The movie everyone is talking about this summer is CODA. The lead character, played by Morgan Freeman, is one of those rare Hollywood stars who makes you want to find him on a silver screen someday. But don't hold your breath, because it's actually an incredibly well written, acted, and produced film. This summer, CODA is the final film of the Mike White trilogy, and the series begins a new chapter with the release of White. After all, what kind of movie is a high end drama, about a family man in CIA custody (Morgan Freeman), with an ex-wife we meet in an airport, who he plans to rescue?
It's not surprising that CODA is the first film that comes to mind when we think about the future of independent films streaming on Netflix. The first film in the trilogy, CODA came to theaters after the Sundance Film Festival where Freeman received an Oscar nomination for his role as John F. Kennedy. The film was produced by DreamWorks and was highly acclaimed at the time, but has struggled to find a distributor outside of Hollywood. Its low budget (at least financially) and relatively unknown status have all combined to make it a low-grossing hit in the United States. It did however find some success overseas, especially in France, where it was made under the name of No Man's Land. CODA then went into print in the U.K., where it was wildly successful and led to the first English-language movie ever to be screened in cinemas.
Now that CODA has come out on DVD, I can't help but compare it to its huge success, both critically and financially. Like White, it was a highly advertised and very popular release, but it was also quickly embraced by the mainstream as something more than just another superhero thriller. It was one of the first shows to feature Marvel Comics' superheroes (the X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Wolverine), and when compared to the relatively tame superhero movies of the time, it had some very ambitious concepts, especially in its futuristic thriller premise.
Now, whether comparing the movie to the TV shows of the time or comparing it to the streaming movie industry of today, one thing remains true. Both The DaVinci Code and CODA are masterpieces of psychological intrigue, far more intriguing than your average superhero movie. What makes these shows so appealing is the way in which they use the medium of television to tell long, intricate stories that are rooted in reality yet deeply mysterious and layered with intrigue. If you're willing to give internet streaming videos a chance, you'll likely find yourself checking out both The DaVinci Code and CODA as often as you'd like.
If you'd rather skip the long trailers and listen to some audio clips of the main actors in the movie, both The DaVinci Code and CODA can be found on YouTube. There's no doubt that the quality of streaming services has come a long way over the past few years, but it still takes a fair amount of research to find the quality of many of the services out there. When it comes to long-form suspense/horror TV shows, CODA and The DaVinci Code are two of the best. Unfortunately, due to popular demand, the first season of The DaVinci Code is now available on Hulu and is only available for viewers in the United States. For fans of the show who can't wait for its return, streaming services are a great option for catching up.
While streaming services are still fairly new, it seems that streaming videos have been gaining momentum for good reason. With technology constantly improving, we may soon see many other interesting shows and films made available to us via the wonders of the internet. If you're a fan of long-form suspense and horror movies, then CODA and The DaVinci Code are definitely worth checking out. You'll be able to watch your favorite movies and television shows whenever you want, wherever you want!