20 fantastic movies of 2020

How to surprise the public in a year when reality, thanks to the coronovirus, has surpassed fiction? Topping the list of new releases are apocalyptic sci-fi comedy, monster thrillers, and sci-fi with AI surprises. Below you will find a list of the best science fiction films of 2020, most of which have already been released in good quality and are available to watch in online cinemas.

Tenet (2020)

Who is behind the terrorist attack at the Kiev Opera House? In the Hollywood blockbuster, Andrey Sator from Russia is appointed as the main villain. The CIA and British intelligence team up against a Russian billionaire who made his fortune in the arms trade. In a twisted plot with paradoxes and time inversions, the oligarch is confronted by special agents , the good guys.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Cool special effects and a soundtrack will delight those viewers who solve the problem of “How not to understand anything and at the same time not show it?” at the session. Christopher Nolan’s Puzzle is the best new movie of 2020 among films in the fantasy genre.

Original title:
Tenet

Actors:
John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Bloodshot (2020)

In front of the eyes of the American Marine Ray Garrison, his beloved wife is killed, the military himself also dies at the hands of terrorists. The dead guy is transferred to the laboratory of Dr. Harting, where he is resurrected and turned into a superweapon – Bloodshot. In the blood of an ideal soldier, nanorobots are operating, regenerating any damaged organ. Fantastic properties will be useful to Ray-Bloodshot when his memory begins to return and the hour of revenge strikes.

Original title:
Bloodshot

Actors:
Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce, Lamorne Morris …

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


The Invisible Man (2020)

Among the most interesting foreign films of 2020, fans of science fiction could not pass by the new American thriller about the invisible man. The story of a brilliant inventor this time is shown from the side of Cecilia, the scientist’s beloved. The girl runs away from Adrian Griffin’s castle, slipping him sleeping pills, and after a while she learns about her boyfriend’s suicide. But why does the scientist’s control over Cecilia, from which she went crazy during the life of Adrian, not disappear anywhere, but is replaced by a feeling of the presence of an invisible suicide?

Original title:
The Invisible Man

Actors:
Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer…

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Coma (2020)

A young architect wakes up in a fantasy world after an accident. A new reality is created from the memories of comatose people. Each of them has a special gift, together they go to the goal – the desired safe island. The path to the island for the architect turned into a search for vocation, love and an unexpected exit into the real world. Science fiction with cool graphics is a Russian version of popular films about coma and adventures on the other side of consciousness.

Actors:
Rinal Mukhametov, Lyubov Aksenova, Anton Pampushny, Milos Bikovich …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Fantasy Island (2020)

Five guests arrive for the weekend at Fantasy Island. Two girls and three guys are the winners of the TV show, and each of them has a cherished desire. Unrealized dreams are ready to fulfill the owner of the tropical island, Mr. Roarke, but with one condition – to wait until the end of his fantasy. Combining sci-fi and horror, this thrilling 2020 film plays on the popular expression “Be careful what you wish for!”.

Original title:
Fantasy Island

Actors:
Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Project Power (2020)

A secret corporation supplies New Orleans drug dealers with capsule pills for free. After taking the pill, a person manifests superpowers. Just for 5 minutes, and everyone is in for a surprise – someone will become invisible, the other will not be taken by bullets, and the third will explode. The options are multiplied, but it is impossible to predict what will happen to those who swallow the capsule. The traders themselves do not know who and why is testing a fantastic drug.

Original title:
Project Power

Actors:
Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominic Fishback …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
18+


My Creator (2020)

The list of the best films of 2020 continues with chamber fiction about an engineer from a secret laboratory. The young scientist, in addition to developing artificial intelligence for a corporation, has his own goal. George is in a hurry to collect a robotic copy of his wife, until the period of storage of her consciousness in the Archive has expired. Meanwhile, the engineer’s relationship with AI goes beyond constructor-machine. When a scientist disappears from the communication channels, a cleanup team is sent to a secret facility.

Original title:
Archive

Actors:
Theo James, Stacey Martin, Rhona Mitra …

Country:
UK, Hungary, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


New Mutants (2020)

Dr. Reyes’ patients are five teenage mutants. Their unique abilities make them hostages in the territory of a specialized hospital surrounded by a force field. Another ward of the doctor arrived at the hospital last. After the appearance of Daniel Moonstar, the guys begin to have realistic visions, they are haunted by terrible entities. The life of teenagers turns into a nightmare, where each person’s personal fears are embodied.

Original title:
The New Mutants

Actors:
Blue Hunt, Alice Braga, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Love and Monsters (2020)

The top of the best films in the genre of fantasy was not without a high-rated teen comedy about post-apocalypse, monsters and a hero in love. After an asteroid flying towards it was blown up by rockets over the Earth, a catastrophe broke out. Chemical compounds started mutations, and the monsters destroyed 95% of humanity. Survivors include Joel Dawson. The timid orphan boy doesn’t leave the bunker until he gets a signal on the radio from Aimee, his high school sweetheart . The path to the girl through 80 miles filled with monsters will be a test for the young man.

Original title:
Love and Monsters

Actors:
Dylan O’Brien, Hiro, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


Black Box (2020)

In the fantasy thriller , a doctor sends an amnesiac patient on a hunt for his memories. A black box is designed for travel. Photographer Nolan’s guinea pig after a car crash that killed his wife has no choice. A single father forgets to pick up his daughter Ava from school and can be separated from the child, so the man agrees to an experimental treatment. How will the black box work and what kind of nightmarish “thing” is chasing Nolan as he travels through memory territory?

Original title:
Black Box

Actors:
Mamoudou Ati, Phylicia Rashad, Amanda Christine …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits :
16+


2067: Time Loop (2020)

A new 2020 sci-fi film from the Australians shows the planet after an environmental disaster. The flora died, there was a dense smog in the atmosphere, and the population receives artificial oxygen on coupons. But synthetic oxygen causes a dangerous disease in some. Suddenly, scientists receive a signal from the future: “Send Ethan White.” A simple guy White, having got 400 years ahead through a portal built by physicists, will find out what lies behind the challenge to the 25th century and whether it is possible to help humanity.

Original title:
2067

Actors:
Cody Smith-McPhee, Ryan Kwanten, Sanaa Shayk…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.8

Age limit:
16+


Freaks: You Are One of Us (2020)

How do superpowers change ordinary people? In a German science fiction film, a cafe worker has suddenly turned into a superhero. Prior to this, Wendy’s gift was suppressed by medication. But now the girl knows about her strength. Wendy is not the only one – metamorphoses occur with the conductor, the newspaper saleswoman. Ahead of an unusual team of adventures and the disclosure of a global conspiracy.

Original title:
Freaks: You’re One of Us

Actors:
Cornelia Gröschel, Tim Oliver Schultz, Wotan Wilke Mehring …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Galaxy Goalkeeper (2020)

Among the latest novelties of 2020 in the science fiction genre, there is also a domestic adventure film about the future of the planet. In the not-so-distant year 2071, spaceball becomes the main sport. In a post-apocalyptic world where New York is covered in ice and the tropics bloom in Moscow, spectators from all over the galaxy are watching the matches. Only the loser Anton is not interested in the space ball, but the guy turns out to have the superpowers of an athlete. The young man plays spaceball for the national team, unaware of the significance of future matches. The competition, in which the fate of mankind is decided, takes place in a grandiose stadium – an alien ship above Moscow.

Actors:
Evgeny Romantsov, Maria Lisovaya, Victoria Agalakova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.6

Age restrictions:
6+


Reboot (2020)

When the Earth enters a new ice age, humanity has a chance for salvation. A triangular portal opens in Earth orbit leading to the planet Reya. The first batches of settlers rush there and master the heavenly gift. But earthlings in the future are not distinguished by humanity and the new settlers of Reyi restrict flights. Among the millions doomed to extinction is Bran Marshall, a refugee who does not give up trying to get to the planet of life.

Original title:
G-Loc

Actors:
Stephen Moyer, Tala Gouveia, Casper Van Dien …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
12+


Artemis Fowl (2020)

Leprechauns, pixies, elves , brownies – who are all these people? The secrets of the inhabitants of the underworld are learned by 12-year-old criminal genius Artemis Fowl. A child prodigy from children’s fantasy novels will figure out how to steal a magical relic from magical creatures and free his father from captivity. Fantastic cinema in 2020 was marked by a controversial adaptation of the Eoin Colfer book series, mixing the plot of several books and changing the character of the hero. The film received mixed reviews from the audience, but is perfect for family viewing.

Original title:
Artemis Fowl

Actors:
Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Colin Farrell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.2

Age restrictions:
6+


Close Encounters (2020)

A young NASA scientist is abducted for three days by aliens. When Isaac returns, he talks about the aliens and the flying saucer. Television appearances make the engineer a celebrity, but no one believes the scientist. Isaac sets out on the road to find evidence. What amazing discoveries await the adventurer and why did the aliens choose an ordinary engineer?

Original title:
Proximity

Actors:
Ryan Masson, Heidi Kuan, Christian Prentice …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Satellite (2020)

1983, scene – the USSR. Everything goes according to plan – on TV they show victorious hockey matches and launches into space. But they hide from the audience that when returning to earth, the commander of the spacecraft died, and the second crew member brought an alien in him. At the secret base, Konstantin Veshnyakov and his “companion” are being investigated. The neurophysiologist Dr. Klimova joins the military specialists. Who is this alien and what does Colonel Semiradov want? The Russian thriller made it to the top 10 sci-fi films of 2020, arousing interest among fans of psychological dramas with original special effects.

Actors:
Oksana Akinshina, Pyotr Fedorov, Fedor Bondarchuk …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Sonic Movie (2020)

The blue hedgehog Sonic escapes from enemies from a parallel world to planet Earth and hides in the small town of Green Hills. By chance, a guest with superpowers de-energizes the district, after which a quiet lonely life ends. Because of the hedgehog’s superpower, the villain Dr. Robotnik opens the hunt for a colored little animal. But Sonic has a friend the sheriff, together they are on their way to San Francisco. A family-friendly science fiction comedy film that will especially interest fans of the famous video game about a super-fast, bright blue alien hedgehog.

Original title:
Sonic the Hedgehog

Actors:
James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Natasha Rothwell …

Country:
USA, Japan, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
6+


In someone else’s shoes (2020)

A criminal corporation uses other people’s bodies to commit crimes on order. A foil cap will not help the victims – the invasion of personality takes place secretly, using the technologies of the future. Brain implants suppress the will and turn a person into a killer ‘s puppet . But what if the performer gets out of control of the organization? The bloody fantasy horror film takes you to a world where hired killers are planted in the mind, two personalities are fighting inside one body, and a person is just a biological attachment to an electronic device.

Original title:
Possessor

Actors:
Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland…

Country:
Great Britain, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Save yourself! (2020)

Of the interesting novelties in the science fiction genre, a funny 2020 film on the topic of digital addiction and aliens stands out. Once a couple from New York decided to give up their phones for a week. Jack and Su drive off into the countryside to the secluded home of a downshifter friend. Outside the city, a couple wean themselves from the habit of sticking to a smartphone and gets acquainted with gadgets from mother nature. For a while, New Yorkers are enjoying country life with their communications cut off. Meanwhile, aliens have invaded the Earth, and soon a space guest is found in the house, similar to a round, furry ottoman.

Original Title :
Save Yourselves!

Actors:
Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Other sci-fi 2020

  • The Last Days of American Crime (2020)
  • Last and First People (2020)
  • Spontaneity (2020)
  • Bill & Ted (2020)
  • Think Like a Dog (2020)
  • Hunt Time (2020)
  • Hang Out in Palm Springs (2020)
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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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