Category: thriller

REVIEW: The Shallows (2016)

Medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) takes a sabbatical from her studies after the death of her mother. She travels to Mexico, seeking the isolated beach where her mother went after discovering she was pregnant with Nancy. Once on the water, however, Nancy is attacked by a fiercely aggressive great white shark and finds herself ...

REVIEW: Deep Blue Sea (1999)

In a converted submarine base on the open ocean, a team of scientists led by Dr Susan McAlister (Saffron Burrows) have genetically modified sharks to make them both larger and smarter. In return they can extract a fluid from the sharks' brains that may hold the cure to Alzheimer's. Concerned over safety at the facility, ...

REVIEW: Beyond the Reach (2014)

A professional tracker named Ben (Jeremy Irvine) is hired to escort the wealthy trophy hunter John Madec (Michael Douglas) out to the New Mexico wilderness to hunt for endangered bighorn. When an over-eager Madec accidentally shoots a prospector dead, he tries to buy his way out of trouble. When Ben refuses to play along, Madec ...

REVIEW: Smilla’s Sense of Snow (1997)

Smilla (Julia Ormond) is a Greenlandic immigrant living in Copenhagen. When a young boy living in her apartment building is found dead, having fallen of the building's roof, Smilla refuses to accept that it was an accident. Her investigations draw her into what appears to be an international conspiracy involving a prominent doctor (Tom Wilkinson) ...

REVIEW: Overheard (2009)

Three police officers work surveillance on a major insider trading investigation. One night one of the officers, Yeung (Louis Koo), learns in advance that the stock price of the company under investigation is going to rise. He convinces his colleague Lam (Daniel Wu) to delete the recording so that he can take advantage of the ...

REVIEW: The Gift (2015)

Sales executive Simon Callem (Jason Bateman) and his interior designer wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) have only recently returned to Los Angeles when they bump into Gordon Mosely (Joel Edgerton), a former high school classmate. Gordon seems harmless enough, albeit a little awkward, but when he imposes himself on Simon and Robyn's hospitality a little too ...

REVIEW: Blue Ruin (2013)

Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) is a homeless man living in a run-down blue sedan by the beach. A police officer tracks him down to inform him that Wade Cleland - the man who murdered Dwight's parents, is to be released from prison on parole. Dwight immediately collects his belongings and drives home to Virginia on ...

“The only winning move” | WarGames (1983)

Teenager David Lightman, obsessed with his new personal computer, uses it to hack into a telephone network and access pre-release videogames. He has made a mistake. He has not hacked into a videogames developer but rather into NORAD – North American Aerospace Defense Command. While David believes he is playing a war game a powerful ...

“It’s the end of the world.” | The Birds (1963)

It seems unlikely that there is a film director more widely known than Alfred Hitchcock. Through numerous iconic feature films – primarily thrillers – he managed to carve a permanent niche inside the pop culture landscape. Even people who have never seen one of his films are generally familiar with their most famous images and ...

‘Anyone wearing a uniform is one of our own.’ | PTU (2003)

Lo Sa, a tired and overweight detective in Hong Kong’s police department, chases a gang of youths into a Kowloon alleyway. He slips and falls, knocking himself unconscious in the process. When he wakes, his handgun has been stolen. This sparks off a series of encounters as the local police tactical unit (PTU) work to ...