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 Lone Survivor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of wild survival stories, adventurous comedies, and some martial art epics inspired by real events.
Based on the best-selling memoir of Marcus Luttrell, this gritty drama tells the shocking story of SEAL Team 10 and the failed "Operation Red Wing," which resulted in terrible losses, yet showed remarkable bravery. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster star; Peter Berg directs.
In my upcoming interview with Luttrell, he spoke with admiration about docudramas that show us stories that are stranger than fiction. In honor of him and his incredible story, we present three movies that tell true stories of survival in the face of insane odds.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) Inspired by the Tsavo Man-Eaters, this fictionalized historical thriller stars Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer as two men who must face off against an anomaly: a pair of male lions who are hunting together. During the building of the African Uganda-Mombasa Railway in 1898, the nighttime offers nightmares for the construction team working for a merciless baron of the British Empire. Man, beast, business and superstition face off in this moody movie. Stephen Hopkins directs.
Kon-Tiki (2012) This extraordinary drama out of Norway reveals the harrowing and inspiring story of Thor Heyerdal, a 1940s explorer who set out on a 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a balsawood raft to prove his theory on how Peruvians settled in Polynesia before the time of Christopher Columbus. Storms, starvation and sharks are just a few of the troubles he and his crew of four face in this epic journey that mesmerized the world. Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen and Anders Baasmo Christiansen star; Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg direct.
The Way Back (2010) Based on the memoir of Polish POW Slawomir Rawicz, this docudrama depicts the tremendous trek he and a small band of prisoners made to escape the Siberian Gulag that held them in World War II. On foot, this group of seven traveled 4000 miles through the Gobi Desert, Tibet and ghmilayas before finding themselves in the friendly territory of British-ruled India. Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Colin Farrell star; Peter Weir directs.