Space Sweepers is a space science fiction adventure straight from South Korea. With stunning visuals, a well-written script, and beautifully crafted action, this Netflix Original is certainly one of the best films released this year.
If you’re done streaming and looking for alternatives, don’t worry! We’ve scoured the archives and saved you the trouble with our best picks for alternative television.
So, without further ado, we present to you 10 movies to watch if you don’t want to watch Space Sweepers anymore.
One of Pixar’s best animated films, Wall-E is a well-written dystopian tale with plenty of warnings about humanity’s future. When the world is uninhabitable, the first images of eerily silent Earth folding up to show our little cleaning robot searching the garbage dumps are a pretty scary way to start the movie.
From there, we see the adventures of little Wall-E as he embarks on a distant space journey, where we see the fate of humanity and what happened to it. With strong themes surrounding the future, classrooms, global warming, and A.I., Wall-E is a solid science fiction option.
Before TNT and Netflix exercised their right to turn the series into a several-hour movie, Bong Joon-ho’s dystopian nightmare perfectly illustrated the growing gap between rich and poor. This claustrophobic and provocative film is set in the future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed everyone but “the elite.”
These lucky few manage to board the Snowbird, a train that travels worldwide. A new class system emerges inevitably among the various carriages as humanity teeters on the brink of extinction.
The commentary here is particularly intriguing, playing on the “Space Sweepers” ideas of capitalism and the divide between rich and poor. If you’re looking for something different, Snowpiercer is definitely worth looking at.
3. Artificial Intelligence
Steven Spielberg’s fascinating and challenging science fiction is set in a not-so-distant future where the polar caps have melted, and seawater has flooded many coastal cities.
As humanity gathers, the Mech company rebels and builds David, an artificial child who shows real feelings. These feelings form an endless love for his “mother,” Monica. She adopts this child to replace her real son, who is in a coma. But when she wakes up, Monica is left with two sons and a great dilemma.
With interesting ideas about humanity, love, and our purpose in life, A.I. Artificial Intelligence is an intelligently written film worth watching.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, based on the same name book, is a profound, whimsical, and humorous dive into the wonders of the universe. Fortunately, these trips spend absolutely no time delving into the heart of the drama.
When aliens arrive and are tasked with building a highway in the middle of our solar system, traveler Arthur Dent is dragged along by his friend Ford Prefect. This explorer is writing a new edition of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
After witnessing the destruction of Earth, Arthur embarks on an amazing journey where he meets an eclectic group of colorful characters who embark on a great adventure. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is fun, full of fascinating characters, and with stunning visuals, well worth a look.
5. Star Wars: A New Hope
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, before the dark, hate-filled prequels and the sequel to Mary Sue, there was a story that changed the face of science fiction forever. Following the archetypal format of Journey of Heroes, George Lucas wrote Star Wars, the story of an epic battle between good and evil.
For those who have been living under a rock since 1977: in the first film of the Star Wars trilogy, A New Hope, a teenager named Luke Skywalker plunges into the adventure of a lifetime, along with a legendary Jedi knight named Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi and a cast of colorful characters. New Hope is an essential viewing experience for any science fiction fan.
6. The Fifth Element
Offering an amazing blend of action, science fiction, comedy, and romance, The Fifth Element blends all these influences into a dizzying journey through a futuristic vision of Earth.
The story revolves around cab driver Korben Dallas, who unwittingly becomes the linchpin of a great adventure when a woman named Lilu falls into his life.
She is on an important mission and determined to find Vito Cornelius’ father before it is too late. But unfortunately, both are being hunted by mercenaries, and their daring escape becomes increasingly difficult as Corben falls in love with the mysterious woman.
This sci-fi classic has held up so far and offers everything you would expect from a film like this; lots of amazing visuals, creative ideas, and solid direction help keep the film exciting and fast-paced.
Armageddon is the ultimate guilty pleasure. It is a film that falls into all the usual clichés of disaster movies but manages to maintain a sense of suspense and action throughout its existence.
The story revolves around an asteroid the size of Texas that will collide with Earth in less than a month. Now that all hope seems lost, NASA recruits deep-sea drillers to go into space, land on the asteroid, and detonate it with explosives. Yes, it’s silly, it doesn’t make much scientific sense, but it’s certainly a fun, action-packed trick worth watching.
8. Galaxy Quests
Galaxy Quest may be more comedic than Space Sweepers, but it is a similar film with good storytelling and memorable characters.
The main drama here revolves around the stars of a 1970s science fiction show called Galaxy Quest. When this fictional film crew is teleported aboard an alien spaceship, and the termites believe the actors are heroes, the group reluctantly embarks on an insane adventure to overcome this oppressive regime led by a maniacal dictator named Sarris.
Funny, well-written, goofy, full of references, and an homage to Star Trek, Galaxy Quest is a love letter to the science fiction genre and a wonderful film in its own right. Tim Allen is part of the cast, but Alan Rickman really steals the show in the funny and touching role of Alexander Dane.
9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
The Wrath of Khan is probably one of the best Star Trek movies ever made. But, of course, it wouldn’t be a space list without mentioning one of the greatest science fiction franchises ever made. While it can be said that the 2009 remake is more of a space sweep, Wrath of Khan is without a doubt one of the best Trek films and an essential viewing experience for any science fiction fan.
The story revolves around James Kirk trying to live up to his father’s legacy. Mr. Spock extends his hand and tries to keep Kirk under control when an avenging Romulan from the future begins destroying the Federation one planet at a time and creating black holes at will.
But what is particularly interesting here is the quality of Khan’s writing. Although his actions are reprehensible, the film perfectly portrays him as a formidable foe, making it an emotional and engaging science fiction story.
A spiritual sequel to the beloved Firefly series, Serenity. – It’s the closest thing we have to a space sweeper movie. It’s a tense and solid film set in the depths of space, combining an exciting premise with great characterizations.
The name “Serenity” refers to a Firefly-class transport ship operating illegally in a lawless solar system. With many inhabited planets, Captain Malcolm Reynolds finds himself in a difficult situation after recovering Simon and his psychic sister River. Unfortunately, the man known as Operative (an agent of the Alliance) begins hunting them down and will stop at nothing to get his loot back.
Well-written, full of exciting moments, and filled to the brim with stunning visuals, Serenity may not be the second season of Firefly. However, it is still a solid continuation of the series.