Take a Second Look: 5 Underrated Movies Battling to the Top

by Borislav Bankov

Do you like watching movies? I bet you do – who doesn’t? Now I also bet you have your list of favourite ones, those you enjoy watching occasionally without any real reason. They might be one of the popular films which everyone likes, alternatively, they could be a far cry from the conventional blockbuster. A film in which you found something personal for yourself, a memory-recalling or a deep message.

I will list five underrated movies you might or might not have watched and that, most importantly, at first sight don’t have huge potential but, if you think twice, they may just get in your favourites’ list. No spoiler-alert is necessary. The best lines hint on the essence that you shall find yourself while watching these masterpieces.

1. Signs (2002). Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. A movie about alien invasion? Think twice. I promise you a perspective on the million-dollar question: is there such a thing as fate?

Best line:

Graham: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?

2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. A movie about gang leader? Think twice. I promise you a modern passion mirrored by a legendary figure.

Best line:

Jesse: Don’t tell me what I can do and can not do, Ed.

 3. The Village (2004). Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt. A movie about an end-of-the-19th century village? Think twice.  I promise you a genius twist-end and a reflection on individuality.

Best line:

Lucius: Are you upset you can’t see?

Ivy: I see the world, Lucius Hunt, not as you see it.

4. The Next Three Days (2010). Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. A movie about escaping from prison? Think twice. I promise you a true epiphany on destiny at the end.

Best line:

John: But what part of our life is truly under our control?

 5. Fracture (2007). Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. A movie about a wife-murder? Think twice.  I promise you a taste of justice mixed with thoughts on dignity and pride.

Best line:

Ted: You look closely enough, you’ll find that everything has a weak spot where it can break, sooner or later. 

Willy: You looking for mine?

Ted: I’ve already found yours… You’re a winner, Willy.

I must say, this is all personal opinion. So please don’t judge if you do not fall in love with any of these productions. However, I rest assure all of them provide high quality of acting and could at least kill a boring evening (if you have any).  And remember – think twice every now and then – things in life are sometimes not always what they seem at first sight.

Dedicated to my Father

Picture courtesy of ign.com



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