American Assassin (2017, dir. Michael Cuesta)

A headstrong young man joins a CIS black ops team to get revenge on the terrorists who killed his fiance. Straightforward basic training and first mission movie (adapted from the Vince Flynn novels) which escalates awkwardly from fisticuffs to stolen nukes and an iffily CG-ed armada. Patchy.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, dir. Nicholas Meyer)

An old adversary returns, seeking vengeance on Kirk. Second and perhaps the best of the movie adventures, this captures the series well in its sense of adventure, while delivering both in action and SF spectacle, as well as in some deliriously hammy acting. Huge fun.

London Heist [AKA Gunned Down] (2017, dir. Mark McQueen)

A professional thief tracks down those responsible for his father’s killing. Straightforward low-budget East End/Marbella robbery and double-crossery shenanigans, with some flair in the execution though the script deals in stereotypes and cliches at times.

The Foreigner (2017, dir Martin Campbell)

A Chinese ex-soldier targets the former IRA boss he holds responsible for his daughter’s death. Enjoyable tho daft flick which struggles to reconcile its dated Troubles backstory with 21st century geriaction revenge concerns. Solid direction, good performances, and some deft stuntwork make this more than watchable.

Patriot Games (1992, dir. Phillip Noyce)

Or, Jack Ryan v. bits of the IRA. Awkwardly-conceived thriller which tries to have ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists (this was pre-9/11; the IRA tended to be romanticised in US popculture). Some decent set-pieces, and a picture-postcard view of the UK.

Dead Man Down (2013, dir. Niels Arden Oplev)

A man seeks revenge on the gangster who killed his family. Glum thriller that spends too much time on taking itself too seriously and with obvious mystery and romance subplots. Good technical credits, tho, and fun cameos (Armand Assante, F Murray Abraham).