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Whether you watch on 360, PS3, Wii, or PC, these are 10 overlooked films you can add to your instant queue right now. For a lot of gamers, it’s hard to hop online and not find a few of your friends digging into their Netflix instant queue. Gamer participation has been a big part of the growth of Netflix, and of the streaming service in particular. As a result, the selections on the service thus far seem to be uniquely tailored to the type of viewer who might have one of those consoles. If you’ve got a Netflix membership, you probably already have your favorites. Knowing that, we’ve tried to compile a strong list of 10 awesome, but mostly low-profile films that can speak to the unique tastes of the gaming crowd. Hopefully, we’ve found at least a few films that you haven’t seen before. It’s hard to know if all the movies we list will remain on the streaming service forever – check the Netflix site for current listings.Gamers are a pretty broad group of people, so the list digs into all sorts of genres, from children’s animation to psychological horror, sci-fi and fantasy to documentary. We’ve also included trailers for all the movies in question. Take a look at the list, and let us know what you think in the comments below, including your favorite entries that we may have missed.First up: The action epic that rivals Lord of the Rings, and the only musical on our list[PageBreak]10. Red Cliff
If you’ve played Assassin’s Creed, Mirror’s Edge, Prototype, or any other game about free running, then you’ve played a game that’s at least partially inspired by this fantastic French action movie called District B13, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Transporter). Also called District 13 in some regions, the movie tells the story of a futuristic Paris in which sections of the city have been walled off from another. The titular district holds the dregs of society, and keeps them isolated from the well off, law-abiding members of the public. Of course, that set up is really just an excuse for some awesome parkour chases and more than a few absurdly fast fight scenes. The movie has a frantic pace that keeps perfectly with the free-running antics of its protagonists. Plots and scenarios fly by with lightning speed, but the characters and their motivations manage to remain coherent and understandable. By mixing the highly choreographed style of Hong Kong action movies with the bravado of American action flicks, Besson creates a style all his own. The movie lies near the root of the growing popularity of parkour, and one viewing will tell you why. District B13 even stars one of the founders of the sport/movement – David Belle. Check out the trailer above. Alternately, just watch the first chase of the movie. You’ll be hooked.
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