2021 is slowly shaping up as something special when it comes to genre-based movies. Finally, we will be able to watch some new movies that were supposed to come last year. As movie production came to an abrupt halt in 2020 due to Covid-19, producers and directors announced that 2021 would be worth it.
It means this year we can watch instances where protagonists strap rockets to cars, people leaving for time-travel adventures, and around gazillions of superhero movies.
Undoubtedly, it is one of the great news for fantasy and sci-fi movie lovers who got concerned during cinema shutdowns last year. 2021 is already off to a blazing start. However, we still have several fantasy and sci-fi movies that we can’t wait to watch. Below we’ve suggested some exciting fantasy and sci-fi movies that are a must-watch for every filmophile like us.
Voyager is a sci-fi movie that revolves around 30 teenagers on a spacecraft mission to search and repopulate a planet to continue humankind. To enable this thrilling journey, the crew is trained to follow logic instead of their instinctual behavior to prevail in the mission. However, upon manipulation, they ignore the orders for the sake of feeling certain emotions that they never felt before. Hence, they ultimately endangered their lives and humankind’s survival as a whole.
Release Date: In the USA, the movie is up in theatres and now available on Netflix.
2. Raya and the Last Dragon
It is a great fantasy and an exciting animated movie that you should watch in 2021. Raya and the Last Dragon is the first project of Disney’s Mouse House in 2021. The movie follows the story of a young woman and her adventurous journey of finding a missing dragon. The movie depicts a lot of magic and thrills in the adventures following the women. Perhaps, if movies on the magic interest you, then here’s another suggestion. Try watching ‘Oz the Great and Powerful‘ – the story centers on a power struggle between three witches. Although it was released much earlier, it’s still a must-watch movie as it entails some powerful lessons.
Fun fact: Did you know that the Swedish term for a magician is ‘magiker‘?
Release Date: Luckily, the movie is now available on almost all popular digital platforms.
It is a sci-fi/fantasy movie that shares the story of a support engineer who finds himself stranded on mars along with three other people. With limited oxygen and a faulty life support system, the crew has to ensure its survival. Perhaps, Stowaway is all about resource-sharing and the ethics of choice when stranded in space. However, if being trapped on mars doesn’t interest you, this movie also tells the unique and compelling story of how your choices influence certain journeys.
Release Date: If you find the above review interesting, then don’t forget to watch it on Netflix this month.
4. New Gods: Nezha Reborn
It is an animated movie that retells the novel ‘Investiture of the Gods.’ Nezha Reborn shares the story of Nezha being reincarnated three thousand years after his battle with the sea. Unlike the novel, Nezha learns to master his powers from scratch and fight against his old enemies. This movie promises fantasy fans an experience that includes fast bikes, cars, and ancient mythology.
Release Date: Interestingly, people from the US can now enjoy it on Netflix. While in China, it was already premiered in February 2021.
5. The Mitchells Vs. The Machines
Another animated movie on our list, i.e., The Mitchells vs. the Machines, is about a family trying to bond with each other during a cross-country road trip. However, little did they know that their journey would get interrupted by a long-awaited robot apocalypse. During such a testing time, Mitchel’s family works together, intending to save the world by dealing with the uprising technology. It is a movie for people of all ages and will surely bring joy to sci-fi and fantasy lovers.
Release Date: There’s a high possibility that the movie might arrive on Netflix this month.
6. The Soul
In his movie The Soul, Wei-Hao Cheng combines occult fantasy with science fiction to produce an exciting crime drama. A few family secrets get uncovered while investigating a murder that suggests a more extensive, more sinister back story. Undoubtedly, The Soul promises thrills and suspense while exploring the true meaning of human nature and the things people will do for love.
Release Date: Most likely, the film will appear on Netflix at the end of April 2021.
7. Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat is a movie adapted from our all-time favorite and widely loved fighting videogame launched in the1990s by the Midway Manufacturing Companies. With the previous movie disappointing fighting and fantasy fans, this movie continues to receive great reviews from critics and movie experts. It is worthwhile that this version of Mortal Kombat tells the tale of an MMA fighter and his aim to protect the earth from out-worldly forces while partnering with a team of super fighters.
While the game might be an all-time favorite for its billions of followers, it will be a thrilling experience to watch Sub-zero fighting on the big screen. The 2021 edition of Mortal Kombat promises to live up to its hype.
Release Date: There’s a high probability that the movie will hit the big screen this month.
8. Free Guy
Who doesn’t want to watch Ryan Reynolds and his quirky one-liners? Free Guy is a metafiction comedy that tells the story of a bank employee who discovers he is a non-playable character inside an online video game. Thanks to the game developers, Ryan Reynolds (Guy) wakes up and finds that his life is like a fictive version of the Truman show. He then carries on to become the best hero by racing against time before the game shuts down. You must watch this movie if you are a sci-fi video game fan!
Release Date: According to sources, the movie will be up on Netflix by May 2021.
9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
No sci-fi movie list will be complete without mentioning Ghostbusters. This long-awaited sequel to the old Ghostbusters will arrive this summer starring Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and his old ghostbusters pals from the 70s. The movie picks up in Oklahoma, where a family recently inherited a farm from their father (Egon Spengler). We wouldn’t want to share more details as we would only be spoiling the movie. It is worth the wait and a must-watch fantasy/sci-fi movie.
Release Date: Most probably, the movie will hit theaters in November 2021.
The above details of sci-fi and fantasy movies are only a few from the tons of other films that are just above the horizon. Keep looking on the internet as more and more new movies will come out in the latter days of 2021. Who knows? You might end up finding a fantasy or sci-fi movie that becomes your next all-time favorite!