As the country slowly opens up, even in the midst of rising Coronavirus cases, a majority of us are still staying home and staying safe. So, it is natural that you’ll be wanting something new and exciting to watch, right? Well, we here at Digit have just the thing for you. Check out the best sci-fi movies on Hotstar premium that’ll definitely entertain you but also give you something to think about. Some of these films are also the top sci-fi movies on Hotstar in 2020 but a lot of them are also older, but still golden films.
Sci-fi as a genre is wide and encompassing and can often partner up with other genres like horror or even mystery and still retain a gritty, sci-fi edge. It truly is a unique genre and some of the best sci-fi movies on Disney+ India also embody this very principle. So, sit back, grab your remote and check out some of the best sci-fi films on Disney+Hotstar. Or, if you’d prefer, grab that jetpack and get ready to check out some of the best sci-fi movies to watch on Disney+Hotstar.
While Underwater may not be the film that topples Alien as the best creature feature, the film isn’t half bad. The movie stars Kristen Stewart as a mining engineer who must deal with Lovecraftian creatures that have been unleashed by deep-sea mining. It’s a thrill ride with some cool inventive sequences.
The final film in the modern Planet of the Apes films, War finds Caesar going up against an insane military man who wants to wipe out the intelligent ape colony once and for all. To make matters worse, there seems to be a virus going around that reduces humans to their basest instincts. Perhaps a sign of things to come?
The Shape of Water is truly a masterpiece of modern fantasy. We would have also included Pan’s Labyrinth here but sadly, that film is not available on Disney+Hotstar, yet. Be that as it may, The Shape of Water stands up there as a dark fantasy/sci-fi tale that will be remembered for its beautiful set design and practical effects. Oh, and the love story between an aquatic mer-man and a mute woman will probably be the sweetest thing you’ll see in a long time.
One of the more understated superhero films out there, Unbreakable tells the story of a man who survives a train crash to discover that he cannot be hurt physically. What follows is an origin tale of a burgeoning superhero. And what does every good superhero need? Why, a good supervillain, of course, and this film has that in Mr. Glass.
This film really is the daddy of all superhero films. Released in 2000, X-Men was the first real big-screen modern superhero film that got it right. The tone was darker, and it had some of the best casting out there with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier and Sir Ian McKellan as Magneto. Oh, and we definitely can’t forget Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.
Probably the best Star Wars film out there, The Empire Strikes Back was the follow up to the incredibly influential Star Wars. The characters are all well written and it definitely moves the story forward without sacrificing any of what made the first film great. If you’re a Star Wars fan or even just a fan of good, entertaining sci-fi, you’ll love The Empire Strikes Back.
We’re clubbing these two films together because they cannot be viewed separately. Endgame and Infinity War are two sides of the same coin and watching them side-by-side will give you the complete story. These two films are essentially the end of the Third Phase of the MCU which kind of signals the end of Marvel movies as everything that comes next will pale in comparison to these two masterpieces of superhero films.
To be fair, the Guardians of the Galaxy were always C-listers in the Marvel comic book universe and it took a talented director like James Gunn to really make the teamwork on screen. Part of it also has to do with Chris Pratt’s infectious charm. The film is a rip-roaring ride through space and time as the Guardians have to prevent a Kree invasion of the Nova Corps and it all comes down to the most impromptu Dance Off in the universe. If you haven’t watched this film yet, then we suggest you head on over to Disney+Hotstar and get on it!
Honestly, Avatar is the best bad film you’ll ever see. The film is visually stunning but lacks in storytelling depth. Look, James Cameron is a master filmmaker and his action-scenes are really well shot and edited. The film has a unique look to it that truly separates it from all the regular sci-fi fare out there.
Brad Pitt in space? Say it ain’t so! Ad Astra is one of those arty space films that ask us as viewers to question ourselves and the world we live in. If you don’t like pretentious and slightly boring films, Ad Astra is not for you. But if a drama is more towards your tastes then check this film out.
Directed by the very talented Ridley Scott, The Martian sees Matt Damon playing an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars and must figure a way out to survive until help can be sent. The Martian is one of the more realistic sci-fi films out there as it uses real science to see how long a person could actually sustain life on Mars. Definitely worth checking out.
One of the best films that didn’t get seen was Alita: Battle Angel. The film is a direct adaptation of the revered manga and stays very true to the source material. The CGI is also great, giving us a look at an incredible environment of floating cities and neon-lit streets. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita is action-packed, exciting and has got a ton of heart!
We’ve saved the best of last as Starship Troopers is a bonafide classic that you should not miss out on. Based on a novel, the story sees humanity in a never-ending war against an interstellar army of giant insects. The film is violent, gory and has some of the best puppetry and CGI to boot. Remember that this came out in 1997 and still stands the test of time.
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