Category Archives: Thriller

The Mechanic (2011), The Mechanic (1972) reviews

(2011) Directed by Simon WestWritten by Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino(1972) Directed by Michael WinnerWritten by Lewis John CarlinoBoth now on DVD For fans of action movies, watching these two workman-like examples of the genre is a great lesson in how much they've changed in the past 40 years.These days we expect our action…Read More

Hanna review

Directed by Joe Wright Written by Seth Lochhead and David Farr Hanna is a lot of things. On the surface it's what the trailer says it is: Saoirse Ronan is the titular teen, raised since diapers to be a polyglot killer by her father, Erik (Eric Bana) in a shack in the snowbound wastes, hiding…Read More

Source Code review

Directed by Duncan JonesWritten by Ben RipleyI'm enjoying these recent high concept science fiction pictures—though some more than others—including Limitless and The Adjustment Bureau, and now Source Code. This new film is built around another simple premise with a whisper of The Twilight Zone to it, not so unlike the idea of a secret, invisible…Read More

Limitless review

Directed by Neil BurgerWritten by Leslie Dixon from an Alan Glynn novelLimitless is a movie for our over-medicated times, and a concept so high and wired that the picture refuses to let you down until the credits roll. Sure, it could have been a whole lot more than just a rush, but in terms of…Read More

Black Swan review

Directed by Darren AronofskyScripted by Mark Heyman, John McLaughlin and Andres Heinz,from a story by HeinzOh melodrama. Such a dirty word these days, except in places like France and Italy, where plays and films pitched at the ragged edges of emotion are considered at least a laudable storytelling expression. Because Hollywood does it so infrequently,…Read More

Unstoppable review

Directed by Tony ScottWritten by Mark BombackLike his brother Ridley, British-born Tony Scott is a go-to thriller and adventure movie director, whose work is always great to look at but sometimes falls down in the script department. The Scott brothers have been far more influential with the style and look of their films on mainstream…Read More

Fair Game, Nothing But The Truth reviews

Fair Game Directed by Doug LimonWritten by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth from booksby Joseph Wilson and Valerie PlameNothing But The TruthWritten and Directed by Rod LurieI caught up with Fair Game this evening and saw Nothing But The Truth some months ago, predating this blog, so as one is fresh in my mind and one's…Read More

The American review

Directed by Anton CorbijnWritten by Rowan Joffe from anovel by Martin BoothAh, there's nothing like a smart George Clooney thriller to make it feel like the fall, the season when Hollywood tends to deliver a more serious kind of movie. The American certainly qualifies as a serious effort. I can see it confounding some with…Read More