There’s no doubt that there are some colossal movie releases coming our way in 2021 and beyond, but there are also some intriguing and interesting-looking projects which are slipping under the radar. We’ve rounded up 5 of the most exciting films that you can’t afford to miss in 2021:
Monsters of Man
Heading to video-on-demand, and hopefully SA services in early 2021 is Monsters of Man. In a terrifying vision of artificial intelligence gone wrong, sci-fi thriller Monsters of Man reveals the consequences of unchecked power and robots who have advanced beyond human control. When a corrupt CIA agent (McDonough) teams up with a robotics company to deploy an illegal, unsanctioned military operation, the plan is to drop four prototype robots into a suspected drug manufacturing camp in the Golden Triangle that no one will miss. The mission is to prove the robotics company is worthy of winning a lucrative military contract but all goes horribly awry when six American volunteer doctors witness the brutal slaughter of an innocent village and are forced into a deadly game of cat and mouse as they become the next targets.
Release date: 26 February 2021
Veteran actor Bob Odenkirk stars in this John Wick-esque story of Hutch Mansell, an ordinary man who has PTSD, who decides not to defend himself and his family during a house break-in because he fears he will end up in another traumatic experience. With his family disappointed in him, Hutch’s long-simmering rage boils over, and causes him to go down a dark path that exposes his dark secrets and lethal weapons. Hutch must save his family from a mafia boss and make sure that he is never underestimated by anybody again.
Shadow in the Cloud
Release date: 1 January 2021
Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) stars in the World War II-era creature feature Shadow in the Cloud from director Roseanne Liang. Moretz’ character is tasked with transporting some top secret documents aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress, but encounters an evil presence onboard the flight. The film already picked up some buzz at certain film festivals, and will be touching down on digital platforms on 1 January.
Release date: 22 January 2021
Liam Neeson is back in yet another gritty action-thriller, and we’re stoked. This time, Neeson plays Jim in The Marksman, a hardened rancher in an Arizona border town who helps a young boy escape across America while being chased by the leaders of a Mexican drug cartel. The film is directed by Robert Lorenz, and produced by Lorenz along with Tai Duncan, Warren Goz, Eric Gold and Mark Williams.
Don’t Tell a Soul
Release date: 15 January 2021
Initially planned for a 2020 release, then delayed until early 2021, Don’t Tell a Soul, the film stars The Office‘s Rain Wilson, and follows two thieving teenage brothers, stealing money to help their sick mom, who are forced to match wits with a troubled security guard stuck at the bottom of a forgotten well. Don’t Tell a Soul looks like one of those thrillers where you never know how it’s going to end until the final moment, which is a recipe to become a cult-classic.