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Thriller Movies 2017 – Guide

New: Top 10 Best Thriller Movies 2017 Mystery, suspense, detectives, mobsters, espionage, the psychological. It all goes into the thrillers mix. We’re going to take a look at the biggest and best thriller movies of 2017 with a Top 25 countdown. This includes what I’ve seen so far and what’s most anticipated. So draw those blinds and prepare to discover danger.

25th – Mine
Starring: Armie Hammer, Tom Cullen, Annabelle Wallis, Clint Dyer
Directors: Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro
Released: April 7, 2017 (U.S. Dates)
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 -Seen It-  After failing an assassination mission with his spotter in the desert, a sniper (Hammer, ‘Lone Ranger’) steps where he shouldn’t in a minefield. One move could cost him his life and with rescue more than two days away, he’ll have to use all his ingenuity to survive the fatigue, dehydration, sandstorms, bitter nights, wolves, taunting locals, enemy soldiers, and creeping hallucinations… The high number of one-location thrillers today isn’t because they’re more entertaining than multiple-location stories but rather they’re cheaper to make and so more likely to be financed (while unfairly getting a higher-concept label). The cost to audiences is often sporadic boredom, and this man-stuck-on-mine concept can’t support 1 hour 46 minutes, it needed to be 15 minutes shorter (‘Landmine Goes Click’ only had the protagonist stuck for the 2nd act). Nonetheless they do well to work the premise, with solid photography, acting, and some moments of tension (particularly when they first enter the field). Armie Hammer is a film star (though he’s never truly broken through due to a lack of warmth), and commits to the role (think thirsty Bear Grylls), carrying proceedings pretty well. The backstory is nicely conveyed sometimes, be it the childhood home rising out the sand or some of the visual parallels to his current predicament. Ultimately though it goes too heavy on the emotional resolution when it’s the brief physical payback that’s far more satisfying. Watch this if you’ve seen all the other titles here, and look out for the very-similar ‘The Wall’ later in the list.

24th – My Cousin Rachel
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger
Director: Roger Michell
Released: June 9, 2017
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A young Englishman (Claflin, ‘Me Before You’) plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel (the suitably named Rachel Weisz) believing she’s a black widow who murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Is she or isn’t she a killer?… Based on the 1951 mystery novel by Daphne du Maurier, author of the ‘The Birds’ and ‘Don’t Look Now’, this is being adapted for the screen by Roger Michell, the veteran director of ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘Enduring Love’. There hasn’t been a film adaptation since the 1952 version with an Oscar-nominated Richard Burton. This version looks atmospheric and impassioned, if perhaps a little too bleak. (Also see this year’s ‘Lady Macbeth’ and ‘The Beguiled’ for two other intense and dark costume dramas, though ‘My Cousin Rachel’ is the closest thriller fit.)

23rd – Terminal
Starring: Margot Robbie, Max Irons, Dexter Fletcher, Simon Pegg, Mike Myers
Director: Vaughn Stein
Released: TBC 2017
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Noir thriller about two hitmen (Irons, ‘Riot Club’) (Fletcher, ‘Lock Stock’) who agree to take a high risk mission for a mysterious employer and a large paycheck. Along the way the unlikely pair encounter a dynamic woman (Robbie, channeling Kim Novak in ‘Vertigo’/Sharon Stone in ‘Basic Instinct’) who may be more involved than they originally suspected…. With an untested writer-director (formally an assistant director on the likes of ‘Deathly Hallows’ and ‘World War Z’) this is a wildcard. A Dexter Fletcher/Max Irons double act doesn’t sound too appealing, but Margo Robbie is knocking it out the park currently and it’s always fascinating to see what draws Mike Myers from his virtual retirement and what he will do with the role.

22nd – Berlin Syndrome
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Lucie Aron
Director: Cate Shortland
Released: May 26, 2017
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Psychological thriller about an Australian photojournalist (Palmer, ‘Lights Out’) who has a passionate one night stand on holiday. The morning after, she finds she is unable to leave his secured Berlin apartment, and that the control-obsessed man (Riemelt, ‘Warsaw 44’) has done this before… Based on the novel of the same name. Critical and public response has called the film a psychologically sophisticated, gruelingly-realistic portrayal of nightmarish captivity, powered by a career-best performance by Teresa Palmer, which is underserved by its hasty ending.

21st – 6 Days
Starring: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish, Tim Pigott-Smith, Martin Shaw
Director: Toa Fraser
Released: TBC 2017 (UK: August 4, 2017)
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In 1980, six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in South Kensington, London and took twenty-six people inside hostage. They demanded the release of Arab prisoners in the Khuzestan Province of Iran, as well as their own safe passage out of the UK, but the British government refused to comply with the latter. Over the following days a tense siege took place, while a group of highly trained SAS soldiers prepared for a deadly raid that would be broadcast live to the world… The film follows three perspectives: the hostage negotiator (Strong), BBC news reporter Kate Adie (Cornish), and SAS assault team leader (Bell). For Brits of a certain age this is the first terrorist event they remember, and besides from 1982’s loosely-based ‘Who Dares Wins’, the event hasn’t been adapted for film before. The New Zealand writer and director don’t have a lot under their belt, but the trailer sells what looks like a tense and authentic recreation.

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