What to watch on Netflix? A question that no doubt will live on for decades to come, as the streaming platform continues to add numerous new movies on a near-weekly basis. So many releases, so little time. So where to begin?
To help with this conundrum, every month T3 rounds up what's trending, what's got critics talking and crucially, what films are worth your time. These movies are specifically aimed at those in the UK with a Netflix account, however, the majority of them can be found in other regions – mainly any Netflix Originals.
Of course, there is always the option to take up a VPN so that you can start watching the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus and the many, many more streamers out there from wherever you are in the world. Right, let's get to what movies you should watch on Netflix in August 2022.
The Gray Man
Even though early reviews have not been the kindest to The Gray Man, it's impossible not to add the most expensive movie Netflix has ever made – and honestly, I enjoyed the bulk of it. Should it win an Oscar? Definitely not. Is it a mindless fun action flick? Absolutely.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Endgame), we find two titans of Hollywood – Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans – going up against one another in an action thriller that attempts to blend Bourne and Bond. With a supporting cast of Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page, Alfre Woodard and Billy Bob Thorton, the international blockbuster is unquestionably one of the biggest releases of the year.
If you've not had the pleasure of watching Martin Scorsese's epic crime thriller then you need to remedy that right away. The Departed tells the tale of Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio) as a police officer that goes undercover in the mob and Colin (Matt Damon) as a mobster who tries to infiltrate the police.
Best of all, Jack Nicholson heads up the Irish mob boss Frank Costello, a truly deranged and unhinged man, something that the actor sinks his teeth into in every scene. It's got terrific twists and turns along with the same quality filmmaking you'd expect from Scorsese. Oh, and somehow Mark Walhberg actually puts in a fitting performance.
The Sea Beast
Fresh off the success of The Boys, Karl Urban heads up an animated swashbuckling adventure about a young girl who stows away on the ship home to a legendary sea monster hunter. With Chris Williams helming the project (Big Hero 6), there are plenty of explosive set pieces, great fantasy themes, popping colourful visuals and extensive details that all make up this two-hour epic. It's worth watching for the gorgeous detail put into the water alone.
Looking for more suggestions? Check out T3's top picks for the best Netflix movies of 2022 – including a new Adam Sandler drama and Rebel Wilson comedy.