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‘Life of Pie’ to ‘Wild’: 7 Phenomenal movies that star just a single actor

Vaibhavi

Vaibhavi
Jun 07, 2021

In the cinematic world, some movies leave an incredible impact on our psyche. When thinking of good movies, one generally thinks of great performances by an excellent ensemble cast. However, that is not always the case. Several actors have proven their acting mettle by carrying an entire film on their shoulders. Never letting the audience realise the lack of multiple characters, these actors have proved that it is not always the quantity that matters.

Here are some of the best movies that had just one actor but did wonders:

1
Life of Pi
8.1OTTplay Rating
The critically acclaimed movie revolves around the story of Pi Patel. Having survived a shipwreck at age 16, the story encompasses Pi's journey as he finds ways to survive in a lifeboat that is adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Fighting against all odds, he is accompanied by a hyena and a male Bengal tiger.
2
Gravity
8.1OTTplay Rating
The sci-fi film is based on an outer space mission where two astronauts are hit by high-speed space debris. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, remains the lone survivor who has to fight for her survival in space all alone. Bullock carried this film effortlessly on her shoulders throughout.
3
All Is Lost
7.3OTTplay Rating
The story centres on the journey of a mariner, out on a solo voyage. After his yacht collides with a shipping container, the sailor comes face to face with death as he braves extreme conditions to survive with depleting supplies. An exceptional work of visual storytelling, the movie will blow your mind.
4
The Machinist
7.9OTTplay Rating
The story of a factory worker who hasn't slept for a year and begins to experience extreme weight loss. Soon post-it notes start turning up on his fridge and he becomes concerned for a co-worker who might not exist, making him question his sanity. Exceptional performance by Christian Bale, who went through drastic body transformation to get into the skin of the factory worker.
5
Trapped
7.7OTTplay Rating
The story revolves around Shaurya who unintentionally locks himself inside his new high-rise apartment. Devoid of food, water, electricity or neighbours, he must fight his way against all odds to survive. Rajkummar Rao gave an exceptional performance in this movie.
6
Wild
7.5OTTplay Rating
The story of Cheryl Strayed who, to face her shadows and demons, decided to take a solo trail across the Pacific Crest. Her memoirs of this enlightening journey were turned into this film. Reese Witherspoon delivered a jaw-dropping performance as a troubled young woman.
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