Category Archives: Thriller

Sicario 2 (2018) – Review

This sequel sees CIA Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) return to enlist a mysterious operative, known to us as Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), to investigate a Mexican drug cartel that has been smuggling terrorists into the United States of America, emphasised greatly by a suicide bombing in a Kansas City grocery store, killing fifteen innocent civilians in the process. Their actions, however, escalate the cartel situation on the whole, resulting in various double crossings and the occasional kidnapping. A worthy film but one that in some peoples eyes, didn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of its predecessor.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Counselor (2013) – Review

A greatly successful lawyer, better known as the Counselor (Michael Fassbender), finds himself engulfed in a drug trafficking scheme, before quickly realising things aren’t going as smoothly as he’d originally anticipated. When things take a wicked turn for the worse, he must protect not only himself, but his soon to be bride Laura (Penelope Cruz), before he and the men he is working with are slowly eliminated. A quirky thriller that’s less than predictable and was originally released to audiences in 2013.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Escape from Alcatraz (1979) – Review

Alcatraz, also known as the Rock, was labelled as one of the most secure prisons of its time. Located in the United States, it was firmly believed that nobody could ever escape from it, until three daring men, fronted by Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) make a potentially successful attempt at getting out of the most infamous prison in the world. This classic production was originally released in 1979 and many believe it still holds itself in high regard to this day.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Deepwater Horizon (2016) – Review

April 2010 saw one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit America, after an offshore drilling oil rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded and caused a catastrophic oil spill, resulting in a multitude of deaths. This dramatisation follows Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his crew, as they try to tackle the horrendous event that was thrust upon them. A very impactful film with a tremendous amount of suspense and a solid cast. It’s worth noting that Deepwater Horizon is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Marksman (2021) – Review

A local rancher (Liam Neeson) living near to the Arizona border quickly becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy and his helpless mother, after the pair were desperately trying to flee from the cartel assassins, who will stop at nothing to see them both killed. Released originally in January of 2021, The Marksman has recently been added to the ever-expanding Amazon Prime Video catalogue – a simple but effective story that is more than watchable.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Out of Sight (1998) – Review

Jack Foley (George Clooney) is a career bank robber that manages to break out of jail, with the assistance of his friend Buddy Bragg (Ving Rhames). The pair also manage to kidnap a United States Marshal in the process, but after the Marshal manages to escape, she begins to plot the demise of the cons that kidnapped her, only to have second thoughts after finding one attractive and sharing a connection with him. An impressive picture that was released in 1998, and one that is still highly rated among some movie lovers.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Hypnotic (2021) – Review

Jenn Thompson (Kate Siegel) is a young woman desperately seeking to improve different aspects of her own life, before finally enlisting the help of a well-known hypnotherapist – Dr. Collin Meade (Jason O’Mara). After only a small handful of intense sessions, however, Jenn quickly comes to the realisation that there are hidden, unexpected and potentially deadly consequences to the therapy she’s receiving. Not the most gripping release of 2021 but thoroughly watchable on the whole. Hypnotic is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Hell or High Water (2016) – Review

Out in rural West Texas, two brothers, reeling from the death of their mother, face the agonising prospect of losing their family ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby Howard (Chris Pine) hatches a plan, along with Tanner Howard (Ben Foster), which sees the pair team up to rob different branches of the bank, hoping to raise enough cash to keep the home. Meanwhile, two Texas Rangers make it their mission to prevent the thieves from causing more carnage in their hometown. Hell or High Water is a widely acclaimed thriller that was originally released in 2016.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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