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7 spectacular sci-fi movies coming to Amazon Prime in May 2021

“We’re on an express elevator to hell. Going down.”

Amazon Prime is serving up a heaping helping of so-bad-it’s-good sci-fi this month, along with a few undeniably great movies and one that’s better than you may remember.

Here are the 7 best sci-fi movies coming to Amazon Prime in May 2021.

7. Knowing (2009)

Nic Cage’s performance in Knowing isn’t his most exciting, but it’s worth watching how many ways this sci-fi disaster movie finds to go off the rails all the way until its completely bananas conclusion.

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6. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Just after the release of Resident Evil Village, Amazon Prime is bringing back the first two Resident Evil movies. They have nothing in common with the games, so you can enjoy their legendary silliness whether you’ve played the series or not.

5. Reign of Fire (2002)

It’s dragons versus machine guns in Reign of Fire, an unabashedly brain-off B-movie with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments (including the reveal that dragons killed the dinosaurs) and the best special effects 2002 had to offer.

4. The Green Hornet (2011)

Even though Seth Rogen’s out-of-character turn as an action star is remembered as a flop, there’s more to like in this strange superhero detour than its reputation suggests.

3. Unbreakable (2000)

This dark and dour superhero tale is the polar opposite of today’s popcorn fare, and the start of one of the most surprising franchises in movie history.

2. Robot & Frank (2000)

It’s not often that a heist movie also takes on loneliness, aging, and AI. The surprisingly sweet Robot & Frank manages its tricky balancing act with aplomb, thanks to leads Frank Langella and Rachel Ma (in the robot suit).

1. Aliens (1986)

The debate over whether Alien or Aliens is the better movie may never end, but Ellen Ripley is never more of a badass than she is in this frantic sequel to the best sci-fi horror movie ever.