A European flight’s cockpit is overrun by hijackers. Brisk single-location thriller told in more-or-less real-time, gaining much of its effect through its intensity and via a sturdy lead performance. No real surprises, but an efficient and effective drama nevertheless.
A deluded preacher is set up by the FBI as an active terrorist. While there are some solid performances and a few great moments, this is a bit of a mess, lacking the focus and heart of the superficially-similar Four Lions. A shame, as there’s talent on display, and Morris is a dark genius.
A Copenhagen detective tracks down the terrorist responsible for his partner’s death. By-the-numbers thriller with a few flourishes typical of its director (a Vertigo reference here, a fascination with screens and technology) but also a flat script and a lack of enthusiasm for its rote story and characters throughout.
Two Palestinian friends are recruited for a next-day suicide mission into Tel Aviv. Intelligent drama with a few darkly comic touches; everyone has their reasons. The film works hard not to moralise, focusing on depiction and explanation, without asserting wider truth-value to its characters’ actions and beliefs.
Escaped terrorists take over the ISS, now a CIA black site. High-concept low-budget prison escape movie with an SF twist. Unfortunately, despite Adkins’ professionalism and some ambition, this is a tatty effort that doesn’t even deliver in its fight sequences.
Dramatization of an infamous 1976 plane hijacking, and the subsequent rescue mission. Even-handed but glum retelling which doesn’t know how to approach its subject, meaning the end result is neither political allegory, action drama or straight history. Disappointing.
An FBI agent and a CIA torturer clash over the questioning of a terrorist. Low-budget but decent moral quandary thriller with some effective performances though ultimately no real answers.
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.
A Special Boat Service operative races against time to prevent a terrorist attack. Utterly secondhand and dull thriller, lacking in decent action, watchable performances, or a script with an iota of originality. Astonishing this got a cinema release, when stronger fare goes straight to download/DVD.
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.