With the improvements in filming technology, movies are being made and released faster than ever before. There are so many films out there that it is impossible for us to see all of the good ones which means that we are sure to miss out on some great films that didn’t quite make it to blockbuster status. Here are just a few underrated movies that everyone should take the time to watch. They may not all have a bizarre twist ending or change your perception of the world, but these are a few of the movies that flew under the radar and deserve to be viewed by more movie lovers.
Into the Wild (2007)
The film tells the true story of the adventures of Christopher McCandless, a young man who had everything he needed in life and nothing that he wanted. He took off after graduating from college, donated his life savings to charity and headed toward Alaska. He ended up having to hitchhike most of the way and met many interesting people along his journey who helped him reach his destination. The film shows the tragedies of growing up feeling neglected and learning about how the choices that you make impact your entire life. It is based on the book by Jon Krakauer and directed by Sean Penn. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart and Hal Holbrook.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Imagine if the choices that you make were not set in stone. If you could go back and choose the other option, how would it change your future? Mr. Nobody is the oldest human being left in a futuristic world where time has practically stopped. He has led an extraordinary life where he never had to decide on anything. He could always go back and choose to date the other girl, decide to live with his mom instead of his dad, or choose a life of wealth and unhappiness over a life of poverty where he found true love. If it all sounds confusing, that’s because it is. But Mr. Nobody is a visually stunning movie with a great cast led by Oscar winner Jared Leto. If you can keep up with the twists and turns in this tale, you are sure to enjoy this creative sci-fi drama. Additional cast includes Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Rhys Ifans and Natasha Little.
Haven is a movie that shows the tragedy of violence, drugs and murder in a paradise setting. When Shy (played by Orlando Bloom) begins to date Andrea (played by Zoe Saldana) he ends up in serious trouble with her brother gets tangled up in an ordeal that he should have never been a part of. Andrea’s life starts to spiral out of control as her father forbids her to see the one that she loves and Shy ends up with permanent damage when he attempts to see her once again. All this is taking place while the new girl in town Pippa, played by Agnes Bruckner, doesn’t realize that her dad (Bill Paxton) brought her to this beautiful location in the Cayman Islands to escape from his money laundering deal that has gone wrong.
If you are in the mood for a good horror movie to watch and you love creature features then Splinter is one film that you have to watch. This movie may seem like another SyFy original, but it has all the right elements that make it entertaining from beginning to end. The special effects are old school and amazing and the cast has a great chemistry that even today’s blockbuster hits often lack. As a couple is headed out to woods for a camping trip, they get carjacked by another couple who are running from the law. When the foursome run over a suspicious animal in the road, no one thinks much of it until a tire goes flat. While replacing the tire, the animal is inspected and has strange spikes coming out of its body. Things get even stranger once the remains of the road start to move on their own and cause the group to seek shelter in an abandoned gas station, where the remainder of the film takes place. The independent film stars Shea Whigham, Jill Wagner and Paulo Costanzo.
Ned Kelly (2003)
This Australian film stars the late Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts and Geoffrey Rush. It tells the story of the outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang as they went along robbing banks and becoming the most famous fugitives in the country. Everything from the scenery to the plot and performances by the cast are on point in this biopic that should have gotten a worldwide release.
Killing Bono (2011)
This comedy starring Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan tells the story of the duo who started their own rock band in high school at the same time that a rival group started their own band. That rival group turned out to be U2. This is the real life story of how Neil and Ivan McCormick struggled to make it to the top only to find that Bono and his group had already beaten them to their goals Every. Single. Time