WIRED | 8/23/2017 | Jennifer M. Wood
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Science fiction gets a bad rap in some circles for being a genre with nothing but a bunch of spaceships and robots. But it’s so much more than that. It’s also got drama, action, and even some romance. It’s also full of spaceships and robots and if you’re not really into those things, well, the door is over there. If you do adore droids and contraptions that fly through the cosmos, though, we have something here that’s just for you. Below is a selection of the best sci-fi movies you can currently stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Tune in and trek on.

The sequels ultimately watered down the impact of the original, but The Matrix is still a classic. Melding visionary direction, a thought-provoking script, and action sequences that people still talk about (remember “bullet time”?), the Wachowskis put themselves at the vanguard of the sci-fi scene with this one. Folks haven’t looked at spoons—or Keanu Reeves—the same way since.

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Whereas a lot of sci-fi goes big and then goes home, this gem from writer-director Alex Garland never leaves the house. In Ex Machina, a programmer named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) goes to the isolated estate of tech magnate Nathan (Oscar Isaac) believing that he’s going to help his boss work on a new project. What he finds when he gets there is a beguiling humanoid robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander) whose intelligence, artificial or otherwise, might be outpacing her creators’.

Fritz Lang’s iconic sci-fi film is a boy-meets-girl tale—but in this case the boy tries to help the girl upend the social strata of a futuristic society causing the boy’s dad to create a robotic version of said girl to tamper dissidence. Though it was released 90 years ago, Lang’s early stab at a silver screen dystopia still feels amazingly fresh. Maybe...
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