Alex’s Top 5 Underrated Films

Written by Alex Bowman October 04, 2013

When it comes to movies I always get the sense that Hollywood is a lot like a pet store and movies are the puppies jumping up and down behind the display window. Some get picked and some do not; why do we get this urge to ignore one movie that is the ugly duckling of the group yet contains so much charm and adorableness, yet we choose the good-looking dog that constantly shits on the carpet and barks at running water? It’s no secret that flashy movies with a lot of star power, bigger budgets and expensive advertisements get the most attention. I would like to spot light some ugly-duckling movies; some films that are underrated and brushed to the side because they don’t look as good as those other films yet they contain way more heart and soul. These are my Top 5 Underrated Films.

5. “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” (Steve Oedekerk, 2002)

Ok, yes. I get it. “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist” is definitely not for everyone. It has a really weird sense of comedic timing and an odd fascination with director Steve Oedekerk’s six-pack. But this movie is actually pretty entertaining in regards to its production choice. Keep in mind, Oedekerk is parodying a 1976 martial arts movie called “Tiger and Crane Fist” so he had to dub himself into the film and work with actors that weren’t there. Odekerk makes this movie entertaining and really knows how to properly satirize the poor dubbing and silliness of martial arts films gone by.

4. “The Scorpion King” (Chuck Russell, 2002)

This was the second foray into the realm of cinema for wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “I’MNOTTHEROCKANYMOREGODDAMMIT” Johnson and this movie was not necessarily asking to be made by fans of the previous “Mummy” films. However, I think that “The Scorpion King” stands up on its own regardless of previous source material. The Rock is a pretty solid lead actor in the role – he refuses to play the contrived silent protagonist. Instead, he adds a lot of sympathy and charm to the role that also bleeds into the other actors on-screen who really play off of one another. The stunt work and choreography are also very impressive and the humor is actually memorable while avoiding repetition. The Rock shines in this flick, so give it a glance before he lays the People’s Elbow on you.

3. “The Punisher” (Jonathan Hensleigh, 2004)

This is one of my favourite films of all time because not only is it a great action flick with a lot of memorable scenes but it is also a film where I can patiently stand the black hole of acting that is John Travolta. He actually plays a really great villain in this film; he can be both subtle, yet intimidating at the same time which is really hard for most actors to pull off. Thomas Jane plays a really good Punisher and makes the film very entertaining with his bullet-riddled sense of morality accompanied by funny dead-pan humour. Not a lot of people give this film a chance but I recommend it. It is a great revenge plot that is sure to keep you interested (the fight scene with The Russian in the apartment is worth every moment).

2. “Predators” (Nimrod Antal, 2010)

“Predator” (by John McTiernan) is a very personal favourite of mine. Yet, not-so-surprisingly, it has a terrible track record of sequels and tie-ins that try to capture the formula of the original but just end up beating the dead horse into pulp. However, Antal goes back to basics and delivers a great sequel that almost feels like a direct sequel that skips “Predator 2” altogether. “Predators” has really good action and suspense elements without letting you feel bored or annoyed. Fans of the original Predator will feel extremely satisfied with this formula and new viewers will be blown away with how well Adrian Brody can play a competent action hero. This is a true Predator film that deserves more recognition within the franchise.

1. “SLC Punk!” (James Merendino, 1998)

This is an incredibly underrated film that deserves a lot of praise and recommendation, especially for all the hard work and dedication Merendino put into this film. It’s a brilliant think piece for the punk rock movement of the 80s where Matthew Lillard (in a role that is actually pretty intelligent and heart-warming) breaks down intellectually the concept of societal groups in the teenage underground world of punk while also examining social parameters of existence within the modern world. It’s a great philosophical film that has an ending that will be sure to make you cry. This film should definitely not be missed.

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