Is there anything better than a really great sci-fi movie? When they’re good, they contain all the elements that make movies great: story, effects, originality and yes, romance, even if it is between a human and alien. (I’m looking at you, Star Trek.)
If you’re looking to enjoy a good sci-fi movie, look no further than TELUS Optik TV™. They have the largest On Demand library, and they have made it easy for any kind of sci-fan to sit back and be taken to another world, the future, or your own backyard! Knowing that people can be picky about their sought-after movie time, I scoured the library and found my favourite movies for you to watch. Whether you consider yourself a super-nerd or a casual sci-fi fan, here are my top picks!
Children of Men
It’s been almost ten years and I still think about Children of Men all the time. The story of a society living without a baby born in 18 years, the cast includes Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. Several single-shot sequences, including one that’s almost seven minutes long, makes this movie anything but forgettable. The film is so starkly original, you’ll sit on the edge of your seat because you’ll have no idea where it’s going. There’s never been a movie like Children of Men, and that’s a really, really good thing.
Okay, maybe this movie doesn’t immediately apply as a sci-fi film. It’s certainly not your typical sci-fi movie, but it does involve time travelling. So I’m listing it because I’ll take any chance I can to tell you to watch About Time. I think when I first saw this movie, I may have been the only person in the entire theatre. For some reason, this movie didn’t get the attention it deserves, but now whenever I see it on TV, I stop in my tracks and watch it. Sure, it’s a little lovey-dovey, but it also feels like the Notting Hill sequel that we all wanted, but never got. Rachel McAdams is as perfect as always, but Domhnall Gleeson owns this movie as the time traveller with the kindest heart.
Sci-fi movies never really hold up over time. Movie technology simply moves too fast and what was once a catastrophe a few years ago, could easily be solved with a quick cell phone call in modern times. But I actually watched Independence Day a few days ago and was shocked by how much it still entertained. Sure, the initial alien attack would look more impressive with today’s CGI, but this movie is still thrilling and funny. You sort of forget this was the movie that made Will Smith a star, but you can easily see why. Give it a watch, it’ll trigger your sense of nostalgia and get you ready for the sequel that comes out next year. Sadly, without Will Smith.
Flight of the Navigator
I actually can’t believe that Optik TV has this movie. Guys, when I was a kid, this was my movie! I badly wanted to be David, the 12-year-old-boy who is transported into the future and on to an alien ship. Sure, it had its sad moments too, but wow, what an adventure. Actually, as soon as I saw this movie was available on Optik TV, I immediately stopped writing this story and turned the movie on. I hope Disney has completely forgot about this movie, because that means they’ll never remake it (and you should never remake perfection).
The only thing more stressful than floating around in space alone is watching someone else float around in space alone. When this movie came out a few years ago, audiences hadn’t seen anything like it, and that’s still the case. Sandra Bullock owns the screen in this movie. You’ll scream, shout and cry as she fights against a seemingly impossible task: getting home. We could definitely do with some more George Clooney in the movie, but Bullock, who spends most of the movie by herself, is more than is up for the task of entertaining an increasingly fickle movie-going audience. This film more than lives up to its well-deserved reputation.