Off the back of @swoodley overrated movies thread I thought I might start an underrated one.
There are lots of hidden classics or films that for some reason or another get forgotten about despite how good they are. Then there are genre’s like action or horror that don’t get the critical acclaim or respect that other genre’s receive purely because they are frowned upon for reasons that are unknown to me.
I was going to kick it off with the incredibly underrated Ridley Scott gangster film American Gangster but the fact that it was nominated for two academy awards probably rules it out.
Sticking with Denzel but this time going with Tony Scott rather than Ridley I am going to nominate Man on Fire. It’s arguable that its underrated but it rarely if ever gets mentioned on here so thats good enough for me.
Because Denzel does a lot of action films you could make an argument that a lot of his films are underrated. He’s one of the best actors in the business but since 2000 has only been nominated for four oscars having won just the one.
And sticking to underrated and comparing the Scott brothers Ridley gets most of the accolades due to films like Blade Runner and Alien but Tony has made some of the greatest action films ever made and rarely gets mentioned in the same breath. Unstoppable was a fitting farewell for him as I believe it to be another underrated film that doesn’t get the respect it deserves.
Anyway, over to you guys. What fits the bill and doesn’t get discussed nearly enough or is unfairly judged because it doesn’t meet the [email protected] criteria of other films?