The science fiction film landscape is populated by creatures and creations that tempt and titillate, as well as challenge and discomfort. They are aliens and robots, figures that are exotic and striking enough to be seen as different, but familiar enough that we are curious about them. Cinema is littered with aliens, robots, human hybrids, and everything in between that have been given some amount of human-like qualities with which to identify. In the future, it seems, we do not discriminate based on looks, and in fact, embrace one another. Perhaps it’s a hopeful vision, but regardless, there are those figures that are visibly different than humans, those that we know are of a species not of our own, yet they are those that are still attractive, sexy and intimate.
Now, in undertaking this search for such creatures, we should try to come up with some rules, or guidelines at least. In the fantastic Under the Skin, for example, Scarlett Johansson is an alien; but really in name only. For most of the movie, there is nothing physically different about her, so if we are saying she is a sexy alien, we’re kind of just saying she is a sexy woman. So there has to be something slightly different. Sure, Thor is technically an alien, but he looks and talks and has all the composition of a Chris Hemsworth. Lisa from Weird Science, David from Prometheus, they’re sexy, but they are essentially the actors Kelly LeBrock and Michael Fassbender.
Thus, we will go a little bit deeper and identify those attractive, tempting figures in film that may be played by compelling actors, but have some identifiable differences that make sure you know they aren’t human. They may give you pause while also giving you other feelings. With respect to Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element, Natasha Henstridge in Species, and all those terminators out there, these are the sexiest aliens and robots on film.
10 Maria - Metropolis
9 Pris - Blade Runner
8 Gaila - Star Trek
7 Angelina Jolie - Beowulf
6 Dren - Splice
5 Spock - Star Trek
4 Neytiri - Avatar
3 Jude Law - A.I.
2 Gamora - Guardians of the Galaxy
1 Ava - Ex Machina
The newest entry to this field tops the list, coming in the form of Alicia Vikander. Or at least part of Alicia Vikander. Half curvy metal and wires, and half the beautiful actress, Ava from Ex-Machina is a self-aware robot that is being tested by a young scientist while also trying to play a game. She is flirtatious and sexual, and for a good reason – she is trying to break free of her cage. Ava, along with the entirety of this film by Alex Garland, challenges the viewer to think about what it means to be alive, what it means to be human, and the ways in which we find ourselves attracted to someone or something. And it’s usually not in our control – a fitting finale to this discussion.
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