Best Science Fiction Films To Watch On HBO Max This September 2020
The online media industry was still very competitive, with major dogs like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video all vying for millions of ears, minds, interest, and regular subscription fees. Then a second huge wave of streamers began, in which large media conglomerates produced their own channels, packed with in-house content. Along with Disney Plus came Warner’s HBO Mega, which incorporates HBO’s vast programming with scores of hit TV shows and a deep well of full-length movies.
1. Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Blade Runner was released back in 1982, and inspired many other films, particularly science-fiction films, and was considered a cult classic. This film was not a box office blast, but a classic picture, and it was a long way ahead of its time. This can easily be considered the greatest cyberpunk movie of all time. It also affects anime enthusiasts who are lovers of cyberpunk and science fiction. The story is set in the Los Angeles dystopian and stars Rick Deckard played by Harrison Ford, who was assigned the task of chasing fugitive replicas and finding himself trapped in a web of dark secrets.
There’s something about The Final Cut that makes Blade Runner sound timeless in a way most iterations don’t do. The lack of a propulsive voiceover could make The Final Cut sound smoother than a theatre debut, but it doesn’t. This is the fastest and tightest form of Blade Runner.
2. The Iron Giant
The first feature film directed by Brad Bird, who would produce The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar, The Iron Giant is probably the most inspiring film ever made about a giant flying robot. The Iron Giant is responsive metal robotics, more E.T. Villainous Pump, too. Directed by the renowned poet Ted Hughes, the film is ideally poetic, lyrical, and languid in telling the story of a gigantic robot that dropped out of the sky into a small Maine town in 1957, not long after the U.S.S.R. launched a satellite into orbit. He soon formed a close link with Hogarth, a fragile and depressed nine-year-old whose father died in the Korean War.
Hogarth knows that the Iron Giant — and thus all things — has a conscience and a capacity for the goodness inside them, and to ignore outsiders is both dangerous and sad. Beyond that, there are only a lot of fun scenes of a cute retro-looking robot clanging around New England as he, Hogarth, and a friendly Beatnik called Dean attempt to escape the clutches of a Communist-hating (and fearful) government agent.
3. The Island
Michael Bay is a well-known maker of movies in which things blow up tremendously and noisily, adding a little more variety to The World. Set in the once-futuristic year of 2019, the film stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson as Lincoln Echo-Six and Jordan Two-Delta, all of whom live in a safe and remote compound away from the rest of the planet, allegedly too dangerous to support human life. There is, though, a germ-free island, and every week a lucky person wins a chance to live there.
It’s clear to the viewer that there’s something wrong with this island — sci-fi lotteries are never good news. Lincoln and Jordan are doing a little investigating and uncovering the horrifying and rewarding reality. At that point, The Island transforms into an entirely different film — a philosophical one that examines what it means to be human, particularly in the face of fast-moving technologies.
This film was an instant classic for horror, science fiction, and action genres alike. James Cameron effectively draws on Ridley Scott’s strong ideas by refusing to risk vital DNA. The surroundings are always dusty, dirty, and enigmatic.
The alien invasion continues to evolve through the creation of the Monarch. And the whole cast is brilliant, including the amusing comedic relief of Bill Paxton’s husband. The plot is also cleverly based on the follow-up of Ellen Ripley from the original. She never felt so compassionate, relatable, and convincing.
5. The Adjustment Bureau
Truth itself is being tested and at stake in The Transition Office, a film based on the story of the science-fiction master Philip K. Dick. It seems like all is going as expected for the young political player David Norris (Matt Damon). He’s going to win his Senate race, and he’s just met the woman of his dreams in ballet dancer Elise (Emily Blunt). It all seems meant to be, particularly the friendship until he discovers that it’s simply not what’s expected to happen — and the real powers of destiny will make sure things are right.
David and Elise are hoping to get away and be with each other, but that’s definitely not possible due to the Changing Office, the underground and enigmatic agency of the men in suits that actually rule the world and control nearly any part of daily life, just to make sure everyone remains on track. It’s like a secret society, except with far higher stakes
6. Twelve Monkeys
A frenetic, clever genre film that transcends most traditional expectations in a time travel plot. Tremendously atmospheric, there is a sense of mystery and urgency that is sustained throughout with careful pace. There are a series of brilliant twists, and 12 Monkeys even invite viewers to question the very reality of the protagonist.
Even now, despite the overwhelming surrealism, this is probably the most accessible film of director Terry Gilliam. Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, now frequently typed, are offering stellar performances that sell the madness, the comedy, and the heart of the film.
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick is one of the legendary directors and his film 2001: A Space Odyssey is a masterpiece that had always been a genre-defining film. If you’ve never seen this cornerstone of the genre before, sculpt the 142 minutes and prepare for something that’s a lot more exciting and mesmerizing than the constant praise you may assume. It has an iconic image, thanks to Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction drama, burnt into the collective consciousness of the pop culture.
Every scene in space is absolutely beautified, like the finest paintings. Yet the human element is largely absent, the iconic AI, HAL-9000, boasting the most personality and intrigue. Maybe it’s by design. The film’s great mystery of the monolith, though, encourages all sorts of thematic interpretations. Driven by the authenticity of Arthur C. Clarke’s groundbreaking novel,