What would classify as an underrated movie? One might ask. It could mean in simple terms that movies that didn’t get as much attention as deserved. For some reason, it went unnoticed at the time of its release; both critically and box-office wise. And when a film gets neither the box-office attention nor the universal critical praise, chances are that it also gets ignored by the Academy. Usually, we have seen that a great film at least gets one of the two — box-office or critical acclaim. Many a time, both. But sometimes, a film may just take a little extra time to grow on its audiences. In such a case, you won’t notice that immediate response, but over time — I am thinking years or even decades — people will ultimately recognize the true worth of that film. We present to you a list of 10 most underrated movies of the 21st century.
10. The Grey (2012)
Starring Liam Neeson and Frank Grillo in lead roles, ‘The Grey’ tells us about a band of hard-working oil refiners, who en route to a vacation, gets stranded in frozen wilderness where they have to fight the harsh icy weather and a pack of hungry wolves to get to the nearest civilization. As good as an adventure film can get, ‘The Grey’ inexplicably didn’t ruffle any feathers — unless you want to count an average box-office an achievement of some sort. As more and more people saw the film, they realized what a true gem of a film they were missing on.
9. Killing Them Softly (2012)
With Brad Pitt as the lead, ‘Killing Them Softly’ is a story of a cold war between two gangs, when one gang leader hires a thug to disrupt a card game hosted by his competitor and the other gang leader turns to a mob enforcer to eradicate those responsible for the disruption caused. Andrew Dominik has to be one of the unluckiest directors. Everyone in the industry highly respects his talent but all his films have failed miserably at the box-office. At least his previous film ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford’ got some Oscar attention, but ‘Killing Them Softly’ was widely ignored in spite of being an equally great film.