The 10 Most Underrated Movies on Netflix You Haven’t See
1. The Hunt
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Mads Mikkelsen who you may have seen is such films like: Casino Royale, Rogue One, and the hit TV series, Hannibal, won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
With more and more sexual allegations making headlines and the #METOO movement it’s important to remember that there are always two sides to every story and that people are innocent until proven guilty. Allegations can ruin a person’s life and if they’re not true, then that person becomes the victim. False allegations delegitimize the metoo movement and create unnecessary doubt when real victims come forth.
2. The Wailing
The Wailing is a Korean horror film directed by Na Hong-jin about a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses. This film is an absolute gem and features one of the best twists in recent memory. Check out our full, extended review by clicking the link in the bio below.
3. Train to Busan
Yet another Korean horror film which makes our list. Train to Busan is a harrowing zombie horror that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes… or so everyone hopes.
4. Good Time
Directed by the Safdie brothers and starring Robert Pattinson, this film was nominated for the Palm D’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine “Connie” Nikas ,played by Robert Pattinson, embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick,Benny Safdie, out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Connie finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.
Hands down, this is the BEST performance of Robert Pattinson’s career.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven who you might remember from 90s hits like Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Robocop, and Starship Troopers.
This time he’s back with one of his most ambitious and controversial films. The film stars Isabelle Huppert who was nominated for Best Actress at the 2016 Academy Awards for her performance in this film. She plays Michele, a successful business woman. Head of a video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game. A game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
6. Blue Ruin
Blue Ruin is a 2013 American independent film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, and starring Macon Blair. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. Saulnier funded production on the film through a successful Kickstarter campaign, which MTV.com called “the perfect example of what crowdfunding can accomplish.”
The film centers around a man whose life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
7. It Comes at Night
Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature KRISHA with IT COMES AT NIGHT, a horror film following a man, played by Joel Edgerton, as he learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.
8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (who recently directed blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.
9. Under the Skin
Under the Skin is a 2013 Sci-Fi Horror film directed by Jonathan Glazer. Scarlett Johansson plays Laura, an alien being who spends the bulk of the picture cruising around Glasgow in a white van, picking up single men. Those who join her think they’re in for a quick hook-up with a thrill-seeking hottie; instead, she brings them back to her apartment, where they are consumed by a wet, velvety darkness. And then she goes back out to the van, to find another victim.
Laid out in those terms, the film sounds like what several cynics have dubbed it: an art-house Species. The difference is that Under the Skin is an exploration and subversion of the unstated theme of Species and its ilk: the fear of female sexuality, and the fantasy scenarios that are all tied up in those fears. The cruising sequences are scored (by first-timer Mica Levi) with a quiet dread, emphasizing the notion of a predator tracking her prey — a predator who can never be entirely satiated.
Incendies is a French Canadian film directed by Denis Villeneuve who you may know from titles like Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Arrival, and Prisoners. The film centers around Nawal, a dying Middle Eastern woman living in Montreal, who leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne, her daughter, is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon is to give his to the brother they never knew they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they each experience acts of brutality, uncover a startling family history, and have revelations about themselves.