Thriller Movies 2011 – Guide24.12.10 # Thriller Movies # 14 Comments
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Starring: Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In)
Release Date: 18 November 2011
It’s London in the early 70s and a recently retired spy (Oldman) is asked to discover which of his former colleagues, still in British intelligence, is a Soviet spy. Based on the 1974 novel by John le Carré, this has just about the best cast you can imagine and, having seen it myself, a unique style that’s slow and beautiful to behold, but not for young people seeking thrills. This is a very tense drama aimed at older audiences, or those who are looking for something different in the thriller category. Reviews across the board have been excellent and it should have some presence at the Oscars.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (U.S. Remake)
Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright, Julian Sands
Director: David Fincher
Release Date: 21 December 2011
Director David Fincher’s on fire after The Social Network and he’s cast the woman who played Zuckerberg’s girlfriend as the lead in this remake of the Swedish phenomenon. It’s based on the first in a series of three novels penned by an author who died before they were published. Dragon Tattoo is a detective story about a disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) searching for a long-missing woman, assisted by an emo hacker with serious man issues. I didn’t find the Swedish original much better than your average Ashley Judd/Morgan Freeman thriller. I doubt the material would have attracted someone of Fincher’s talent without the huge following it has. P.S. The vital-to-the-mystery family tree in the Swedish original was confusing, hope they sort that out.
Starring: Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Michael Shannon, 50 Cent
Director: Géla Babluani
Release Date: TBC 2011
A naïve young man (Riley) assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in a deadly underground game of chance, where men gamble on the lives of other men. Soon he has a gun to someone’s head, and one to his, in a circle of russian roulette. This is a remake of the Georgian movie, and Sundance winner, 13 Tzameti. There’s a strong cast (apart from 50 Cent) and the trailer hints at a dark and gripping mood. However it’s still waiting for a US release, and the reaction from those who’ve seen it in other countries is very mixed.
Starring: Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Ralph Brown, Luke Tyler
Director: John Stockwell
Release Date: TBC 2011
A marine biologist (Berry) returns to deep waters after a near-fatal encounter with a great white shark. We don’t know any more than that at this point, except co-star Olivier Martinez is now dating Halle Berry and it’s rumoured that’s why he got the part. The director is a pro at shooting beautiful underwater sequences, as shown in 2005′s Into the Blue, so expect it to look great, at the very least.
Starring: Jason Statham, Luke Evans, David Morrissey, Aidan Gillen, Paddy Considine
Director: Elliott Lester
Release Date: 23 August 2011 (DVD premiere)
A tough policeman (Statham) is hired to investigate an arrogant serial killer targeting London police officers. This is the first movie to be produced by Lionsgate UK. It was shot in 2009 and is taking a suspiciously long time to reach the big screen. A cocky British fame-hungry serial killer doesn’t sound like a recipe for great cinema. Might work as a guilty pleasure.
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