We’ve seen a lot of science fiction movies over the years, and honestly, not all of them are worth watching. But there’s been a significant uptick in releases recently, most of which are very good. Below is a list of ten that we recommend watching, which would be worth the time that will be spent watching them.
1. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2000)
Directed by Stuart Baird and starring Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, and Colm Meaney. It’s the first anthology film for the Star Trek franchise. The stories are all based on short science fiction tales that have been published in the Strange New Worlds anthology series.
The Halo movie is based on the popular video game series of the same name, about a war between humans and aliens to control an ancient ringworld. The game includes a science fiction story that draws from real-world mythology, but it’s unnecessary to know anything about this before watching the film. For those who already know the story, however, there will be plenty here to enjoy.
The main character is Master Chief John 117 (played by Vin Diesel), one of several Spartans who have been genetically enhanced with superpowers to fight off an alien invasion. His mission is to find Cortana (played by Amanda Seyfried), an artificial intelligence companion who Covenant forces have kidnaped; to rescue her, he needs access codes held by Dr. Halsey—a scientist responsible for his creation—and they must work together with other Spartans including Kelly Madigan (Pamela Adlon).
Severance is a British-American horror comedy film directed by Christopher Smith and written by Smith, Matthew Harrower, and Toby Williams. The film stars Danny Dyer, Matthew Lewis, Laura Haddock, Rosie Day, and Ben Wiggins.
The plot revolves around a group of office workers who get trapped in their workplace when they are under attack by hostile forces. It was released on May 17, 2007, to positive reviews from critics but only made $257 million worldwide against its budget of $7 million.
4. Resident Alien
In this 1989 film, a man from another planet lands on Earth and becomes stranded. He has special powers that allow him to take on human form and blend in with us while solving crimes. The main character is generally considered a combination of Superman, Batman, and an alien being who finds himself on Earth. It was directed by Stuart Moore, written by Dan O’Bannon (Alien), and produced by Gale Ann Hurd (Aliens).
Loki is a fun and entertaining movie you can watch with friends. It’s the story of Loki, an evil trickster god who gets into trouble and has to work with Thor to save the world. It’s set in the Marvel Universe, so if you’re a fan of that, this movie will be perfect.
If sci-fi isn’t your thing or it’s been a while since you’ve watched one, this would be a good choice because it has elements from different genres like action and comedy.
The time-travel shows Timeless are the perfect pick for the sci-fi fan who wants to watch a strong female lead but also enjoy strong male leads and an ensemble cast. The story is strong, with a premise that’s easy enough to understand yet complex enough to warrant its entire season order (and then some).
The setting is well thought out and highly developed for such a short series. And though the theme may not be immediately clear from watching one episode or even two, by the end of season 1, it will have become abundantly clear why this show belongs to your favorite sci-fi movies. Timeless messages of hope and love in times where both seem bleakest make it well worth any viewer’s time.
7. Orphan Black
Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as multiple clones. The show’s first season premiered in March 2013, and its fifth and final season concluded in June 2017.
The show centers on Sarah Manning (Maslany), an orphaned woman who assumes the identity of Beth Childs (also Maslany), a detective investigating her fellow clones. As she learns more about their origins, it becomes clear that organizations systematically eliminate them with connections to the intelligence community. For most of the series’ run, Sarah is joined by a group of fellow clones whom she befriends or allies herself with Cosima Niehaus (Maslany), Alison Hendrix (Maslany), and Helena (also Maslany).
8. Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica is the story of humanity’s last remnants, fighting for their right to exist after a devastating attack. The show is about the fight for survival and does it better than almost any other space opera. It’s about how “the moral arc of the universe,” as Star Trek put it—a phrase which Battlestar Galactica borrowed in its spin-off series, Caprica—bends towards justice despite our best efforts to resist it. It’s also about what makes us human: our flaws and strengths; the weaknesses that make us stronger; and finding meaning in an absurd universe full of suffering and violence where everything humans have built is gone within moments.
9. The Orville
The Orville is a must-watch sci-fi show. the thrills in it. It’s a comedy in the 25th century and follows the crew of a starship called the U.S.S. Captain Ed Mercer (played by Seth MacFarlane) led the Orville. The show has already been renewed for season two and will air on Fox this fall, but plenty of episodes are available online to binge-watch as you wait for new episodes.
These are the top best sci-fi movies that you can watch right now. You can get more across several streaming platforms online and at cinemas.
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