Thriller Movies 2014 – Guide13.01.14 # Thriller Movies # 6 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 2014. So draw the blinds and prepare to discover danger.
Here’s the countdown, based on anticipation and the facts as they stand:
30th – Open Grave
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, Thomas Kretschmann
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Out: 3 January 2014 (U.S. Dates)
A man (Copley) wakes up in a huge pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of strangers all suffering from the same memory loss. The group tries to piece together clues about their identities, but when they encounter a deadly threat, they’ll have to figure out the whole picture before it’s too late. Think Agatha Christie meets ‘The Last of Us’, in not very capable hands. Reviews say it does a good job of creating mystery by posing intriguing questions, but undermines itself with badly-written dialogue and dull characters.
29th – Monsters: Dark Continent
Starring: Joe Dempsie, Johnny Harris, Sofia Boutella
Director: Tom Green
Out: TBC 2014
Sequel to the indie creature-feature/drama. It’s seven years later and the Infected Zones have spread worldwide. With disparate communities struggling for survival, American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the monsters. A haunted soldier is ordered to find and assassinate an American G.I. who has gone rogue, deep in an Infected Zone. But when his unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only an inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man he’s been sent to kill. No doubt this is influenced by ‘Apocalypse Now’/’Heart of Darkness’. The director of the slow but creative-for-the-budget original has left to make ‘Godzilla’. So this time it’s directed by another newcomer, whose TV credits are superhero drama ‘Misfits’ and ‘Blackout’. The writer’s only credits are unrelated and of suspect quality. It’s likely to end up uninspired.
28th – The Captive
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson
Director: Atom Egoyan
Out: TBC 2014
Eight years after his daughter was abducted, an event which put enormous strain on everyone connected to it, a father (Reynolds) realises that disturbing memorabilia left at his wife’s workplace is not merely there to taunt her but could offer clues to their daughter’s whereabouts. Believing the now 17-year-old girl is alive, he must work with the case detectives (Speedman, Dawson) to unravel the mystery… The director of ‘Chloe’ and ‘Where the Truth Lies’ is an old hand at making average thrillers. At the moment though this sounds like the poor man’s ‘Prisoners’. Even the title is the same.
27th – uwantme2killhim?
Starring: Jamie Blackley, Toby Regbo, Joanne Froggatt
Director: Andrew Douglas
Out: 14 March 2014
A British teenage boy descends into the murky depths of an internet chatroom. What it leads him to do will have harrowing consequences. Based on a bizarre true case of attempted murder in Manchester in 2003. The documentary, ‘Kill Me If You Can’, is on YouTube and is well worth a watch. That already lays out complex character motivations and surprising twists for director Andrew Douglas (‘The Amityville Horror’) and his unknown cast. Early reviews say he’s turned it into taut, unnerving thriller, although the lead actor doesn’t seem gullible enough for the more extreme actions.
26th – The Coup
Starring: Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell, Michelle Monaghan
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Out: TBC 2014
Settling into their new overseas home in Southeast Asia, an American couple (Wilson, Bell) finds themselves caught in the middle of an erupting coup. As brutal rebels take over the city and order all foreigners executed, they frantically look for a safe escape. Brosnan plays a brave government operative. From the writer-director of ‘Quantantine’ and the hugely under-rated ‘Devil’. He knows how to shape a good story and create strong tension. This feels like a fresh premise for a straight up Hollywood thriller, so long as it sticks to suspense and doesn’t veer into ‘Rambo’ action, or make Brosnan look anything like Bond.
25th – Open Windows
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Out: TBC 2014
A hot actress on the rise (Grey) refuses to have dinner with a fan (Wood) who won a date with her in an Internet contest, organised by the distributor of her latest film. Instead, a man named Chord who claims to be her campaign manager shows the fan how he can secretly follow the actress’ every move from his computer. Soon the fan realises he is only a puppet in an insane plan to hunt down the star. Imagine ‘Rear Window’, except it’s windows on a desktop. The movie is in real-time, shot in a manner that mimics his desktop as he watches her through the “open windows”. It’s a very challenging concept but the Spanish writer/director of the excellent ‘Timecrimes’ has it in him to pull it off and creating something special. The trailer demonstrated the interesting visual style but it also looked uncomfortably cheap and suggested wooden performances from Wood and Grey.