5 Summer Netflix Originals You Need to Watch

PC: Kayla Potts

PC: Kayla Potts



Fourteen movies came out exclusively on Netflix between mid-May and mid-August, and for “research purposes” I watched 11 of them. Yes, ELEVEN. I did that for you. You’re welcome. Here are my top 5 Netflix original movies from the summer of 2018.

5: Cargo

A few years ago, an Australian short film came out about a zombie-infected father who’s trying to get his baby girl to safety before the infection takes over. This movie is Netflix’s take on the story. It’s intense, touching and the concept is extremely original although I might like aspects of the short film better. Watch that first.

4: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

This movie got tons of hype when it was released. It’s a typical high school love story with drama that could easily be solved if people would just COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER! It’s cute though. I did wonder what the flip kind of high school they went to because I definitely didn’t go on unsupervised ski trips willy-nilly when I was 16. But whatever.

3: Like Father

Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer have an awesome chemistry as estranged father and daughter who end up on a honeymoon cruise together. It’s hilarious, real and has all the feels.

2: Extinction

Extinction was NUTS! Seriously. I kept pausing it and saying, “this is so nuts” to random people walking by. I was EXTREMELY invested in every single plot twist, and while the CGI wasn’t the most amazing ever, the cinematography was actually dope. I’m gonna stop talking so I don’t ruin anything.

1: Set It Up

If you haven’t watched it yet, HIT. ME. UP. I watched it 4.15 times this summer — the .15 being the time I tried to watch it with my mom and she was NOT a fan. With its perfect cast and witty script including interactions and conversations that are awkward and completely relatable, Netflix has created a story that feels like we’re watching completely normal people fumble through this ridiculous situation. It’s original, adorable and HILARIOUS, explaining how it’s in the top 5 of Vulture.com’s ranking of all 141 Netflix original movies to date. So for real, go watch it. (Don’t forget to invite me.)

I’m making more lists this year along with reviews, spoilers, theories etc. If you have any suggestions or ideas, let me know!

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Movie Guy

WARNING: DO NOT watch the movie How It Ends. Ironically the worst part of an already terrible movie is actually how it ends … don’t do it.

Nicholas Morrison is a senior studying graphic design.