[The Super Five] 5 Early Colin Farrell Films Worth A Watch


Welcome back to this weekly feature at the House called ‘The Super Five’. This is a different take on the ‘Top 10’ or ‘List’ style features, where I take a subject and simply name five things. It isn’t a top list, just simply five things for your enjoyment!

With the Total Recall remake upon us (not for those of us in Australia, we have to wait a few more weeks), it got me thinking about its lead actor Colin Farrell. Back when he first surfaced, I was in love. He was absolutely stunning in the looks department, however back then that is all I saw, I didn’t consider his talents (foolish teenage Marcey). Now that I am older and all the more wiser, I can appreciate him as an actor as well his lovely looks. I decided to look back on his earlier films, and list 5 that I think are worth a watch for his performance (looks aside of course).

5.) HART’S WAR (2002)

This is an interesting film, from a director who (Gregory Hoblit) who has had an interesting career. The story is certainly intriguing, however there is another element that makes this a film to see. Colin Farrell IS the reason to sit down and watch this, he is fantastic and he just makes this film. Bruce Willis is also really good, but this is really all about the Farrell. He puts on a damn fine performance and really tried to extend his abilities, I loved his performance so much that when I first saw this I had to watch it again straight away.

4.) DAREDEVIL (2003)

I am sure I will get some flack for including this film, it isn’t the greatest (the director’s cut makes for a much better film so watch that version) film and it was very poorly received. When I saw it theatrically I didn’t mind it, but there was one thing I loved about it and you guessed it – Colin Farrell as Bullseye the villain. He knew what sort of film this was and he played to that, he was entertaining and he never took it too seriously. I thought he was great, and I’ve watched this film time and again simply for his performance, and I do think he does make this worth watching.

3.) THE RECRUIT (2003)

I enjoy these types of films and the reason I saw this theatrically was to see Colin Farrell and Al Pacino. Both are great in this film, and it is a pretty entertaining one. Al Pacino in the 00’s made some bad decisions but here he’s really good and it seemed to be a good fit. It was also a good fit for Farrell and the pair actually have some good chemistry. This isn’t Farrell’s greatest performance of all time, but he’s entertaining and charming and definitely a highlight. I don’t think this film gets the credit it deserves, and now I feel like giving it a re-watch!

2.) MINORITY REPORT (2002)

This is a fantastic film, I really enjoy it a lot and it surprised me upon my first watch. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was excited to see Colin Farrell in a Steven Spielberg film. His role isn’t big but he definitely makes the most of it and he is great! He is memorable and he brings so much to what could have been a nothing much role, he made something of it. As a whole this is definitely worth a watch, and Farrell just makes it more so. I can’t wait to add this to my blu-ray collection, certainly one that needs to be experienced in HD.

1.) TIGERLAND (2000)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this film when I first saw it, but seeing it again I actually really liked it and it is one of Joel Schumacher’s better films (look out for him being featured in a future Super 5). The film is about a group of recruits who go through advanced infantry training before getting shipped off to Vietnam. Colin Farrell is one of the main characters, Pvt. Roland Bozz and he really shines here. His performance is great, it feels genuine and he’s really good, you can see the makings of something great here with him. I also should mention Clifton Collins Jr. who also shines bright in this film, great stuff.

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