Category Archives: Thriller

The Vanishing (2018) – Review

Based solely on the Flannan Isle mystery in the early 1900’s, three lighthouse keepers on a secluded island for six weeks, stumble across a hidden trunk of gold after an unknown boat crashes into their land. Little did the trio know that this would introduce an uncomfortable amount of pressure into each of their lives, ultimately leading to the disappearance of all three of the keepers. An incredibly well made and at times tense film that was originally released in 2018 – well worth a watch.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Papillon (2017) – Review

Upon finding himself locked up for a crime he did not commit, Henri Charriere (Charlie Hunnam) begins the long and painstakingly slow process of trying to escape from Devil’s Island, the brutal prison in which he has been confined to, while also befriending a convicted counterfeiter, Louis Dega (Rami Malek), along the way. Papillon is a remake of the original 1973 release that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. An extremely entertaining and at times thought-provoking movie that is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The 8th Night (2021) – Review

An experienced monk who holds his prayer beads in one hand and a deadly axe in the other, aims to hunt down an age-old spirit that has awoken, and at the same time is determined to cause as much carnage and devastation as possible on planet Earth, by possessing humans one by one. An interesting and unique concept brought to us by a set of Korean filmmakers. It’s worth noting that The 8th Night is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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The Ice Road (2021) – Review

When the remote Katka diamond mine, collapses in the northern regions of Canada, a skilled ice truck driver called Mike (Liam Neeson), along with a small team, front a near impossible rescue mission over the dangerous and frozen ocean, to deliver the necessary equipment to save the lives of the trapped miners. Along the way, the crew face some unexpected problems, along with some predictable ones too. It’s worth noting that The Ice Road was recently released on Amazon Prime Video, and probably isn’t the worst release of 2021, but at the same time, it certainly isn’t the best.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Body Brokers (2021) – Review

Utah (Jack Kilmer) is a young man, invited to Los Angeles for treatment to correct his long-running issues with drug abuse. The recovering addict quickly learns that the rehab center he was introduced to, is not all about helping people at all, but mainly a cover for a multi-million-dollar operation that includes addicts recruiting other addicts that they know of. An insightful movie, more than worth the watch, but at the same time, probably not one with much kind of rewatch value.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Sicario (2015) – Review

Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), a young and somewhat inexperienced FBI Agent is recruited onto a covert government task force, which has been formed to assist in the escalating war against drugs on the border between the United States and Mexico. Given very little information about the methods and eventual targets of the task force, she soon comes to the realisation that their means of doing things are extremely unorthodox. A widely favoured film that was originally released in 2015 and landed a sequel not long after that.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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All Good Things (2010) – Review

David Marks (Ryan Gosling) is a privileged, yet troubled young man, stemming from an extremely wealthy background, who is suspected of murdering his own wife, Katie Marks (Kirsten Dunst). This tragic love story, turned murder mystery, is based on one of New York’s most notorious unsolved murder cases. An at times gripping film that was originally released in 2010, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Thunderbird (2019) – Review

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the America’s Pacific Northwest, Thunderbird is a haunting tale that follows Will Brook (Colten Wilke), a man struggling to cope with the fact that his sister has gone missing. Upon leaving the fishing boat he calls home, Will heads into the local town, determined to find her, but walks into various problems along the way. Detective Ivy Seymour (Natalie Brown) is also in the area, working on a homicide case after the number of missing women in the town begins growing at an alarming rate. Directed by Nicholas Treeshin, Thunderbird is a surprisingly good low-budget thriller that will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from June 4th, 2021.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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