Get The Popcorn Ready For These Netflix Hit Films Still To Come In 2021
As the end of the 2021 draws near, there’s a temptation to look back at the Netflix movies that managed to win our hearts over and at those that struggled to hold our attention.
However, the streaming giant still has a bunch of quality titles to be released during the final quarter of this year and judging by the competition, it’s highly likely that a few more could make the final cut.
So, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look and see what’s on its way.
HYPNOTIC (OCTOBER 27)
Filmmaking duo Matt Angel & Suzanne Coote have teamed up with actress Kate Seigal (The Haunting of Hill House) to bring us a dark new thriller that will no doubt highlight the ‘psycho’ in psychosis.
Seigal plays Jenn, a young woman who begins an unexpected descent into hell after participating in a series of sessions with a therapist, Dr. Collin Meade (Jason O’Mara).
Not since Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ has hypnotherapy looked so creepy and coincidently, this one’s dropping right in time for the end of spooky season.
ARMY OF THIEVES (OCTOBER 29)
If zombie-comedy is your thing, then this prequel to Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ will totally be your cup of tea (or blood).
In a top-secret assignment, Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) and his troupe of criminal underdogs are required to execute a heist at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse, which is obviously far more difficult to accomplish when at the decomposing hands of their flesh-eating enemies. Sounds like a hoot!
THE HARDER THEY FALL (NOVEMBER 3)
For anyone who’s been waiting for the next Django Unchained…well, your time has finally come.
Directed by British singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel with American rapper Jay-Z also on board to produce, The Harder They Fall follows Nat Love (Jonathan Majors), who reunites with his gang to hunt down and kill an enemy from his past, Rufus Buck (Idris Elba).
Starring Zazie Beetz, Regina King and Lakeith Stanfield, this twist on the traditional western mixes some of Hollywood’s freshest talents to deliver one of 2021’s most anticipated showdowns.
THE POWER OF THE DOG (NOVEMBER 11)
An acerbic adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 acclaimed novel, The Power of the Dog follows a rancher, Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose air of authority is suddenly challenged when his brother’s new wife and her son come to stay, but after multiple attempts of psychological manipulation and torment, Phil finds himself feeling emotions that contradict the way of life he’s been living.
With top-notch performances from its entire cast including Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Australia’s own Kodi Smit-McPhee, this is just the kind of provocation we should’ve expected from Campion after an extended feature film hiatus and is undoubtedly one you don’t want to miss.
PASSING (NOVEMBER 10)
Set in 1920’s New York City, a Black woman’s world is turned upside down when she becomes involved with a childhood friend who’s passing as a white woman amongst a conservative society.
Following her knockout performance in this year’s frightfest, The Night House, actress Rebecca Hall has now moved into the director’s chair to bring us this timely, sensitive drama that will surely provide plenty of food for thought.
RED NOTICE (NOVEMBER 12)
After filming was abruptly put on hold during the peak of 2020’s pandemic, Rawson Marshall Thurber’s latest comedy riot has finally completed production and is just the kind of foolish escapism we need after such an exhausting wait.
The story follows FBI top profiler, Agent Hartley (Dwayne Johnson), who’s suddenly forced to form an unlikely alliance with two of his biggest rivals, a conman (Ryan Reynolds) and an art thief (Gal Gadot).
tick, tick…BOOM! (NOVEMBER 19)
Attention all Hamilton fans! Musical theatre sensation, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has jumped off the glittering stages of Broadway to get behind the camera and bring us his official directorial debut ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’, which finds Andrew Garfield starring as a 30-year-old theatre composer who’s caught in the crossfire of life, love and living the dream, while trying to make it as an ambitious artist living in New York City.
THE UNFORGIVABLE (DECEMBER 10)
After being released from prison, Ruth (Sandra Bullock) is having trouble adapting back into the real world and realises that the safest path to redemption will be to reunite with her sister whom she was forced to leave behind after her sentence.
Directed by German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt (System Crasher), The Unforgivable is a challenging piece of cinema that tugs on the heartstrings and exercises our moral views in the process.
DON’T LOOK UP (DECEMBER 24)
With an absolute dream cast including Cate Blanchette, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothee Chalamet, Chris Evans and Meryl Streep, Don’t Look Up is the story about two amateur astronomers who embark on an international tour to warn civilisation about a comet heading towards earth that will ultimately end mankind.
The fact that the ensemble is just as explosive as the apocalyptic premise itself should be enough to warrant giving this film a go, and since Netflix are dropping it on Christmas Eve – consider this one an early gift.
THE LOST DAUGHTER (DECEMBER 31)
If you’ve noticed that Maggie Gyllenhaal’s been out of the limelight for the past few years, that’s probably because she has been working on her feature directorial debut, The Lost Daughter – a tantalizing drama about a woman’s unsettling obsession with a young mother while at a seaside resort that slowly begins to unearth secrets from her dark past.
With the iconic screen talents like Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsguard, this is just the kind of sun-soaked drama we’ll need to cleanse our palettes before the new year kicks in.
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