Category Archives: Thriller

PROFILE (2018): New Trailer Starring Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams…

Profile (2018), Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Focus Features
Profile (2018), Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Focus Features

Shazad Latif and Valene Kane are the stars of new mystery/thriller Profile; the story of an undercover British journalist who infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to find herself sucked in by her recruiter.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov; Christine Adams, Morgan Watkins, Emma Cater and Hollie Burgess make up more of the key cast.

This one is such a compelling premise that I don’t want to think too much about how it’s going to unfold. I simply want to watch it all happen, and hopefully be impressed by the overall execution.

Fingers crossed!

Marie Hamilton, Irina Klimovich, Kelley Mack, Louis Martin, Eloise Thomas, Kate Watson and Therica Wilson-Read also star.

Profile Release Dates: May 14th, 2021 (US)…

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THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD (2021): New tRAILER fROM Angelina Jolie, Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry, Nicholas Hoult…

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), Angelina Jolie, Warner Bros. Pictures
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), Angelina Jolie, Warner Bros. Pictures

Set in the Montana wilderness, Those Who Wish Me Dead is an action/thriller that stars Angelina Jolie as a survival expert tasked with protecting a teenage murder witness. one who’s being pursued by twin assassins.

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

Directed by Taylor Sheridan; additional key cast includes Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Jake Weber, Tyler Perry and Tory Kittles.

Such a pleasant surprise to see Jolie starring in a movie again. Jolie and the fact that I’m generally partial to productions about first responders is the reason I’m watching.

Lora Martinez-Cunningham, James Jordan, Laura Niemi, Finn Little, Alma Sisneros, Dylan Kenin, Matt Medrano and Medina Senghore also star.

Those Who Wish Me Dead Release Dates: May 13th, 2021 (UK); May 14th, 2021 (US)…

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GODZILLA vs. KONG (2021): The Things I Liked…

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), Warner Bros. Pictures

The main reason I wanted to watch Godzilla vs Kong is the monster fight. What proved most disappointing is that I found the fight sequences to be ‘just ok’ at best. 

The special effects were impressive and I particularly appreciated the city lights in Hong Kong, as well as the film’s smart use of colour. Other highlights include Brian Tyree Henry who came across very convincingly as the investigator/conspiracy theory enthusiast. 

As someone who enjoyed Kong Skull Island (2017), I was expecting an equally engaging story with Godzilla vs Kong. Especially where the fight sequences were concerned. It’s unfortunate that by the twenty-minute mark, I found myself wanting to fast forward to the monster face-off, rather than sit through the tired human stories I was supposed to buy into.

My desire to skip to the fun moments is partly because I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief enough, not to notice how silly and cliché the story felt at times. I also missed Tom Hiddleston’s character from Kong Skull Island and found myself wishing he were in this movie. Because that way, he’d have helped ground things a little more. 

If you’re curious about the special effects, watch Godzilla vs Kong. You may find yourself thinking that it feels sillier than expected, but you will most likely enjoy the CGI and the lights.

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THE NIGHT HOUSE (2020): New Trailer From Rebecca Hall, Stacy Martin, Sarah Goldberg…

The Night House (2021), Rebecca Hall, Searchlight Pictures
The Night House (2021), Rebecca Hall, Searchlight Pictures

In new horror/thriller The Night House, Rebecca Hall is Beth, a widow left with the job of begins to uncovering her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.

Directed by David Bruckner; Stacy Martin, Sarah Goldberg, Evan Jonigkeit, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Samantha Buck are among the key cast.

I definitely enjoyed this trailer. It’s giving me slight The Invisible Man vibes, as well as immediately bring to mind the thoughts, ‘well, that’s a nice house‘ and ‘cool ear rings.’

Let’s hope that the reason Beth’s husband built ‘the same house but backwards‘ is as compelling as this trailer.

Allie McCulloch, Amy Zubieta, Michael Flores, Amber Anne, David Abeles, Patrick Klein, Andy Rich, Laura Austin and Crystal Swann also star.

The Night House Release Dates: July 16th, 2021 (US)…

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WRATH OF MAN (2021): New Trailer From Guy Ritchie; Starring Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Josh Hartnet,t Jeffrey Donovan…

Wrath of Man (2021), Jason Statham, MGM
Wrath of Man (2021), Jason Statham, MGM

Directed by Guy Ritchie, Wrath of Man stars Jason Statham, Josh Hartnett, Scott Eastwood and Jeffrey Donovan in an action/thriller about H.

From writers Ivan Atkinson and Nicolas Boukhrief, H is a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company. A company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles every week.

Even though Ritchie isn’t the writer, I can’t wait to see his directorial style all over this. I already love the clip accompanied by exactly the right type of music when the shooting starts.

Statham and Ritchie back working together is great to see. If my memory serves me well, they last collaborated in my two favourite Ritchie movie: Locks Stock and Two Smocking Barrels (1998) plus Snatch (2000). Then there’s Hartnett, an actor I last saw Oh, Lucy (2017), a fun quirky movie.

Wrath of Man Release Dates: May 7th, 2021 (US); June 25th, 2021 (UK)…

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DEFENDING JACOB (2020): The Things I Liked…

Defending Jacob (2020), Michelle Dockery Apple TV+
Defending Jacob (2020), Michelle Dockery, Apple TV+

There are parts I thoroughly enjoyed in Michelle Dockery, Chris Evans and Jaeden Martell’s Defending Jacobthe story of two parents who have to deal with the idea that their fourteen-year-old son might be responsible for murdering his classmate. Yet, I can’t say I completely loved the experience of watching it. 

The best moments besides the big revelation in the courtroom is  Dockery’s performance. Evans wasn’t terrible and Martell is a very talented young man. I only wish I enjoyed the series in its entirety and spent less  time asking questions such as:

Do we really need to keep going back and forth between Evans’s character in the present day as he recounts what happened? It doesn’t seem to be adding much to the experience.’ 

Why isn’t this a two-part, or four-part series instead of eight?

The truth is I could do with more patience when it comes to movies and TV shows. However, all I want is for something I’m watching to be fully engaging, to the point where I’m happily lost in it, rather than having to question editing decisions.

I like the idea of a story about the possibility that one’s child could be a psychopath, and I felt for Dockery’s character. The bigger issue is likely that I’ve seen elements of this story in other productions several times before. A truth that then makes this experience less new/impressive.

If you’re especially curious, give Defending Jacob a chance. You may find that you love the way it just the way it is. And that you have a lot more patience than I do.

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LOCKED IN (2021): New Trailer FStarring Mena Suvari, Jasper Polish, Jeff Fahey, Costas Mandylor…

Locked In (2021), Jasper Polish, Mena Suvari
Locked In (2021), Jasper Polish, Mena Suvari

New crime/thriller Locked In has Mena Suvari as a single mother who must protect her daughter and herself after a heist at a high-tech storage facility goes wrong.

Written/directed by Carlos V. Gutierrez; additional key cast includes Jeff Fahey, Jasper Polish and Costas Mandylor.

I’ve never entered a storage facility before, but every time I walk past one, thoughts of how easy it might be to get lost in there, and how creepy it likely feels cross my mind,

I want this to be one of those movies that’s highly engaging and thrilling, even though most of the action takes place in one building.

Bruno Bichir, Manny Perez, Natalie Smith, James Biberi and Joanne Lamstein also star.

Locked In Release Dates: May 7th, 2021 (US)…

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STOWAWAY (2021): New Trailer From Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Shamier Anderson…

Stowaway (2021), Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Netflix
Stowaway (2021), Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette, Netflix

Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Toni Collette and Shamier Anderson’s latest sci-fi/thriller is all about a mission to Mars that runs into a series of unintended challenges, after a stowaway is discovered on board.

Surely there’s no way that this ends well for all involved. I feel as though my heart just broke multiple times while watching this trailer. Still, I’m in for that special Kendrick, Collette and Kim magic.

I also want to see how it all unfolds because I could be wrong, but it seems as though some secrets are bound to come out.

Lastly, will this movie be as good as or better than Netflix’s other recent space movie, The Midnight Sky (2020)? I wonder.

Stowaway Release Dates: April 22nd, 2021 (US)…

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