Category Archives: Thriller

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE (2021): New Trailer Starring Sam Claflin, Michelle Monaghan, Casey Affleck…

Every Breathe You Take (2021), Sam Claflin, Vertical Entertainment US
Every Breathe You Take (2021), Sam Claflin, Vertical Entertainment US

In new thriller Every Breath You Take; Casey Affleck is a psychiatrist, whose family life is unexpectedly disrupted, after he introduces the brother of a former client to his wife and daughter.

With additional key cast that includes Michelle Monaghan, Sam Claflin and Emily Alyn Lind; Every Breath You Take is directed by Vaughn Stein.

I feel like a huge liar calling this a new ‘trailer.’ Because, ultimately, what it resembles is a ‘SUPER short film,’ especially considering how much of the plot it reveals.

I’m mostly intrigued by Sam Claflin in the role of villain. I’m also definitely not expecting this movie to be in my list of favourites of 2021. But I will give it a chance and save it for one of those days when I don’t want to work too hard to follow everything.

India Eisley, Hiro Kanagawa, Veronica Ferres, Craig Haas, Lilly Krug, Christopher Logan, Daniel Bacon, Kheon Clarke, Jeff Sanca and Nicki Steudel also star.

Every Breath You Take Release Dates: April 2nd, 2021 (US)…

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THE LITTLE THINGS (2021): The Things I Liked…

The Little Things (2021), Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Warner Bros. Pictures
The Little Things (2021), Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Warner Bros. Pictures

As many can imagine, a thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto is the kind that’s highly unlikely to disappoint, especially on the performance front.

All three Academy award-winning actors were great in their roles. I particularly enjoyed the tension-filled dynamic between Washington and Malek’s characters. I also happened to like the way Malek walks in this movie, but that’s neither here nor there.

Performances and walks aside, The Little Things is very unlikely to be what you expect. Writer/director John Lee Hancock’s serial killer movie is engaging and suspenseful; especially at the start. Yet, even though I appreciated the story that Hancock chose to tell, the way the film’s unexpected difference is executed resulted in a storytelling experience that left me feeling disappointed and unsatisfied.

To be clear, I’m not dissatisfied because I didn’t get the ending I wanted. I’m left wanting because the story structure did a less than satisfactory job of managing my expectations.

Besides the already mentioned high points of this movie, one of the biggest positives of The Little Things, for me, is the musical score; the sound of which you’ll recognise, particularly if you enjoyed and or replayed the impressive trailer as much as I did. 

The Little Things is a movie you watch if you’re curious about the performances. And to find out how it’s different from what you typically expect from a serial killer movie, should you be so curious.

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TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE (2021): New Trailer Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce…

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

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse stars Michael B. Jordan as John Clark, a Navy SEAL who sets off on a personal mission to avenge his wife’s murder, only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy. 

Directed by Stefano Sollima; additional key cast includes Lauren London, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell and Guy Pearce.

I say bring on the well-choreographed fight/combat sequences. I’m more that ready to see Jordan believably portraying a Navy SEAL. I’m also ready to hear him say ‘No remorse‘ about one hundred more times.

Jacob Scipio, Todd Lasance, Jack Kesy, Lucy Russell, Cam Gigandet, Luke Mitchell, Artjom Gilz, Brett Gelman, Merab Ninidze and Alexander Mercury also star.

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Release Dates: April 30th, 2021, Amazon Prime Video

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I CARE A LOT (2020): The Things I Liked…

I Care a Lot (2020), Rosamund Pike, Amazon Prime Video
I Care a Lot (2020), Rosamund Pike, Amazon Prime Video

I knew that crime/thriller I Care a Lot was about Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a despicable woman who takes pleasure in draining the savings of her vulnerable elderly clients. What I didn’t know is I’d end up detesting Marla quite as much as I did.

To say I was extra impatient to see her get her comeuppance feels like an understatement. Furthermore, I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more incensed by a character the way I was with Marla. OK, maybe Guy Pierce’s Charley Rakes in Lawless (2012) is even more despicable. I mean, I truly, deeply hated him. I digress. 

Written/directed by J. Blakeson, I Care a Lot is generally well-acted. However, there are parts of the story I didn’t fully buy. Specifically, occurrences that seemed to happen the way they did, simply to serve the story. Only, ironically, they ended up doing the movie a disservice because I didn’t believe them. Much of this takes place once Marla became more involved with Peter Dinklage’s character.

There are very few if any clear cut ‘good people’ in this movie. This is a truth that made watching I Care a Lot more uncomfortable than anticipated. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt so slightly shortchanged had I been able to connect more with any characters’ story, and in a way that made me identify with them on a less than surface level.

As for my favourite things about Blakeson’s film, Chris Messina is great as the Lawyer and I found Marla’s style delightfully noteworthy; as is her general badassery. There’s no doubt that her place in the list of tough female movie characters sporting blunt bobs has a corner in my mind. I only wish it had one in my heart too.

Watch I Care a Lot if you’re curious.

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UNDERWATER (2020): The Thing I Liked…

Underwater (2020), Kristen Stewart, 20th Century Fox
Underwater (2020), Kristen Stewart, 20th Century Fox

It’s the promise of thrilling action sequences that take place at the bottom of the ocean that drew me to Underwater; an action/thriller about a group of researchers trying to survive after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.

The good news is that I got the well-executed and thrilling scrambling to safety scenes I’d hoped for. The bad news is that besides the initial scrambling and the face-to-face encounter with the monster towards the end, there isn’t much else about director William Eubank’s film that I found particularly impressive.

Starring Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller and Vincent Cassel; the elements that proved most disappointing include the design of the underwater monster, which, for me, seemed relatively basic and not particularly new. Furthermore, overall, the special effects could have been better. And unfortunately, some of the acting is questionable.

I know that Underwater is a thriller and not a traditional horror movie. Yet, I expected the monster to be scarier than it is. Or, at the very least, for the encounters with the monster to be more terrifying than they are. It certainly didn’t help that we barely see anything, each time the camera is pointed at the monster.

Much of the dialogue felt quite flat, which in part led to the moments that should have been more affecting, i.e. the death of key characters seem rather underwhelming.

Watch Underwater but only if you absolutely must.

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I CARE A LOT (2020): New Trailer Starring Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest…

I Care a Lot (2020), Rosamund Pike, Amazon Prime Video

Read my spoiler-free movie review of  I Care a Lot (2021).


New crime/thriller, I Care a Lot is about a crooked legal guardian named Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike). A woman who drains the savings of her elderly wards; only this time she’s met her match, because Jennifer Peterson, her latest target is far more than what she appears.

Written/directed by J. Blakeson; additional key cast includes Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Chris Messina.

Looks like Pike is returning to the type of unhinged character she seems to play so well; as demonstrated by her turn as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl (2014). And I have to say, I’m not mad about it one bit.

Seeing Marla get what she deserves is why I’ll be watching this. Fingers crossed it turns out great.

Lastly, anyone else suddenly finds themselves considering a blunt bob cut as this trailer played?

Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Damian Young, Nicholas Logan, Liz Eng, Celeste Oliva, Georgia Lyman, Moira Driscoll and Gary Tanguay also star.

I Care a Lot Release Dates: February 19th, 2021 (US), Amazon Prime Video…

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OLD (2021): New Trailer From M. Night Shyamalan, Starring Gael García Bernal, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie…

Old (2021), Gael García Bernal, Universal Pictures
Old (2021), Gael García Bernal, Universal Pictures

M. Night Shyamalan has a new thriller called Old, and it stars Rufus Sewell, Gael García Bernal, Alex Wolff and Thomasin McKenzie.

Getting older is scary enough. But for the process to be rushed by what looks like a decade within a day, that sounds super scary. I really hope this turns out great.

Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Abbey Lee, Alex Wolff, Ken Leung, Vicky Krieps, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Emun Elliott, Kathleen Chalfant, Matthew Shear, Alexa Swinton and Aaron Pierre also star.

Old Release Dates: July 23rd, 2021 (US)…

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BEHIND HER EYES (2021): New Trailer From Eve Hewson, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman…

Behind Her Eyes (2021), Simona Brown, Netflix
Behind Her Eyes (2021), Simona Brown, Netflix

Simona Brown, Eve Hewson and Tom Bateman are the stars of Behind Her Eyes; a new Steve Lightfoot directed Netflix mystery/thriller series about Louise; a single mom with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist’s office.

Things get complicated when Louise begins an affair with her boss and strikes up an unlikely friendship with his wife. 

I wouldn’t mind controlling my dreams. But that’s not why I want to watch this. My partiality to a good mystery/thriller is my main reason. The cast is great and it helps that this looks very promising.

Robert Aramayo, Tyler Howitt, Aston McAuley, Kamontip Krissy Ashton, Pierre Bergman, Georgie Glen, Richie Lawrie, Joakim Skarli, Hannah Traylen, Hannah Young, Rob Horrocks and Anna Charlotte Clark also star.

Behind Her Eyes Release Dates: February 17th, 2021 (US & UK), Netflix

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