Thriller Movies 2011 – Guide24.12.10 # Thriller Movies # 16 Comments
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.
Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, Rhys Wakefield
Director: Alister Grierson
Release Date: 4 February 2011
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.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Frank Langella
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release Date: 18 February 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.
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel
Director: Neil Burger (The Illusionist)
Release Date: 18 March 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.
Starring: Adrien Brody, Caroline Dhavernas, Ryan Robbins, Adrian Holmes and Jacob Blair.
Director: Michael Greenspan
Release Date: 1 April 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.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett
Director: Joe Wright (Atonement)
Release Date: 8 April 2011