Best Original Films On Netflix
For most Netflix is known as the go to spot for original streamable content when it comes to episodic “television shows” but some may not be aware that the company has also put a considerable amount of funding into creating it’s own original films as well. Below you will find a list looking at what we believe to be the best original movies you can find on netflix!
Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation is a war-drama based on the experiences of Agu, a young boy who has become a child soldier during a time of civil war in an unidentified African country. The film was written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and it was based on a novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala. The film stars Abraham Attah as our protagonist, Agu, and Idris Elba as our evil antagonist, The Commandant. The film clocks in at 2 hours and 17 minutes and every second of that has you glued to the screen. It was released on October 16th, 2015, and currently has a rating of 7.8/10 from 44,000 votes on IMDB.com. It’s a gritty and real portrayal of what some children must go through in times of war. On that note, this film is not meant for children and not for the faint of heart.
The Fundamentals of Caring
The Fundamentals of Caring is a dramedy written and directed by Rob Burnette and is based on a novel by Jonathan Evison. The film follows Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd) who, after suffering a series of detrimental losses, signs up for a class where he learns how to be a caregiver. Afterwards, he meets Trevor (Craig Roberts), a young adult confined to a wheelchair. The pair embark on an impromptu adventure across the country where they meet colourful strangers and meet a fellow traveler named Dot (Selena Gomez). The film is sitting at a 7.4 out of 10 based on the votes of 22,000 members on IMDB. It’s a charming story that can at times be a little cliché heavy, but it still works and never really feels forced. It’s rated TV-MA so just be aware that strong language is a constant throughout the whole movie.
ARQ is a sci-fi thriller that’s written and directed by Tony Elliott and was released on Netflix on September 16th, 2016. The film is Elliott’s first time directing a feature film and we must say he did a pretty good job. The film stars Robbie Amell as Renton, a scientist working on a perpetual energy machine and Rachael Taylor as Hannah, his estranged love interest who has finally returned to him. The pair find themselves trapped in a laboratory stuck in a time loop as the lab is being ransacked by mercenaries. There’s some plot twists and plenty of surprises in store should you decide to give it your time. It’s not the flashiest movie and it doesn’t have grandiose set pieces – it’s just modest science fiction done right. It’s been rated 11,000 times on IMDB, but don’t let the films 6.4/10 score fool you. Audiences seem to lash out at small scale sci-fi movies that don’t feel like a Michael Bay epic. Give it a chance and you may surprise yourself and actually like it. We sure did.
Tallulah is a romantic dramedy written and directed by Sian Heder and was released to subscribers on the 29th of July, 2016. Ellen Page (Juno, Hard Candy) stars as Tallulah, a drifter who gets roped into babysitting a toddler for a Beverly Hills housewife at the end of her rope. The film clocks in at just under 2 hours, but it moves along nicely and doesn’t feel as if it’s biding time. The fim has a respectable 6.8 out of 10 rating on IMDB from just over 7,000 votes. The cast has some other notable members such as Allison Janney (The Girl On The Train, The Duff), Tammy Blanchard (The Invitation, Into The Woods), and Evan Jonigkeit (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The Gift). It’s the perfect Saturday night popcorn movie; you get some feels, a few laughs, and who knows, you might even learn something.
The Siege Of Jadotville
The Siege of Jadotville is a true story and was directed by first timer Richie Smyth. The screenplay was written by Kevin Brodbin and it was based on the novel of the same name written by Declan Power. Netflix released the film to its subscribers on the 7th of October, 2016. The Siege of Jadotville follows an Irish commandant named Pat Quinlan and his troops who are sent to the Congo in the early 1960’s to act as peacekeepers and protectors of the people of a mining town named Jadotville during a budding civil war. Quinlan and his men become locked in a standoff with French and Belgian mercenaries.
Will they survive? Will Jadotville fall? We won’t spoil it for you so you’ll have to watch and find out for yourself. The film has received acclaim from both the public and critics alike, sitting pretty with a more than respectable score of 7.4 out of 10 on IMDB from nearly 6,000 votes. The film has some notable faces such as Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Jason O’mara (Terra Nova). If you’re looking for an epic story that won’t have you stuck on the couch for three hours, this film’s for you! With a runtime of just 1 hour and 48 minutes, it feels much longer, but not at all in a bad way.