Category Archives: Thriller

A VIGILANTE (2019): New Trailer From Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, C.J. Wilson…

A Vigilante (2019), Olivia Wilde
A Vigilante (2019), Olivia Wilde

Witten / directed by  Sarah Daggar-Nickson, Olivia Wilde is the star of A Vigilante, a new drama / thriller about a woman once in an abusive marriage, that now helps victims escape their domestic abusers.

It’s been a while since I saw Wilde in a movie, let alone one where she gets to kick behinds that are deserving of a good kicking.

So far in this trailer, Wilde’s fighting abilities look rather convincing; always a quality I always appreciate

Tonye Patano, Betsy Aidem, Kyle Catlett, Judy Marte, Cheryse Dyllan, Jim Ford and David Shumbris also star.

A Vigilante Release Dates: March 29th, 2019 (US)…

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EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE (2019): New Trailer From Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan, John Malkovich…

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Zac Efron, Lily Collins

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a new Joe Berlinger directed biography / crime / thriller that chronicles the crimes of American serial killer Ted Bundy.

Starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan and John Malkovich, the story of Extremely Wicked is told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer…

I want to believe I’ll be more impressed with the finished film than I currently am with the music choice and edit of this trailer, not that it’s terrible.

I also haven’t yet figured out whether releasing this trailer around the same time as the Netflix Ted Bundy documentary is a good idea. Either way, I want Efron to do well in this role.

Kaya Scodelario, Haley Joel Osment, Jeffrey Donovan and Jim Parsons also star.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Release Dates…

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JOHN WICK – CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (2019): New Trailer From Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Jason Mantzoukas…

Directed by Chad Stahelski, Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry and Jason Mantzoukas are among the stars of John Wick – Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

This time the Super-assassin has has become the target of hit men and women everywhere, thanks to the $14 million price tag on his head. That sort of thing tends to happen when you’re on the run because you killed a member of the international assassin’s guild…

I can’t wait to see just how fun Stahelski can make this instalment because I’m expecting lots of badass fight sequences, as well as bullets flying around at all times.

There’s also the cinematography; I love the colours, the moment on the horse, Halle Berry’s entrance and how well her character teams up with Wick towards the end.

Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Robin Lord Taylor and Lance Reddick also star.

John Wick – Chapter 3 – Parabellum Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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WOMAN AT WAR (2018): New Trailer Starring Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada…

Woman At War (2018), Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir
Woman At War (2018), Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir

Co-written and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, in new action / drama / thriller, Woman At War, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir is Halla, a woman on a risky mission to prevent the local aluminium industry from disfiguring her beloved country, Iceland.

Unexpectedly, Halla’s situation changes with the arrival in her life of a small orphan girl…

I’m in because this is a better than average trailer and I simply want to know more about Halla as well as find out how she came to the decision to risk everything.

The action / thriller element looks like fun and I cant wait to see all the ways she manages to avoid getting caught.

Woman At War Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (US)…

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RED JOAN (2019): New Trailer From Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes…

Red Joan (2019), Judi Dench
Red Joan (2019), Judi Dench

Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson and Tom Hughes are the stars of Red Joan, a Trevor Nunn directed biography / thriller about the KGB’s longest-serving British spy…

I’m watching because Dench and Cookson are great, I very much want to hear Joan’s justifications and… interrogations are usually fun to watch.

Melita Stedman Norwood is the real name of the spy whose story Red Joan is based on.

Stephen Campbell Moore, Kevin Fuller, Freddie Gaminara, Stephen Boxer and Paul Kerry also star.

Red Joan Release Dates: April 19th, 2019 (UK)…

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HOTEL MUMBAI (2019): New Trailer From Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs…

Hotel Mumbai (2019), Dev Patel
Hotel Mumbai (2019), Dev Patel

Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Isaacs are the stars of new historical drama / thriller Hotel Mumbai.

Directed by Anthony Maras, the premise is the true story of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India at the Taj Hotel…

The stories of people working together to survive under extraordinary circumstances, that’s why I want to see this. It helps that this trailer looks good and the cast is reliable.

The beautiful images of India are an added bonus. Also, Hotel Mumbai kind of reminds me of Titanic (1997) – except that this time the terror isn’t because of an ‘iceberg, right ahead.’

Additional cast includes Anupam Kher, Angus McLaren, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Lauren Koopowitz also star.

Hotel Mumbai Release Dates: March 22nd, 2019 (US)…

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HALLOWEEN (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Halloween (2018), Jamie Lee Curtis
Halloween (2018), Jamie Lee Curtis

In the David Gordon Green followup to the 1978 horror movie hit Halloween the story of Halloween (2018) centres around second time mental hospital escapee and serial Halloween night masked murderer Mike Myers. 

Myers returns to the town he once terrorised forty Halloween nights ago, to wreak more havoc. He’s especially set on getting to Laurie Strode, the then teenage girl – now grandmother who once narrowly escaped from Myers. Knowing that they would one day meet again, Strode has spent the past four decades preparing to kill him.

Myers of course kills many others while en route to Strode and we end up seeing a mixture of scary, impressive not so scary or impressive and sometimes quite unconvincing moments in Gordon Green’s film. I watched the 1978 movie when I was just 17, so maybe I’ll find it less impressive now but I do vaguely recall finding it more impressive compared to my feelings about this new movie.

I found some of the Halloween (2018) special effects makeup to be less convincing than expected. A key example being a scene closer to the end when an adult face gets stepped on hard by Myers, and said face seems to fall apart almost like something resembling a large peeled grapefruit. I’m no scientist so I could be wrong, but surely for someone’s skull to be crushed like that, I’m almost certain that greater force is required than what’s shown in the aforementioned moment. After that particular disappointment, my mind went to… ‘Isn’t it 2018? surely horror film special effects have come quite a way by now? No?’

Overall, Halloween isn’t as thrilling, scary and impressive as it could have been. I found myself needing to know more about Myers. I needed more than the psychiatrists description of him as something like ‘pure evil’. I’m sure the fact that we don’t ever get to see Myers’s face had a negative effect on how much I was able believe the darkness that’s supposed to exist within him. I think I needed to believe in the darkness more in order for me to really be scared. Otherwise all I essentially have is a not particularly horrifying figure who wears a creepy mask and somehow never seems to run. 

As a non regular viewer of scary movies, what I enjoyed most about Halloween is the parts where we learn about and see how the trauma of that fateful Halloween night forty years prior affected Strode and her family. I also enjoyed Andi Matichak’s portrayal of Laurie’s granddaughter – especially before I realised that Jamie Lee Curtis as the young Laurie has a far better horror movie scream.

Other thoughts that crossed my mind as the movie played include…

‘He’s so annoying and a total a******. Of course he’s going to die.’ 

‘I wish that the scene where the granddaughter finally gets separated from her phone didn’t ring quite as false as it does.’

I just couldn’t help thinking that there’s definitely a better way that could have been done. It sucks when lazy plot devices so obviously feel like lazy and contrived plot devices.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

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CLOSE (2019): New Trailer From Noomi Rapace, Indira Varma, Sophie Nélisse…

Close (2019), Noomi Rapace
Close (2019), Noomi Rapace

Co-written / directed by Vicky Jewson; starring Noomi Rapace, Indira Varma and Sphie Nélisse, Close is a new action thriller centred on a violent kidnap.

Rapace is a bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert who’s hired to protect a rich young heiress and neither party is happy about the arrangement…

I like this trailer and immediately it’s making me think about what a great idea it is to keep one’s high personal net worth as private as possible. I’m also in to see Rapace as an effective action woman. fingers crossed that this one’s a very entertaining and engaging experience.

I’m also quite interested to see if the young girl really does learn to fight back, and effectively. A gentle reminder for anyone with new year plans to learn self defence.

Eoin Macken, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Akin Gazi, Huw Parmenter and lauren Harris also star.

Close Release Dates: January 19, 2019 (Internet)…

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