Top 10: Most Underrated Films- Honourable Mentions

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One Hour Photo (2002)

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IMDb rating: 6.8
My rating: 8.0 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.2

Speaking of shivers down your spine, Williams’ brilliant performance in this film as the sad but scary stalker Sy is sure to give you some! The direction is equally superb, with plenty of thoughtfully framed close-ups and thrilling tracking shots to go with a great soundtrack. A memorable horror-thriller you shouldn’t miss, especially if you’re into stalker/psycho flicks.

Enemy (2013)

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IMDb rating: 6.9
My rating: 8.0 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.1

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t understand a lot of this brain-bending film’s imagery and plot twists until I googled it afterwards, but that didn’t stop me from being completely entranced throughout, thanks to incredible direction that grabs a hold of the central plot motif (a man spots his doppelganger as an extra in a movie) and goes on to create such an incredibly unrelenting and uneasy atmosphere. It’ll send shivers up your spine, no doubt, and Gyllenhaal is fantastic, as always.

All Is Lost (2013)

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IMDb rating: 6.9
My rating: 8 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.1
Just as good as Gravity (a similar survival thriller that’s much more highly acclaimed), no question! There’s a minimalism and starkness here that creates such a breathtaking sense of realism–not to mention a refreshingly unpretentious and authentic aura that’s a rare find in movies these days. A uniquely captivating tale of survival at sea that deserves your quiet night at home!

The Informant (2009)

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IMDb rating: 6.5
My rating: 7.5 (review here)
Rating difference: 1.0

I haven’t seen close to all of Matt Damon’s films, but of the ones I have seen, this has got to be my favourite performance of his. The awkwardness, the excitability, the defensiveness, the habitual lying; Mark Whitacre is a fascinating character played to perfection by Damon in this zany corporate comedy with a great deadpan sense of humour and quirky editing a la director Steve Soderbergh’s Ocean’s films. Give it a try!

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