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Thriller Movies 2011 – Guide

New: Top 20 Best Thriller Movies - 2011 (List) Thrillers are the movies that put you on the edge of your seat. They’re about suspense, excitement, mystery, crime, and the psychological. We’re going to take a look at the biggest and best thriller movies of 2011.

So get your reading glasses and prepare to discover danger.

- FEBRUARY -

Sanctum
Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson
Director: Alister Grierson
Release Date: 4 February 2011

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A team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system are forced deep into the caverns by a tropical storm. There they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an escape route to the sea. The movie is selling itself on the use of James Cameron’s 3D Fusion Camera System. However, the movie’s inexperienced director hasn’t worked for four years and the cast is made up of fifth choice actors. The trailer makes it look like a fairly dull retread of The Descent, without the monsters. The 3D might be good, but the setting seems a bit too enclosed for it.

Unknown
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Frank Langella
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release Date: 18 February 2011

Top 20 Best Thriller Movie - 2011
An American in Berlin awakens from a coma to discover someone has taken on his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. Taken was an unexpected blockbuster-sized hit. That’s why Unknown exists. It’s doing everything it can to copy the look and mood of it – casting, plot, setting, poster, release date. That said, if it’s anywhere near as good as Taken it’ll be a fun paranoid ride.

- MARCH -

Limitless
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel
Director: Neil Burger (The Illusionist)
Release Date: 18 March 2011

Top 20 Best Thriller Films 2011
An intellectual slacker and former addict is working for a small publishing house when he finds himself in possession of a top-secret drug that boosts intellect, stamina, intuition, and charisma. In a few hours he can write a book, learn a foreign language or master the stock market. But soon shadowy killers are on his trail, and the side effects are kicking in. It’s based on this novel which is supposedly well paced, but has a few bothersome logic holes. Shia LaBeouf was cast in the lead until he injured his hand, I’m more interested with Bradley Cooper in the role. After The Hangover he should have learned to stay away from drugs.


- APRIL -

Wrecked
Starring: Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas, Ryan Robbins, Adrian Holmes and Jacob Blair.
Director: Michael Greenspan
Release Date: 1 April 2011

Top Thriller Movies 2011
Adrien Brody is waking up in a mysterious forest with no idea how he got there, again (see Predators). Here he’s a man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine, his leg is stuck, there’s a body in the back and the crackling radio is reporting ‘an incident’. Like a lot of lower budget thrillers (Phone Booth, Buried) this is pretty much a one man show, in pretty much one location. In these cases the script and performance need to be top notch, Brody can certainly bring it, but can the first-time director and writer? The trailer gives away every major plot twist, so avoid watching it first.

Hanna
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett
Director: Joe Wright (Atonement)
Release Date: 8 April 2011

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    Cannot wait for WRECKED. High hopes for Drive and Contagion because of the directors attached, though the premises are a bit tried and true for my tastes.

    Dragon Tattoo is one of the worst novels I’ve ever had the misfortune to struggle through, so even with Fincher attached I’m dubious.

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  • Streamline Putcher said

    The best thriller movies of 2011 will be -
    Drive, Contagion and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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  • Faton said

    hi there, im really awaiting of ‘unknown’ and ‘wrecked’, a few months ago i saw your list with top horror of 2010, downloaded and watched a few godd titles there, bye bye;]

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Cool man, thanks for reading. I wanna see those too. Downloading movies is illegal though…

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      • Mieke said

        Na is :)hhat man…. downloading them isnt illigal… but uploading them is .. well here in holland t

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  • chazza said

    i am dying to see sanctum :) looks AHMAHZAING

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  • Thom said

    I’ve just seen the trailer for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It looks pretty intense. Looks like they’ve really upped their game for for a full on mystery/action/thriller. Trailer is definitely a contender for the “Best trailers list”. Love the tag line “Feel-bad movie of Christmas”.

    Suddenly this film has become one of my most anticipated movies for 2011!

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Thanks for the heads up. Have you seen the original Thom?

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      • Thom said

        I’ve read the first book but heard the movie was average. Also the lead actress in the movie looks way to old to play the “Girl” so that put me off a bit too. I’m usually all for the original vs. the Hollywood remake but this version seems like it has a better team (& budget) behind it.
        The trailer obviously wasn’t ready for prime-time yet as it seems to be taken down from most websites already!

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        • Sheridan Passell said

          I’ve seen the original movie, but not read the book. The movie plays like a fairly average Ashley Judd detective thriller except all the female characters have been beaten or r*ped at some point. It’s decent, but in no way deserving of the enormous hype. The mystery in it is no better than average.

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  • afvallenineenweek said

    Richard Roxburgh in sanctum is awesome :)Great movie

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  • Yldiz said

    Wrecked?? Wie maakt deze site…please, kijk die film en we praten verder!?, wat n KUTfilm is dat, echt THE WORST MOVIE EVERRRRRRR!!

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  • Imran said

    This list was very helpful. Cheers. Sanctum is tonight’s movie!

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Thanks Imran. Hope you enjoy it. Remember I don’t fully recommend it! It’s really a film for the big screen in 3D.

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  • J.H said

    WRECKED = biggest CRAP EVER!!!

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  • kashif said

    “UNKNOWN” WHAT AN AWESOME MOVIE IT WAS.I WATCHED IT AND HAVE NO WORDS PRAISING ITS CAST AND STORY.SUPERB MOVIE

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