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 Prisoners, Enough Said and Rush for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of missing person thrillers, heartfelt comedies, and captivating sports stories.
In Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s chilling follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Incendies, Hugh Jackman stars as a man whose world and moral compass are thrown out of whack when his six-year-old daughter goes missing. When he thinks the local police force is mishandling the case, he takes the rescue of his daughter into his own hands. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, and Melissa Leo co-star. Read our full review here.
In Prisoners the apparent abduction of his daughter makes one father feel hollow and helpless, a feeling he tries to overcome by being arguably psychotically proactive in the search to recover her. Missing persons leave an terrifying emptiness behind them, and each of the following films features people who try to make sense of seemingly senseless disappearances.
The Lady Vanishes (1938) This thriller from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock stars Margaret Lockwood as Iris Henderson, a young woman who's mystified when an elderly governess called Miss Froy, who she meets aboard a transcontinental train journey, vanishes—seemingly into thin air! More troubling, when Iris attempts to form a rescue party to find her missing friend, all the other passengers claim to have never seen the governess at all. Was there ever a Miss Froy? Or has Iris gone off the rails? Michael Redgrave and Dame May Whitty co-star; Hitchcock directs.
The Silence (2010) Based on the crime novel by Jan Costin Wagner, this German drama begins in the summer of 1986, when an 11-year-old girl went missing, only to be found brutalized and murdered. Twenty three years pass with no one collared for this heinous crime, then a 13-year-old girl disappears, leaving her bike in the spot the long-dead girl’s was abandoned on that tragic day. What does it mean? A retired investigator and a grieving detective team up to find out. Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Mohring, and Katrin Sass co-star; Baran bo Odar directs.
The Imposter (2012) This last missing person tale is the most disturbing, as it’s real and stranger than fiction. Three years after a teen boy went missing in Texas, his family got a strange call claiming he’d been found in Spain. Overwhelmed, they rushed to reunite their family, but when this boy came home there was something that didn’t add up. Why were his eyes a different color? Where did this French accent come from? But the question the audience is asked is how could this family fall for such an imposter? Bart Layton directs.