2018 has been a great year for cinema with a good number of blockbusters lined up for the fans to watch and scream about from action, horror to super hero movies.
We have had the likes of Black Panther, Avengers and Bumblebee to mention but a few swoop in to take the center stage of entertainment with ticket sales shooting up to 60% worldwide. Well, that’s all good and mighty but what about those movies people could have missed out on because they didn’t get that much of the attention they deserved?
A few of these were actually good, but some how they ended up under the radar due to the noise going around over big budget titles. In this list, am going share my list of films that needed some love, but didn’t get what they desired.
1. A Quiet Place
This sweet, gorgeous and brilliantly well directed piece of art left a mark on me. For those that haven’t watched A Quiet Place yet, you definitely need to do so before this year meets its end.
It was directed by John Krasinski who wrote the screenplay with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. He also starred in the movie alongside Emily Blunt putting on an awesome performance as they played the role of a family trying to survive a post-apocalyptic world filled with blind monsters with an acute sense of hearing ready to kill if they hear a single sound!
2. The Predator
Okay fine, The Predator didn’t get the best of reviews but believe me when I say that it was comical. The story of the film follows a group of PTSD-afflicted soldiers who must fight off an invading pair of Predators.
What they forgot to tell the viewers is that these PTSD-afflicted soldiers had a great sense of humor and it is what makes this movie so enjoyable. The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, and Sterling K Borwn.
The entire cast alone is what makes The Predator a good movie not forgetting Brian A. Prince’s wonderful performance as the predator.
3. The Meg
Jason Statham versus a humongous prehistoric shark that somehow has a talent for making cheesy smiles before eating its prey. I am not kidding, the shark actually had some hilarious stares.
The Meg is a 2018 thriller film directed by Jon Turteltaub loosely based on the 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Masi Oka (Heroes) and Cliff Curtis who deliver a fun and entertaining performance. It should be on your list of 2018 movies to watch.
4. Crazy Rich Asians
Am not really a big fan of romantic comedies, but Crazy Rich Asians reminded me of want it feels like to laugh so hard and genuinely without hesitation. Remember those stereotype jokes you couldn’t say around your Asian friends openly? This movie does it best by making that moment less uncomfortable.
Crazy Rich Asians is directed by Jon M. Chu and is based on a 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. It stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh.
The story is about an American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family and is surprised to discover they are among the richest in Singapore.
5. Game Night
A bunch of friends decide to setup a game night hoping to have some good fun, but things take a turn for the worst when everything gets really dramatic and dangerous. Of course, this is expected when you have actors like Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams on board. What could actually go wrong, right?
The film revolves around a group of friends whose game night turns into a real-life mystery after one of them is kidnapped. Game Night is a good movie filled with lots of humor and I definitely recommend you give it a try.
For the science fiction fans, this year has had a good lineup of movies and I bet you would love Upgrade. It’s a cyberpunk action film written and directed by Leigh Whannell and starring Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, and Harrison Gilbertson.
Logan Marshall stars as a paralyzed man who is implanted with a chip that allows him to control his body with the aid of an AI giving him a chance to exact revenge on the people that killed his wife.
What makes Upgrade good? Well, it does a great job showcasing what the possible future of human evolution in cybernetics could seem like not forgetting its good dark humor and action scenes.
7. Den of Thieves
Just as the title says, don’t expect any comedy in this brutal master piece about a well trained and organised gang of thieves who are on mission to make some money.
It brings together a marvelous cast of actors from the likes of Gerard Butler, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones, Dawn Olivieri, Mo McRae, and Max Holloway giving you a glimpse of what robbery is all about and how high the stakes are for the men and women in the police force who are responsible for taking down a gang of thieves planning to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles.
8. The Spy Who Dumped Me
I know what you could be thinking. Probably its just another James Bond rip off movie, but you will you be surprised when you actually watch it.
Apart from being a comedy obviously, it packs some really good action scenes. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj and Gillian Anderson. The plot of the movie is about two best friends who are chased through Europe by assassins after one of their ex-boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent.
9. Red Sparrow
For those that love movies about Russian spies, Red Sparrow is the right fit for you. Directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Justin Haythe, this amazing master piece stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons.
It tells the story of a Russian intelligence officer who is sent to make contact with a CIA officer in the hope of discovering the identity of a mole. Everything after that turns into a bloody, violent and sexpionage film that portrays the contemporary Russian use of kompromat (compromising material).
Some of you could be wondering what Terminal is all about but trust me, its worth the mention. This 2018 neo-noir thriller film is written and directed by Vaughn Stein and stars one of the best actresses, Margot Robbie.
The other cast includes Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher, Max Irons, and Mike Myers. The plot can be a bit confusing, but once you’re glued into the story everything starts to make sense as you dive deeper into the lives of two assassins, a fatally-ill teacher, a janitor and a waitress, all of whom become part of an evil master-mind’s murderous plan.
Though Terminal received generally negative reviews from critics for its plot and narrative, Robbie’s performance and the visual style used were stunning.
Jennifer Garner, famously known for her a role as a CIA officer in ABC TV series Alias comes back to life in this vigilante action paced film titled Peppermint.
The film is directed by Pierre Morel and stars Jennifer Garner alongside John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr., Juan Pablo Raba, and Tyson Ritter. The plot of the movie follows a mother who sets out for revenge against the cartel that killed her husband and daughter and oh boy, its gets really intense.
Peppermint isn’t what you would call a great movie, but Garner’s performance as a mother hell bent on revenge is executed perfectly well as she delivers her vigilante justice in a charming manner.
12. The Darkest Minds
To those that missed out on this little gem because of the negative reviews it received should be ashamed of themselves (just kidding). I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of this movie immediately if you love dystopian science fiction.
The Darkest Minds is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, and written by Chad Hodge, based on Alexandra Bracken’s young adult novel of the same name. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie.
The plot follows a group of super-powered teenagers who are trying to avoid capture from the government after a sudden disease kills over 98% of the children throughout the United States.
13. Bird Box
Netflix is definitely not playing games anymore. The company has invested highly in various film and TV shows in the last 3 years which have gone ahead to become major hits. Bird Box is their recent addition to their amazing list of movies.
This amazing post-apocalyptic thriller is directed by Susanne Bier from a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer. Its based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman.
Sandra Bullock plays the role of a woman who, along with a pair of children must make it through a forest and river blindfolded to avoid supernatural entities from killing them. Its as gripping as it gets and when you finally find out the evil presence takes the appearance of their victims’ worst fears, regrets, and losses that cause them to die by suicide. A great idea if you think of reducing the world’s population.
There many other movies that I may have missed out on and if you have any recommendations don’t hesitate to share your favorite 2018 films in the comment section.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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