Category Archives: Thriller

BEL CANTO (2018): New Trailer From Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Christopher Lambert…

Bel Canto (2018), Ken Watanabe
Bel Canto (2018), Ken Watanabe

Based on the best selling novel by Ann Patchett, Bel Canto is a new drama / thriller about a  world-renown opera singer who’s invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America. Things take an unfortunate turn when she becomes trapped in a hostage situation.

Directed by Paul Weitz; Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Christopher Lambert star…

I want to tune in because of Moore and Watanabe. My only concern is that the whole experience may fall short because it’s very obviously not Moore singing.

I wonder if I’d be as apprehensive if I thought the opera singer’s singing voice actually sounded like it could belong to Moore.

Thorbjørn Harr, Sebastian Koch, Melissa Navia, Bobby Daniel Rodriguez, Olek Krupa and Elsa Zylberstein also star.

Bel Canto Release Dates: September 14th, 2018 (US)…

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EXTINCTION (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Extinction (2018), Michael Peña
Extinction (2018), Michael Peña

Directed by Ben Young and starring Michael Peña, Mike Colter and Lizzy Caplan, Extinction is a Netflix sci-fi thriller where a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becomes a reality.

What I’d really have loved to write at this point is that the tide has finally turned and at last we have a really good Netflix movie. Instead, the very best I can really say about Extinction is that the film’s full premise which quite rightly isn’t really completely revealed to the audience until towards the last third of the movie is exciting. When the revelation did finally come, I certainly hoped that I would have been more delighted.

The acting isn’t bad but the reason I found the all important revelation very underwhelming has a lot to do with the story / structure and the budget. I feel as though the story needed more development, particularly in regards to how a thriller could still be thrilling considering the unavoidable constraints linked to the specific nature of the story and the nature of the main characters involved. In that way perhaps Extinction wouldn’t have felt quite as hollow as it did to me.

I’m disappointed because instead of celebrating the film’s great execution, I’m left wondering how good such an exciting and relevant idea could have been in the hands of different people.

Watch it if you must. Otherwise there’s Minority Report (2002), which isn’t particularly similar to Extinction, but it is undoubtedly good.

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HUNTER KILLER (2017): New Trailer From Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Michael Nyqvist…

Hunter Killer (2018), Gerard Butler
Hunter Killer (2018), Gerard Butler

In new action / thriller Hunter Killer, the Russian president has been kidnapped by a rogue general and it’s the job of an untested American submarine captain to work with U.S. Navy Seals for the rescue effort.

Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common and Michael Nyqvist star while Donovan Marsh directs…

More than a desire to see how the story unfolds, what I really want is some submarine time without having to actually be in a submarine.

There’s also the special effects and the fact that I like Butler, Common, Oldman and the words ‘Hunter’ and ‘Killer’ side by side.

Hunter Killer Release Dates: October 26th, 2018 (US), November 2nd (UK)…

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BREAKING IN (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union
Breaking In (2018), Gabrielle Union

Breaking In, a movie about a determined mother working hard to outsmart four criminals during a home invasion is one I tuned in to to be entertained / thrilled – and entertained I was, to a degree. I like the film’s star Gabriele Union so I enjoyed watching her act but overall, Breaking In is definitely not the best of its genre.

Director James McTeigue’s film is missing ‘the memorable’ element and the line ‘You picked the wrong house’ absolutely doesn’t count. Even though the film did enough to keep me watching till the end, there are really no scenes so thrilling that they stick out.

Aside from the satisfaction from seeing the bad guys lose because who doesn’t want that…? My favourite thing about Breaking In is that it cements my decision to avoid ever living in a house far bigger than I could ever need. Compared to Halle Berry’s Kidnap (2017), I’d say Breaking In is better, mostly because the lead actor’s acting and dialogue is more convincing.

Watch it if you like Union or any of the other cast enough. Or perhaps you just want to see how the story plays out.

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ELIZABETH HARVEST (2018): New Trailer From Ciarán Hinds, Abbey Lee, Carla Gugino…

Elizabeth Harvest (2018), Ciarán Hinds
Elizabeth Harvest (2018), Ciarán Hinds

Elizabeth Harvest is a new Sebastian Gutierrez written / directed thriller about possible consequences of  giving your spouse full access to all areas of your life except one.

Ciarán Hinds, Abbey Lee and Carla Gugino star…

I want to see see how similar this movie is to Crimson Peak (2015) but I’m also in for the colours, the mystery and I admit – Lee’s arresting face.

Additional cast includes Dylan Baker and Matthew Beard.

Elizabeth Harvest Release Dates: August 10th, 2018 (US)…

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MAZE RUNNER – THE DEATH CURE (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Maze Runner - The Death Cure (2018). Dylan O'Brien, Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden, Rosa Salazar
Maze Runner – The Death Cure (2018). Dylan O’Brien, Giancarlo Esposito, Dexter Darden, Rosa Salazar

Maze Runner – The Death Cure, the final instalment in the young adult science fiction trilogy set in a post apocalyptic dystopian world is generally OK. Having already seen the first two Maze Runner films and also finding them mainly adequate, I wanted to watch The Death Cure to finish what I’d started. I was very happy to see that the films main actor Dylan O’Brien appeared to have recovered fully following the serious 2016 on-set accident that put production on hold for months.

Even though I’m not in love with this movie, I don’t regret having sat through it for reasons including, the acting isn’t terrible overall, I like the consistent pace and there are a couple of in-air stunts that had my attention. Beyond that though, I’d say that director Wes Ball’s film is an easy distraction that doesn’t ask too much of you. In which case, perhaps hit that play button – for a casual viewing. I say that whilst knowing that big fans of the books (I’ve never read them) probably wouldn’t sit down to this movie ‘casually.’ Nevertheless though, every movie has its place in everybody’s mind. From ‘this deserves my undivided attention’ to ‘I’m definitely skipping that.’ 

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EXTINCTION (2018): New Trailer From Michael Peña, Mike Colter, Lizzy Caplan…

Extinction (2018), Michael Peña
Extinction (2018), Michael Peña

Extinction, a new Ben Young directed sci-fi / thriller about a father’s recurring nightmare showing his family in grave danger becoming a reality. The nightmare comes true when the planet is suddenly invaded by a highly destructive force and so the fight for their lives begins.

Michael Peña, Mike Colter, Lizzy Caplan star…

I’m probably being way too optimistic here but I’m interested because I want an explanation for why he could see the future. I’d love a twist in the story. For example, is he linked to the invaders somehow? My fingers are crossed for  a worthy Netflix movie.

Emma Booth, Israel Broussard, Tom Riley and Georgia Goodman also star

Extinction Release Dates: July 27th, 2018 (US)…

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REVENGE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Revenge (2018), Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz
Revenge (2018), Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz

Revenge, an action thriller written / directed by Coralie Fargeat and starring Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz is the story of a mistress’s highly justified vengeance after her lover and his friends do their worst.

Featuring just four characters and set in a desert somewhere, Jen the mistress is supposed to be a kind of semi-superhero, vengeance seeking character.  Unfortunately for me, I feel as though the movie didn’t declare itself as ‘not quite realistic’ early enough in the story or clearly enough; especially because of how frighteningly real the beginning of the film is. This then had me questioning and doubting the validity of things that were happening later instead of surrendering to the ‘semi-real’ place the film occupies.

The next unexpected challenge with Revenge came with the moments that played for laughs. As amusing as these moments may have been, I found myself not laughing because of the horror of the things that happened earlier as a catalyst for vengeance in the first place. One might say that I simply became too busy and focused on justice and the villains’ comeuppance to concern myself with amusement.

In terms of what I did enjoy about Fargeat’s movie;  that would be the suspense, visual style and the story of a badass female fighting for herself against the odds. I also appreciated the good, realistic looking movie blood of which there’s plenty. It’s unsurprising then that the two most unforgettable scenes both feature quite a bit of blood. The main one being a tension filled corridor chase sequence towards the end and another scene that involves an impaling.  I’d like to add that I don’t ‘have a thing for blood’. I just like it to look realistic where hue and consistency are concerned.

I may well have enjoyed  this movie more had it not been for the superhero / fantasy elements. Just imagine, no confusion or seemingly misplaced humour; just pure vengeance. A girl can dream.

See it if you’re curious but maybe don’t expect too much.

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