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The 8 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Amazon Prime Video

BySamuel M. Craig

Aug 15, 2022

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When we started compiling this list, we thought there would be a ton of sci-fi movies on Amazon Prime Video, so many that it would be hard to cram them all into one “best” list. To our surprise, that’s not the case, but there are still a bunch of sci-fi gems hidden away on the shopping giant’s video streaming platform.

So we took a step back. We’ve found you eight sci-fi movies on Prime Video that we think you should watch if you’re a fan of the genre.

The best sci-fi movies on Prime Video

In no particular order, here are the best sci-fi movies on Prime Video worth your time, according to Gizmodo Australia.

Minority report

There are plenty of good Spielberg sci-fi movies, but one of the best (arguably) is this Tom Cruise movie about a man who arrests criminals before they commit crimes, and then gets charged. of having himself committed a future crime. See again Minority report in 2022 (his 20th birthday, mind you), some things became instantly clear. First off, this movie hasn’t aged at all. One or two shots look a little wonky in terms of effects, but everything else, from the visual and practical effects to the gripping story, award-winning production design and supremely talented cast, all feel timeless. .

chaotic walk

chaotic walk takes place on a distant alien planet called New World. The first wave of human settlers discover that men, and only men, develop a psychic ability known as “The Noise” which perpetually projects their inner monologue in a cloud around their heads. (Oh, apparently all the women in society have been wiped out, but fear not because there’s Viola, a young survivor of a shuttle that crashed new second wave of human resettlements, who know nothing of what happened to their predecessors). Either way, it’s an interesting premise, but it’s been criticized for its surface-level approach. See for yourself, it’s still worth a watch.

Loan player one

This divides the team. It’s not so much a movie about loving old video games and other cultural artifacts. It’s about loving to like those things, which make Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestselling novel seem hollow despite — or perhaps because of — the relentless pop culture references it throws at you. Many references are now obsolete, but Loan player one makes good social commentary with a bit of Spielberg sci-fi spectacle sprinkled throughout.

Last survivors

Last survivors is a mystery/sci-fi film about a father and son who live off the grid and fight to survive against what lies beyond the barriers of the wooded Utopia they have built together. It’s a typical survivalist movie, but it’s about how best to endure a crisis and it’s actually quite an engaging watch.

Back to the future

It’s shocking how few truly great sci-fi comedy movies exist, but BTTF would still top the rest even if there were tons of them. It’s smart and yet it never stops talking about Marty McFly and his family. He manages to come up with a cohesive theory of time travel, where you can rewrite the past and the effects are visible almost instantly (luckily Marty is only missing as an arm and a leg before the time stream straightens out) and never becomes inconsistent. And it’s surprisingly daring, jumping its feet into the delicate waters of time-traveling incest. Plus, it’s one of those sci-fi movies that everyone, even genre-hating snobs, will admit to loving.

RoboCop

Another utterly subversive sci-fi flick from the 1980s, this film takes Tron’s obsessions with corporate fascism and goes in a different direction, with the evil OCP trying to take over Detroit’s police force and remaking the struggling city as Delta City. RoboCop itself is one of the best examples of science fiction’s struggle with how technology changes or denies our humanity, and 20 years before The black Knight, this film succeeded in probing similar questions about how far we will go to protect society from crime. A surreal mix of cyberpunk, Frankenstein and action movie, this film remains Verhoeven’s biggest statement.

The Blackout: Earth Invasion

The Blackout: Earth Invasion comes to us from Russia and packs sci-fi tropes in the first half and full-throttle action in the second. The plot of this one is quite simple: life on Earth is rapidly being destroyed, except for a small area in Eastern Europe. Contact between most cities in Europe has been cut off, but there is one place with electricity. And aliens.

edge of tomorrow

edge of tomorrow, starring Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise, is set five years after a nearly invincible race of aliens called the Mimics invade Earth, turning 2020 into a futuristic hellscape where soldiers of the new United Defense Force must donning bulky mech-suits just to stand a chance against them. It shows how quickly society can adapt in the face of an unprecedented threat, even if in this case it was by creating a massive military-industrial complex. A little different from the hell of 2020 that actually was.

There you have it, eight of the best sci-fi movies to binge on Amazon Prime Video. Head over to Prime Video to sign up.

If you’re interested, we also have reviews of the best sci-fi movies to watch on Netflix, the best sci-fi movies to watch on Binge, and the best sci-fi movies to watch on Stan.