Parker (2013, dir. Taylor Hackford)

A double-crossed professional thief tracks down the men who left him for dead. It starts well, but Parker loses its way in comic asides, unfocused subplots and a lack of narrative throughline; a disappointment from this director that doesn’t do justice to the Donald E Westlake source material.

Swordfish (2001, dir. Dominic Sena)

A brilliant ex-hacker is coerced into a heist being orchestrated by a paramilitary group. Glossy but dumb-as-rocks tech thriller with the usual hacking visual cliches and an eye on spectacle (Bullet-time explosions! Nudity! A bus in midair!) over logic.

Baby Driver (2017, dir. Edgar Wright)

A good-guy getaway driver falls in love. Slick but superficial wheelman movie, somewhat more concerned with its show-off direction and choreography than in giving us reasons to root for the antagonist. Some fun to be had though.

War On Everyone (2016, dir. John Michael McDonagh)

Two bad cops try to snatch heist takings. After The Guard and Calvary, a disappointment from this writer/director. A stylized would-be comic thriller which gets as much wrong as it does right in mistaking context-free excess for fun.

2 Guns (2013, dir. Baltasar Kormakur)

Two undercover agents get in over their heads with cross-border drug traffickers and worse. Sprightly mismatched-buddies comedy thriller with engaging leads, bags of action, and a decent supporting cast all working well. Thoroughly entertaining.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (AKA Get The Gringo) (2012, dir. Adrian Grunberg)

A nameless bankrobber has to work his way out of a Mexican prison while evading the mob. Splendidly stylised black comedy action thriller, making best use of its star’s talents, and exploiting every opportunity to indulge itself in grim jokey chuckles.

The Trust (2016, dir. Alex Brewer & Benjamin Brewer)

Vegas, present day. Mismatched burnout cops Cage and Wood plan a heist on a mob-controlled safe house. Smart little black comedy thriller with a focus on character rather than action. Low-key, but worth your while, and with some decent twisty plot work.