Tag Archives: Thriller

Naked Beneath The Water – 2006 – Sean Cain

A terrible movie about the unreality of reality TV. Some cynical TV executives exploit stupid idiots to fake a serial killer murder reality-TV show. Along the way their plan backfires and they get killed. Terrible as a bag of chips marinated in water for a week. Brian Murray

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Michael Clayton – 2007 – Tony Gilroy

Why on earth Tilda Swinton landed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her barely-there roll in Michael Clayton baffles me. Still this post-Enron thriller starring George Clooney as a corporate fixer is decent, if muddled. Compared with a Grisham thriller it’s far more understated and subtle and the better for it. JJ

Race – 2008 – Abbas, Mastan

Race is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. A flawless story unveils a litany of suspenseful moments. Saif-Ali Khan and Akshay Khanna are at their best – 10 out for 10 for the script. Neha Kumar.

The Departed – 2006 – Martin Scorsese

Adapted from the original, set in Hong Kong, Scorsese finally bagged an Oscar for his tense portrayal of corruption set in Boston. He nails pretty much everything in this brilliantly written, and acted, thriller. Leonardo De Caprio comes of age and Nicholson proves he is the best actor in America. JJ

Strangers – 2007 – Aanand Rai

1628_main.jpgAn engaging and unusual Bollywood movie thriller about two strangers, who meet on a train and discuss their problematic personal lives, prompting them to plan a murder. The plot unfolds to reveal the secret behind the plan. No dancing around the trees, if that’s what you are looking for! Neha Kumar

Disturbia – 2007 – D.J. Caruso

10m11.jpgEssentially Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Rear Window recycled, Disturbia is entertainment through and through. As the teenager under house arrest who turns to spying on neighbours, Shia LaBeouf is funny, as he was in Transformers, but he’s already gravitating towards becoming a cliché. He should be more cautious in choosing his roles. Omid Nikfarjam

Harsh Times – 2005 – David Ayer

10m5.jpgFormer US soldier (Christian Bale), looking for work in LA, is tormented by memories of the war in Iraq. After American Psycho and The Machinist, Bale returns with another electrifying performance. Despite this, director David Ayer is unable to repeat the success of the Oscar winning Training Day. Omid Nikfarjam