Category Archives: Thriller

THE GUILTY (2021) New Trailer From Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Burr, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke…

The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix
The Guilty (2021). Jake Gyllenhaal, Netflix

Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Bill Burr and Paul Dano are the stars of director Antoine Fuqua’s latest, The Guilty.

And action/thriller, the story follows Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal), a demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk. Baylor finds himself conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman.

I’m pretty sure that Dano and Gyllenhaal are only ever in good movies. I sometimes say things like: ‘I didn’t know I missed (insert name of great actor) until this new trailer.’ But, I’ve been needing an intense Gyllenhaal film for a while now. And knowing that Fuqua, the director of the excellent Training Day (2001) and The Equalizer (2014) is behind this movie has me that little be more excited.

I also happen to have a special place in my heart for 911 responders. Nevertheless, I didn’t miss the part where this trailer states something along the lines of ‘there’s more to the story than meets the eye.’ I guess we’ll have to wait and see just how likeable Gyllenhaal’s character is by the end. I, for one, can’t wait to find out.

Byron Bowers, Riley Keough, Bill Burr, Peter Sarsgaard, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Castañeda, David Castañeda, Terence J. Rotolo, Edi Patterson, Adrian Martinez also star.

The Guilty Release Dates: September 21st, 2021 (US); October 1st, 2021 (UK)…

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STILLWATER (2021): New Trailer From Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin…

Stillwater (2021), Matt Damon, Focus Features
Stillwater (2021), Matt Damon, Focus Features

Matt Damon’s latest crime/thriller Stillwater has him as a skilled oil-rig labourer who gets on a plane to Marseille, France, after reciving a call from his daughter. An estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin) who’s in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.

Directed by Tom McCarthy; additional key cast includes Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan and Ginifer Ree.

Based ob this trailer, I wasn’t sure about my level of interest in this movie at first. But then I remembered that it’s Damon,. Also, it’s from teh director behind the Oscar winning Spotlight (2015).

There’s also the fact that this trailer reminded me a lot of the real life story of a certain Miss A. Knox; not that I followed that particularly closely. I’m in to see the direction this story takes. Especially since I suspect we may find ourselves quite surprised; at least I hope.

Robert Peters, April Warren, Lena Harmon, Moussa Maaskri, Justin France, Ryan Music, Eric Starkey, Gary Sievers, Thomas Rivas and Leesa Neidel also star.

Stillwater Release Dates: July 30th, 2021 (US); August 6th, 2021 (UK)….

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FALSE POSITIVE (2021): New Trailer From Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Sophia Bush, Ilana Glazer…

False Positive (2021), Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, A24

New horror/mystery/thriller, False Positive stars Ilana Glazer (Lucy) and Justin Theroux as a couple who are finally expecting after months of trying.

Soon after learning she’s expecting a healthy baby girl, Lucy suspects that something isn’t quite right about her fertility doctor, and sets out to uncover the unsettling truth.

Directed by John Lee; Sophia Bush, Pierce Brosnan and Gretchen Mol are among the key cast.

Hello, total nightmare!

This is just the kind of thing to help settle any young woman/ future mother’s mind, isn’t it?

Besides horror that’s based around religion, body horror is one of the scariest things for me to watch. Only, with religion-focused-horror, I steer completely clear. Especially after watching The Omen (1976) at age twelve and subsequently not being able to sleep for an entire week. Whereas some body horror, like this one, I’m curious enough to consider watching. After all, it is Theroux and Bush.

Sullivan Jones, Josh Hamilton, Sabina Gadecki, Lucy Walters, Kelly AuCoin, Taylor Ortega, Francesca Faridany, Zainab Jah, S.J. Son and Nils Lawton also star.

False Positive Release Dates: June 25th, 2021 (US)…

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A QUIET PLACE PART 2 (2020): The Things I Liked…

A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Emily Blunt, Paramount Pictures
A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Emily Blunt, Paramount Pictures

A Quiet Place Part 2 is one of those rare sequels that didn’t leave me disappointed at the end. I found so much to love about Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Cillian Murphy’s movie that I’m contemplating watching it again in a few days. 

There’s lot’s of heart in this one. So much so that the word that lit up in my mind throughout most of the movie, and especially towards the end, is love; though perhaps not in the most obvious way. The acting is brilliant and you’re going to jump out of your skin a few times. You may even cry, once or twice.

Don’t be surprised if as soon as the movie starts, you find yourself confused and wondering whether the cinema has messed up and is playing A Quiet Place (2018) instead of A Quiet Place Part 2. They haven’t made a mistake, because soon enough, just about everything starts making sense, and after a slightly slower pace, it all picks up and becomes so engrossing and entertaining that you probably won’t see the end coming. 

As for what I wish was different about this movie, there are a few small things, two of which happen in act one. The first involves the placing of the baby in the box, then wading away in the water. This scene proved confusing, and distressing, in part because of the shot that follows it.

My other issue is with the arguably unnecessary pounding musical score that accompanies what happens after Blunt’s character says ‘Run.’ I feel that the same scene works better in the trailer, where it’s captured without music. Or, maybe the music that ends up in the film simply stood out a lot, and not in the best way. 

Overall, I’d say that the annoyances that come with A Quiet Place Part 2, in no way outweigh the fun and moving ride that this movie is. Watch it if you haven’t already. You may find that the word love lights up brightly for you, as it did for me.

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THE PROTÉGÉ (2021): New trailer Starring Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton…

The Protégé (2021), Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Q, Lionsgate Movies
The Protégé (2021), Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Q, Lionsgate Movies

The Protégé is a new action/crime/thriller with a vengeance story at its heart. One where Maggie Q and Michael Keaton play two of the world’s premiere assassins, a pair who must form an uneasy alliance.

Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Patrick and Patrick Malahide are among the key cast.

As a big fan of well-executed movie badassery, I’ve watched what happens between 18 and 27 seconds into this trailer 6 times. And not once did I succeed at staying quiet as the action unfolded. Clearly when an action sequence looks this impressive, audible displays of appreciation are involuntary.

I can’t wait to see Q do her action woman thing, while being directed by Martin Campbell, the man behind my favourite Bond movie, Casino Royale (2006).

Lili Rich, Ekaterina Baker, Madalina Anea, Ori Pfeffer, Jack Derges, Florin Piersic Jr., George Pistereanu, Gamba Cole and Velizar Binev also star.

The Protégé Release Dates: August 20th, 2021 (US)…

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LOCKED IN (2021): The Things I Liked…

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

It’s my curiosity about how thrilling movies set mainly in one location can be, that had me watching crime/thriller Locked In. The other motivation is Mena Suvari (an actress I’ll always appreciate because of American Beauty (1999), one of my favourites.

From writer/director Carlos V. Gutierrez, Locked In has some suspenseful scenes. It’s the suspense-filled moments that had me watching through to the very end. Even though by the halfway point, I’d already given up on the movie being the kind I insist others watch. 

The performances aren’t the problem. Locked In is simply not as clever as it needed to be for the viewing experience to feel worthwhile. There are parts of the film where I had to look away as if to signal to the room (since I was watching the movie alone) that what was happening on screen wasn’t up to standard. 

The suspenseful moments and the satisfying last scene are the parts that made me happy. If you’re especially curious about Locked In, then do what you must. Otherwise, how about Locke (2013)Carnage (2011) or Phone Booth (2002)All three are good movies set either completely or predominantly in one location.

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AWAKE (2021): New Trailer Starring Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Shamier Anderson, Ariana Greenblatt…

Awake (2021), Finn Jones, Gina Rodriguez, Netflix
Awake (2021), Finn Jones, Gina Rodriguez, Netflix

In the world of new sci-fi/thriller Awake, a devastating global event has wiped out all electronics and eliminated people’s ability to sleep. Gina Rodriguez stars as former soldier Jill, whose daughter may just be the solution.

Directed by Mark Raso; additional key cast includes Barry Pepper, Shamier Anderson, Ariana Greenblatt and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The chaos of it all is what I’m drawn to; the idea of a world functioning on zero sleep. I mean, many well-rested individuals make terrible decisions, which begs the question, precisely how scary can we expect things to get?

I’m in for the answer to the above while hoping that this movie will exceed all my expectations.

Frances Fisher, Gil Bellows, Finn Jones, Sebastian Pigott, Sergio Di Zio, Alex House, Michael Hough, Lucius Hoyos, Trevor Hayes and Shawn Ahmed also star.

Awake Release Dates: June 9th, 2021 (US & UK)…

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TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE (2021): The Things I Liked…

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (2021), Michael B. Jordan
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (2021), Michael B. Jordan

I had a feeling that Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse wouldn’t be completely terrible; simply because of some of the key talent involved.

The likes of Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Guy Pierce can often be relied upon to deliver watchable performances. Nevertheless, I can’t deny that director Stefano Sollima’s movie could do with some improvements..

I tuned in because the idea of Jordan as a Navy Seal on a vengeance mission was very appealing. And things became especially exciting and suspenseful after the thirty-minute mark, when Jordan’s John Clark was officially in badass mode.

These were the moments that Without Remorse proved most exciting for me; during the action/suspenseful sequences. I particularly enjoyed a scene inside a prison cell that’s very reminiscent of a key moment in Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn’s Starred Up (2014), a prison movie I highly recommend. 

For seasoned film fanatics such as myself, though well executed in parts, I found a fair amount of what took place in Sollima’s Without Remorse relatively cliche’d. As impressive and fun to watch as the action scenes are, I wish that the whole movie felt more polished throughout. And certainly less like a Netflix/Amazon movie that didn’t quite meet its potential.

It is for these reasons, plus the moment or two of dialogue that didn’t sit so comfortably in my ears, and Jodie Turner Smith’s character seeming almost too young to be Clark’s superior that I have to say… only if you’re supercurious, then give Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse a chance.

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