Category Archives: Thriller

MISSION – IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (2018): The Things I Liked…

Mission - Impossible - Fallout (2018), Rebecca Ferguson
Mission – Impossible – Fallout (2018), Rebecca Ferguson

I took a moment to remember how much fun I had watching Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), before sitting down to Tom Cruise’s latest movie, Mission Impossible – Fallout.

The action sequences in Fallout are impressive, well-choreographed physical feats. You know, because it’s a Tom Cruise movie. Yet there was one moment at the beginning in the scene with the plutonium that felt too obvious as an action movie plot device – due to the way it was executed.  It was unfortunately a moment that made me feel that little bit less enthused about the rest of the film. 

As the story progressed, I was adequately engaged but whilst also simultaneously concluding that I probably need to give this franchise a break. That way when I return in some years, it will all feel kind of fresh and new again.

Even though I definitely had more fun with Rogue Nation, Fallout is still a good movie. It’s just unfortunate that for me personally, more than any specific action sequence or scene, the most memorable thing about director Christopher McQuarrie’s film is that it helped me realise what a truly great face Rebecca Ferguson actually has. A totally random observation, I know. Yet I’m quite sure, thoroughly accurate.

Watch Mission Impossible – Fallout because it’s good. Who knows, it may even be your favourite.

Happy Film Loving 

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ATOMIC BLONDE (2017) : The ThingS I Liked…

Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron
Atomic Blonde (2017), Charlize Theron

Atomic Blonde, an action / thriller about an undercover MI6 agent on a mission to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, and recover a missing list of double agents is arguably an adequately thrilling experience.

Starring Charlize Theron, and James McAvoy, what stood out most for me about director David Leitch’s film is the style – and by ‘style’ I mean the general look and feel, the colours, clothing, the exciting fight sequences, the way specific moments are shot at a particular angle, making for a more satisfying visual experience. One such example would be the way Leitch captures the scene near the start when McAvoy’s character walks up to the car that just crashed with his colleague (Theron) inside.

Watching a very capable, well-dressed female character in charge of herself and her surroundings was fun. It was an inspiring vision that quickly brought to mind another fictional character with impressive abilities and great style. Namely Sylvia Hoeks’s highly memorable work as Luv in Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Atomic Blonde is a movie you watch for the thrilling action and mystery. It may not have you megaphone in hand – post viewing and trying to gather everyone to watch it immediately. Nevertheless, by the end you may, like myself find yourself thinking, ‘yeah, that wasn’t terrible. Nor was it exceptionally memorable either but I have no regrets.’

Lastly, when it comes to the question of Theron’s British accent, I don’t think that she did terribly but my ‘expert ear’ did notice a few inconsistencies. Nothing too laughable, mind you.

Watch it for the colours, fights and style. It’s even possibly, quite fun.

Happy Film loving 

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PIERCING (2018): New Trailer From Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa…

Piercing (2018), Mia Wasiskowska, Christopher Abbott
Piercing (2018), Mia Wasiskowska, Christopher Abbott

Piercing is the Nicolas Pesce directed thriller / horror about a man with a plan. A man with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill an unsuspecting prostitute; and all after kissing his wife and baby goodbye.

Key cast includes Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa…

The weirdness of the trailer grabbed my attention. What Piercing has to say about a man such as the one in this story, and how he came to have  a plan such as his, that’s what has me most curious.

Probably unsurprisingly, this movie makes me want to re-watch American Psycho (2000).

Wendell Pierce, Olivia Bond, Marin Ireland, Dakota Lustick and Maria Dizzia also star.

Piercing Release Dates: February 1st, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 

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THE EQUALIZER 2 (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Equalizer 2 (2018), Denzel Washington
The Equalizer 2 (2018), Denzel Washington

In The Equaliser 2, Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall is, as aways more than ready to serve up an unflinching justice in the name of the exploited and oppressed. Since in director Antoine Fuqua’s sequel, one of the oppressed happens to be someone McCall loves dearly, he wastes no time in setting up a series of smart manoeuvres that prove arguably as thrilling and unexpected as in the first movie, The Equalizer (2014).

With a well-chosen supporting cast that includes Ashton Sanders (Moonlight 2016), Pedro Pascal and Melissa Leo, I particularly enjoyed the dynamic and chemistry between Denzel and Pascal’s characters. My favourite of the most thrilling moments involves the ‘panic room’ scene. A scene that was almost too intense and suspenseful for my little thriller loving heart to bear.

What unfortunately ensures that The Equaliser 2 is not quite as memorable as the first movie includes the fact that it’s a sequel and therefore has the element of familiarity strongly fighting against it. The other reason for me personally is how the beginning portion of the film felt a little disconnected from the rest of it. 

Overall, I say there’s still enough good stuff going on to make The Equaliser 2 a worthy movie. You will certainly be thrilled, moved and possibly find yourself feeling lucky and grateful, especially for all the good, helpful people you’re knowingly and unknowingly connected to.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

Happy Film Loving 

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CAM (2018) New Trailer From Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters…

Cam (2018), Madeline Brewer
Cam (2018), Madeline Brewer

Directed by Daniel Goldhaberan, Cam is a new thriller / mystery / horror about an ambitious camgirl named Alice. Alice wakes up one day to find that she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.

Devin Druid, Imani Hakim and Michael Dempsey also star…

This looks pretty good to me. A hopefully ‘non-nightmare inducing’ kind of scary. I also really want to know how exactly how it is that the creep managed to replace Alice.

Cam Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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BACK ROADS (2018): New Trailer From Alex Pettyfer, Juliette Lewis, Jennifer Morrison…

Back Roads (2018), Alex Pettyfer
Back Roads (2018), Alex Pettyfer

Back Roads is a new drama / triller starring and directed by Alex Pettyfer.

Also starring Jennifer Morrison and Juliette Lewis; at the heart of the story is Hayley (Pettyfer), a young man stuck in the Pennsylvania backwoods and must care for his three younger sisters after the shooting death of his abusive father and the arrest of his mother.

As Hayley struggles to take care of his siblings, family secrets and unspoken truths threaten to consume him.

I find myself curious about how things came to go so very wrong for this family. Hayley’s journey has me very curious indeed. I don’t know what path he was on before having to take care of his sisters but the shift couldn’t have been easy.

Nicola Peltz, Danika Yarosh, Robert Longstreet, Robert Patrick and Tom Everett Scott also star.

Back Roads Release Dates

Happy Film Loving

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COLD PURSUIT (2019): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman…

Cold Pursuit (2019), Liam Neeson
Cold Pursuit (2019), Liam Neeson

Based on 2014’s Norwegian movie In Order of Disappearance, new action / thriller Cold Pursuit stars Liam Neeson as a snowplow driver seeking revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son.

Directed by Hans Petter Moland; additional key cast includes Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman…

There’s the obvious Taken (2018) vibes which make up part of the appeal of this movie. The story does intrigue me but I just want to see Liam Neeson kiss ass in his special Neeson style.

William Forsythe, Laura Dern, Julia Jones, Elysia Rotaru, Domenick Lombardozzi and Raoul Max Trujillo also star.

Cold Pursuit Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (US); February 22nd, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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BIRD BOX (2018): New Trailer From Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Trevante Rhodes…

Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock
Bird Box (2018), Sandra Bullock

In new sci-fi / thriller Bird Box, after a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. And so begins the journey of a woman and two children who make their way through a dystopian setting along a river whilst blindfolded.

Directed by Susanne Bier; key cast includes Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, Trevante Rhodes…

Hello great trailer! I like the way this reminds me a little of A Quiet Place (2017). May it be equally thrilling if not more.

I also rather like the combination of Bullock and Paulson in one movie.

Lil Rel howery, Jacki Weaver, Machine Gun Kelly, Parminder Nagra, John Malkovich and David Dastmalchian also star.

Bird Box Release Dates: December 21st, 2018 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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