With Independence Day: Resurgence being released this weekend, now is the time to catch up on all sorts of 90s sci-fi! The 90s were a great time for sci-fi, and these are the titles you should check out before and after you see the new movie!
While this one may be a bit on the nose, why not see the original film before seeing the sequel? While certainly not the first film to feature an alien invasion, this film was unique due to its creative use of CGI, which at the time was still a novelty and not overused to the point that it dominates every scene. This film was one of the first truly huge summer blockbuster sci-fi films, which is why it’s incredible that it took 20 years to make the sequel.
Speaking of great 90s sci-fi that expertly combined practical and CGI effects, Starship Troopers was one of the best of the decade to do this. Paul Verhoeven sadly hasn’t made a sci-fi film since 2000’s awful Kevin Bacon vehicle, Hollow Man, but many in the last decade seem to forget how influential the director was in the genre. Starship Troopers perfectly lampoons fascism and warmongering, all while providing a delightful, giant bug killing experience for those who choose to look past the film’s themes. The film also melds humor with a heavy dose of ultra violence, which make the film an unforgettable experience.
Apparently there is a television version of 12 Monkeys now, but nothing can hold a candle to the 1995 masterpiece by Terry Gilliam. 12 Monkeys is a strange film, in which humans have been driven underground after a biological attack practically decimates the planet. Bruce Willis is sent back in time to stop the incident from occurring, however, his efforts may have consequences that neither he, nor the scientists sending him back could have anticipated. Gilliam’s direction is jarring and surreal, and the film doesn’t shy away from reminding viewers that they’re watching a movie. The fact that 90s Bruce Willis agreed to do such an unusual film is testament to how unique it was, and the box office reflected audience interest as well.