Best Science Fiction Movies on Amazon Prime Video
Based on a short story by award-winning author Ted Chiang, that of Denis Villeneuve Arrival is a heartfelt meditation on human connection facilitated by aliens. Amy Adams plays a linguist recruited to connect with aliens who have landed on Earth, and as she learns their complex language, she gains insight into the past and future of her own life. There is tension and excitement in the story, but the core of the film is about processing the fleeting nature of life on Earth.
Jane Fonda stars as the title character in the psychedelic space odyssey Barbarella, which is based on a classic French comic book. Barbarella is an intergalactic explorer who is as interested in exploring sexual contacts as she is in completing her mission from Earth. The film is a dazzling series of colorful set pieces, with beautiful sets and costumes. The plot doesn’t make sense, but Fonda is playful and charming, and the dialogue (full of puns and ambiguous statements) is always amusing.
Director and co-writer Julia Hart tells a different kind of superhero story Fast color. Set in a bleak future, Fast color focuses more on emotion than action. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a woman with telekinetic powers who returns to her childhood home to reunite with her mother and daughter.
The characters come to terms with their fantastic skills while also healing their family ties. Hart uses special effects sparingly, but she makes sure that every demonstration of superpower counts.
There are dreams in dreams in dreams in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which turns the mind into a different battleground of a company. Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play experts at invading other people’s dreams to steal and / or implant ideas. Their latest job traps them in a web of descending dream worlds as rival factions try to disrupt their mission.
The dream setting allows Nolan to stage action sequences that are completely separate from reality, and the mind-blowing plot leaves you guessing past the credits.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The first version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (based on Jack Finney’s novel The Body Snatchers) is still the best. Don Siegel’s interpretation of the 1956 story is a powerful allegory to social tensions in the 1950s, and it is also a compelling suspense film. Kevin McCarthy plays one of the few residents of a small California town who realizes that humans are being replaced by alien replicas. He tries to avoid his own replacement so that he can escape and warn the world of the imminent invasion.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The best movie with the original Star Trek cast, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, brings Ricardo Montalban back as megalomaniac villain Khan Noonien Singh from a memorable episode of a TV series. Khan turns out to be the perfect foil for Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and a formidable threat to the Enterprise crew.
Thrill and action mix with Star Trektrademark philosophical questions, Khan’s wrath is an excellent portrayal of the franchise and a wonderfully entertaining sci-fi adventure.
JJ Abrams pays tribute to his childhood films (notably Steven Spielberg’s early work) in Super 8, which is named after the film material preferred by amateur filmmakers. In 1979, the Super 8 camera used by a group of teenagers working on their own homemade film production accidentally captured something that no one should have seen.
Those teens become entangled in a government conspiracy to hide alien activity, and Abrams handles the story with a sense of wonder that is lovingly Spielbergian.
Arnold Schwarzenegger started his rise to superstar by playing a killer cyborg from the future in James Cameron’s The Terminator. Schwarzenegger’s T-800 travels back in time to murder the unsuspecting waitress Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) to prevent her from giving birth to mankind’s future savior.
It’s a simple yet brilliant premise that allows for a lot of tension and strong character development, especially with regard to the relationship between Sarah and time-displaced freedom fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn).
The vastness of the night
The low-budget science fiction drama The vastness of the night takes a lot of miles out of his characters just by talking about strange things that happen. Director Andrew Patterson’s debut film is framed as an episode of one Twilight Zone-style TV series and often takes place like a radio drama. The film follows two teenagers in a small town in 1950s New Mexico on a spooky night.
Patterson uses long shots and elaborate tracking shots to place the audience next to the characters as they investigate mysterious phenomena.