There are many films on Netflix, but is there anything better than discovering a hidden gem? To save you a bit of time, here are five underrated flicks to stream on the weekend. Enjoy!
Knowing – 2009
Nicolas Cage has been involved in some stinkers, but one movie that people forget about is Knowing. This is a science-fiction disaster movie in which John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) receives a cryptic message from a time capsule that was buried for 50 years.
Without going into too much detail, the premise is what makes Knowing so great, but there is a lot of substance as well. Throughout the entirety of the movie, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as all of the choreography is shot to perfection. If you are looking for a film that is loaded with a terrific plot, great thrills and breathtaking presentation, then you need to watch Knowing.
U.S. Marshals – 1998
Most everyone is aware of The Fugitive, but did you know that there was a sequel released five years later? The sequel, U.S. Marshals, is a criminally underrated movie. It revolves around Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) chasing down a fugitive who breaks free from a ridiculous accident. Outside of the lazy plot though, U.S. Marshals is simply fantastic. Most of this is attributed to the brilliance of Tommy Lee Jones, but there was another actor who stole the show in this movie: Robert Downey Jr.
Yes, Robert Downey Jr. has done more than just playing Tony Stark. In U.S. Marshals, he plays John Royce and has a pivotal role in tracking down the fugitive with Gerard. The on-screen relationship between Royce and Gerard makes this movie worth a watch alone. In the world of cinema, great acting can compensate for a pathetic story line any day of the week.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – 2009
Let me preface the inclusion of X-Men Origins: Wolverine by saying if you are not a fan of Wolverine, then stay far away from this movie. We get to see how and why Wolverine had adamantium drilled into his entire body. Again, I won’t spoil how and why this happens, but it’s presented fairly well.
Outside of Wolverine, there is only one character worth your time: Sabretooth. Liev Schreiber, the man who portrays him, was absolutely brilliant in this film. Throughout X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he displays a sense of viciousness and remorselessness that makes him perfect for the role. Check out this film to see two masters perform their craft.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – 1994
In 1994, Jim Carrey had one of the best years of any actor I have ever seen. However, people quickly forget that neither one of those movies were his best effort from 1994. That distinction belongs to Jim Carrey’s most underrated movie: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The story is simple, Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is a pet detective that tries to uncover the mystery of who stole the Miami Dolphins mascot.
The character in the movie perfectly showcases who Jim Carrey is: a crazy, wacky comedic genius. There is no reason to pay attention to any other character in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective because Ventura himself carries the movie. Once you see the film, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
Mr. Deeds – 2002
Adam Sandler has always been a hit or miss actor, but one of his hidden gems is Mr. Deeds. Sandler plays Longfellow Deeds, who is an extremely friendly man living an ordinary life. Deeds then finds out that a long-lost relative has left him a $40 billion inheritance.
This movie shows a different side of Adam Sandler, as usually he is involved in mindlessly stupid comedies. For once, Sandler played a character that was full of heart. You get a feel for his character as he has a perfect way of making you feel bad for him. Mr. Deeds is a movie that should entertain you for an hour and a half.
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