Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition, we take a look at the best Netflix Originals that have probably slipped past you unnoticed.)
Netflix pulled something of a fast one Superbowl weekend by not only confirming that they would be premiering the new Cloverfield film, The Cloverfield Paradox, but that it would actually be dropping later that night. No trailers, no previews, and no other marketing beyond this Superbowl ad – all movies should be this lucky. Of course, the one downside to it all is the unfortunate realization that the movie is a bland, poorly-scripted feature manhandled into being a new Cloverfield film. Like Bright and too many Adam Sandler-starring films before it, though, the movie’s quality seems at inverse odds with the attention, clicks, and views it’s gotten.
So let’s give some love to the Netflix Originals that are actually well worth your time! The streaming service releases plenty of great titles from Bojack Horseman and The End of the F***ing World on the series front to movies like Mudbound and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, but I’m here to recommend six Originals that are both fantastic and sorely in need of more eyeballs.
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Audiences have quickly become familiar with Chadwick Boseman thanks to his turns as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, soul man James Brown in Get On Up, and color barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42. But will they turn out to see him get revenge in his own action thriller?
Message from the King stars Chadwick Boseman as Jacob King, a man who comes to Los Angeles to find his sister Bianca, who has suddenly lost contact with him. Tracking her movements leads him to a seedy underbelly of crime and drugs where some dangerous people aren’t very happy that he’s trying to find out what happened to Bianca. But King isn’t easily intimated by this band of thugs, who are led by Alfred Molina and Luke Evans.
Watch the Message from the King trailer below, but beware because there’s a quick flash of nudity in there. Read More »
Briefly: James McTeigue came up working for the Wachowskis and worked in their shadow to some extent while directing V For Vendetta and Ninja Assassin. But in the past couple years he has started to forge his own path. First he shot the literary thriller The Raven, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, and has that film in post-production now.
To follow up that period piece, Mr. McTeigue is now set to direct a modern thriller, called Message From the King. Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell (writers of Unknown) scripted, and Deadline describes the plot as following “Jacob King, an enigmatic outsider who comes to LA to investigate the sudden disappearance of his sister.” FilmNation is producing and plans to shoot the film this fall.