6. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Based on the 1969 short story ”Supertoys last all summer long” by Brian Aldiss, ‘A.I’ is a film directed by Steven Spielberg. Early development of the film began with the mastermind Stanley Kubrick himself who later handed it over to Spielberg. The story is simple, it follows a highly advanced robotic boy who longs to become “real” so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
A.I is a film that is masterfully crafted and is visually dazzling. The story is simply but the concept is intelligently complex with rich metaphors. Combing the masterminds of Kubrick and Spielberg, the film was a guaranteed to be a classic. The film has its flaws surely due to the level of complexity it deals with, but when it gets it right, it is enchanting and powerful.
5. Closer (2004)
‘The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other’. Thats the premise of Closer, a 2004 film starring Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. It is based on the award-winning 1997 play of the same name.
I’ll be honest, ‘Closer’ is not an easy film to watch. It often can be unsettling and uncomfortable, but at the same time it is thought-provoking. Performances in the film are brilliant, especially Portman and Owen who both deservedly were Oscar nominated.
4. Gattaca (1997)
Gattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. The film takes place in the future where an inferior man assumes the identity of a more superior man to fulfils his dreams of travelling in Space. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law. Upon its release, the film was a box office flop but was well received by critics and has gained a cult following.
Gattaca is another film that flies under most peoples radar, despite its quality and star power it possesses. The plot is intriguing and is definitely more than a fine-looking picture. All performances are worth watching and the characters are interesting and memorable.
3. Road to Perdition (2002)
Road to Pedition is a 2002 film directed by Sam Mendes and is based on the graphic novel of the same by Max Allan Collins. The film is about an assassin’s son who witnesses his fathers boss committing a murder. The assassin is now torn between being loyal to his boss or saving his own child. Road to Perdition stars Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law and Daniel Craig.
Road to perdition is a moving tale that works best during its moments of intimacy and subtleties. The cinematography of the film feels alive and adds a different emotional dimension to the story. Tom Hanks and Paul Newman are extraordinarily superb in their performances and Jude Law as the villain is creepy and convincing all the way through.
2. Contagion (2011)
It’s hard to name a film with a better cast. Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lawrence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston. Contagion is a 2011 film where a fast growing virus has created a worldwide epidemic and the CDC are in a countdown to find a cure.
Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is gripping and intensely real. Praised by both critics as well as scientists, the film is a frightening story especially given its scientific accuracy. The stellar cast is as brilliant as they are expected to be and carries the film to greater heights. The film is smart in its approach and captures the panic and chaos like no film does.
1. Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
An adaptation the 1955 novel by Patricia Highsmith, Talented Mr. Ripley stars Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. Hollywood has definitely noticed the chemistry between Law and Paltrow as they have been frequently paired together. Talented Mr. Ripley is a psychological thriller film that was released in 1999 and was received with rave reviews.
The film follows Tom Ripley who is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickey, a rich mans son to return to the US. Things soon begin to turn south as Tom becomes obsess with the lavish lifestyle.
Everything about the film is compelling and fascinating, even when it feels stretched. The film is much darker compared to how it starts off and the end will leave shocked and speechless. Many critics praised Damon’s unsettling performance and deservedly so. But Jude Law as the charming, manipulative Dickey is equally outstanding.
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