Usually, this would be the time where I'd write that Netflix has something for everybody, and move on to telling you all about its weird and wonderful stable of alien movies. But I have to say: I think alien movies might be Netflix's Achilles' heel! With its fifty-billion-some titles, there aren't too many exciting alien movies on Netflix. The hive minds at the streamer have to give Michael Bay an alien script. Or something.
Still, though—you do have some options, if you're a UFO-head. Annihilation, the celebrated Jeff VanderMeer book adaptation, is currently on the streamer. On the other end of the cinematic galaxy, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is one of those hidden-gem kids' movies that families will still be watching years from now. Now, it's time to put on your tin foil hat—here's what Netflix has to offer in the aliens department.
Extinction follows Peter, who is having visions of an incoming alien vision that turn out to be prophetic. Soon enough, he's forced on the frontlines of a war against a technologically superior alien invasion force. Extinction's approach isn’t anything we’ve seen before, but there are some solid twists in its plot—along with enough spectacle to please fans of the genre.
This adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s mind-bending sci-fi novel follows a group of women who exploring a quarantined zone called Area X. The region has become lush with vegetation—and home to unusual creatures after a meteor crash. It’s a visually striking movie that beautifully handles some of the wildest scenes from the book, but it also goes in its own direction in its retelling of VanderMeer’s story.
Sure, David Lynch’s adaptation of the massive book series may not have been as big of a smash as Denis Villeneuve's take on the franchise. But Lynch's film is is still colorful and fascinating, boasting some of the director’s most ambitious filmmaking moments. Almost 40 years later, the production design and practical effects still looks absolutely incredible.
Starship Troopers toes the line between thrilling and goofy in a way only '90s movies can. From Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven, this globetrotting war film received a totally unfair shake by critics and audiences—who just saw it as a mindless action flick, completely missing the film's satirical elements.
Rim of the World
If you want to see how teen campers handle a terrifying alien invasion, Rim of the World is a great option—especially for young adults.
Warriors of Future
Warriors of Future arrives from Hong Kong, marking the directorial debut of visual effects artist Ng Yuen-fai—so yes, you can expect a ton of eye candy in this dystopian action thriller. Set in a war-ravaged Earth circa 2055, a mysterious and seemingly living planet named Pandora (no, not that one) suddenly appears over Hong Kong and starts taking over Earth.
Star Trek (2009)
Sure, you can clown on J.J. Abrams for his love of lens flares, but that honestly discounts how well-constructed this Star Trek reboot really is. Abrams makes iconic locations like Starfleet Academy and the Enterprise feel alive in a the way only a fan of the series could have—and his casting of the crew is stellar.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Don't knock this just yet; a dive into kid shows of yesteryear might just be what you're missing in your alien movie queue. Nickelodeon’s beloved “kid with a knack for invention” faces his greatest challenge yet when the parents of his hometown in Retroville are kidnapped by aliens. In the true spirit of “Necessity breeds innovation,” Jimmy puts his troubleshooting skills to use with the help of his crew of friends in an effort to rescue their parents.
In the midst of an alien invasion, one Los Angeles police officer takes it upon himself to rescue as many people as he can from incoming abductions. First rescuing his son from jail, he then forms a coalition of fellow Los Angelenos to evade the attack and defeat the extraterrestrial forces.
When a disproportionate number of soldiers begin falling to unknown forces while at war in Europe, a Special Operations team is assigned to get to the bottom of it. As the film’s title suggests, the soldiers find themselves fighting against something as invisible and elusive as it is powerful.
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