Dredd - I already mentioned this one, but I can't say enough about it. It was like watching an honest homage to eighties action films, and it did more as an homage to those films than anything in the Expendables series combined. The jokes and one-liners weren't forced, and there wasn't a deus ex machina every fifteen minutes like there was in the Expendables films. Karl Urban is also one of the most underrated action stars, and his performance was very fitting.
The Book of Eli was a really good apocalyptic tale. Some people rated this movie down because of the perceived religious angle, but I don't think there was a religious initiative whatsoever other than to state that the main character was a man of very strong faith, which gave his character... Character. Gary Oldman was also fantastic as the villain, and Tom Waits has an appearance.
John Carter of Mars was probably the most underrated blockbuster of the last three years. This movie had one of the worst ad campaigns I've ever seen. The trailers and TV spots were among the worst I had ever watched, and if it wasn't for the fact that I was in the mood to watch a cheesy and laughable movie, I wouldn't have gone to this. I came out wondering who had been in charge of cutting those trailers because that person should lose their job and never get hired back in the same position again. Everybody I've talked to has said they liked this movie.
Let Me In was one of the best foreign horror remakes I've seen, possibly ever. The pool scene was an instant classic, and it cut out subplots that weren't developed enough in the original and that were, quite frankly, unnecessary.
Moon isn't underrated by the biggest fans of film, but the general public has seriously underrated David Bowie's son's directorial debut.
Source Code had moderate success in theaters, but for some reason it didn't appeal to most. Still, a great film with a great nod to Scott Bakula and Quantum Leap.
Predators isn't underrated as a film, but it was certainly underrated as a fitting sequel to the Arnold classic in my opinion. Laurence Fishburne could have been removed as a character, but otherwise I thought there were a lot of positives in this one.
The Sorcerers Apprentice was another movie that suffered from a bad ad campaign. It was much more enjoyable than the trailers suggested it would be, and one of Cage's best roles in the last five-ten years.
Tucker and Dale Versus Evil was criminally underrated and one of the funniest slasher spoofs I have ever seen. With consideration to Cabin in the Woods, which was also extremely underrated, I'm not sure which was the best satire / spoof of the horror genre since Scream.
Stake Land has been seen by far too few people. If you like zombie apocalypse movies, or if you like realism-based, non-glittering vampire movies, you would probably like this movie and it has gotten very little publicity. As soon as I watched this movie, I started searching everywhere for the blu ray, and I had to order it from ebay at about 40 bucks plus shipping.
Agreed with everything you said about Dredd, went to see it because I was hearing it was a good movie that was tanking at the box office and boy did my girlfriend and I come out surprised.
And Tucker and Dale/Cabin in the Woods was fantastic horror satires. Immediately fell in love with both.
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How could the watered down pool scene in the remake be an instant classic? Although this is a violent scene in the film, the original does it in a way that is still calming; its still quiet; its still beautiful. This scene was my biggest pet peeve in the remake; why was it so dark? why was it so loud? Why did it come across as being forced and chaotic?Let Me In was one of the best foreign horror remakes I've seen, possibly ever. The pool scene was an instant classic, and it cut out subplots that weren't developed enough in the original and that were, quite frankly, unnecessary.
They absolutely butchered the pool scene in Let Me In.
The movie itself is ok but its nothing compared to the original. Americans can't handle subtly. They don't appreciate ambiguity. Thats why a watered down version of a great story was remade for American audiences. The original is like jazz, Let Me In is like a monster truck rally.
And i'm also not sure how telling it is that this is "the best" foreign remake you've ever seen. Most of those remakes suck balls and are dumbed down for the masses.
I loved Chronicle and agree that batman Begins is not only underrated but the best of the 3...... Also Exorcism of Emily Rose was fantastic to me.
If you like vampire movies and want a classic this is gold
It never got enough hype for how great a movie it is.
I don't hate the American version. It was just unnecessary and not good compared to the original.