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.
1963. An international hitman is hired to assassinate Charles de Gaulle; a manhunt ensues. A meticulous and clinical film, almost documentary in its approach, which expertly captures – and in some areas improves on – the bestseller its based upon. Highly recommended.
An Arizona sheriff finds his old hometown involved in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to Mexico. Straightforward borderlands thriller with a couple of good performances and aspirations to be No Country For Old Men, which is no bad thing.
Gruesome social experiment horror thriller where trapped employees are pitched against each other in a gruesome game. Tight, oddly dark humoured and interesting with nasty gore. Worth a watch! 🙂
An inexperienced soldier is trapped behind enemy lines in Belfast during the Troubles. Outstanding chase flick which wears its superbly-realised political context lightly to support its well-sustained and tense thriller narrative. Highly recommended.
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.
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.