10 Underrated Zoe Saldana Movies That Deserve More Credit
She's got countless blockbusters and a net worth of $40 million under her belt, but have you seen these underrated Zoe's films?
These are not the MCU or Cameron's "Avatar," but that doesn't mean they are less enjoyable.
1. After Sex (2007)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%
This film weaves together several vignettes of couples dealing with the awkward, the sweet, and the downright 'what just happened' moments after getting it on. There's a pair debating the universe's mysteries, two friends trying to keep things casual, and a couple facing the ultimate relationship test – a trip to the grocery store.
It's all about what happens when the earth-shattering sex ends and real-world talking begins. Bed talk is an entirely different kind of pillow talk, and this Zoe Saldana-starring movie proves it.
2. I Kill Giants (2017)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%
Forget about the usual fantasy quests with buff heroes; this one's about a badass little girl who believes she's a giant killer. Reality blends with imagination as we follow Barbara, a teen with bunny ears who's convinced that she's the only thing standing between her sleepy ocean-side town and a horde of colossal invaders. Armed with her wits, traps, and a mighty warhammer, she's on a mission to fend off these beasts.
But there's more to the story – it's also about the giants within her – grief, denial, and fear. And sometimes, the most ferocious giants don't even need to be fought; they just need to be understood.
3. The Skeptic (2009)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%
There's a haunted house, a skeptic lawyer, and a bunch of spooky shenanigans that go beyond the creaky floorboards. After inheriting his grandmother's old mansion, our skeptical protagonist, Bryan, encounters strange phenomena that his logical mind can't explain. Every shadow whispers, and every gust of wind feels like a ghost's breath.
The plot thickens as Bryan's skepticism is challenged by eerie happenings and a psychic's ominous warnings. It's a cocktail of skepticism, spirits, and a family secret that's been buried deeper than a coffin.
4. Constellation (2005)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 41%
When the beloved family matriarch passes away, her death becomes a cosmic event that draws her estranged family back together. The family tapestry is rich with threads of unresolved issues, love triangles, and hidden truths that all unravel in the deep South's steamy air.
As the starry constellation of this family's legacy is revealed, everyone must confront what they thought was lost in the cosmic chaos of life.
5. Haven (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 60%
Welcome to the Cayman Islands, where the sun is hot, but the criminal underworld is hotter. This movie spins a tale of shady deals, runaway lovers, and a storm of chaos when a Miami businessman attempts to hide his dirty money in offshore accounts.
It's a tropical cocktail of corruption, love, and betrayal. Throw in a hurricane, and you've got a category five plot twist that turns everyone's plans upside down. Love battles greed on these sandy shores, and it's anyone's guess who will surface when the storm passes.
6. Takers (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%
Get ready for a slick, adrenaline-fueled heist movie that takes 'suited and booted' to new heights. This story centers on a group of impeccably dressed bank robbers who are as smooth with their heist plans as they are with their fashion sense. Their latest job seems like a piece of cake until a hard-boiled detective starts piecing the crumbs together.
Add to the mix a former cohort who proposes one final job – the proverbial 'one last heist' with a payday too juicy to ignore.
7. Out of the Furnace (2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%
Deep in the Rust Belt, the steel mills might be cold, but the revenge plot is burning hot. When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his brother Russell takes matters into his own calloused hands.
It's a grim, gritty tale of brotherly love and justice in a town where the right thing to do often comes with the highest cost. The path leads Russell into the violent world of a bare-knuckle crime ring, where every punch thrown is a step closer to finding the truth or a dead end.
8. Blood Ties (2013)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 39%
Step into 1970s New York, where the line between lawmen and outlaws is as blurred as a disco ball in a smoke-filled room. Two brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the law – one a cop, the other a recently released convict. Old habits die hard, and when the ex-con brother is pulled back into a life of crime, it sets up a familial collision course.
It's a story brimming with loyalty conflicts, family secrets, and a shared history that's as knotted as the strings of a broken guitar.
9. The Heart Specialist (2006)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 37%
Welcome to a medical dramedy where the heart is more than just an organ to be fixed – it's the central theme of every relationship and conflict. We scrub in with a group of young, aspiring doctors as they navigate the treacherous waters of a demanding teaching hospital. They're stitching wounds, breaking hearts, and sometimes, against all odds, healing their own.
Expect a dose of humor with your medicine as the characters confront the complexities of life, love, and the sometimes-hilarious realities of practicing medicine.
10. Premium (2006)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%
A struggling actor, his high-maintenance ex-girlfriend, and her imminent wedding to a wealthy fiancé. It's a rom-com with a splash of drama where unrequited love gets a second chance. Our hero is still head over heels for the girl who got away, and with her wedding fast approaching, he's on a mission to convince her he's the one.
Amidst the stage lights and the wedding invites, there's a heartfelt message about the lengths one will go to for a love that may or may not be destined.