In the past few years, some of the most talked-about science fiction on Netflix has come from its original series, like Stranger Things, The OA and the Marvel shows. However, there's also a wide variety of sci-fi films on the streaming service, from old-school classics to offbeat art-house wonders. Check out some of these titles for imaginative stories that are thoughtful, creative or just plain fun.
The first chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's third phase focused on the fracturing of the once-united Avengers. While the team may have spent its first two adventures uniting, an incident in Vienna leads to a divide that splits the crew's alliances down the middle, with some joining with Captain America and others taking Iron Man's side.
The first of the stand-alone Star Wars movies, Rogue One tells the tale of how exactly the Death Star plans made it out of the Empire and into Rebel forces. Unlike many of the Star Wars movies that came before it, Rogue One feels as much like a traditional war movie, such as Saving Private Ryan, as anything else. Features solid acting from Mads Mikkelsen, Felicity Jones and Forest Whitaker, but the show is stolen by the voice of Alan Tudyk, whose bitingly-witty K-2SO may become your new favorite droid.
A bit off the beaten path tread by the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Doctor Strange's roots are more mystic than most. It focuses on Benedict Cumberbatch, whose performance as the titular Doctor benefits from subtlety and nuance. Thanks to its mammoth visual tricks, it's appreciated on the largest screen you can find.
Train to Busan is the Korean train-bound zombie flick you didn't know you needed. As the title would suggest, there's panic when a group of train passengers has to deal with a bloody zombie uprising. They'd better hope their train makes it on time, before the victims of a dangerous plague finally get them — and as the trip wears on, safety starts to look like less and less like a sure thing.
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Embers is an original and compelling look at life after the apocalypse, where most of the survivors are unable to remember anything due to a plague. Even with the ruin all around them, these lost souls have to find new ways to carry on.
It's only a short film, but World of Tomorrow is so crammed with cool concepts that it's a must-watch for serious sci-fi and animation fans. A little girl named Emily meets her future clone/descendant and gets to time travel (or is that "time TRA-vel"?) to the "outernet" and see all the wonders awaiting us. The film is a darkly funny and heartbreaking look at loneliness, which persists even in a world of moon robots, aliens and digital consciousness.
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Hondo! This sleeper sci-fi comedy hit follows the misadventures of two aliens from another planet, sent to exterminate the human race but charmed into living a normal life here instead as members of an astro-folk musical duo. Like a countrified cross between The Man Who Fell to Earthand Flight of the Conchords, the beings have to unite to save two worlds from destruction, all while playing some sweet acoustic jams.