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Movies in 2021: 5 Under-the-Radar Movies You Need to Know About

Monsters of Man

What kick-ass movie releases should you keep your eye out for in 2021?

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.

The Marksman

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.

Which movie release are you most excited for in 2021? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA, posting on our Facebook page, or commenting below.

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