Top 5… Films from 2003

2003 was a good year for high quality films. Here is my top 5 rundown.


5. Touching the Void

Two climbers attempt to reach a summit never before reached. They make it but on the way back down one of them falls and breaks his leg. Told partly as documentary and partly as dramatized reconstruction, Kevin Macdonald’s amazing retelling of an unbelievable true story of survival is incredible to watch.

4. Oldboy

In this South Korean thriller, a man is imprisoned for 15 years by an unknown captor and then released without explanation. Finding out why he was imprisoned is now his mission. Asian cinema is know for its insane moments and this film includes a man eating a live octopus and an incredible sequence involving a hammer and a corridor full of thugs.

3. Lost in Translation

I wasn’t keen on this the first time I saw it but I totally fell in love with it on the second viewing. Two Americas (who are married to other people) are in Tokyo for different reasons, meet and form a friendship that skirts on turning into an affair throughout. The emotions and visuals on display are incredible and the ending is beautifully done and couldn’t be better.

2. Finding Nemo

Possibly Pixar’s greatest film so far, the tale of a nervous father (who is a clown fish) sees his only son Nemo kidnapped by divers and taken away. What follows is a parent’s journey against all odds to get his son back. So very powerful…

1. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

The conclusion to Peter Jackson’s perfect trilogy was possibly the most anticipated film of all time when it came out. He had scored two winners with the first two films but could he end the trilogy without messing it up? You bet he could and actually made the best of the three. Some people complain about the ending(s) but true Tolkien fans and fans of the films deserved nothing less. Unbeatable.

Honourable Mentions

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Bruce Almighty
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