Five essential space films to watch on Netflix instead of ‘Rebel Moon – Part Two’
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Five essential space films to watch on Netflix instead of ‘Rebel Moon – Part Two’

This week, Netflix is set to release Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver, the direct sequel to Zack Snyder’s ambitious space opera  Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire. However, if you’re looking for something beyond the typical space epic, you might want to explore other options on Netflix. 

Rather than delving into the subpar imitation of Star Wars and every other space sci-fi saga you have seen in the last decade that Rebel Moon offers, consider these five essential space films available on Netflix. From critically acclaimed masterpieces to lighter adventures, these films promise to take you on a less hammy journey through the cosmos.

While Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver may be generating all the buzz this weekend, there’s no harm in looking away. Some of these sci-fi films are epics in their own right, while the others offer campy fun and quiet contemplation in equal measures.

Whether you’re in the mood for epic adventures or introspective dramas, Netflix has something for every space enthusiast. So, sit back and enjoy your ride through the cosmos.

Five essential space films to watch on Netflix this weekend:

Dune (2021)

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Dune is a visually stunning adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction novel. 

Set in a distant future where noble houses battle for control of a desert planet called Arrakis, the film follows the young hero Paul Atreides as he discovers his destiny amid political intrigue and ancient prophecies. An allegory for humanity’s relentless wars over natural resources (spice is but a stand-in for oil), false prophets, and religious fanaticism, Dune offers a cinematic experience unlike any other. Its breathtaking visuals and sound design are propped up by a stellar cast, including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a timeless classic that continues to awe audiences with its visionary storytelling and groundbreaking visual effects. 

Spanning from the dawn of man (that was recently paid homage to in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie) to a mysterious journey to Jupiter, the film explores themes of evolution, artificial intelligence, and the search for extraterrestrial life. With its iconic imagery, 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a landmark achievement in cinema history.

The Martian (2015)

Directed by Ridley Scott and based on Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian, is a thrilling survival story set on the red planet. 

Stranded alone on Mars after a botched mission, astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) must use his ingenuity and resourcefulness to stay alive while NASA works to bring him home. Filled with tension, humour, and the adventures of potato farming, The Martian is a gripping tale of human resilience in the face of adversity.

Ender’s Game (2013)

Based on the beloved novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game follows a gifted young boy named Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield) as he trains at a military academy to defend Earth against an alien invasion. 

Directed by Gavin Hood, the film explores themes of leadership, morality, and the consequences of war. There is also a clever theme of propaganda in Ender’s Game and how it is used to fuel destructive hatred. With its impressive special effects (for its time), Ender’s Game is a thrilling dystopian sci-fi adventure that will keep you on the edge.

Cargo (2019)

Cargo, directed by Arati Kadav, offers a unique take on the science fiction genre with its blend of philosophical themes and dark comedy. 

Set aboard a spaceship where dead people are recycled for rebirth, the film follows a scientist named Prahastha (played by Vikrant Massey) as he grapples with existential questions and unexpected encounters. With its unique premise and stellar performances, Cargo is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.