Sci-Fi Movies: The 6 Best Netflix Originals to Stream
Netflix offers numerous great science fiction films. These six sci-fi gems were produced by Netflix itself.
Netflix has become one of the most popular video-on-demand providers in the world with its in-house productions and originals. In addition to a whole range of sci-fi classics, Netflix also offers some self-produced genre gems. We bring you the six best science fiction Netflix originals.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Four years ago, Netflix released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, not a new but rarely used form of entertainment: an interactive film. In Bandersnatch, viewers can decide where the plot is going by pressing the remote control. According to Netflix, this can extend the total running time to up to five hours.
In the early eighties, the young game programmer Stefan adapts a science fiction novel as a video game. In the game, players must traverse a corridor system and make decisions to prevent them from falling victim to the creature Pax.
The game publisher Tuckersoft offers Stefan a deal and he meets his developer idol Colin Ritman. A first choice is made, which decisively influences the progress of the film and Stefan’s fate.
Ratings for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
- IMDb: 7,1 / 10
- Metascore: 61
- Rotten Tomatoes: n/a
With Okja, director and screenwriter Bong Joon-ho stages an exciting and loving adventure about friendship and the connection between humans and animals. The girl Mija befriends the genetically manipulated giant pig Okja and has to witness how a multinational corporation kidnaps her best friend.
Unscrupulous scientists want to cover up the experiments on the oversized pig. They want to revolutionize meat production for the future of mankind and maximize profits at all costs. While capitalists, protesters and consumers fight over control of Okja, little Mija sets out on a dangerous rescue mission.
Ratings for Okja
- IMDb: 7,3 / 10
- Metascore: 75
- Rotten Tomatoes: 86 percent
I Am Mother
In a near future, humanity is threatened with extinction. The last attempt in an underground bunker is supposed to help repopulate the earth. There, a human embryo grows under the care of a robot called “Mother” and the AI eventually raises the girl.
The “mother” teaches her daughter into her teens to prepare her for an upcoming exam. One day, the power goes out and so does the mother. The daughter gets to the bottom of it and meets a mysterious woman (Hilary Swank) who changes everything.
Ratings for I Am Mother
- IMDb: 6.7 / 10
- Metascore: 64
- Rotten Tomatoes: 91 percent
Don’t Look Up
The star-studded Netflix film Don’t Look Up pokes fun at our current society with a heavy dose of satire. Two scientists (Leonardo di Caprio and Jennifer Lawrence) discover a meteor hurtling toward Earth at deadly speed. The planet is about to end, but no one seems to take the situation seriously.
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The U.S. government sees the doomsday scenario as a potential loss of votes, they are ridiculed on talk shows and the public makes fun of them with memes. Only when the asteroid becomes visible in the sky do people change their minds – but not as hoped.
A tech company sees a gigantic resource in the threatening rock and smells a trillion-dollar profit. Instead of destroying it, it is suddenly to be exploited. The time until impact is getting shorter and society is becoming more and more divided.
Ratings for Don’t Look Up!
- IMDb: 7.2 / 10
- Metascore: 49
- Rotten Tomatoes: 56 percent
In the science fiction thriller Oxygen, a woman with no memory wakes up in a cryo-sleep chamber kept sealed by an artificial intelligence called MILO. Unaware of herself or her situation, she notices that the oxygen level in the chamber is dropping.
A claustrophobic race against time begins. The woman must search for clues in the environment and in her memory to escape death.
Ratings for Oxygen
- IMDb: 6.5 / 10
- Metascore: 67
- Rotten Tomatoes: 88 percent
For twelve months, Lena’s husband Kane has been considered missing and is presumed dead. The soldier was on a secret mission in a biological phenomenon that has covered the swamps of Florida with a dangerous and colorful iridescent membrane. One day, Kane returns unexpectedly – but he has changed.
Kane can barely remember how he got home and is not feeling well. On the way to the hospital, Lena (Natalie Portman) is kidnapped by government agents. The biology professor learns that Kane was the only survivor to return from the area called “Shimmer” and is now slowly dying. Lena is to join a special squad and find the source of the strange energy.
Ratings for Annihilation
- IMDb: 6.8 / 10
- Metascore: 79
- Rotten Tomatoes: 88 percent
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