I, Robot (2004, dir. Alex Proyas)

In 2035, a robot-hating detective investigates the suicide of a tech genius. CG-heavy SF action thriller based very loosely on Isaac Asimov stories. Some interesting production design, but linear and clunky plotting make this hollow, despite star Will Smith’s obvious charisma.

Killer Elite (2011, dir. Gary McKendry)

A team of mercenaries fall foul of a SAS death squad. Brisk and intriguing 1980-set thriller with bags of action, based on a then-controversial Ranulph Fiennes book. More action than sense at times, but still plenty of genre fun.

President Under Siege [AKA De Premier] (2016, dir. Erik Van Looy)

The Belgian prime minister is blackmailed into an assassination attempt on the visiting US president. Modest thriller, perhaps all the better for focusing on moral quandaries than on guns-blazing action, though it feels like a solid high concept idea not quite fulfilled.

The Bourne Legacy (2012, dir. Tony Gilroy)

A non-Bourne series entry, parallel to the events of The Bourne Ultimatum. A slightly SF riff on the franchise, this is hampered by the lack of a third act, but the action is good, and there’s plenty of quality character actors barking orders.

National Treasure (2004, dir. Jon Turteltaub)

A treasure seeker is in a race against time to find a fabled hoard. Daft but hugely enjoyable chase and puzzle-based comedy-thriller, riffing off Dan Brown, Indiana Jones, and Mission: Impossible equally. Lots of fun if you’re in the mood.

Pod (2015, dir. Mickey Keating)

Siblings journey to the family’s remote holiday home where their brother may be going mad. Not-bad psychological horror which takes an SF/military experiment route than the usual haunting or serial killer options. Falls apart in act 3, tho Larry Fessenden pops up.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016, dir. Edward Zwick)

Reacher uncovers a military conspiracy. Second of the toned-down Lee Child adaptations, this again isn’t the character of the novels, but is nevertheless a largely-effective if somewhat low-key star vehicle.