Onesumore: Best New Netflix Originals Movies of 2021
Netflix has set itself the ambitious goal of one movie per week and already they’re crushing that goal, but given the large number of Netflix Original movies coming to the service, which ones are really worth your time? Below we will bring you the best new Netflix Original movies added in 2021.
This list will exclude documentaries and special stand-ups. We are specifically looking at Netflix Original movies. If this list isn’t impressive to you, take a look at what’s happening on the cinema front for the rest of 2021.
10. Outside the wire
Director: Mikael Håfström
Discard: Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Enzo Cilenti
Anthony Mackie is in high demand right now and unfortunately couldn’t elevate this movie into something great, but it’s still a nice action movie.
Outside the Wire follows a drone pilot who teams up with a new android officer in hopes of stopping a nuclear attack.
9. Find ‘Ohana
Director: Jude weng
Discard: Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson
Netflix ended 2020 with the family feature film We Can Be Heroes and, in our opinion, overtook it in late January with the new kid-focused film, Find Ohana.
The film is a hybrid of The Goonies and Indiana Jones where a group of children in the summer set out to find lost secret treasures.
Many praised that it was a great family adventure while some called it too predictable and far inferior to the aforementioned. Goonies movie.
8. Bombay Rose
Director: Gitanjali Rao
Discard: Cyli Khare, Amit Deondi, Gargi Shitole
Netflix has stepped up its action on the animation front and Bombay Rose is a prime example. The 1.5 hour feature film has all of the images hand painted and, as a result, looks absolutely stunning.
The love story sees two who hope to one day be together but religious differences and duty hold them back.
7. Malcolm and Marie
Director: Sam levinson
Discard: John David Washington and Zendaya
Let’s be honest, most of the “lockdown” series and movies produced on limited budgets have been below average at best. This does not apply to Malcolm & Marie who is fully driven by two mind-blowing performances from the principals.
The film picks up after an awards night with a couple coming home to eat something and then go to bed. However, tensions arise which leads to several arguments throughout the early hours of the morning.
While the movie feels like it’s repeating itself multiple times, it’s still a great character play with two of today’s best actors.
6. Space sweepers
Director: Sung-hee Jo
Discard: Song Joong-Ki, Kim Tae-ri, Seon-kyu Jin
If big sci-fi blockbusters are your thing, then Space Sweepers should be high on your agenda.
The Korean film is set years in the future when teams of space sweepers search for space debris to earn a few dollars. We follow a crew who seemingly manage to find a way to save their home world.
The film jumps in and out of Korean with a lot of English spoken throughout, making it a truly international film with a stellar CGI.
Its main pitfalls are what I think are the characteristics of Asian movies which tend to tell slightly different stories and can give you a boost trying to keep up, but maybe that’s more of a personal flaw than the defect of the film.
5. The search
Director: Simon stone
Discard: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James
Exemplary performances are found throughout this biopic which relives the moments of the excavation of the Sutton Hoo.
The British production is superbly written and while the subject matter may not appeal to everyone, those who dig into it will find plenty of keepsakes in it.
4. Pieces of a woman
Director: Kornel Mundruczó
Discard: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn
While the output of Pieces of a woman may have been slightly overshadowed by the allegations hanging over Shia LaBeouf, that shouldn’t put you off looking at this heartbreaking and emotional feature.
After being nominated for an Oscar, the film follows a birth that goes wrong and a family’s efforts to seek justice. The first 15 minutes alone are some of the most heartbreaking minutes you can watch on Netflix and it will almost certainly be a painful watch for some, so keep that in mind before you hit play.
Vanessa Kirby’s performance, in particular, is absolutely sublime.
3. News from the world
Director: Paul Greengrass
Discard: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Tom Astor
To note: Not available on Netflix in the US
Netflix acquired the international rights to this film from Universal Pictures’ Tom Hanks which was subsequently nominated for 2 Golden Globes.
The film takes you on a journey with Hanks and Zengel who are in search of the girl’s real home while stopping in towns to read newspapers to townspeople.
It’s a slow burn but with great character development with detailed sets and great costumes.
2. The white tiger
Director: Ramin bahrani
Discard: Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra
Over the past few years, Netflix has really ramped up the production of Indian content and perhaps the best titles to come out of these efforts are The white tiger.
The hybrid-language film follows a young man hoping to succeed in the criminal underworld.
With great performances from all of them, the film is a prime example of one that thrives on a global Netflix but wouldn’t necessarily be the one that performs well in a traditional cinema environment.
1. I care a lot
Discard: Peter Dinklage, Rosamund Pike, Alicia Witt, Chris Messina, Damian Young,
Director: J Blakeson
To note: Only available on Netflix in the US and 21 other countries. Amazon Prime Original in others.
I care a lot rocked the top 10 of the charts when it was released in February 2021 and for good reason it’s a gripping drama with an absolutely sublime performance by Rosamund Pike that brings out a sort of contempt I didn’t have for a character for a long time.
The story follows a shrewd businesswoman who takes care of care and sucks all the money from wealthy older clients. Her game is disrupted, however, when she manages to find a client who may not be who she appears to be.
It’s a movie you probably would have missed if it had a traditional but absolutely thriving theatrical release on Netflix.
What has been your favorite new Netflix original movie of 2021 so far? Let us know in the comments below.