Flying cars, colonization of other planets, time travel … Science fiction films of the past made many predictions wrong. In the middle of 2020, society is, in reality, fighting against scientific return. But watching movies of the genre and imagining a future with revolutionary technologies remains fun. For readers looking for the best features, Bula has put together ten great options available on Netflix. All those selected received good ratings on websites specializing in cinema. Among them, stand out “I Am Mother” (2019), by Grant Sputore; and “Advantageous” (2015), directed by Jennifer Phang. The titles are organized according to the year of release.
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After the extinction of humans, a robot called Mother is assigned to renew humanity. In a bunker, a mother raises a child, known only as a daughter, preventing her from having any contact with the outside world. Upon hearing a wounded woman asking for help, Daughter welcomes her into the bunker. The woman tells the girl that there are other humans on Earth, but the robots are a dangerous threat to them. Then, daughter becomes suspicious of her mother.
As a child, Ja-Yoon survives an accident, but loses his memory. Shortly thereafter, she is adopted by a peasant couple. When his parents have financial difficulties, Ja-Yoon decides to participate in a television program, showing his talent for singing and levitating objects. But, after appearing on TV, she begins to be pursued by strange people, who call her a witch. Confused, Ja-Yoon tries to recover his memories.
The film follows the theme of the “Black Mirror” series, being the first by Netflix to present interactivity for adults. When watching it, the viewer must choose the next actions of the protagonist. In the plot, Stefan, a young programmer, turns a novel book into an interactive video game. Soon, his real life starts to mix with the virtual.
In 2073, Earth's natural resources are scarce and the consumption of genetically modified foods has suddenly increased the birth of twins. With the planet overcrowded, couples are supervised and cannot have more than one child. But, Terrence manages to save the lives of his seven twin granddaughters by making them take turns on weekdays, using the name of the mother who died in childbirth. Everything is going well until one of them mysteriously disappears.
Will is the son of Thomas Harbor, a scientist who managed to prove the existence of life after death. After that discovery, suicide numbers have soared worldwide and Will believes his father is to blame. On a ferry trip, Will meets Isla, a mysterious girl, and falls in love with her. But over time, he realizes that Isla hides many traumas and suicidal thoughts.
In a futuristic setting, Gwen is a 40-year-old woman who has worked for years as a spokesperson for a company that offers beauty services. But after hearing that she is too old to represent the brand, she is fired. Unemployed and without any perspective, Gwen receives a tempting proposal: she can go back to work if she agrees to be the subject of a new company experiment, a rejuvenation surgery.
In order to save Spock from an erupting volcano, Captain James T. Kirk disregards one of the USS Enterprise spacecraft's guidelines, having to hand over the command to Admiral Christopher Pike. Shortly thereafter, crew members discover that John Harrison, a Starfleet renegade, is planning a terrorist attack on an important organization base. The Enterprise then decides to capture Harrison in Kronos, even though it knows that the onslaught may represent the start of a war against this planet.
In a world where it is possible to enter the human mind, Cobb is able to invade people's dreams and steal secrets from the subconscious. Wanted by justice, he is a fugitive and is prevented from returning to the United States. Desperate to see his children again, Cobb accepts an almost impossible task: planting an idea in a person's mind. If his mission is successful, he can return to the USA.
Mr. TV is the richest man in a 1930s metropolis, owner of the only television station. In this city, everyone lost their voice and communicated by words drawn in the air. The only one who can still speak is a famous singer known as "A Voz", who runs a program on mr. TV. Obsessed with the presenter, mr. TV kidnaps her to steal her voice and use it to finally dominate the entire population.
In the year 2029, the world is highly computerized and humans are able to access extensive information networks through their cyber-brains. Major Motoko is the leader of the Shell Squadron, which fights technological crime. It has been so modified that its body is almost entirely robotic. From its original version, only a "ghost" of itself remains. Motoko learns that a hacker, called the Puppet Master, is in Japan. Together with his team, she is in charge of capturing him.