You’ve probably come across a few Amazon original movies when browsing Amazon Prime Video. They can be hit or miss, but some of them turn out to be unexpected gems. Amazon buys the US rights to films like Manchester by the Sea, but it also buys the worldwide rights to originals that are great for a night in on a smaller screen.
- Sound of Metal
The film Sound of Metal has won a slew of Oscar nominations, including best picture and actor for Riz Ahmed. He portrays Ruben, a punk-metal drummer who begins to lose his hearing. Ruben is forced to adapt to his new life in the deaf community and study American Sign Language in addition to dealing with an opioid addiction.
A social commentary-laced teen comedy-horror-thriller. What a combination! Duke it up! Follows three slacker pupils, one nerd, and their dull teacher as they travel to the Scottish Highlands in order to participate in a competition that allows them to traverse the area using only a paper map.
3. I’m Your Woman
I’m Your Woman is a unique crime thriller that follows the viewpoint of a mobster’s wife, played by Rachel Brosnahan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Jean is forced to escape with her newborn baby and a bodyguard, her husband’s former associate Cal (Arinzé Kene), after being betrayed. The neo-noir, set in the 1970s, revolves around racial tensions, privilege, and survival.
4. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Borat, the Kazakh journalist and TV personality who first graced our screens nearly 15 years ago, is back to play pranks on naive Americans while offering some amazingly incisive cultural commentary. Borat 2 (also known as Borat: The Second Movie) is a sequel to Borat.
5. The Big Sick
Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the film based on his real-life romance with Emily V. Gordon, was introduced to the audience in The Big Sick. Emily becomes ill and must be put in an induced coma after the two go on a few promising dates. Though Kumail meets her worried parents at the hospital, his Pakistani family continues to set him up on dates with other women.
The horror film framed in a dark, art-house window by Luca Guadagnino isn’t for everyone, but those who venture down the rabbit hole of its prestigious Berlin dance school will be in for a sick treat. Tilda Swinton plays Dakota Johnson, a young ingenue who is mentored by Tilda Swinton. The agile dancers add new contortions to body horror, so beware.