Category Archives: Thriller

THE INVISIBLE MAN (2019): New Trailer From Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge…

The Invisible Man (2019), Elisabeth Moss, Universal Pictures
The Invisible Man (2019), Elisabeth Moss, Universal Pictures

Directed by Leigh Whannell, and based on the novel of the same name by H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Oliver Jackson-Cohen in a new sci-fi / horror / thriller.

Moss plays Cecelia who has the near impossible task of proving that she’s being hunted by someone no one can see. That someone just happens to be her very abusive ex…

I’m really quite horrified by this story. I know it’ll be well acted and I imagine Cecelia will get her vengeance. She better!

I just can’t wait to see how well the special effects are executed. I haven’t read the book so I don’t know if the invisibility ‘science’ will be explained…

Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Benedict Hardie, Sam Smith, Amali Golden, Anthony Brandon Wong, Zara Michales and Bianca Pomponio also star.

The Invisible Man Release Dates: February 28th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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LINE OF DUTY (2019): New Trailer From Aaron Eckhart, Ben McKenzie, Dina Meyer, Giancarlo Esposito…

 In director Steven C. Miller’s Line Of Duty, Aaron Eckhart is a disgraced cop in a race against time after he accidentally kills the abductor f a kidnap victim.

Additional key cast includes  Dina Meyer, Giancarlo Esposito, Ben McKenzie…

As a fan of some of Eckhart’s previous work, I simply want this to be good – and my movie loving self is willing to do the work to find out.

Courtney Eaton, Jessica Lu, MWW Michael Wilkerson, David Shae, Nickola Shreli, Lindsey Garrett, Jonathan Aidan Cockrell, Betsy Landin and Heather Fusari also star.

Line Of Duty Release Dates: November 15th, 2019 (US)…

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I SEE YOU (2019): New Trailer From Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague…

I See You (2019), Helen Hunt
I See You (2019), Helen Hunt

I see You is a new horror / thriller starring Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis and Owen Teague.

Directed by Adam Randall, at the centre of the story is small-town detective Greg harper (Tenney). As Harper investigates the disappearance of a young boy, Harper and his family are suddenly plagued by strange occurrences…

Probably more than anything else, I’m really glad to see Helen Hunt back on screen. Her character does look quite scary and it’s not the kind of role I’m used to seeing her play so this should be interesting. I only think that I’m ready for all the twists, turns and hopefully a very satisfying resolution, but am I really?

Libe Barer, Gregory Alan Williams, Allison Gabriel King, Erika Alexander, Jennifer Grace, John Newberg, Teri Clark, Adam Kern, Riley Caya, Sam Trammell and Nicole Forester also star.

I See You Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (US)…

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FRACTURED (2019): The Things I Liked…

Fractured (2019), Same Worthington, Netflix
Fractured (2019), Same Worthington, Netflix

Directed by Brad Anderson, new Netflix thriller Fractured follows a father (Sam Worthington) who’s desperate to find his wife and daughter after he takes them to a hospital following an accident; only for the hospital to deny hours later that they’d ever seen his family. 

Also starring Lily Rabe and Stephen Tobolowsky, without giving anything away, the best thing to say about Anderson’s film is that it’s dark and the compelling premise does deliver by the end on the trailers promise. Part of what made Fractured interesting to watch and also a tad frustrating is that throughout the film, there are clues provided that made me think that finally I know exactly what’s going on – but then something else equally convincing happens and forces to re-view my conclusions.

Overall, I  enjoyed Anderson’s film more after things picked up past the half way point. I just wish that it didn’t bring out my impatience during the first half as I longed for the story pick up and give me more clues so I could figure things out. 

Random fact, I’m guilty of enjoying the simultaneously chilling and moving end credit music so much that I definitely kept rewinding so I could write this entire review as it played in the background.

Watch Fractured if you’re curious. It gets better as the story goes on and Worthington is good.

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ANNA (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Anna (2019), Sasha Luss
Anna (2019), Sasha Luss

The story of writer /director Luc Besson’s Anna is one that I don’t completely regret watching but I certainly didn’t love it either.

Anna stars Sasha Luss as Anna Poliatova; a stunning beauty with impressive secret skills and strength. Qualities that make her one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

I sat down to watch Anna with mild expectations of the film probably having similarities to Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (2017)The main difference I found between Anna and Atomic Blonde is that even though Anna is quite engaging overall, Anna unlike Atomic Blonde, left me feeling as though the whole experience was almost completely hollow. Very surface level and in some ways a tad silly.

It’s interesting because the acting wasn’t terrible. Therefore, I’m thinking the issue is the story edit which played a part in me having minimal emotional connection to Luss’s character’s journey. Of course I wanted her to win – always, but the the question of ‘why does this feel so frivolous?’ remained with me through to the very end.

Perhaps you’ll find Anna to be a better experience than I did. The fight scenes, though not the most polished I’ve ever seen, they are quite entertaining. Give it a chance and see if you’re especially curious. Or…

…watch Atomic Blonde instead.

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IT CHAPTER 2 (2019): The Things I Liked…

It Chapter 2, Warner Bros. Pictures
It Chapter 2, Warner Bros. Pictures

Even though I definitely can’t say I had a great time during all of the two hours and forty nine minute run time of of director Andy Muschietti’s IT Chapter 2, the last hour or so was pretty thrilling.

Starring James McAvoy, Javier Botet, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård, I had to watch this final installment of the IT (1990) remake because the cast and trailers were great. I was also determined since this was essentially my last chance to see if I found any of the IT movies scary all. I definitely had a lot of feelings throughout but unfortunately, once again, scared really wasn’t one of them. At the very best I was very grossed out by the scene with the 8 plus legged severed head. I enjoyed much of the visual effects and the acting. Unlike in the 1990 IT film, this time both the children and the adult versions of the children performed pretty well.

IT - Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures
IT – Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures

As for the question of why the first hour and forty minutes of IT Chapter 2 wasn’t great, it certainly didn’t help that due to the editing and some characters looking similar, I didn’t find it easy to follow in terms of who was playing the adult version of whom. The other key reason is the pace. I know that much of the film is set in Derry, Maine which is essentially a slower moving place than a city, but that doesn’t mean the story had to move that slowly, surely? I remember that an hour into the film, I found myself disappointed to not even be half way through the movie.

There were also unfortunately some moments where I couldn’t fully suspend my disbelief. Firstly, the biting of the little girl’s head; how on earth did she not scream? Secondly, at the reunion dinner, how did it take so long for the restaurant workers to check on the disturbance, especially considering all the screaming and banging? Last but not least, the scene where Chastain’s character performs a certain feat of strength towards the end. I just don’t honestly believe she possessed the physical strength required to do what she did.

Overall though, thanks to the good performances – particularly by McAvoy and Chastain, plus the fun special effects, IT Chapter 2 is worth watching, if you’re curious. Especially so if you have more patience than I. 

Lastly, I couldn’t help but conclude by the end that Muschietti’s film seems to be quite a good advert for why therapy is important and often a good idea.

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6 UNDERGROUND (2019): New Trailer From Michael bay, Starring Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Mélanie Laurent, BEN HARDY…

6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix
6 Underground (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Netflix

 Director Michael Bay’s latest action / thriller stars Ryan Reynolds, Dave Franco, Ben Hardy and Mélanie Laurent.

The Story centres around six billionaires who decide to fake their own deaths and form an elite vigilante squad in order to eliminate notorious criminals.

I’m excited. Are you excited? I’m excited, mainly because of Reynolds, the good looking action sequences and also the Reynolds and Franco dynamic.

Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, Shubham Saraf, Bahara Golestani, Payman Maadi, Hélène Cardona, Lior Raz, Sebastian Roché, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sitara Attaie and James Murray also star.

6 Underground Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 / Netflix…

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FRACTURED (2019): New Trailer From Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky…

Fractured (2019), Sam Worthington, Netflix
Fractured (2019), Sam Worthington, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Fractured (2019).


Fractured is a new thriller starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky and directed by Brad Anderson.

Imagine this… while on a cross country drive with your wife and daughter, your daughter falls and breaks her arm at a highway rest area. You rush to the hospital, get her seen by a doctor, after which she and your wife go downstairs for an MRI.

You then fall asleep in the lobby and wake up only to find that the hospital has no record or knowledge of your wife and daughter having been checked in…

I love a good mystery and in this case, I just can’t wait to find out who’s ‘mad.’ The hospital or the potentially grief-stricken father? Also, the mother… I’m not quite know about her yet.

Lucy Capri, Adjoa Andoh, Lauren Cochrane, Stephanie Sy, Derek James Trapp, Natalie Malaika, Dennis Scullard, Will Woytowich and Megan Best also star

Fractured Release Dates: October 11th, 2019 (US) / Internet…

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