Maybe you’ve seen them, maybe you haven’t, but the fact is, for whatever reason (poor marketing, limited release, etc.), some movies just don’t seem to get the attention or love they deserve.
Let’s take a look at five of our favourite movies which are either underseen or underrated (or both!).
For our first pick, we have Seven Psychopaths (2012). As well as having a unique storyline with witty dialogue, it also stars some amazingly talented (and often underappreciated) actors – Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson.
If you’re a fan of quirky comedies, we think you’ll really like Seven Psychopaths – highly recommended.
The next pick on our list is Dredd (2012).
There are plenty of movie reboots these days, and most of them fall short of their predecessors. Dredd, however, certainly did not. It dumped the comedic aspects of the 1995 film for a grittier, more violent take. Also, staying true to the comic strip from which the character originated, Judge Dredd never takes off his helmet in this one!
If you’re a fan of ‘80s action movies, such as RoboCop (1987), then you’ll be right at home with Dredd.
Do we dare hope for a sequel?
Another of our favourite underseen and/or underrated films is Michael Clayton (2007).
Though overlooked by many moviegoers, it wasn’t short of critical acclaim with multiple award nominations.
The movie is a legal thriller starring George Clooney as a law firm’s “fixer”. It has an enthralling storyline and fantastic performances from the cast. Of course, with such movies it would ruin it to give away much of the plot, but suffice it to say that it will keep you hooked all the way through to the clever and satisfying conclusion.
It’s also refreshing to watch a movie which relies on a sharp script rather than special effects!
For our penultimate pick, we have Drive (2011).
Though praised by most critics, this movie had a bumpy ride (excuse the pun) with audiences on its release due to expectations that it would be similar to more action-orientated movies such as The Fast and the Furious.
Drive, however, is an arthouse action movie, and is decidedly slower and moodier than mainstream action movies. This doesn’t mean it’s boring though; the gripping storyline and excellent acting will keep you glued to the screen from the first minute. The ‘80s-inspired soundtrack is also amazing.
It’s definitely one to see, but remember to manage your expectations!
The last movie on our list is Snowpiercer (released internationally in 2014).
This film was widely enjoyed by critics and moviegoers alike, but it did not receive the wider attention it deserved. It’s a sci-fi thriller set on a train speeding continuously around the globe allowing the last few people alive to escape a new ice age. To keep a sense of order, each section of the train is divided by class – at the front are the wealthy and privileged, and at the back are the poor and downtrodden. This system is designed to be a microcosm of our society.
One man at the back of the train, played by Chris Evans, is not satisfied with the arrangement though, and he seeks to break out.
It’s a fast-paced yet thought-provoking movie and really deserves more praise.
So, check out these movies if you get chance, and keep your eyes open for other hidden gems!
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