Tag Archives: Thriller

8MM - * 1/2*

Have you been dying to know just how sick, twisted and decayed the human soul can become? Well, look no further. 8MM is a prime example of bleak vérité. But, though it has bleakness in spades, 8MM lacks anything worthwhile … Continue reading

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Psycho - * *

I’ll admit it up front. I’ve never considered the original Psycho to be one of Hitchcock’s best films. Although a good film, it should be celebrated more for its groundbreaking elements than for its quality. That leads us to what … Continue reading

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Enemy of the State - * * *

You’re not paranoid if they’re really after you. That’s the message of Enemy of the State, the latest techno-thriller from director Tony Scott who takes an exciting, if exaggerated, look at the lack of privacy in our increasingly technological society. … Continue reading

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The Siege - * * *

What steps are necessary to control domestic terrorism? How far do you go to combat an evil that hides among us? Those are among the questions that are asked by The Siege, a political thriller which goes a bit deeper … Continue reading

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Apt Pupil - * * * 1/2*

Apt Pupil is a very disturbing movie. This cerebral thriller is very much a monster movie. But, rather than the monsters being some outlandishly implausible creature from the fringes of science fiction, they are taken from the pages of history, … Continue reading

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The Negotiator - * * *

Like a successful hostage negotiation, hostage negotiation dramas tend to follow a set pattern. As such, most hostage films fall into one of two camps: those where you sympathize with the hostage takers (see Dog Day Afternoon, or Cadillac Man), … Continue reading

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Disturbing Behavior - * *

There’s a nugget of a good thriller hidden deep inside Disturbing Behavior, just waiting to get out. Unfortunately, it never gets a chance, and is instead buried in pseudo-thrilling moments mostly borrowed from bad horror films. Retreating from troublesome family … Continue reading

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The X-Files: Fight the Future - * *

The X-Files joins the ranks of television shows moving to the big screen, but (in a rare occurence) it is doing so in the midst of its popular television run. Though this might serve to boost its audience, it only … Continue reading

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A Perfect Murder - * * *

Andrew Davis directs this update of Frederick Knott’s suspense play, Dial M For Murder, previously made into a masterful Alfred Hitchcock thriller. This time around, the technology and sensibilities have been updated, but the key story remains exciting and suspenseful. … Continue reading

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Suicide Kings - * 1/2*

Kidnapping thrillers seem to be the rage these days, and Suicide Kings is a film that’s so eager to join the trend that it has not just one, but two! But more doesn’t necessarily equate to better, and the only … Continue reading

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