Category: thriller

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 ...

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled” | The Usual Suspects (1995)

A group of convicted felons meet each other at a police line-up, and agree to undertake a violent robbery. They then find themselves in the grips of the anonymous gangster Keyzer Söze, and are blackmailed into undertaking a near-suicidal mission. The Usual Suspects is a cleverly constructed puzzle of a film, and as such any ...

“Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit” | The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

In 1898 the British government commissioned a railway bridge to be built across Kenya’s Tsavo River. A large crew of African and Indian workers were supervised by the Irish engineer Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson. Over the course of the year, however, one worker after another were taken in the night. Before long the source ...