Underrated Sci-fi Movies You Can Stream Online

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We are all looking to pass time watching movies and tv shows on Netflix, PrimeVideo, and other streaming services as we look to survive the most inactive phase of our lives. Bringing you a list of underrated sci-fi movies that you can stream online.

I Am Mother

 I Am Mother
(2019) on IMDb

Director: Grant Sputore

Writers: Michael Lloyd Green, Grant Sputore

Starring: Rose Byrne, Maddie Lenton, Luke Hawker


Short Review: Am gonna out of my way to say, anyone giving bad reviews to this Gem of a Movie hasn’t understood it. Very Nolanisque! πŸ™‚

If I give any further explanation, this won’t be a spoiler-free review anymore.

Directing: Super
Cinematography: Excellent
Sets and S/VFX: Perfect.

Writing: Brilliant!
Score: Spot On.
Plot Twists: Well Placed!

Let us know if you can decide who the antagonist is πŸ™‚

In The Shadow of The Moon

 In the Shadow of the Moon
(2019) on IMDb

Director: Jim Mickle

Writers: Gregory Weidman, Geoffrey Tock

Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine


Short Review: Refreshing to find a mystery-thriller in the sci-fi genre. “In the Shadow of the Moon” manages to take multiple genres and mashes them together to make it an enjoyable experience. One Time Watch.

“In the Shadow of The Moon” attempts high concept storytelling and for the better part of the movie, it works! Yes, you can find flaws, and yes it’s no Star Trek, but if you can go with the film, you’ll enjoy the twists and turns.


(2016) on IMDb

Director: Nic Mathieu

Writers: Ian Fried, Nic Mathieu

Starring: James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood


Special Ops Team: Check.
Supernatural Beings: Check.
Nice Special Effects: Check.
Interesting Plot: Check.
Decent Acting: Check.

Is Everything Plausible or Scientifically backed up: NOPE.

Short Review: Lot’s of eye-candy – like a video game. Movie, when made, had a decent $70 million budget so – production design, stunt-work, locations, visual FX, score, and camera work don’t disappoint.

“Spectral” is the kind of movie where you just lean back in the chair and enjoy if only for all the pretty images on screen. A good choice for a lazy evening.

IO Last on Earth

Underrated Sci fi Movies IO 1
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Release Date: 18 January 2019

(2019) on IMDb

Director: Jonathan Helpert

Writers: Clay Jeter, Charles Spano

Starring: Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston


Short Review: Not your average action / superhero sci-fi. A little slow yes, but bad – no way!

Small budget movie, three actors but it’s thoughtful, sure there are no spectacles or action, nor fancy battleships, however, it’s not about any of that, it’s about holding on to hope and what life represents.

Super 8

Underrated Sci fi Movies Super 8 1

Release Date: 10th June 2011

 Super 8
(2011) on IMDb

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writer: J.J. Abrams

Starring: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler


Short Review: The poster above is enough to raise expectations beyond reasonable.

Written and Directed by J.J. Abrams.
Produced by Steven Spielberg.

The same movie directed and produced by someone else would have been received much better. Being associated with Spielberg and belonging to the sci-fi genre it’s easy to draw a comparison with E.T and other early Spielberg movies. Not fair. Those were different times and the audience and expectations have evolved from there.

BTW, if it reminds you of Stranger Things, remember this movie came 5 years before it.