5 Best Underrated Movies on Netflix
If you’re anything like us, the chances are that you will have seen everything you can think of on Netflix already. But it’s also very likely that you’ve only watched movies that are inside the realms of your comfort zone. Sure, not everyone is going to want to step away from their beloved favorites to watch a rom-com or a high-octane action movie, but every now and then a movie comes along that surpasses the limits of its genre and captures the attention of even the best film buffs.
So, if you think you know everything there is to know about the best films and shows on Netflix, then read on – because there may be one or two gems in here that might just surprise you.
The Endless (2017)
This is a truely mind-bending tale of two brothers who escape a UFO cult, only to receive a cryptic message 10 years later inspiring them to go back. The movie follows the brothers as they attempt to find closure on their past, but instead, they are drawn into the cult as they are faced with unexplainable phenomena around the site. As the cult gears up for the arrival of an impending mysterious event, the brothers need to race against time to discover the truth before they become permanently intertwined with the cult. With a haunting synthesized score by James Lavelle that samples House of the Rising Sun and evokes John Carpenter, the soundtrack is the perfect accompaniment to this often baffling but highly innovative movie.
Molly’s Game (2018)
Although the writer and director of Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin, claims that “this isn’t a poker movie”, critics have suggested that it might actually be one of the best movies of its genre of all time. A dramatic retelling of the fast-paced life of Molly Bloom, an ex-Olympic skier who ended up involved in Hollywood’s biggest poker games, the film follows Bloom as she heads up the high stakes tournament whilst rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s most famous faces. Powered by a captivating storyline and outstanding performances by Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly’s Game is a super solid debut from writer-director Sorkin.
Buster’s Mal Heart (2017)
Psychological thriller mixed with dark indie comedy with a dash of arthouse fiction thrown in for good measure, Buster’s Mal Heart is an expertly realised balancing act between several genres delivered in a series of vignettes. A surreal mystery film, the movie follows three tenuously connected storylines that build towards a well-executed twist which is hard to describe and even harder to build into the previous narratives. Beautifully weird, this is one of those quiet films that won’t be found in the mainstream but is probably not enough on its own to be considered a cult classic.
Filmed in 9 days on a very small budget, Krisha is an independent film that follows the journey of a woman who shows up at her sister’s home on the morning of Thanksgiving. She is greeted by her relatives with a strange mixture of warmth and wariness. The nervous energy in the home gradually increases as Krisha helps out in the kitchen and attempts to reconcile with her relatives. The tension culminates as her attempts are increasingly rebuffed, leading to the emergence of long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments. Critics have touted this as the first work of a major filmmaker, with much of the film hinging on the outstanding performance by Fairchild.
The World is Yours (2018)
Finally, a film from the new director on the block, Romain Gavras, who bursts onto the feature film scene with this crime comedy. The main protagonist wishes to escape his life of crime but in order to do so, he must take one last job in a Guy Ritchie-esque caper involving chaos, crooks, and good clean fun. Critics have widely praised the film and, even though it follows a tried and tested genre, this movie manages to inject humour, sophistication, and verve into the familiar. There you have it! Some undiscovered gems for your next Netflix binge. Let us know how you get on!