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Published February 18th 2016
There's nothing like coming home on a Friday after a long week, having a tasty meal and then chilling on the couch with a glass of wine and watching a good movie. But with the bombardment of movies in this current generation, we are spoilt for choice and it can be maddening trying to choose a movie. One minute you're going through the action category on Netflix, the next minute your significant other has decided that you should have a look in the drama section and before you know it, an hour has passed and you're still venturing through digital space looking for the holy grail of Friday night movies. Back in the day we had 2 or 3 options to choose from, which consisted of the rented DVDs that needed to be watched because the return date was looming close.
Under the excess of blockbusters and 'critically acclaimed' movies, lies a hidden layer of underrated movies that deserved the spotlight, they slipped under our radar due to the lack of box office success and a low budget marketing campaign. Alas, I have listed my top 5 underrated movies that gave me a very enjoyable movie experience.
Denzel Washington is a retired badass but goes back into full 'Jason Bourne' mode when he decides to take down a whole crime syndicate when they threaten the life of a young girl. 9/10 Roundhouse Kicks to The Face
4. EDGE OF TOMORROW This Tom Cruise movie didn't make it big at the box office, but it did win big with the hearts of Sci-Fi fans. Tom Cruise's character relives the same day over and over when he is touched by one of the alien invaders trying to destroy the planet. It's Groundhog Day on steroids. 8.5/10 Groundhogs
3. WATCHMEN Quite possibly the most underrated comic book movie of all time, the opening credits alone deserves an award, the fight scenes are well choreographed, the dialogue is sublime, and the cinematography is as beautiful as Emma Watson's smile. 9/10 Nerdgasms
2. PRISONERS This is the best performance I've seen by Hugh Jackman, I repeat, best performance. He plays an estranged father that is looking for his daughter who was kidnapped and maybe feared dead. 9/10 Wolverine Claws
1. SNOWPIERCER I have no idea how this hasn't become a classic, the earth has turned to a desolate iceland and the remainder of mankind is on a train (The Snowpiercer) that goes around the earth non-stop, and the rich are segregated from the poor, but not for long. Chris Evans hits it out of the park and towards the end of the movie delivers some fine acting. 9/10 Snowballs
A dystopian world where infertility threatens mankind with extinction, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the guy who did Gravity. 8.5/10 Cookies
TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Hank Azaria plays Mitch who is caught up in his career, and finds out that one of his professor's (Morrie) is dying. Mitch reconnects with him and learns a lot about his old friend and himself. 8/10 Tears
HOT FUZZ - has to be the funniest film seen for years! British comedy, of course. My father 'roared' laughing - something not witnessed since he saw It's A Mad, Mad World in Brisbane in the mid 1960's!
Must be watched on a decent big screen with no adverts or other interruptions.
Simon Pegg plays the lead. A very, very funny film. Thanks, Simon