I can’t be the only person who’s wasted days on the Netflix browsing screen trying to decide what to watch: sometimes having all that choice means it’s extremely difficult to just choose a movie and press on reading. And having access to so many movies and TV shows also means that some of the best movies for you may go under your radar. That’s especially true with sci-fi as well, where some of the funniest and/or most interesting movies aren’t necessarily the ones with giant robots bashing each other for hours on end.
That’s why I’d like to recommend three sci-fi movies on Netflix that you may not have seen and definitely should. One is a thoughtful twist on the trope of invading Earth; one that mixes action and alien horror in the same fun way as James Cameron’s Aliens; and the third is an animated, laugh-out-loud sci-fi comedy that had me and my kids screaming the whole way through.
These recommendations are based on having a Netflix UK account, but you should find them in other regions as well – and if you find that your particular territory doesn’t have one, you can always use one of the best VPNs to make more streaming content available. there where you are.
If you’re a sci-fi fan, the code you need to jump straight to the SF section of Netflix UK is 1492.
Some of the best SF tell us who we are now, and District 9 fits that mold perfectly. It’s a story of alien invasion, but unlike traditional invasion movies, the aliens seek refuge here – so naturally we humans enslave them and try to steal all their stuff. Sharlto Copley’s field agent is part of this machine until he contracts a mysterious virus, which turns out to have life-altering effects. Produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neil Blomkamp, whose later Elysium is another Netflix pick, it’s SF with big ideas and a big heart too.
Spectral is a Netflix Original that deserves your attention: it’s the story of soldiers encountering a terrifying, otherworldly force and it has some interesting things to say about science. It’s also a thoroughly action movie – think Aliens rather than Alien – with impressive wrap-up work and strong performances from a cast that includes Emily Mortimer. It’s a brilliant popcorn flick, best enjoyed with the speakers on and the lights down.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Sci-fi doesn’t have to be dark and dystopian: it can be about silly dogs and big laughs too. TMVTM comes from the same minds as the wonderful Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and it’s brimming with the same sense of excitement, action and utter joy as its sibling Spidey: its story of an ordinary family battling a Robot Apocalypse is one of the most entertaining movies we’ve seen in years, and a surefire hit for all ages.
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