It took a while for Australian streaming service Binge to come up with a decent-sized catalog of sci-fi movies, let alone 10 that we could fit into a best-of list.
Some of these sci-fi movies we’ve picked might make you want to write an angry letter, debating this “better” claim. And that’s okay, you’re probably right. But sometimes all you need is a terrible movie to pass the time. With that caveat out of the way…
The best science fiction movies on Binge
In no particular order, here are the best sci-fi movies on Binge, according to Gizmodo Australia.
Kong: Skull Island
King Kong began his reign in 1933, but it didn’t last long. It was eventually overshadowed by Godzilla and a host of B-movie pretenders for decades, to the point where even Peter Jackson’s attempt to revive it in 2005 couldn’t help it. But with Kong: Skull Islanddirector Jordan Vogt-Roberts created an action-packed spectacle genuinely worthy of its giant and majestic star.
The critically acclaimed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, or at least the first half, is now streaming on Binge. Dune it feels like a product of another era in Hollywood history. A film with the scope and vision of modern blockbusters that tells a complex and mature story usually reserved for indie dramas. It’s hugely ambitious, not always straightforward, but accessible and lived in a way that makes watching it utterly compelling, even when the thrills and chills aren’t as plentiful as recent blockbusters have made us accustomed to. It’s an old-school blockbuster told with new-school crowd-pleasing visuals.
Pacific Rim it is not a batch of the potentially amazing science fiction that makes up his post-Kaiju-apocalypse world. It simply plunges you right into the film’s world of missile-equipped combat robots, plasma cannons, and 80-meter-tall swords, and delivers a genuinely gripping roller-coaster story, featuring some memorable characters: Marshal Idris Whitsun Elba. , Ron Perlman’s Hannibal Chau, which includes some seriously impressive CGI. (Oh, and a horrible Australian accent or two.)
shot to the moon
Look at. shot to the moon is a romantic film set in space. It’s a bit average and doesn’t achieve what you’d expect from a space romance, but if you don’t realize that the entire sci-fi genre clearly exists to annoy us fans, then it’s up to you. shot to the moon It’s corny, but it’s fun. And it’s a movie for me when I need a sci-fi binge.
2001: A Space Odyssey
A classic, hands down one of the best and funniest sci-fi movies of all time. Although we don’t know exactly where Dave ends up on his journey through the cosmos, the images along the way have become the signifier of sci-fi travel. There are a lot of theories about 2001: A Space Odysseybut the synopsis of the 1986 masterpiece is basically that after a mysterious artifact buried beneath the lunar surface is discovered, a spaceship is sent to Jupiter to find its origins: a two-man spaceship and the supercomputer HAL 9000. You should definitely look if you haven’t already.
you could argue that xanadu It’s not science fiction, but I probably won’t listen. It is not, No a science fiction story. It’s one of those movies that now came out so long ago, it has become a cult classic and is no longer considered a flop. The questionable acting, and even less impressive special effects, make this a top-notch sci-fi movie (no, it doesn’t back down) to binge-watch, if only for laughs and/or eye-rolls.
The third installment in the Jurassic World franchise (and the sixth Jurassic Park movie) came out this year, and it was colossally terrible. It is probably with that lens that I consider jurassic world the best. But, despite the good intentions of an island, jurassic world It is an uneven film in many ways. The human characters basically don’t work, the movie wallows in nostalgia, and the story is murky. But where it counts: beautiful dino action! — this movie offers just enough to remind us why we love these beasts.
Reminiscencethe film debut of Western world co-creator Lisa Joy, tries to be too big for her own good. It’s a sci-fi noir that’s packed with thought-provoking great ideas, genres that don’t normally mix, amazing actors, and gorgeous visuals. However, little of it ends up coming together in a way that makes sense or satisfies everyone. That’s the general consensus here at Gizmodo Australia. But with that said, it’s very very reminds (sorry) what has happened to the sci-fi genre in recent years, and therefore makes our list.
This one is for the Nolan fans. Though The prestige is often seen as one of the lesser films by legendary director Christopher Nolan (Beginning, Interstellar, The dark knight), The prestige it’s slightly toned down in terms of scope, focusing on two warring wizards. Colleagues and friends at one point, the two go their own ways after tragedy strikes. The film builds tension in a way you’d expect from a Nolan movie and is well worth watching or rewatching. It also features Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in the lead roles.
Time travel is a drug and the results can be deadly. anthony mackie (Avengers: Infinity War) and jamie dornan (50 shades of gray) star in synchronous as two best friends and New Orleans paramedics, who begin to notice that children die in horrifying and unlikely ways. Stabbed in the chest with a sword, burned or split in half. The only link they find between the deaths is the same little wrapper in the scene of something called “Synchronic”.
There you have it, 10 of the best sci-fi movies you can watch on Binge.
If you’re interested, we also have opinions on the best sci-fi movies to watch on Netflix, the best sci-fi movies to watch on Prime Video, and the best sci-fi movies to watch on Stan.
This article has been updated since it was first published.