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The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2020 So Far

It’s been a while since most of us have been to the cinema. Covid-19 has made it nearly impossible to do activities that involve people packed into enclosed spaces. This has been a major problem for the movie industry, which has struggled with production and releases of planned movies. For that reason, many movie producers have been forced to postpone theatrical releases until society safely reopens. Luckily, some movies were able to see their releases before the pandemic hit.

That being said, 2020 has promised dozens of movies, including those in our beloved sci-fi genre. There’s no question that sci-fi films have hit mainstream demand over the last decade, and some of us have been waiting a long time to see them. In this article, we summarize the 10 best sci-fi movies with release dates in 2020.

The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2020

1. Tenet

Tenet is one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2020. The movie is planned to be screened in theaters in July 2020. It’s a sci-fi thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, the same director of Inception and Interstellar. In Tenet, an espionage organization is trying to prevent a third world war. The main character, who is played by John David Washington, is shown demonstrating “time inversion” tricks in the trailer of the film.

2. The Invisible Man

Released early 2020, The Invisible Man is a reimagining of legendary sci-fi author H. G. Wells’ classic novel. The movie follows a woman (played by Elizabeth Moss) who is stalked by an ex-boyfriend. What makes this a unique case of stalking, however, is that her ex-boyfriend is a famous optician. Equal parts psychological thriller and sci-fi, The Invisible Man is also a great commentary on domestic violence.

3. A Quiet Place Part II

After the success of A Quiet Place in 2018, A Quiet Place Part II is planned to air on September 4th, 2020, retreating from its original plan in April 2020 due to Covid-19. A Quiet Place Part II will still star Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. The first film tells the story of the Abbott family who were able to overcome a monstrous invasion near their remote cabin. These monsters were especially sensitive to sounds, which prompted the protagonists to remain entirely silent throughout the film. According to the sequel’s trailer, the movie has widened its scope towards the outside world and features many new faces.

4. Dune

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert, Dune is a sci-fi film directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Oscar-winning actor Timotheé Chalamet. This film will tell the story of Paul Atreides whose family rules the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a valuable resource known as Spice, the power and control of Arrakis becomes the target of aristocratic families from many worlds and factions. After Paul and his family are betrayed, he then leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control over Arrakis.

5. Bloodshot

Bloodshot began airing in March 2020. It was directed by Dave Wilson and stars action movie go-to Vin Diesel. This film tells the story of U.S. Marine Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) and his wife who are victims of murder. Ray is then resurrected by a secret team of scientists through advanced technology. The capabilities of his body are enhanced by nanotechnology that turns him into a superhuman, biotech killing machine.

6. Attraction 2: Invasion

Released at the beginning of 2020, Attraction 2: Invasion is a Russian film by director Fyodor Bondarchuk. It picks up three years after the events of the first movie, which was about an alien ship that crash lands in Moscow. In Attraction 2: Invasion, two people have obtained special abilities from the alien technology and are now a threat to the alien invaders.

7. Bill & Ted Face the Music

Bill & Ted Face The Music is the sequel to the 1989 film Bill & Ted’s Awesome Adventure, which tells the story of Bill S. Preston (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves), two silly teenagers who can explore time. The film is planned to air in August 2020.

8. Color Out of Space

Color Out of Space, starring Nicolas Cage, is a sci-fi horror film directed by Richard Stanley and is based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. It tells the story of a family that discovers a strange meteorite that emanates purple, indigo, and violet colors. The otherworldly meteorite causes strange effects in all life it interacts with. Color Out of Space released in January 2020.

9. Underwater

Underwater is a sci-fi movie that was already released in January 2020. The movie is directed by William Eubank and stars Kristen Stewart. The film Underwater is about an underwater study conducted by a group of researchers. After an earthquake destroys their underground laboratory, the research crew works to find something to save themselves. But the crew begins to realize that there is something more frightening on the seabed.

10. #Alive

#Alive is a film from South Korea that is also expected by 2020. It’s a survival thriller that tells of an outbreak that suddenly spreads in Seoul and quickly grows out of control. As the virus spreads, several people are trapped in an apartment complex without access to the outside world. The film will star Park Shin-hye and Yoo Ah-in as Yoo-bin and Joon-woo, residents who have been isolated in the middle of a dangerous city. #Alive is scheduled to air at the end of June 2020 in South Korea.

Which of these movies are you most excited about? Have you already seen any of them?

Also, let us know if we missed your favorite sci-fi movie release of 2020! And here’s to hoping COVID-19 doesn’t further delay the release of these movies.

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