Greetings, Polygon readers!
It’s an entire new 12 months, brimming with prospects and thrilling new releases on the close to horizon. Naturally, which means there’s additionally an entire new batch of thrillers to look at on Netflix this month. We’ve pored over the streamer’s library and hand-picked probably the most chilling, thrilling, and seasonally applicable films so that you can watch whereas bundled up at residence.
This month’s picks embody a quasi-slasher action-thriller starring Denzel Washington, a Korean revenge-thriller traditional from Choice to Depart director Park Chan-wook, and an award-winning crime drama starring Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. Right here’s our record of the very best thrillers to look at on Netflix in January.
Editor’s decide: The Equalizer 3
Picture: Columbia Photos
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Solid: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, David Denman
What if a revenge thriller, however filmed like a slasher?
That’s the fundamental promote for The Equalizer 3, the primary all-the-way-good film within the in any other case enjoyable Denzel Washington motion franchise. The film opens by strolling you thru a home affected by our bodies, staged in a approach the place it looks like Michael Myers got here via, solely to disclose a relaxed Robert McCall (Washington) ready on the opposite aspect of the carnage.
This continues all through: Director Antoine Fuqua and legendary cinematographer Robert Richardson make nice use of sunshine and shadow to play up how terrifying McCall is (when you get on the unsuitable aspect of him). And Denzel, naturally, is greater than up for the duty, outclassing a lot of his friends within the burgeoning “utterly unstoppable badass” style by scaring absolutely the piss out of his foes.
The story’s compelling, too: McCall has settled in a quiet city in Italy, the place he’s been embraced by the group and has began to seek out some semblance of peace. The Mafia has different concepts, nevertheless, and McCall has to step in to set issues straight for his newfound residence.
As a bonus, the film reunites Denzel together with his Man on Hearth co-star Dakota Fanning. And if The Equalizer Three will get you to look at that nice film once more (Man on Hearth is streaming on Max), that’s only a two-for-one. —Pete Volk
Director: Park Chan-wook
Solid: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
To say that Oldboy was a watershed second for Korean cinema’s world attain can be an understatement. The essential and business success of Park Chan-wook’s revenge thriller, which earned the Grand Prix award on the 2004 Cannes Movie Pageant and earned over $15 million worldwide on the field workplace, paved the best way for the worldwide success of films and reveals like Parasite and Squid Sport. The movie was just lately re-released in theaters with a 4K restoration in honor of its 20th anniversary, and with its latest addition to Netflix’s library, now could be as excellent a time as any to expertise this contemporary traditional.
An electrifying mix of Hitchcockian horror, Fincher-esque violence, and a devastating finale worthy of a Greek tragedy, Oldboy is without doubt one of the most vital thrillers of the early 2000s. Should you one way or the other haven’t seen it already, you completely ought to. —Toussaint Egan
Picture: Warner Dwelling Video
Director: Clint Eastwood
Solid: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon
In Clint Eastwood’s 2003 crime drama, tragedy begets tragedy. Mystic River follows the story of three males: Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon), a police officer whose pregnant spouse has mysteriously left him; James “Jimmy” Markum (Sean Penn), an ex-con and neighborhood retailer proprietor; and David Boyle (Tim Robbins), a blue-collar father haunted by his expertise of being kidnapped as a toddler.
When James’ daughter is discovered useless, the investigation brings the lives of those three males collectively as secrets and techniques, lies, and unprocessed trauma come to a boiling level. Each Penn and Robbins received Oscars for his or her respective performances, however the reality is that almost everybody delivers a terrific efficiency on this movie. What stood out probably the most to me throughout my newest rewatch is how unresolved grief metastasizes into misunderstanding, how an incapability to speak creates obstacles inside a group that ultimately tear it aside from the within. In different phrases: tragedy begetting tragedy. —TE