We live in an age where it's taken for granted you can plop down on the couch and have instant access to hundreds, if not thousands of streaming movies and television shows on a number of easily accessed devices. That in itself was once science fiction — even Netflix, now a major streaming service, originally started as a DVD-by-mail service. Not that long ago, "on-demand" meant paying a premium to see a single movie; before that, the idea of phones and portable computers were pretty separate; and before that, movies and television were pretty much gone after screening, barring reruns or paying for another ticket. It's kind of awe-inspiring to think about, and in fitting tribute to the medium, here are 13 sci-fi movies on Netflix to blow your mind as you contemplate how far the future has arrived in your living room.
Most of these films are high-concept, minimal-explanation flicks that present a striking idea and let it play out. Take The Discovery, which portrays the world after proof of an afterlife, or Advantageous, which shows the desperate measures reached when unemployment hits 45 percent worldwide and the ultra-wealthy can no longer hide the fact they're sucking up the world's resources for no particular reason. There's plenty to mull over with these movies, all streaming on Netflix now.