Category Archives: Thriller

The Air I Breathe – 2007 – Jieho Lee

It must have been a slow day in Hollywood for this to have got the green light. Think Crash/Babel – the director most certainly did – convince a few well-known actors to come on board and then proceed to make one of the most awful films of the decade.  JJ

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The Next Three Days – 2010 – Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis makes slick popular movies – Crash, In the Valley of Elah.  TNTD is adapted from a French flick, reworked as a two-hour long advertisement based on a prison break starring a Toyota Prius, Google and an iPhone amongst other things you should have/buy. An entertaining featuremercial. JJ

Brother – 1997 – Aleksei Balabanov

Mesmerizing despite the poorly translated subtitles. Two brothers who become hit-men in St Petersburg. Oddly surreal in that despite the violence in the foreground, the story is in the background – immigration, sub-cultures, castes, and more. People that try to disconnect from their reality create a distorted sense of morality. Bill Hill

Inception – 2010 – Christopher Nolan

Indisputably well-produced but it’s nothing more than a solid action flick. Hailed as imaginative, it lacks honest creativity. Hailed as intellectual, it is mundane. Add to that wooden characters that aren’t interesting or convincing and it’s a bit of a dud for Nolan compared to his best movie yet…MementoBill Hill

The Killer Inside Me – 2010 – Michael Winterbottom

Winterbottom sets off a shit storm with that scene – extreme violence meets Jessica Alba’s pretty face – and the camera never looks away. Casey Affleck is a piece of work as Texas lawman Lou Ford who kills the things he loves, but he can’t explain it and neither can the film. JJ

Unstoppable – 2010 – Tony Scott

A train without a driver carrying explosive material takes a scenic trip through Pennsylvania only to be rescued by Denzel and friends. I thought it would be a train wreck, but it turns out it wasn’t:) Brian Murray

True Grit – 2010 – Ethan and Joel Coen

The only thing remarkable about this Coen brothers remake is that it’s pretty unremarkable. The pair stick rigidly to the strictures of the Western: horses, guns, whiskey, a smart-talking marshall, violence, vengenance and ahhhh the Wild West. All the right ingredients, but undercooked. JJ