When it comes to Science Fiction movies. Some don’t get the recognition I feel they deserve. There are so many out there to choose from so I understand how some of the best sci-fi films can get forgotten or lost in the vast regions of the genre. Here are 5 to put back on your radar if you find yourself bored and looking for that next fulfilling thrill or mind boggling movie experience.

Bicentennial Man (1999)

Based on : “The Bicentennial Man” Isaac Asimov

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Starring: Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Samn Neill

When it comes to epic sci-fi journeys Bicentennial man doesn’t seem to enter most peoples minds. It’s one of those films that maybe you saw once and remember it being good but not a masterpiece. I’m here to tell you that perhaps you ought to give this film a second look.

This film truly takes you on a long journey as the title suggests. Robin Williams is brilliant embodying the curious robot Andrew who like any human wishes to expand his horizons and enjoy being alive to the fullest. What makes this film different from others that show a similar situation of a robot wishing to be free. Andrew is kind and only wishes to be free and live as humans do. He see’s the best in us. This film is filled with emotion and gets the mind churning with questions about what it means to be human in the first place. All in all if you haven’t seen it or a younger person in your household has not. If they have the attention span for these long journeys, this film is sure to be one to remember.

Minority Report (2002)

Based on: “The Minority Report” Phillip K. Dick

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

The year is 2054 and a new special crime division has opened up except their task is to stop a crime before it happens. In this film John Anderton (Tom Cruise) finds himself tangled in a plot that finds him guilty of a crime that hasn’t been committed yet. Despite arresting multiple people for this same type of pre crime as they call it. Now that he is on the other side of things it throws his whole career into question. Is precrime reliable? Has he been wrongly accused or is he truly a bad person that has yet to manifest it thanks to precrime. When I first saw this film the whole idea of precrime really drew me in. Can this future really be on the horizon. Will we humans just slowly come to accept this form of control over our lives in the disguise as safety? It really opened me up to a lot of these possibilities for our future and it seems even more creepy to watch this film today in 2021 as we are more tracked, traced and scanned than ever. This film has a really strong cast in Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell as well as an engaging story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s pacing really heightens the tension of being on the run with Tom Cruise in this dystopian future. If you want to put on a movie for friends that haven’t seen it. This film will have them talking about it for days after.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Based on: Le Transperceneige” Benjamin Legrand

Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton

Snowpiercer is not for the claustrophobic. This movie keeps you reeled in from start to finish. It tells you what you need to know but not too much that it’s without mystery. It has that unexplainable thing that keeps you glued to your seat needing to go deeper into the story so you can finally get to the end.

In Snowpiercer a climate change experiment has given way to an ice age that has killed off all life except those aboard the Snowpiercer train that never stops. This creates a whole new class system between it’s many train cars. Without spoiling this wonderful film, I emplore you to stop reading this article and go watch it now if you haven’t seen it already. You will not regret it.

Gamer (2009)

Writers: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Starring: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Ludacris

Gamer is the type of movie I wish there was more of. A truly unique perspective on how gaming culture and a dystopian future could align themselves to create a nightmarish carnage spectacle. What makes this so creepy is that it’s believable. What with Elon Musk’s Neural link on the horizon, video games becoming more popular than ever and rampant overpopulation.

Gamer has main character and convict Kable being controlled by world renowned gamer Simon. The game is simple battle to the death with other death row convicts, if you survive 30 rounds you get set free. Sounds like a fair deal only problem is that you are not in control. Gamers control your every move as if you were their game character. They are playing with your very life on the line. I highly recommend this movie to those that haven’t seen it. It has all the action you could want with a very cool and creepy concept.

Life (2017)

Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds

I went into this film completely cold. No trailer, no synopsis, nothing and boy was I happy I did that. This movie truly blew me away. It starts off slow and just becomes completely does a 180 once it gets going. I will not say anymore about this film. Go watch it today on Netflix. Turn the lights off and crank the speakers. You’re in for a treat.