New On Prime Video May 2021: The Underground Railroad, Robot & Frank, And More

In May, Prime Video is offering up plenty of reasons to stay at home with fresh content arriving throughout the month. This includes new movies, series, and classic catalog titles.

Starting with the original content, May 14 will see the debut of the new series, The Underground Railroad. The series is an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel of the same name, which came out in 2016, and was out of the gate already being developed for a television series. In 2017, it was revealed that Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Dear White People) would direct all 11 episodes of the limited series, in which the Underground Railroad is “no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil… The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage–and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.” Jenkins’s Dear White People, a satirical dramedy about escalating racial tensions at a fictional Ivy League college from the perspective of several Black students, also hits Prime Video on May 1.

For classic content, May is bookended by some pretty great picks that may have gone under most radars after all these years. On May 9, the 2012 film Robot & Frank hits Prime Video–Frank Langella stars as an aging jewel thief whose son buys him a robot, which he at first resists, but ultimately warms up to when he realizes the mechanical pal can restart his career as a cat burglar. On May 2, the sci-fi action film Snowpiercer, based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige and directed by Parasite’s Bong Joon-ho, comes to the streaming service. In 2020, the film has in turn spawned a spinoff rebooting the world’s continuity, which is currently running on TNT.

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Author: David Wolinsky