Twenty-Nine Sci-Fi Films You Need to Watch Right Now

Last week, the trailer for the Sci-Fi thriller “Passengers” dropped. We could go on bit about a movie that isn’t going to come around for a few months, however, we decided it would be better to highlight some of our favorite Sci-Fi flicks that you can see right now.

1 . BLADE RUNNER

“As Harrison Ford’s miserable L.A. cop Rick Deckard is tasked with assassinating a group of escaped androids/replicants, he starts to wonder about the morals of his job and his own humanity. Loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s classic novel “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?”, Ridley Scott’s futuristic noir was a flop upon its release but it soon gained a cult following and is today (rightly) seen as one of the best science fiction films of all time. – Adam Ezagouri

2. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

“Spielberg’s classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind is basically the soundtrack for all alien abduction films. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss who plays Roy Neary, a man obsessed with UFOs. He befriends a young mother whose son has been abducted by aliens. The beautifully choreographed communication between the humans and aliens is probably one of the most iconic cinematic scenes ever.”

– Emilya Piansay

3. METROPOLIS

“First released in 1927 the film is still stunning to watch.  The story is a classic one about what happens when the wealth gap runs amok. A very relevant story especially for the present day but also has a type of optimism that adds a bit of hope to the end.”

-Jacqueline Sun

4. REPO MEN

-Sydney Sun

5. THE THING 

“John Carpenter’s tense, gory reimagining of The Thing From Another World was not only a gripping suspense movie but an effective horror movie as well. The groundbreaking practical effects in this creepy, nail-biting cult masterpiece are still impressive to this day.” – A.E.

6. THE FIFTH ELEMENT

“Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element is a classic good versus evil storyline that spans the course of the distant past to the high-tech future. Besson embeds religion, nature and love in the backdrop of the unwilling hero tasked with saving the universe from evil with the help of a mysterious alien in the form of a beautiful woman.”

– E.P.

7. INCEPTION

“The only way to describe the movie is complex and trippy. With nearly the whole movie taking place in a collective dream the characters share together as the film explores the idea of dreams and reality.  But the plot is very simple: Plant an idea in another’s mind. Which is the whole movie in a nutshell.  It is a movie that definitely deserves the time to be watched and pondered over.”

– J.S.

8. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 

“While the original Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is a classic in its own right, this 1978 remake is far stranger and more unsettling. With a great cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy, this is definitely one remake you won’t fall asleep watching.”

-A.E.

9. A TRIP TO THE MOON

-S.S.

10. SERENITY

“Serenity is the final funeral for the much-loved one season series Firefly. If you even considering watching Firefly in the near future, Serenity is a must  in order to gain any sense of closure.”

– E.P.

11. District 9 

“Set in a fictional world where aliens land on earth.  It has very real world parallels, the obvious example being the apartheid in South Africa.  There are many serious themes in District 9 but maybe because it is a science fiction film we are able to understand these problems better by allowing us to take a step back. If anyone ever said that science fiction is frivolous fluff, have obviously not watched this movie.”

-J.S.

12. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND 

“Directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman, this is an offbeat, bittersweet sci-fi rom-com like no other about love and memories. Jim Carrey takes on a more serious role here as a man willingly erasing his own memories of a past relationship and he pulls it off brilliantly.”

– A.E. 

13. SUNSHINE

“Danny Boyle’s Sunshine is very unique. It follows a very diverse space crew as they attempt to save Earth from an impending ice age by restarting the Sun. As the crew travels closer  to the Sun they begin to lose their grasp on reality. Their ability to complete the mission falls into peril when their ship in invaded by an unknown individual. Sunshine is presented in a delicate way that makes you feel like you’re examining space the way a jeweler examines a diamond.”

– E.P.

14. DONNIE DARKO

We are introduced to Donnie who is painted as disturbed individual that has vivid hallucinations.  But soon we realize that the story is not as it seems and Donnie’s hallucinations are part of the reason why he can save the universe, literally.  The movie introduces the idea of multiple universes and time travel in a interesting way, by then allowing the audience and the protagonist to discover the truth together and only knowing the full story in end.

– J.S.

15. PLANET OF THE APES

“Charlton Heston stars in this science fiction classic about a man who finds himself stuck in a world ruled by mostly uninviting apes. The film is pretty intense throughout, includes some excellent make-up effects and one of the most powerful twists in cinematic history.”

– A.E. 

16. CHILDREN OF MEN

-S.S.

17. SNOWPIERCER

“This film is so underrated it hurts. Snowpiercer is the result of a ice age that has enveloped the Earth. The last remains of humanity are placed onto a giant train that can basically never stop, ever. Chris Evans plays Curtis Everett who is confined the back car (where the lower tier of society lives) that leads a revolt to get to the front of the train. The whole damn thing basically takes place on a train. perspective wise, that is an amazing feat.”

– E.P.

18. MINORITY REPORT

The movie is set around the idea of destiny. The movie introduces the concept of: PreCrime.  PreCrime is the idea of catching a criminal before they commit a crime. This is possible by using precogs: three individuals who can see the future. The movie is a mystery thriller where we follow John Anderson, a captain of the PreCrime division, who is supposed to kill Leo Crow. A man he doesn’t know.  He is now hunted down by his own division while trying to find a way to prove his innocence.  Is Anderton pre-destined to kill Crow no matter what he does or will he be able to choose his destiny? Is choice an illusion or is destiny an illusion? That is the core concept of the Minority Report.

– J.S.

19 & 20. THE TERMINATOR & TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY

“Arnold Schwarzenegger made the most of his limited acting skills in James Cameron’s suspenseful sci-fi film about an android who is sent back in time to change the course of the future. The sequel, with its impressive action set-pieces, a stunning performance by Linda Hamilton and its intimidating new villain is arguably even better but both are highly recommended.” – A.E.

21. GATTACA 

“In the world of Gattaca eugenics is common.  People are either valid or invalid based on how perfect their genetics are. Genetic discrimination is supposedly illegal.  But genotype profiling is prevalent and it is used to deem a person’s worth.  As quickly as the movie tries to convince the audience that eugenics is the better way, it just as quickly dismisses the idea as we follow Vincent’s story.”

– J.S.

22. EX MACHINA

– S.S.

23. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK 

“Kurt Russell stars as Snake Plissken, the eyepatch-wearing badass who is forced to fly into a dilapidated New York City to save the President. John Carpenter’s film is tense, unique and a lot of fun.”

– A.E. 

24. BACK TO THE FUTURE

“What happens when you get sent to the past by way of a time machine, powered by plutonium and meet your parents?  This is what happens to Marty McFly. McFly gets a very fast lesson in chaos theory when he takes his father’s place  ultimately  changing how his father and mother meet. Now Marty needs to fix the problem before he get wiped out of existence while trying to find a way back to his own time and making sure no one finds out he is.  He gets help from Dr. Brown the man who created the time machine. It’s a fun and classic movie as we watch Marty McFly navigate through 1955 while trying to find a way home.”

-J.S.

25. THE FLY

“David Cronenberg ups the gore in this unsettling remake of The Fly which starred Jeff Goldblum as a scientist whose teleportation experiment goes horribly wrong thereby slowly turning him into an insect. The original was also very good but this one will put you off your soup, especially if there’s a fly in it. In a good way!”

– A.E.

26. SOLARIS

– S.S.

27. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

“Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick blew our minds with this science fiction epic chronicling the birth, end and rebirth of mankind to the sounds of grand classical music. This is an often trippy movie which should leave you thinking about it long after you’ve watched it.”

– A.E.

29. STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

The most popular of the Star Trek movies is arguably also the best as the original crew of The Enterprise has to face an old foe who has a personal vendetta against Captain Kirk. Ricardo Montalban is simply a delight as one of the most iconic movie villains out there and this is a dramatic, entertaining and really well made sequel that Trekkies still can’t get enough of.

– A.E. 

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