3 underrated Amazon Prime Video movies you should watch this weekend (May 17-19)

A man looks at another man in Panic Room.
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The fringe benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime are many, but one of the best is Amazon Prime Video, which gives you access to a whole library of great movies and TV shows. Finding something to watch on Prime Video can range from pretty easy to remarkably difficult. Because streaming interfaces don’t always surface the stuff you’re looking for, it can be a slog to actually figure out what you want to watch.

We’ve taken some of the pain out of the process, though, by selecting three underrated gems available on Prime Video that you should check out this weekend.

Knock at the Cabin (2023)

Knock at the Cabin - Official Trailer

M. Night Shyamalan began his career by being hailed as the next Steven Spielberg, but his reputation has faded somewhat following a string of genuinely baffling career decisions. Now, though, Shyamalan has settled into delivering solid B movies that come with some excellent talent attached, and Knock at the Cabin is no exception.

The movie tells the story of a gay couple and their daughter as they are terrorized by a group of strangers at a remote cabin and told that one of them has to die for the world to be saved. It’s a schlocky thriller with some real thematic heft and a genuinely magnetic Dave Bautista performance at its center.

You can watch Knock at the Cabin on Prime Video.

Run Lola Run (1999)

Run Lola Run - Twenty Minutes

One of the most inventive and original movies ever made, Run Lola Run feels at times more like a video game than any other movie you might have seen. The movie tells the story of a smalltime drug courier who has 20 minutes to replace $100,000 that her boyfriend has lost.

This premise might seem thrilling in and of itself, but the central conceit of Run Lola Run is that we see her try to obtain the money in three separate ways, and each comes with its own trials and tribulations. It’s a time loop, but one that feels thrilling each time we arrive back at the beginning.

You can watch Run Lola Run on Prime Video.

Panic Room (2002)

Panic Room (2002) Official Trailer 1 - Jodie Foster Movie

One of director David Fincher’s most underdiscussed movies, Panic Room stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter who are forced to hide out in a panic room when their home is invaded just days after they bought it.

The movie spends incredible amounts of time documenting the space where almost all the action takes place, making it crystal clear where everything and everyone is spatially. Even more importantly, though, Panic Room manages to find surprising ways to make its premise feel original, and thanks to Fincher’s direction, the movie also looks beautiful.

You can watch Panic Room on Prime Video.