Some movies get high ratings on IMDB just because they star very popular actors. Many of them have a budget exceeding $200 million. The third group of much-reviewed movies shows unacceptable scenes. We can list reasons that make movies popular for hours. But today, we are not going to talk about popular movies. Vise versa, we will focus on the underrated movies.
There are too many factors affecting a movie’s popularity. For instance, no movie released after Titanic (in a short period of time, of course) has a high rating. Why? Because Titanic hit the jackpot. It is one of the most popular releases on the globe. Another reason, if all parts of “The Lord of the rings” were released in the same week, at least, one of them wouldn’t be so beloved.
So as you see a movie can succeed or fail. No one can guarantee their success and no one can predict their failure. But when we watch a movie that makes us take a look at the way we approach life, we always wonder why no one recommended it to us, why we haven’t known about it, and why it has got so few 5-star reviews.
We are going to talk about a few underrated movies. But you understand that this list could be much longer.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins
Budget: $15 million
Worldwide box office: $37.9 million
There have been many films made on the topic of card games, hitting the jackpot in a casino, a robbery, and everything else in the same vein. And what is amazing, American film companies still manage to shoot similar projects on this topic but they will succeed if it is cooler and original in their own way. The irreplaceable Ray Liotta again takes part in this movie. His appearance on the screen is already identified with card games or casinos, and it is again extremely interesting to watch how once again someone wants to secure a beautiful life for himself. Surprisingly, this movie has been nominated for a palm branch at the Cannes Film Festival.
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody
Budget: $16 million
Worldwide box office: $31.5 million
Jennifer’s Body is a film made by women. This explains the “feminist” bias of the movie. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is best known for her Oscar-winning film Juno. Deciding to try herself in the thriller genre, she portrayed the most terrible evil that she could imagine – a sexy young lady possessed by a demon.
Directed by: Michael Mann
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei
Budget: $70 million
Worldwide box office: $19.6 million
Talented hacker Nick Hathaway is serving a lengthy sentence for credit card fraud. In China, meanwhile, a nuclear reactor is blown up with a computer virus, and shrewd cybercrime specialist Chen Da Wai recognizes among the traces of the hack a code that he and Nick wrote in the old days of being students. Nick is released from prison to help in the investigation: for the successful capture of the attacker, he demands clemency. Skeptical but courageous FBI agents and a pretty business lady, Chen’s sister, join the investigation.
Fast Color (2018)
Directed by: Julia Hart
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Strathairn, Saniyya Sidney
Worldwide box office: $0.76 million
Young dark-skinned Ruth, who owns some superpower that is incomprehensible even to her, transmitted from mother to daughter, is constantly running from the agents of some organization pursuing her. She returns to her mother and daughter’s home to find her place in life and the opportunity to master her ability and use it for the benefit of people.
Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Ewan McGregor(voice), Halle Berry(voice), Mel Brooks(voice)
Budget: $75 million
Worldwide box office: $260 million
The Rodney family, the main protagonist of the cartoon, is not from the richest families. Steve grew up in the family of an auto mechanic and a housewife who, like Rodney’s parents, worked hard to arrange a future for a promising son. Rodney, like Steve, has been obsessed with innovation and invention since childhood. Steve, in turn, from his youth was fascinated by the synthesis of simple and concise design with the powerful technological filling of Hewlett-Packard. Rodney and Steve started their own companies that changed the world.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Starring: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor
Budget: $6 million
Worldwide box office: $12.7 million
The film tells about three friends who are on the threshold of adulthood. They are very different, but each is bright in its own way. All three have romantic dilemmas at the same time. And they help each other to resolve them.
Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Directed by: Leslye Headland
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jordan Carlos
Budget: $0.8 million
Worldwide box office: $3.2 million
The movie is more for the adult audience. The scenes are played by adults for adults. So if you expect teenage humor, heaps of gags, and vulgarity, then you are simply not at the right place. This film does not claim to be genius or extraordinary originality. But in comedies, this is not the main thing.
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Elliot Page, Liv Tyler
Budget: $2.5 million
Worldwide box office: $0.4 million
This is a story of Frank, a middle-aged man with a chore who leaves his wife. Anyone else would either spit or drink, but Frank, being a deeply religious person, chooses the third path. He listens to the voice of the divine superhero from the children’s program, sits down at the sewing machine, and overnight acquires heroism, denying his own weakness. Frank takes the pseudonym ‘Red Bolt’ and selflessly extinguishes crime with a wrench.
The Fountain (2006)
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas
Budget: $35 million
Worldwide box office: $15.9 million
Spain is on fire. The Grand Inquisitor smiles, he believes that … “No one is given to live forever.” However, the Queen of Spain and Dr. Thomas Creo dared to prove otherwise.
To save his beloved from the approaching death, the Conquistador is ready to do anything. Even he is ready to give his life for the sake of inventing medicine. But, unfortunately, in an attempt to escape from death, he slowly loses moments of life that cannot be returned. Being in his air bubble – an inferior semblance of real life, Dr. Creo runs into infinity, trying to catch the elusive time along with the beautiful Queen of Spain. Sooner or later the end will come, and she knows it very well. The difference between them is that she is able to recognize and accept the inevitability with her head held high, while he fiercely denies reality and believes in the impossible. Paradoxically, it is precisely this contradiction that brings these two together in the Other World – on the star Shabalba.
The bank job (2008)
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore
Budget: $20 million
Worldwide box office: $64.8 million
London, 1971. Before us is a businessman Terry Leather, whose business is on the verge of ruin. One day, a girl named Martin turns to him with a request that he gathers a team and rob a bank on Baker Street, thereby solving all his financial problems.