The Nineties were the golden age of science fiction and adventure movies. Before new age movies made everything about CGI, it was the story that made films popular.
Waterworld was a very ambitious movie. It had a tremendously huge production budget and a jaded star cast. the movie’s premise was simple – global warming had led to the glaciers melting. The world is now literally covered in water. A mutated mariner helps a woman and a young kid find a mythical island that may or may not exist.
Before Hollywood became obsessed with robots gaining sentience and feeling emotions, Robin Williams gave us Bicentennial Man. It’s a more nuanced and heart-warming take on a robot trying to be more human. Sadly many do not talk about his Nineties gem.
The Iron Giant
One of the greatest animated movies to have been ever made. The Iron Giant tells the tale of a literal mechanical giant. He was created to be an agent of chaos but in the end, ends up being the savior. The Iron Giant teaches a valuable lesson – you make your own destiny.
The 1998 movie is about a group of researchers who encounter a mysterious sphere inside a downed alien spacecraft in the Pacific. The sphere has strange reality altering properties, which it grants to the rest of the crew members.
A recently widowed man and his daughter encounter a group of people with a peculiar interest in historical disasters. The movie soon dives into a time travel story arc. The movie provides a gripping tale albeit on a modest budget. Do not miss this if you are a sci fi fan.
Defending Your Life
This is a comedy fantasy movie about a man named Daniel millers. Millers is recently deceased and encounters an afterlife where he must justify his previous life before passing on to the next phase of existence. It’s funny, warm, and emotional.
Screamers was a financial and critical failure. But like fine wine, it blossomed to be heralded as one of the greatest sci fi flicks to have been ever made. On a far flung planet, warring factions fight in a war of attrition. Turns out, the machines they built to aid them have evolved, starting their very own war against humanity. This surprisingly thought provoking movie is based on a Philip K. Dick short story.
A must watch for dark science fiction fans, Dark City explores the story of a man who wakes up in a strange hotel room with no recollection of his past. He soon discovers the city he is currently in is in reality an artificial construct controlled by a group of people with reality altering powers called The Strangers.
before there was The Boys and Invincible, Hollywood tried its very own version of superhero deconstructionism. Mystery men was not your regular superhero movie. It was weird but strangely funny and had incredibly unique characters.
Guillermo del Toro is a household name now. But before he became Hollywood’s sweetheart, he made a riveting 1997 sci fi horror movie called Mimic. Humanity eradicates disease infested cockroaches with a genetically engineered insectoid predator. the insects later evolve, mimicking the appearance of their greatest enemy – humans.
Deep Rising takes aboard a cruise ship infested with a tentacled creature from the depths of the ocean. Despite being a comedy, the movie’s visuals and gore have drawn widespread applause even after two decades of its 1998 release.