Category Archives: Thriller

JOHN WICK (2014): The Things I Liked…

John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate
John Wick (2014), Keanu Reeves, Lionsgate

Everything that happens at the start of John Wick may not feel as perfectly put together story-wise as one might prefer. However, it isn’t long after the beginning and / or end that one realises the story and sometimes the dialogue didn’t feel especially polished for a reason. The reason being, the main focus of John Wick is really the fight choreography, stylish shots and shoot-out fun. That isn’t to say that you can’t have both a very well put together story and fun shoot-out action in the same movie. You just won’t necessarily get that here.

Directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, I liked seeing Keanu Reeves as a highly skilled and certainly well-dressed hitman. I had fun as the camera followed him as he moved around the city of New Yorkenacting revenge against the people who killed his precious dog.

It’s clear now why post John Wick viewing, ‘All that for a dog?‘ was a common question asked by a number of people. The story could have been executed in a way that meant such a question never even arose but the filmmakers had other plans. And anyway, for me, the killing spree wasn’t so much about the dog but rather, everything that the very precious dog represented.

All things considered, John Wick isn’t my favourite revenge movie. It also isn’t the worst. The moments that featured a noticeable light blue wash over the film’s imagery, denoting the coldness of the characters, their actions and mindset were one of the key highlights.

I’m quite certain that it’s not just me who kept picturing how a good a John Wick video game might look as the movie played. I definitely imagine that those who like shoot out games, don’t mind relatively graphic violence and enjoy stylishly executed cinema will have the best time.

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CRAWL (2019): New Trailer From Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson…

Crawl (2019), Kaya Scodelario, Paramount Pictures
Crawl (2019), Kaya Scodelario, Paramount Pictures

Directed by Alexandre Aja, new horror / thriller Crawl stars Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper and Ross Anderson.

It’s a Florida set story about a young woman fighting for her life against alligators, as she tries to save her father during a category five hurricane.

My favourite part in this trailer is when she ‘s injured but tells her dad she’s fine so he won’t worry because there’s little he can do to help her in his current state.

I also appreciate that it’s the daughter trying to save her dad during a natural disaster and not the other war round.

I kind of wish that I found what happens at 1:12 more convincing. Who knows, maybe that’s supposed to be be part of the fun of it all.

Anson Boon, Colin McFarlane, George Somner, Jose Palma, Annamaria Serda and Ami Metcalf also star.

Crawl Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US); August 9th, 2019 (UK)…

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NIGERIAN PRINCE (2018): The ThingS I Liked…

Nigerian Prince (2018), Antonio J Bell, Chinaza Uche, Vertical Entertainment US
Nigerian Prince (2018), Antonio J Bell, Chinaza Uche, Vertical Entertainment US

I haven’t seen many African films but I’m quite certain that Nigerian Prince is the best I’ve watched yet. Featuring a down to earth realism minus all the extra melodramatics of my previous experiences of Nollywood filmmaking, I’m glad to say I was quite pleasantly surprised.

Nigerian Prince is a well told story that starts with a Nigerian-American teenager named Eze. Eze reluctantly arrives in Nigeria and soon learns that his beloved mother has cancelled his return ticket. As a result, a desperate Eze teams up with a local internet scammer to finance a flight back to the States.

Nigerian Prince isn’t a perfect movie but I enjoyed the tension-filled moments in director Faraday Okoro’s film; a fair amount of which came from Eze’s nativité. Particularly his cluelessness when it came to not fully grasping the risks he was actually taking by getting involved in criminal activity in Nigeria. Risk with consequences the audience is cleverly shown throughout. Therefore heightening our very deep concern for young Eze.

Chinaza Uche’s performance as the scammer is a personal highlight – and not just because it wasn’t extra dramatic. I found it interesting to learn about the life of a ‘Nigerian scammer’ and Uche sold it well. The cleverness in the way the story is told, especially towards the end is probably my favourite moment overall.

There are all kinds of tough situations people experience all over the world and the focus of Nigerian Prince really had me feeling grateful for my own set of problems and challenges – perceived or otherwise. 

As for whether it’s worth it to watch this movie, it may just be me and me alone but the fact that by the end of Nigerian Prince, I actually found myself wanting a sequel must mean there’s something good here. If you’re curious, do it.

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21 BRIDGES (2019): New Trailer From Chadwick Boseman, Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons…

21 Bridges (2019), Chadwick Boseman
21 Bridges (2019), Chadwick Boseman

Starring Chadwick Boseman, and J.K. Simmons, 21 Bridges is a Brian Kirk directed crime / thriller about a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killer.

Additional key cast includes Taylor Kitsch and Sienna Miller….

I’m excited about what looks like an all night chase sequence.

Additionally, I don’t know if I’m happy or disappointed that this trailer didn’t reveal one of the young killers was actually a relative of Boseman’s character.

Keith David, Stephan James, Dale Pavinski , Christian Isaiah and Jamie Neumann also star.

21 Bridges Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US); August 23rd, 2019 (UK)…

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A VIOLENT SEPARATION (2019): New Trailer From Brenton Thwaites, ALYCIA DEBNAM-CAREY, Claire Holt, Francesca Eastwood…

A Violent Separation (2019), Brenton Thwaites

New crime / thriller A Violent Separation stars Brenton Thwaites, Claire Holt, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Francesca Eastwood.

From directors Kevin and Michael Goetz, it’s the story of two brothers struggling with the terrible truth behind a tragedy…

Besides wanting to know what actually happened, I’m quite interested in the emotional journey of the young police officer and how that will end, considering his involvement.

Michael Malarkey, Gerald McRaney, Ben Robson, Izzy G., Peter Michael Goetz, Lynne Ashe and Silas Cooper also star.

A Violent Separation Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US)…

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ISABELLE (2018): New Trailer From Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, Zoë Belkin…

Isabelle (2019), Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, Virtical Releasing
Isabelle (2019), Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, Virtical Releasing

New thriller Isabelle stars Adam Brody, Amanda Crew and Zoë Belkin in a story about the a young couple who descend into the depths of paranoia after their dream of starting a family is shattered.

Directed by Robert Heydon, the couple struggle to survive an evil presence that wants nothing more than their very own lives…

I’ve been enjoying scary movie trailers recently. I’ve only made it to actually watching just a few so far but already I like some of the dialogue in Isabelle

Concerned husband: ‘Do you believe in possession?

Holy Man: ‘I’ve seen many things’.

Me: ‘Isn’t that just comforting?’ Really puts one completely at ease.

Dayo Ade, Booth Savage, Sheila McCarthy, Shanice Banton and David Tompa also star.

Isabelle Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US)…

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WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (2018): New trailer From Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan, Taissa Farmiga…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Brainstorm Media
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018), Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Brainstorm Media

Directed by Stacie Passon, We Have Always Lived In The Castle is a new mystery / thriller starring Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan and Taissa Farmiga.

Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, this is the story of Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian. Living in isolation after a family tragedy six years earlier, they welcome cousin Charles into their home. Charles is actually there to steal the family fortune; and for good measure, threaten the dark secret they’ve been hiding…

I think I can see cousin Charles’s strategy for stealing the fortune based on what’s shown in this trailer. Now I just want to know the nature of the hidden dark secret.

Paula Malcomson, Peter O’Meara, Peter Coonan, Stephen Hogan, Bosco Hogan, Anna Nugent and Joanne Crawford also star.

We Have Always Lived In The Castle Release Dates: May 17th, 2019 (US)…

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THE PERFECTION (2018): New Trailer From Allison Williams, LOGAN BROWNING, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber…

The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix
The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Perfection (2019).


A sinister path with shocking consequences is what happens after a troubled musical prodigy seeks out the star pupil of her former school.

Directed by Richard Shepard; Allison Williams, Logan Browning Alaina Huffman and Steven Weber are the star of Netflix’s latest horror / thriller…

I think I’m ready for this dark tale of envy, yet the creepiness looks quite intense. In other words, I can already see myself sliding away into my t-shirt like a tortoise retreating into its shell. Especially when that poor musicians body starts getting messed with.

Evelyn Chew, Glynis Davies, Winnie Hung, Graeme Duffy, Christina Jastrzembska, Stephen Chang and Milah Thompson also star.

The Perfection Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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