Just finished The Little Things and want more? Here are five movies and TV shows on HBO Max to satisfy your crime cravings.
Written by: Kelly Levine – February 1st, 2021 4:44 pm pst
HBO Max’s latest release The Little Things was the king of the box office this last weekend. With only 45% of all 5.8K US and Canada movie theaters opened, The Little Things was able to yield $4.8M at 2,171 theaters. Worldwide, the film made $7.6M, with money from 20 markets, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and United Artists Emirates. Considering the dire state of theaters right now and the movie’s streaming release, this is a rather successful opening weekend. The film also shot to the top of HBO Max’s lineup from fan enthusiasm alone.
The film follows two detectives played by Rami Malek and Denzel Washington as they track down a Los Angeles based serial killer. The more the policemen uncover about the murderer, played by Jared Leto, they are forced to confront their own pasts and deep secrets. The success of The Little Things shows a strong desire for more twisty crime based content. So, if you loved the intrigue and mystery of The Little Things here are five other films on HBO Max to put on your watchlist next.
Arguably the inspiration for The Little Things, Seven has been a staple in the film world since it’s release in 1995. Seven is directed by David Fincer whose name you might recognize from recent Netflix hits like Mank and Mindhunter. Fincher has used true crime as an inspiration for his work for years. Although the story of Seven is entirely fictional, it pulled from several real life crimes to create the gritty realism the movie is famous for. Morgan Freeman stars as the world weary Detective William Somerset as he takes on a final case to hunt a serial killer with a particular affinity for the seven deadly sins. To make matters even more complicated Somerset is given a new partner in the form of David Mills played by Brad Pitt. Although he forms a bond with Mills’s wife Tracy performed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Somerset finds it hard to get along with Mills. Unlike Somerset, Mills is idealistic and short tempered. The two men are tasked to deal with one another as they get closer to the killer. Be warned, Seven is not for the faint of heart nor for people who prefer their films with happy endings.
No Country for Old Men
In The Little Things, Jared Leto takes on the terrifying role of a psychopathic serial killer. It’s hard to find a character scarier than that, but No Country for Old Men provides an individual that would make even the worst movie villains shake in their boots. No Country for Old Men begins with an every day man Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin, stumbling across two million dollars in a briefcase. When Llewelyn takes the money home, he finds himself pursued by a ruthless hitman Anton Chigurh. Javier Bardem won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Chigurh, the hitman in question. That wasn’t the only love from the Academy the film received. The Coen Brothers also took home the awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director(s). Beloved by critics and audiences alike, No Country for Old Men provides a unique look at the crime and western genres.
Denzel Washington is no stranger to roles that demand a large amount psychologically. Known as one of the greatest actors of our generation, one of Denzel’s most iconic roles came from the 2001 film Training Day. Similar to The Little Things, Washington portrays Alonzo Harris, a police officer taking on a rookie played by Ethan Hawke. In this movie, Denzel is a narcotics officer as opposed to working homicide. As a deeply corrupt cop, Alonzo, uses the city of Los Angeles as his personal playground for destruction and chaos. Washington received massive critical acclaim for his performance. He even earned an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him the second African-American man to nab the trophy. The film was also a financial success making one hundred and four million from its forty-five million dollar budget. It also created a very special working relationship between director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington. The pair went on to make the commercial successes The Equalizer and The Equalizer 2 together.
HBO Max doesn’t only have a wide selection of crime films, they are also the best of the best when it comes to mystery based television. Based on the novel by Stepehen King, The Outsider functions as a by the numbers murder mystery at first. A small town is shocked to its core when town patriarch Terry Maitland played by Jason Bateman is arrested for the murder of a young boy. However, not everything about the case adds up, especially when Terry is seen in two different places at once during the killing. This leads to skeptical detective Ralph Anderson, portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn from Captain Marvel and Rogue One, taking on the case. The closer Ralph gets to the truth the less the circumstances around the murder make sense. Upon crossing paths with the spiritually inclined Holly Gibney, Ralph is forced to see that there may be more than what meets the eye. If you prefer a supernatural twist to your crime dramas then The Outsider will be perfect for you.
Last, but definitely not least on the list is what many consider to be the quintessential detective show. Nothing is ever the same on each season of True Detective. Functioning as an anthology, the case, cast, and location change every season. What remains the same is the focus on detectives working to solve the various murderers and disappearances. Season one brings the star power of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to the lead roles as they navigate an occult string of murders in Louisiana. Under the vision of director Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first season takes on a otherworldly quality that many other crime shows do not possess. If you prefer things to be more grounded then the second season takes the focus away from the Louisiana swamps and toward the streets of Los Angeles. The sophomore season also returned with a star studded cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Vince Vaughn. In the scenario where neither of the installments of True Detective appeal to you, season three offers a middle ground. This season stars two time Academy-Award winner Mahershala Ali as he attempts to locate two missing children in the Ozarks. What all of these seasons have in common is the focus on character and story as opposed to sensationalizing crime.
Let us know if there are any films or TV shows you’re watching that you think should be on the list!
About The Author:
Kelly Levine is a screenwriting student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. She hopes to one day pursue a career in television writing and production. Kelly loves television, movies, and all things nerdy in pop culture!
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