Thriller Movies 2013 – Guide23.02.13 # Thriller Movies # 4 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 2013. So draw the blinds and prepare to discover danger.
Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Out: 11th January 2013 (U.S. Dates)
A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep east coast mafia types out of LA in the 40′s and 50′s. When one mob king (Penn) settles in, with cops and politicians under his control, it’s up to a small number of LAPD outsiders (Brolin, Gosling, Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie) to take him down. This star-studded cast is a step up for the director of ‘Zombieland’ and ’30 Minutes Or Less’. Our reviewer felt it wasn’t in the same class as the movies it imitates, ‘The Untouchables’ and ‘LA Confidential’, but it’s worth a watch.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright
Director: Allen Hughes
Out: 18th January 2013
Corruption-themed political-thriller about a shamed ex-cop turned private investigator (Wahlberg) who is hired by the powerful Mayor (Crowe) to investigate if his wife (Zeta-Jones) is having an affair. But there’s more to the case than meets the eye and when the P.I. is double-crossed he sets out for redemption and revenge. This is directed by Allen Hughes, one half of the Hughes brothers, the duo behind ‘The Book of Eli’ and ‘From Hell’. The consensus is the cast is capable but in a genre where script is vital, the page lets them down – it would have worked better as a period piece.
Starring: Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Out: 8th February 2013
A successful psychiatrist (Law) begins having sessions with a young married woman (Mara) who is dealing with the prison release of her inside-trading husband (Tatum). He prescribes a drug to treat her anxiety disorder but soon after taking it she wakes to find she’s murdered someone. Investigations and lawsuits follow, with the psychiatrist and pharmaceutical company under the spotlight. But is everything as it seems? Steven Soderbergh says this is his final theatrical film before retiring from the medium. It explores our relationship with prescription drugs, while working as an old-fashioned twisting-thriller. Reviews are positive.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Out: 22nd February 2013
When a teenage boy is wrongfully arrested for distributing drugs and sentenced to prison for a decade, his father (Johnson) makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney (Sarandon) to become an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel, risking his family and his life. This is inspired by true events chronicled in a PBS “Frontline” documentary, but might just as well be based on an episode of ‘The Wire’. Like many of The Rock’s thriller choices, it’s bland.
Starring; Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver
Director: Park Chan-wook
Out: 1st March 2013
After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies, her Uncle (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother (Kidman). She suspects this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives but nonetheless becomes increasingly infatuated with him. This first English-language movie from the director of ‘Oldboy’ is a gothic mystery tale that’s similar to Hitchcock’s ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ but is also part family drama and part dream-like narrative. Critics say it has stunning visual storytelling, an unsettling eerie beauty punctuated by short moments of intense violence, but that ultimately it may leave you feeling a bit empty.
Dead Man Down
Starring: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Out: 8th March 2013
A professional killer (Farrell) who’s right-hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City (Howard) is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a scarred woman seeking retribution (Rapace). Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge. The director of the original ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, making his English-language debut, definitely deserves a shot, but is this concept interesting enough? WWE are co-producing the movie, which is kinda weird.