade Runner and many more

It’s been a bit since the Coronavirus came and disrupted all our lives. A majority of us have been stuck at home for weeks now and may have been wanting something new and exciting to watch. Well, we here at Digit have just the thing for you. Check out these top Netflix sci-fi movies that’ll definitely make you think as well as entertain you. Some of these films are also Netflix original sci-fi movies but a lot of them come from other studios as well. There are also a few Netflix sci-fi movies from 2020 but again, a lot of them will be from years past. 

Sci-fi as a genre is wide and vast and can often pair up with other genres like horror or even mystery and still retain a sci-fi edge. It truly is a unique genre and some of the Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix streaming also embody this very principle. So, sit back, grab your remote and check out some of the best sci-fi films on Netflix today. 

And away we go:

Annihilation

Directed by Alex Garland and starring Natalie Portman, Annihilation was and still is one of the most inventive and beautiful sci-fi films on Netflix. If you’re looking for an action-packed film, this is definitely not it. More of a thinking man’s science-fiction film, Annihilation has more in common with the director’s previous film Ex Machina than it does with The Matrix. The story basically follows four women who head into a sealed-off area known as The Shimmer. Caused by an extraterrestrial being crashing to Earth, this film could even be seen as a modern retelling of the H.P Lovecraft classic, the Colour Out of Space. 

Super 8

One of the few films that director JJ Abrams has not run into the ground, Super 8 could even be seen as the ET for the 2000s. A tender coming of age tale, wrapped in a film about first contact, Super 8 never veers into the absurd and always keeps its action, characters and even alien very grounded. The film also has a very distinct visual style with a ton of visual flares and such, it may be enough to turn some people off, but Super 8 is well worth watching, at least once. 

Snowpiercer

Based off an extremely important and influential French graphic novel, Snowpiercer is a science-fiction epic that is almost a parable of our times. The entire film is set in the confines of a powerful globe-trotting train where the have-nots must battle from the decrepit and slum-like back of the train to the front, where they can take over. The film draws parallels to our reality where the have and have-nots pretty much live side-by-side. It’s a harrowing tale and the performance of the entire cast is phenomenal. 

The Cloverfield Paradox

Another JJ Abrams misfire, The Cloverfield Paradox wasn’t a bad film by any means. It was a bad Cloverfield film. This shoe-horning of films that had nothing to do with the original is getting stale and The Cloverfield Paradox proves that sentiment. Taken as its own film, The Cloverfield paradox works really well as a freaky science-fiction horror film set in space. Sure, you may have to suspend your disbelief a bit but in the end, it isn’t such a terrible film. Do check it out for a fun and twisted sci-fi haunted house film in space. 

Arrival

One of the smartest and most competent sci-fi films out there, Arrival takes a very different look at what first contact with an extraterrestrial being could actually be like. Starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, Arrival tells the tale of aliens who land on Earth, seemingly benevolent and scientists are tasked with figuring out what they want. Shot and directed beautifully, Arrival is truly a thinking man’s science fiction epic. 

Lockout

Now for some more action-oriented fare. If you’re a fan of cool, rebellious characters who are just there to complete the mission and absolutely ooze charm then you’ll love Lockout. Guy Pearce stars as a disgraced special forces vet who is sent to retrieve the President’s daughter who has been taken hostage by a dangerous gang of criminals abroad a floating space prison! Yes, it’s as insane as it sounds and the action makes it even better. This is a true throwback action-packed, sci-fi film.

Europa Report

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Space exploration has always been a major theme in a lot of science-fictions stories and Europa Report is one such film. The film tells the tale of a bunch of scientists who make their way to Europa, a moon in Jupiter’s orbit. The moon actually does contain water and scientists think that it could actually harbour life. Which is what this particular team in the film find out. Also, its a found footage film, so if you’re into that genre of film, you’ll have a blast. 

Ender’s Game

Based on the best-selling series by writer Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is slightly tamer than the novels it was based on but that doesn’t stop it from being a highly entertaining watch. In the future, Earth is in a galaxy-spanning war with a race of beings called the Formics. Defence forces now use young children trained in battle tactics and hardened by military training and brainwashing to commandeer battles against the enemy. Visually stunning and well-directed, you should not miss Ender’s Game. 

Illang: The Wolf Brigade

This film just did not resonate with critics but actual movie lovers really enjoyed Illang: The Wolf Brigade. Based on the manga and anime of the same name, Illang is a tender love story in a world gone wrong. The film tells the tale of the Wolf Brigade and their star soldier and their fight against a terrorist group known as The Sect. The set pieces in this film look far better than their Hollywood counterparts with a sense of grounded realism and action. A must watch, in our opinion.  

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

And finally, how could we forget to include one of the best science-fiction films of all time on the list. What’s even better is that this version of Blade Runner is the original director’s cut which means more footage and more Rutger Hauer, which is always cool. One of the original cyberpunk films, Blade Runner has had a ton of imitators over the years but none have been able to come close to the majestic dystopia of Ridley Scott’s world. 

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Andrew Lu

A geek and nerd at heart, I love comic books, horror movies and professional fighting. Yes, I know how insane that sounds.

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