It would have been easy to throw a load of action films on the Power Edition of The 405's Weekend Netflix Guide and call it a day. Instead though, we've opted this week to seek out the very best films that are all about terrifying power imbalances between characters, with only a couple of explosions in sight. Whether its heroes standing up against the odds, the consequences that follow the crumbling fall from grace of huge companies, or just how a need for social power can lead to a whole load of murder, we've got plenty of films all about the damning lust for power lined up for you this weekend.


Die Hard (1988)

"Welcome to the party, pal"

We had one of John McTiernan's greatest '80s movie on the list last week in the form of Predator, however his 1988 follow-up to that film, Die Hard, was so good that it managed to completely redefined the entire action genre. The late, great Alan Rickman stars as one of the greatest bad guys of all time, while Bruce Willis gives an effortlessly cool performance as everyman hero John McClane, an off-duty cop caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bolstered by some fantastic action sequences, it's the gritty, messy violence that makes Die Hard so memorable, as McClane is realistically outnumbered and overpowered in this seminal action movie. It's all spectacular, but the film excels purely because it focusses on the small details that other movies in the genre would happily overlook.


The Gift (2015)

"See, you're done with the past, but the past is not done with you."

One of the best films of last year, Joel Edgerton's thriller is one of the most intense movies you can find on Netflix. When an old school friend shows up on the doorstep of Jason Bateman's new family home it quickly becomes clear that there's much more to their past relationship than first meets the eye. Although you might have The Gift pinned as a generic thriller, the film rarely ever goes where you expect it to, constantly throwing out mind-blowing twists like they're going out of style. With solid turns from both Edgerton and Bateman, The Gift is one of the most interesting and original films you could find on the streaming service this weekend.


Match Point (2005)

"He saw me across the room and homed in like a guided missile"

Although Match Point is indeed a Woody Allen film, it's unlike anything else the director has ever made previously. Put together during his pretty wonky London period, Allen's movie drops much of the wry humour found in even the majority of his more serious films in favour of a movie built around character-driven musings on power and murder. Although it starts off with your classic Allen fare - socialites, romances and plenty of neurosis - as the movie goes on it becomes clear that Match Point is much more sinister than anything else the director has ever done. As a result, it's probably worth a watch just to see how far Allen actually goes with such a subtly menacing set-up.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"Even when I had nothing, I had Bucky"

I don't care if you're suffering through a bit of superhero fatigue, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will sort you right out. Although it hits all of the Marvel movie marks, the Russo brothers keep their eye firmly on the characters that populate this superhero sequel, giving us some of the best-rounded heroes to feature in any of the movies that the comic book house has pushed out over the past few years. The action itself is also spectacular, with the film taking more than a few cues from Gareth Evans' brilliant The Raid, making for a superhero film where the excitement doesn't purely come from falling buildings and explosions, but the blistering action and the characters at the heart of these battles.


The Devil's Double (2011)

"Justice? Compassion? Fuck this"

Based on a true story and set during Saddam Hussein's rule, The Devil's Double chronicles the life of a body double forced to become the public embodiment of Hussein's ruthless son. Strangely enough, in a way the film plays out a bit like an undercover cop movie, as themes of identity and the anxiety surrounding having that identity displaced remain at the heart of The Devil's Double for its entire runtime. It's beautifully woven and expertly shot, yet it's Dominic Cooper's amazingly layered performance as the two Husseins that makes this one of the greatest overlooked movies of the past few years.