With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Tammy, Snowpiercer and Deliver Us From Evil for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of road trip comedies, dystopian sci-fi, and haunting horror.
SnowpiercerIn a world covered by ice, the last of mankind lives together--though not in harmony--on a train called Snowpiercer. But rebellion brews, raging against a class system that has some feast while others starve. Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris star; Bong Joon-ho directs. Read our review here.
Set in a dystopian world, Snowpiercer gives audiences a chance to escape their own world, while reflecting on its similarities to the film's nightmarish one. For more sci-fi dystopias, check out this trio of titles that offer suspense, political commentary, zombies, and a sexy world-altering fembot.
Metropolis Restored (1927) This silent film still has sizzle nearly 90 years since its initial release. Set in 2026, this iconic science fiction feature focuses on the class divide between the absurdly wealthy and the poor, forced to live and work underground. When a human-looking robot goes wild, a revolution starts that could bring this metropolis to total ruin. Brigitte Helm and Alfred Abel star; Fritz Lang directs.
Gattaca (1997) Imagine if your genetics cemented your place in society. This is the case in the harrowing world of this original sci-fi thriller. Ethan Hawke stars as Vincent, an In-Valid at the very bottom of a cruel caste system. But he won't let eugenics and prejudice get in the way of his dreams to travel through space. Uma Thurman and Jude Law co-star; Andrew Niccol directs.
World War Z (2013) Brad Pitt fronts this zombie apocalypse epic based on Max Brooks' novel of the same name. He plays Gerry Lane, a U.N. employee whose job puts him in a unique position to see this dangerous zombie pandemic as it spreads around the globe. Mireille Enos co-stars; Marc Foster directs. An Unrated version is also streaming.