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Already Dead [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3477 ]
Review: Already Dead is an average revenge thriller that doubles back on itself. After a man’s wife is brutalised and his son is murdered, he pays for the opportunity to be alone in a room with the killer. The cast aren’t extraordinary, apart from some familiar faces in Til Schweiger (King Arthur) and Christopher Plummer (Inside Man). Ron Eldard (House of Sand and Fog) leads the charge as Thomas Archer and is a fairly durable lead actor. He’s aided by Til Schweiger for the majority of the film and...

Perfect Stranger [ 2007 ] [ Hits:4394 ]
Review: Perfect Stranger was filmed with three alternative endings in mind and this is its Achilles Heel. The movie is sleek, the story is intriguing and the cast is incredible. Halle Berry takes the lead as Rowena Price, a beautiful journalist who goes undercover to bring a high-powered advertising executive (Willis) to justice with the help of her techno-savvy friend (Ribisi). She clashes with Harrison Hill, when she discovers that he has ties to the murder of her best friend. Hill wields a top advert...

The Contract [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3179 ]
Review: The Contract comes to screen courtesy of Bruce Beresford (Double Jeopardy), and stars Morgan Freeman and John Cusack. Freeman and Cusack are two interesting casting decisions in The Contract. Freeman usually plays the good guy in crime thrillers like Se7en, Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. His counterpart, played by John Cusack is even less synonymous with the mix of genres having played in The Ice Harvest and Runaway Jury. Together they seem like an odd couple since they’re both lead a...

Michael Clayton [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3115 ]
Review: An attorney gets caught up in a major class action lawsuit that could very well be his last, but Michael Clayton isn’t an ordinary legal drama and thriller. There aren’t any court room drama scenes, there aren’t any jury back room scenes and the film tends to focus on motive and emotion. The narrative structure isn’t chronological, but slowly feeds the rope until you hit the anchor. This film garnered several Oscar nominations including: best lead actor in George Clooney, best supporting...

Eagle Eye [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3548 ]
Review: Eagle Eye is the second film starring Shia LeBeouf with D.J. Caruso in the director’s chair, following closely on the back of Disturbia. Disturbia cemented both artists within Hollywood, using a contemporary Hitchcockian makeover in the shadows of Rear Window. Now they’re back in Eagle Eye, which is more of a magpie. The film parallels Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and takes shiny bits and pieces from the likes of Live Free or Die Hard, The Matrix, Enemy of the State and Minority R...

Killshot [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3418 ]
Review: Killshot was originally intended for Tony Scott with Robert De Niro and Quentin Tarantino in the shoes of Armand and Richie. The long-awaited release of Killshot features Mickey Rourke and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who star opposite Diane Lane and Thomas Jane. The cast is strong on paper and the performances are what carries this crime/thriller based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. It’s Rourke’s portrayal of “The Blackbird” that overshadows excellent turns by Gordon-Levitt and Lane. While Th...

Taken [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3413 ]
Review: Taken is a thriller that moves at a frenetic pace… as a former government agent takes revenge on the underground human trafficking organization that kidnapped her. He has a 96 hour window to find his missing daughter and uses his vast experience of secretive ops and network of contacts to track them down. Taken’s Pierre Morel (Banlieue 13) features as director, and it’s hard to believe this is only his second film. He and Besson proved that their writer-director partnership was gold in Dis...

The International [ Hits:3180 ]
Review: The International stars Clive Owen and Naomi Watts and has the austere of an international corporate espionage thriller. Owen plays Louis Salinger, an Interpol agent intent on exposing a banking institution’s involvement in an international arms deal. The film is directed by Tom Tykwer of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Heaven. Tykwer is an interesting choice for director as his movies have an intensity and psychology that would strip your average Bond B-movie. The only consistency with t...

Angels & Demons [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3344 ]
Review: Angels & Demons is the follow-up to the movie adaptation that capped the global phenomenon known as The Da Vinci Code. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Robert Langdon and Ron Howard takes the director’s chair again. This time the Da Vinci Code team are prepared and armed with criticism from their previous project, making Angels & Demons an action/thriller with a revenge plot between the Catholic Church and the Illuminati. If an age-old vendetta wasn’t enough, the stakes are raised by a hi-tech...

The Professional [ 1994 ] [ Hits:3035 ]
Review: The Professional, also known as Leon or The Cleaner, is possibly Luc Besson’s greatest film to date. Jean Reno is Leon, an Italian immigrant-turn-hit man that befriends an orphaned girl called Mathilda (Natalie Portman). Mathilda’s family are gunned down after a revenge killing at their New York apartment, and she manages to escape to Leon’s hideout at the end of the passage. He lets her into his life, and cannot bring himself to get rid of her. Mathilda starts to give Leon a reason to liv...

Strangers on a Train [ 1951 ] [ Hits:3101 ]
Review: Strangers on a Train is classic Alfred Hitchcock magic in black and white. It’s primary message is one that everyone echoes when you’re young, don’t talk to strangers. In this Hitchcock suspense, thriller we meet Guy Haines (Farley Granger), a tennis player with a nasty divorce around the bend. He’s in love with Anne Morton (Ruth Roman), the senator’s daughter. In comes Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), a psychopathic socialite who seems to know Haines better than he does himself. The two...

Apt Pupil [ 1998 ] [ Hits:3547 ]
Review: Apt Pupil comes from the pages of the self-titled book by the master of horror Stephen King. The story is more involved than some sort of unidentified evil. The evil Stephen King writes about, is the evil within all of us. World War II was laced with atrocities that will probably never be lived down. The Nazi concentration camps were a few degrees short of Hell on earth, and anyone that survived them would probably say the same. Unspeakable acts of genocide were committed on a large scale, and t...

Obsessed [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3425 ]
Review: Obsessed is obsessed with Fatal Attraction in a Lifetime movie kind of way. It aims to be sleek, sexy and enticing, yet ends up like a Tween-friendly, tongue-in-cheek office comedy. The star-studded cast includes: Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Beyonce Knowles and a leaner Jerry O’Connell. Come on, Jerry O’Connell’s in it… this must be a comedy! Elba can’t keep his mugshot away from hottest Hollywood men or sexiest men alive polls, so it’s no wonder he was cast as Derek. Although Dwayne ‘...

War Games [ 1983 ] [ Hits:3299 ]
Review: WarGames a.k.a. War Games is the reason we have computer geeks. It was the film that put them on the map. Revenge of the Nerds was for nerds, and WarGames was for computer junkies. Many will remember the basic premise of a kid launching a full-scale nuclear war on the US without realising it. For this reason it is a cult classic. The notion that someone could use a computer to infiltrate institutions without the proper know how was why hackers began to hack. However, this was old school hacking...

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