If you list the attributes of a complete man, how would it go? Handsome, charming, soothing voice, an all-rounder, and definitely rich. Often criticized for the choice of his roles, the mercurial actor has two Academy nominations and a win for his moving role as the great Ray Charles. Though the actor has had personal problems, it hasn’t stopped him from going strength to strength. Always bringing a familiar humility and humbling charm to his roles, Foxx is a rare jewel for our beseeched eyes. Here is the list of top 12 movies of Jamie Foxx. Happy reading!
12. Jarhead (2005)
Foxx was simply the apotheosis of dedication and unconsciously borderline-psycho. The way he grabbed stereotypical army sergeants was phenomenal and downright genius. A black satire on America’s war with Iraq and the men who wield guns, ‘Jarhead’ falls short of Sam Mendes’ prodigal genius. Though thought-provoking and brilliant in its conception, the execution splashes water on all the good water.
11. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
DA Nick Rice is a successful and skilled advocate. Despite his brilliance, his lackluster attitude and required staid attitude towards work get him in trouble, as a bereaved Clyde Shelton brutally extracts revenge of his wife’s death. ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ had its heart in the right place with a moving and evocative story at the core. But it wasted its talent with a lethargic and uninspired execution. A 7.4 IMDb rating and 26% Rotten Tomatoes represent two different views. Decide for yourself.
10. The Soloist (2009)
The film brought to life the tragic and heart-warming story of Nathaniel Ayers, a successful musician who becomes homeless owing to the miasma of Schizophrenia. Ayers’ condition catches the attention of an eager, and ambivalently bored, enough columnist, who instantly is fascinated by the ordeal and decides to pursue it. The pairing of the two giants was certainly aimed at winning the audience over, and it certainly did. The response of the crowds was a bit underwhelming, as the film ran into losses and flopped, but remained as one of the most popular films of the year.
9. White House Down (2013)
His efficacious smile is the reason for all destruction. Charming and insanely perfect, Foxx’s comic timing is something actors should set a benchmark as. He inhabited the role of President of the US, who is trapped inside the White House under an imminent terrorist attack. A freshly rejected special-security candidate is his sole chance of making it out alive. Tatum is a serial action actor and he definitely proves his worth with a worthy performance. The overall feel of the film is somewhat shadowed with disappointment but is still worth a one-time watch.
8. Horrible Bosses (2011)
Dean “Motherf****ng” Jones. Oh, God. This one.
7. Due Date (2010)
Re-uniting with Robert Downey, although in a minimal role, Foxx is again briefly attention-catching with an assured performance. The film is about two strangers who aren’t really strangers as they embark on a road-trip together for the successful one to make it back for the birth of his child. Filled with entertaining interventions, ‘Due Date’ is fine work by a group of extraordinary and gifted artists. The chemistry and bromance is scintillatingly breath-taking between Zach (because it is easy to write) and Downey. The door scene when they near the hospital remains one of my favorite scenes in cinematic history.
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