2015 was a year full of fantastic films and so many of those flew under the radar of many people. In those unseen gems lied some phenomenal and highly underrated performances. So as the year comes to an end, I think it would be a good time to reflect back on the performances that you may not have seen and should definitely check out.
Sarah Snook – Predestination
Before Predestination debuted in January, I recall hearing star Ethan Hawke give an interview praising the performance of Sarah Snook. When I saw the film, I was truly blown away by her in the film. In the trippy sci-fi film, she plays a transgender and it is so good for many reasons. First of all, unlike films like The Danish Girl, her performance wasn’t oriented for Oscar consideration, instead it was an essential part of her character and plays into the big twist in the film. It was a performance so pure and beautiful that you don’t even think of her character as transgender, instead as just a person, which should aways be the point.
Michael Angarano – The Stanford Prison Experiment
In a movie full of great performances including Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup, and Tye Sheridan, Sky High star Michael Angarano blows them all out of the water. As a character simply nicknamed “John Wayne”, Angarano is chosen to be a prison guard in the simulation and he takes his role to a whole other level. Abusing the prisoners and literally beating them into shape, Angarano is terrifying on levels similar to Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave and maybe even more so because we see him turn from good to evil just by putting on a uniform. If The Stanford Prison Experiment got a wider release, Angarano definitely would have gotten more attention.
Matthew Fox – Bone Tomahawk
Bone Tomahawk is one of the most underrated films of the year led by the great Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson but former Lost star Matthew Fox is the one that really stands out. He elegantly portrays a serious man with a huge dark side. While he has the intentions of a hero, his actions sometimes antagonize the group of men who are set out to save people from their town. Fox never quite becomes the huge asshole of the group and although his actions weren’t always pure, the audience somehow feels sympathetic towards him by the end. This fine line between good and evil is all created and due to Fox’s grand performance.