Netflix: the best sci-fi movies to watch in 2022

Rules of science fiction. It’s a simple fact. I don’t make the rules.

It’s a space for satire, for exploring bizarre ideas, for safely commenting on current issues. It’s also the place for popcorn movies that do nothing more than turn off your brain for a few hours.

That said, here are some of our favorite sci-fi movies on Netflix.

Terminator 2

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Terminator 2 isn’t just a great sci-fi movie, it’s arguably the greatest action movie ever made.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I don’t know what to tell you. If you have seen it? It’s time to see him again. Nothing beats T2. Nothing.

stargate

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It inspired a sprawling series of endless TV shows, but the original Stargate movie, released in 1994, is still worth watching. It’s campy and the effects have aged, but the nostalgia factor is unmatched.

looper

Looper is the movie that helped Rian Johnson get the Star Wars gig, which led to my favorite Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.

But beyond that, Looper is just science fiction fantasy. It’s daring with its time travel choices and is just one amazingly elegant film. Look at this.

blade runner

Is there a sci-fi movie more critically revered than Blade Runner? If there is, I can’t think of it. Maybe the original Alien or The Thing?

Either way, none of them are currently on Netflix, so Blade Runner is probably the must watch a sci-fi movie on the service.

i am a mother

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An Australian-made sci-fi thriller starring Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne, I Am Mother tells the post-apocalyptic story of Daughter, a character raised by Mother, a robot tasked with helping repopulate the Earth. Very tense, very strange, very good.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is one of the smartest and most accessible children’s films of recent years. It’s the kind of movie kids and parents can watch together and both have fun.

I should know, my kids have made me watch this…eight times so far? Sweet.

The colony

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I just watched The Colony recently. It’s surprisingly good!

It follows a very familiar trope: wealthy people return to Earth years after abandoning it, only to find it overrun with new, unknown threats. However, The Colony reverses some of these clichés and has some surprisingly powerful things to say about how we dehumanize each other. Worth giving a chance.

Okja

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Is Okja science fiction? Look, it’s overkill, but it’s a good movie. Watch it anyway.

The platform

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The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror film with a macabre concept. Prisoners in a correctional facility are fed in a very unique way: people on the top floor get a ridiculous amount of food, people downstairs get leftovers. Chaos ensues.

It’s not perfect, but it’s still worth watching.

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