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Underrated Movies part 1

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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)


  • Val Kilmer
  • Michael Douglas
  • John Kani
  • Tom Wilkinson 

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49% TOMATOMETER 75% AUDIENCE SCORE

This film explores a real life railroad expansion across Kenya in the late 1800s. The builders soon find that the worker on the railroad becomes a danger as a pair of men-eating Lions start to viciously kill. Val Kilmer character’s  Col. John Henry Patterson serves as the main protagonist who is a military engineer trying to get the expansion on schedule. The film follows Patterson and Micheal Douglas’s character, Charles Remington, journey to hunt these murderous lions.

The plot of this film and characters’ narrative keeps the viewers engaged. This was made in the mid 90s and translates well into this day of age. 


Dark City (1996)


  • Rufus Sewel
  • John Murdoch
  • William Hurt
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Jennifer Connelly

Directed by: Alex Proyas

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76% TOMATOMETER 85% AUDIENCE SCORE

John Murdoch (Rufus Sewel) wakes up in a hotel unaware of who he is and how he got there. Through a strangers phone call and following clues he is guided throughout the film to learn the mystery surrounding his existence and reality. 

A film ahead of its time. Dark, Imaginative and engaging. Often compared to the Matrix this film introduced many of the tropes but doesn’t receive the same notoriety . 

V for Vendetta 


  • Natalie Portman
  • Hugo Weaving
  • Stephen Rea
  • John Hurt

Directed by: James McTeigue 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73% TOMATOMETER 90% AUDIENCE SCORE

Based on the DC vertigo comic of the same, the film centres around V (Hugo Weaving) a vigilante in a facist British future. With the help of a young woman (Evey) the two of them plot to overthrow this tyranny establishment. 

A great film that takes from old classics like George Orwell’s 1984 and Phantom of the Opera. Hugo Weaving and Natile Portman deliver great performances and action scenes are top calibre. 

GO (1999)


  • Katie holmes
  • Sarah Polley
  • Scott Wolf
  • Jay Mohr

Directed by: Doug Liman

Rotten Tomateos Score: 91% TOMATOMETER 78% AUDIENCE SCORE

Supermarket employees involve themselves in a drug deal. The film recounts the same story from three different characters’ perspectives. The characters themselves explore the stages of adolescence trying to get thrills out of life

A fun and cleverly written film made by a stylized director Doug Liman.

Roger Dodger (2002)


  • Campbell Scott
  • Jessie Eisenberg
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Elizabeth Berkley

Directed by: Dylan Kidd

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% TOMATOMETER 76% AUDIENCE SCORE

A teen down on his luck with approaching women seeks guidance from his charismatic uncle after breaking up from his lover. Roger Swanson thinks he has mastered a technique to manipulate women and shares his advice to his nephew. Jessie Isenberg makes his big screen.

A well written film with clever dialogue. 

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