If you have watched most of the movies on the ‘Flix, here are ten movies you can watch that will make you feel a bit less miserable in the whole situation.
While we are slowly getting back to our (new) normal activity, some of us may still need to stay at home and do self-isolation. Not to mention the fourteen-days mandatory self-quarantine every time we travel to a red-zoned area.
Granted, we have a list full of chores and things to do all day, but in the end of the day, there will always be some free time that we can use for some me-time, simply unwinding.
- “Home Alone” (1990)
This John Hughes classic follows 8-year-old Kevin McCallister abandoned at home as his family forgets him on their way to a Christmas vacation. Macaulay Culkin broke into stardom as Kevin, warding off home invaders. “Home Alone” was nominated for two Oscars and grossed $477.1 million worldwide. Watch the trailer here.
- “Cast Away” (2000)
Tom Hanks plays a FedEx executive stranded on an island in the Pacific after a violent storm crashes his plane. He spends four years alone on an island with only a volleyball named Wilson as company. “Cast Away” garnered two Oscar nominations and grossed $429.6 million worldwide at the box office. Watch the trailer here.
- “I Am Legend” (2007) This Will Smith thriller based on the 1954 Richard Matheson novel of the same name is set years after a virus kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters. Robert Neville (Smith), apparently the sole survivor in New York City, valiantly searches for a cure. “I Am Legend” grossed $585.4 million at the box office worldwide. Watch the trailer here.
- “Into the Wild” (2007) Written and directed by Sean Penn, this film follows recent college graduate Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) as he gives up his possessions life savings to hitchhike and live in the Alaska wilderness. “Into the Wild” was based on Jon Krakauer’s 1996 non-fiction book by the same name, which was an expansion of a 9,000-word article by Krakauer on McCandless titled “Death of an Innocent.” The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and grossed $56.7 million at the box office. Watch the trailer here. Check here for streaming options.
- “Disturbia” (2007) This modern take on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” follows high school student Kale Brecht, placed under house arrest for the summer. He keeps tabs on his neighbors to avoid getting bored, falls in love and suspects one of them to be a serial killer. “Disturbia” grossed $118.1 million worldwide at the box office. Watch the trailer here.
- “Moon” (2009) If you’re starting to talk to yourself, check out Sam Rockwell in “Moon,” one of many films about an astronaut alone in space on this list. The film offers a nice wrinkle as it follows a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Moon. “Moon” grossed $9.8 million at the box office. Watch the trailer here.
- “127 Hours” (2010) James Franco stars in another film based on a true story. The film follows a mountain climber who finds himself trapped under a boulder for… 127 hours. He ultimately has to resort to desperate measures in order to survive. “127 Hours” was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture, and grossed $60.7 million worldwide.
- “Gravity” (2013) This Alfonso Cuarón-directed space disaster film puts Sandra Bullock through the ringer as an astronaut struggling to get back to earth after space debris leaves her and her partner, played by George Clooney, stranded in space. “Gravity” won seven Oscars, including best director, and grossed $723.2 million at the global box office.
- “Wild” (2014) Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” the film stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl, determined to complete the one thousand one hundred mile solo hike as a way to recover from a personal tragedy. “Wild” was nominated for two Oscars, including best actress, and grossed $52.5 million at the box office.
- “The Martian” (2015) After being stranded on Mars, with the rest of his crew assuming him dead, astronaut Mark Watney is forced to use his wits and knowledge as a botanist to survive alone on the planet for a year. “The Martian” was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture, and grossed $630.2 million worldwide.
There you are, ten movies on isolation that will make you feel better about the situation we are in today. Well, at least we have the internet, right? Right. Til’ next time, and stay healthy!