Panic Room (2002, dir. David Fincher)

A woman and her daughter hide in their high-tech new home from safe crackers. Effective Hitchcockian thriller which makes much play out of the possibilities of CG as well as the fun to be had in setting thieves against each other.

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 Sweeney: Paris [AKA The Squad; Anti-gang] (2016, dir. Benjamin Rocher)

An elite anti-crime squad faces internal pressures and a new gang of bankrobbers. Superior French remake of the Nick Love/Ray Winstone Sweeney reboot, with an emphasis on strong action and humour. No classic, but efficient and brutal.

Unstoppable (2010, dir. Tony Scott)

A veteran train driver and a rookie conductor try to stop a runaway freight train. A splendid rendition of a hoary B-movie premise; Unstoppable does everything right in its handling of the subject matter. Tony Scott’s last movie is a kinetic blast throughout.

The Hunter’s Prayer (2017, dir. Jonathan Mostow)

A jaded hitman protects a teenager from assassination. Clunkily-scripted but well-directed pan-Europe chase thriller with bags of well-choreographed lo-fi action. A hugely competent job done with very average raw materials.

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.