Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Riddick, Insidious: Chapter 2, And Salinger

By Kristy Puchko 2013-09-13 05:24:00discussion comments
With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.

Looking to Riddick, Insidious: Chapter 2, and Salinger for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of action-packed science-fiction, haunted house horror stories, and in-depth artist docs.


Riddick
Vin Diesel reprises the role that first hinted at his unique star power. This time around our stealthy anti-hero is left for dead on a desolate planet. In desperation, he activates an emergency beacon that calls two ships, both promising more problems than salvation. Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff co-star; Davod Twohy directs. Read our full review here.

If you love tough guys and science fiction, you’ll dig this trio of titles. Whether they are laying down the law in a dystopian future, seeking salvation in a post apocalyptic world, or trying to unravel a dizzying murder mystery, these grizzled men are destined for action.

Dredd (2012) The Earth’s population has been crushed into megacities, and the law force has been similarly condensed. Cops are judge, jury and executioner. In this intense landscape Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) leads a rookie (Olivia Thirlby) in a quest to bring down a crime ring dealing a reality-altering drug called SLO-MO. Lena Headey, Wood Harris co-star; Pete Travis directs.

The Road (2009) Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cormac McCarthy novel, this chilling thriller stars Viggo Mortensen as a father who has survived a world-devastating catastrophe. Dedicated to his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), this stern man pulls him through dangerous terrains in this grim world in hopes of finding a better life. Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce co-star; John Hillcoat directs.

Strange Days (1995) This Kathryn Bigelow thriller stars Ralph Fiennes as an ex-cop whose moved onto a far shadier trade. Lenny Nero (Fiennes) is a pusher of illegal virtual-reality clips that put the buyer in the place of someone else’s experience. But when Lenny stumbles across a murder caught on clip, he is caught up in a manhunt that forces him back into his detective role. Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, and Tom Sizemore co-star.
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