The science fiction genre has attracted the minds of filmmakers and fans from the beginning of cinema. From Georges Méliès to Fritz Lang, Robert Wise to Ridley Scott, science fiction films have explored humanity’s dread.
If you’re a science-fiction fan and a Prime Video user, there are a few worthwhile alternatives to watch on the site. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s sci-fi horror, action, humour, or post-apocalyptic/dystopian sci-fi. Here’s our selection of sci-fi movies that every fan should see that are philosophically sound.
As a result of an inadvertent rerouting, a commercial hauling ship finds itself exploring the source whilst in hypersleep. They awaken on the surface of a lonely planet, where they discover a massive derelict spacecraft. After that, things grow progressively worse.
Simply, “Alien” is not just the finest sci-fi films of all time, but one of the best films of all time. The stage design is stunning, the tale is basic but tremendously effective. There is expert suspense-building throughout the show, and each ensemble member appears to deliver a superb performance. In what is perhaps Ridley Scott’s best picture, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ian Holm feature.
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This follows up the narrative of the USS Sulaco survivors, Ripley, Hicks, Bishop, and Newt. Unfortunately — and, um, somehow — an alien facehugger found his way aboard. There is the Conestoga-class troop transport ship, creating an electrical fire and activating the ship’s automated emergency escape protocols. As a result, Ripley and his companions crash land at Fiorina 161, a maximum security jail. She discovers she has unknowingly brought along another unpleasant visitor when a sequence of bizarre and tragic events unfolds shortly after her arrival.
It is fair to say that the production of this film was plagued by issues, to the point that director David Fincher requested that his name be removed from the credits. There were some questionable events in the opening few minutes that were unavoidable if a third “Alien” film was to be made. It features a fairly excellent premise, a terrific cast, and inventive set pieces. The special edition includes a longer chase action through the prison’s network of tunnels.
Two hundred years after the events of Alien 3 and [spoiler alert] Ripley’s death, she is cloned from blood samples collected from Fiorina 161, expressly to grow a Ripley with the alien queen within her, onboard a military spacecraft, outside of any boundaries or authority. Due to this major experiment not being officially sanctioned, a gang of smugglers places a crew of a kidnapped commercial aircraft in stasis as human food. Naturally, the aliens escape, and the military spacecraft begins its automatic return to Earth.
This is by far the strangest entry into the “Alien” saga. The finale of the third act is a little…out there. A fantastic ensemble, including Michael Wincott, Winona Ryder, and Sigourney Weaver, can’t save this from being the poorest chapter in the anthology (we’re excluding the awful prequels). There are a few enjoyable set-pieces, though, and the production design is very good.
Alien Vs. Predator
A team of scientists and engineers investigate what’s causing the mysterious heat. A search for the previously unknown species of the planet leads them to find its members could be hunted. After a few moments of fighting, the crew finds themselves caught in the crossfire.
Although it has been happening in the comics for a while, this is the first film adaptation of the two popular sci-fi genres. And as a popcorn movie, this is rather enjoyable. Although the ensemble isn’t quite A-list, strong performances from Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, and Ewen Bremner assist to make the film pleasant.
The landing of Apollo 11 on the lunar surface awed the whole globe. In the wake of the Russian defeat, public interest in the Apollo programme began to wane. But that all changed when the crew of Apollo 13 experienced a near-catastrophic oxygen tank explosion. Everyone at Mission Control, the astronauts themselves worked feverishly to devise a plan that would allow them to return to Earth safely.
The vivid culture and atmosphere of 1970s NASA are faithfully recreated in this Ron Howard-directed film starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon. This film’s music is another pleasure, including Annie Lennox’s heavenly voice.
Cowboys and Aliens
A man with no recollection of his history arrives in the harsh desert hamlet of Absolution in 1873. A bizarre shackle that encircles one wrist is the sole clue to his past. He immediately learns that the locals are hostile to outsiders and that everyone is subject to Colonel Dolarhyde’s brutal control. But, absolution is about to face an unfathomable fear when the town is under attack. These creatures challenge all the locals have ever known, screaming down with amazing velocity and blinding lights. They’ve turned their backs on the stranger who is now their sole hope for deliverance.
This is an intriguing blend of two very distinct genres, based on a 105-page graphic novel published in 2006. Despite being well worth seeing and featuring Harrison Ford’s strongest performance since “The Fugitive”. Since its theatrical premiere in 2011, it has quietly built a cult following. Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, and Daniel Craig star in Jon Favreau’s film, which unfortunately still lacks an American accent.
On Amazon Prime, you can watch a true treasure mine of science fiction; most of it is free with your normal subscription, and even more, is available for a little cost. So, sit back and enjoy some excellent science fiction from the comfort of your own home.
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