There have been a number of films that caused such a stir when they were first released, only to turn out to be flops. Today, we’d like to speak about films that are similar to this, yet have the exact opposite effect. This list is for individuals who have seen practically everything and have had to spend more time looking for a good film than actually watching it.
We accept full responsibility for the fact that there isn’t a single average film on this list. All of them are searing, devastating, and exhilarating in equal measure. These films are ideal for a couple or a group of friends to spend an evening together, regardless of their mood. However, we must warn you that falling asleep after seeing these will be quite difficult, as they depict the darkness of the human spirit.
Table Of Content
- 1 At the End of the Tunnel (Al Final del Túnel), 2016
- 2 Brimstone, 2016
- 3 Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i Buret), 2013
- 4 Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P), 2016
- 5 Nocturnal Animals, 2016
- 6 The Absent One (Fasandræberne), 2014
- 7 The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo), 2016
- 8 The Body (El Cuerpo), 2012
- 9 The Colony (Colonia), 2015
- 10 The Gift, 2015
- 11 Wind River, 2017
At the End of the Tunnel (Al Final del Túnel), 2016
Let’s return to the world of Spanish thrillers. This atmospheric, surprising, and intriguing Argentinian-Spanish film follows the story of a crippled guy in a wheelchair who outsmarts a criminal gang. There is outstanding acting and a well-thought-out storyline that will keep you entertained till the conclusion. It also has a polished love tale, which is the icing on the cake.
Last but not least, there’s this Dutch film. In what feels like one breath, this epic thriller set in the Wild West has a gloomy atmosphere and horrific deadly violence. Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington, and Guy Pearce – a formidable trio of actors – gave it their all to make this film exceptional.
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Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i Buret), 2013
Two detectives go into a complicated 5-year-old case and discover evidence of a lunatic killer. The story may not appear to be very unusual, but the film’s execution is. This Danish-German film features fantastic acting, a compelling tale, and a dark mood enhanced by a fantastic music.
Department Q: A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P), 2016
This is the third film about Carl Mrck, a police inspector, and his aide, Assad. The film depicts the grueling routine of Department Q, which is responsible for cold cases. This time, the plot revolves around a child kidnapping involving religious cults and a serial killer. Fans of Scandinavian noir are eagerly anticipating the release of the new sequel to the story Journal 64, which is set to be released in 2018.
Nocturnal Animals, 2016
The absence of twists and turns in this film’s plot is compensated for by stunning imagery, a plethora of metaphors, and intense psychological pressure that will not allow the audience to relax. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who played a nasty Texas villain and was so believable in his role that you hated him from the first seconds of the film, was the actual gem in the perfect casting.
The Absent One (Fasandræberne), 2014
This is the follow-up to the first Department Q narrative, which is based on the same-named novels. It came out a year after the previous film (described above). The detectives are the same, and they have the same visual flair, but the plot is separate and has no ties to the prior film.
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo), 2016
Hollywood is known for blockbusters, whereas France is known for comedies and Spain is recognized for mystery thrillers. Starting with The Invisible Guest, starring gorgeous Mario Casas, you can get a taste of this genre. There are no false dialogues or clichés, and the ending is so powerful that you’ll want to start watching the movie all over again.
The Body (El Cuerpo), 2012
Another Spanish thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ll feel like a youngster misled by a magician thanks to a gloomy, realistic atmosphere, a dramatic plot, and a breath-taking ending. For those who were wowed by The Invisible Guest, The Body is a must-read.
The Colony (Colonia), 2015
Here’s a film that was co-produced by French and German filmmakers. In this film, there are a couple really strong sides. First and foremost, it is based on true occurrences. Second, it improves public awareness of serious societal issues. Third, Emma Watson will never reprise her role as Hermione Granger. Professional critics were not impressed by The Colony, claiming that film did not belong to any one genre. So, in our opinion, this is a benefit.
The Gift, 2015
This is our first American thriller, and it was chosen because of its unique narrative. There will be no killings, no chases, and basically little action in this psychological thriller, yet it will retain emotional intensity until the very end. Its ambiguous ending disturbs viewers, prompting them to reassess their feelings toward the characters.
Wind River, 2017
Another American film, another out-of-the-ordinary performance. The plot is almost devoid of interest, yet the film’s aesthetics capture the audience’s attention. This superb film explores vital questions, with each scene and line being gold. This picture, like the others on this list, does not seek to entertain the audience, but rather to bring emotions to the surface. Thank you to the actors and cameramen who were able to capture this atmosphere.
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