As 2022 comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the year in film. While there were certainly some highly anticipated releases that lived up to their hype, there were also a number of movies that took us by surprise.
Here are ten 2022 films that caught us off guard with their excellence.
Based on its trailers, many moviegoers may have written off Smile as just another horror film. However, this horror flick proved to be one of the scariest of the year, with some of the best jump scares of 2022.
9. Bullet Train
Despite mixed reviews upon its release, Bullet Train proved to be a thrilling and action-packed delight.
8. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
While many expected to enjoy this comedy, few could have predicted just how much they would love it.
Despite the gimmick of a meta Nickolas Cage movie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent managed to keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout its runtime.
7. The Wonder
Period piece dramas aren't for everyone, but The Wonder managed to captivate audiences with its excellent lead performance by Florence Pugh, beautiful cinematography, and impressive production design and costumes.
Adam Sandler fans were surely looking forward to Hustle, but even the most diehard Sandler supporters may not have expected this film to be as great as it was.
Sure, it's a bit cliche and predictable, but the heartwarming tale of an underdog and a mature performance from Sandler make it a must-see.
5. On the Count of Three
At first glance, On the Count of Three may seem like just another dark comedy. However, this film stands out as the best of its genre in 2022, blending hilarious moments with a serious and thought-provoking premise.
4. The Stranger
This Australian crime thriller may have flown under the radar for many viewers, but it's worth seeking out. With a slow burn narrative and striking visuals, The Stranger is a character-driven film that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Prey proves to be the best predator film since the original, with awesome action, a refreshing change in setting and characters, and a solid survival thriller storyline.
B.J. Novak's directorial debut may not have been at the top of everyone's must-see list, but it ended up being a hilarious and gripping mystery that continually surprised viewers.
1. Three Thousand Years of Longing
This film may have been underrated and underappreciated by many, but it was a true standout for those who did see it.
George Miller's unique eye as a filmmaker made Three Thousand Years of Longing a truly special and memorable film experience.
Don't Sleep on These Underrated Gems
From horror to comedy to action and beyond, there were plenty of movies in 2022 that we did not expect to enjoy as much as we did.
Whether it was the heartwarming tale of an underdog in Hustle or The Stranger's visually striking and character-driven narrative, these ten films proved that sometimes the unexpected hits end up being the most memorable.
So next time you're looking for a new movie to watch, consider checking out one of these underrated gems – you might just find your new favorite film.
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