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Most Underrated Movies of the 2000s
While researching and pondering for many hours about my most underrated movies of the 2000s I came up with a list of 10 that I believe got overlooked or underrated in someway. I definitely recommend you check out all of these movies, because they are all great in my opinion. While writing this I realized there are still many many movies that I want to see, so obviously this is a list of the 10 most underrated that I have seen. I would love to hear your suggestions of underrated movies in the comments below!
10. Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island is a dark, twisted, atmospheric look into human psychology. It is one of the best movies of the past ten years in my opinion and I am not sure why it isn't regarded as such. The story and suspense are second to none in this movie. I won't say anymore because I don't want to ruin the amazing story line but DiCaprio should have won an Oscar for the movie.
9. Kick-Ass (2010)
This movie kicked ass, lame pun intended. Anyone who has ever experienced their high school years which is the majority of people can relate to this feel good movie. I didn't expect much going into it, but boy o' boy did it surprise me. It was funny, well made and actually really heart felt. The entire idea of a realistic superhero will always be cool to me. Having a huge crush on Lyndsy Fonseca, the main squeeze of the movie didn't hurt either. This movie should be as well known as the major superhero movies.
8. Underworld (2003)
Underworld, in particular the original is highly underrated especially compared to movies like Twilight that got massive box office numbers. I understand they are very different movies but Underworld deserves more hype. Kate Beckinsale is hot and woops all kinds of ass in a surprisingly immersive world, in which an age old war between humans, vampires and lycans is raging. Check out this movie if you like Sci-Fi or action movies.
7. Batman Begins (2005)
This movie wouldn't be underrated if it was not overshadowed by the epic Dark Knight that followed, which is one my favorite films of all time. However, many people forget how good Batman Begins really was. Bale is amazing in it and I especially like it for explaining the Asian roots and why Batman becomes who he becomes. The only place the movie is inferior to Dark Knight is that it doesn't have the Joker and its action scenes aren't as grandiose as the Dark Knights.
6. The Ides of March (2011)
This movie should have been known as one of the movies of the year in 2011, but it wasn't. It also didn't do that well in the box office. It has Ryan Gosling and George Clooney, two huge stars at arguably the best I have ever seen them and the movie really sets a believable atmosphere. I didn't even realize they were Gosling and Clooney through most of the movie, that is how good the acting was. I really felt Goslings character and I got rather emotionally attached to this movie. It was pleasurable to watch and I have re-watched it several times. Also the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman is incredible in it. The entire cast is just great. At least this movie got nominated for the Oscar for Best Writing but it really deserved more.
5. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Many Jim Carrey movies are underrated, but especially this one. This movie will mess with your head. However, If you are smart and able to follow a mind blowing sequence of events then this movie will seem like a masterpiece to you. I just think that your average American thought this movie was dumb because they didn't "get it", but that is fine. Check it out for yourself and you may be amazed.
4. Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)
This movie is SO epic! However, apparently many fellow Americans were uninterested because it flopped at the box office. I think it didn't do well because it brought to light some of the harsher histories of the Christian church, and the United States is obviously a Christianity dominated country. Bloom is a pretty good lead in the movie but he isn't really where it shines. It shines because of its epic battles and scenery. The most memorable characters are Edward Norton as King Baldwin the IV, who is a leper, and Eva Green as Sibylla. If you like epic action movies or history at all, or think Orlando Bloom is hot PLEASE check out this movie. It is a hidden gem. The only reason I didn't consider it for the top 3 is because I thought it could have ended stronger.
3. Cashback (2006)
This is by far the least well known movie on this list. It only grossed $24,942 in United States theaters. I will admit I initially watched this movie because of the hot, half nude chick on the cover, and yes there is large amount of nudity in the movie. However, I was stunned while watching the movie to find out that it actually had a great message and story to tell. I saw a lot of myself in the main character Ben and this was actually one of the deepest movies I have watched in the past ten years. Check it out for the boobies, the great story or both.
2. Zodiac (2007)
An indicator of a great movie to me is how immersed I become in it. By the midpoint of this movie I felt like I was one the investigators. I felt their frustration, pain, exciting breakthroughs and terror. This movie is essentially perfect in my opinion at what it does and one of the 10 best films I have ever watched. Gyllenhaal, Rober Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffallo are incredible in it. They nail their characters, and the feel of the time period. Their journey and investigation is so detailed, and so real feeling that the movie becomes believable which makes it truly scary. Check this movie out if you haven't seen it yet, it is a hidden gem, a masterpiece.
1. The Guardian (2006)
My number 1 underrated movie of the 2000s is most definitely The Guardian. I am a huge fan of Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher and this is their best movie in my opinion. I have never gotten as many tingles down my spine and heartfelt emotions while watching a movie, than I did while watching The Guardian. I even cried some at the end. If you have a heart you will LOVE this movie. It has a little bit of everything and it is blended together in an entertaining way that makes you wanna join the Coast Guard. I can imagine right now the epic boot camp scene where Kasabians "Club Foot" is playing accompanied by a montage that makes you feel like you can conquer the world. This movie changed me as a person, it was.... everything.