Netflix’s ‘I Came By’ is the story of vigilantism gone wrong. In the film, an influential man uses his position to conceal his terrible crimes. Although the film is a thriller it also addresses the themes surrounding class differences and the failure of institutions to serve the common man. It mixes entertainment and thrill with a strong social message that makes the audience stop in their tracks, put themselves in the shoes of the protagonists, and think about what they’d do in their place. If you are looking for films that focus on similar themes, then we’ve got you covered. Here are the films similar to ‘I Came By’, which you can watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or any other streaming service.
6. The Hunt (2020).
‘I Came By’ talks about people in power using their privilege to get around the law and save themselves using their connections. The film’s graffiti artists want to show that the rich and powerful have been abusing their power for a while. We see a similar abuse of power in ‘The Hunt’, though this film notches up the violence and the abuse tenfold. It tells the story of a group whose elites have created a new way to entertain themselves: they hunt humans. They will not stop their atrocious acts.
5. Mayhem (2017)
While ‘I Came By’ shows us the injustice that the people with wealth and in positions of power inflict upon common people, ‘Mayhem’ gives us a sense of the journey that leads a person to chase wealth and power and what it can do to them. Consider it a prequel, where a man is prepared to do whatever it takes in order to obtain a highly-coveted promotion. Starring Steven Yeun in the lead role, ‘Mayhem’ follows the story of a man named Derek Cho, a lawyer who wants to rise higher up the ladder. Although he is already walking the fine lines that lead him to immorality, all his inhibitions are erased when his workplace is quarantined because of a virus. Spoiler Alert: There is a lot.
4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Yorgos Langthimos is one the most fascinating directors today. He has carved a niche for himself when it comes making movies that are as bizarre as they are profound. The likes of ‘Dogtooth’, ‘The Lobster’ and ‘The Favourite’ show how he can churn out great films and give the audience a ton to think about. Something similar happens in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’, which one could say is a little less weird as compared to his other works, but still very compelling. The story is about a surgeon who takes a teenage girl home to do good. But things don’t go as he’d planned.
3. Summer of ’84 (2018)
‘I Came By’ has an authority figure at its center who commits some horrible crimes. Hector is an ex-judge, which puts him in a position to help others but also allows him to abuse his power to cause havoc. In ‘Summer of ’84’, we find another authority figure in a similar position. The story follows the adventures of a group teen who conclude that the local police officer is responsible for the disappearances over the past decade of 13 children. The teenagers must find a way to stop the murderer, and they have trouble believing that he is a member of law enforcement.
2. Us (2019)
Jordan Peele’s name comes up when you talk about horror and how to use it to send a message to the audience. His Oscar-winning ‘Get Out’ perfectly sets the balance between being a scary movie and talking about racism. In ‘Us’, he shifts the discussion into a different, but equally important direction. It starts with a story about a woman who takes a vacation with family and friends. While life is good, she soon discovers that a series of murders has occurred. The film examines issues of classism and the duality that is ingrained in modern society. Much like ‘Get Out’, it is a layered mystery.
1. Fresh (2022)
‘I Came By’ teaches us that people are not what they seem. They might have some horrible secrets hidden in their basement and you’d never know about it. Noa is willing to sacrifice something while Toby and Liz learn it through the cost of their lives. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones in the lead role, ‘Fresh’ has Sebastian Stan playing the role of a man who looks like a perfect person to date, but that’s just scratching the surface. Behind all the charm he uses to seduce women, there is a lot more. The picture isn’t pretty to say the least. If you loved the horrifying revelations and twists and turns of ‘I Came By’, then you should definitely watch this one.
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