Your guide to the best and brightest of each genre, streaming this month on a Netflix near you.
Of all the genres in the cinematic universe, science fiction is probably my all time favorite. By that same token, consider yourself fortunate because Netflix just happens to excel at providing great films in this section. For this issue of The Stream Team, I’m covering my top selections from a supernatural sea of choices. From dinosaurs to space ships, epic fights and evil creatures, we’ve got everything to tickle your inner-nerd fancy.
Are you a fan of futuristic thrillers like Hunger Games and Divergent? If the answer is yes, or even a maybe, I'd heartily suggest looking into Equilibrium. Unlike other films about the future, this flick takes a more intense look at the possibilities of tomorrow. Here, society as we know it has eliminated war and conflict only by suppressing emotions. Christian Bale stars as John Preston, a government official in charge of eradicating those with feelings. Things heat up quickly when John realizes he may be the only one capable of changing this harsh new world.
V for Vendetta (2005):
Here’s a favorite of mine. Set in the future, London’s new government has turned into a crippling fascist regime. The storyline follows young Evey (Natalie Portman) as she encounters a masked vigilante who calls himself only “V” (Hugo Weaving). As V sets out to free the country from it’s leaders, Evey is pulled into an intensely intricate scheme of terrorist events. Packed with action, humor, and unconventional super powers, this film’s got it all for the science fiction expert.
Has anything simple or easy ever come from gaining super powers? A small town mechanic George Malley (John Travolta) figures these facts out the hard way. After experiencing a flash of light on his birthday, he suddenly finds himself with rare and startling mental abilities. Before long he is labeled a genius and begins dazzling the townspeople with his new gift. Things take a turn for the worse when the government becomes involved and before long George learns the true price he must pay to be a phenomenon. I recommend you have tissues at the ready.
Odd Thomas (2013):
I'd like to introduce you to Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin), who is by all means just your average kid. He works as a cook at the local diner and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin). Oh, did I also mention he can see ghosts? When an overwhelming evil moves into town, his strange gift is the only thing that can save the people he loves. Not only is this film one of the most adorable sic-fi choices, it's also a great way to remember a talented actor who left this world too soon. Sigh.
Stranger Things (2016):
In order to wrap things up for this article, I found it imperative to include this new edition to the Netflix family. Stranger Things is actually a series, with it's first season just released this July. An 80's-themed science fiction mystery, this show is sure to keep you guessing. The plot follows a sleepy town in Indiana after the disappearance of a young boy. Coincidently, a mysterious little girl with special powers shows up not long after. Add that to the discovery of a good old fashioned monster and you've got yourself a classic scare.
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