Category Archives: Thriller

Maleficent (2014)

My Rating : 5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “This is not just another bedtime story, this is Angelina Jolie reinventing a classic tale!”

Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie stars as the title character, who, as a teenager, is a powerful and respected winged fairy helping to rule a magical land full of strange creatures. Her homeland borders a country that is populated by humans and run by the cruel King Henry (Kenneth Cranham).

Maleficent

One day, Henry’s son Stefan (Jackson Bews) traipses into the fairy’s land and meets Maleficent, causing the two crazy teens to fall into forbidden love. Year later, Henry seeks to take over the magical land next to his kingdom, but is thwarted in battle by Maleficent. He demands revenge, and eventually his now-grown son Stefan (played as an adult by Sharlto Copley) succeeds by betraying the fairy and clipping her wings.

In response, an infuriated Maleficent swears revenge on Stefan; she gets her chance when the prince becomes king and has his first child, a daughter named Aurora (Elle Fanning) — as Sleeping Beauty fans will remember, Maleficent curses her to fall into a death-like sleep after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday.

Stefan demands that all of the spinning wheels be collected, and orders his daughter to be secretly raised in the woods by three good-hearted but dim-witted fairies, who will return her to him the day after her 16th birthday. However, Maleficent refuses to stay away from Aurora and ends up developing maternal feelings for the girl, eventually inspiring her to try to undo the curse she placed upon the princess.

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No One Lives (2012)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Luke Evans kills everyone ruthlessly in this flick, and it’s a bloody mayhem!”

Ryuhei Kitamura, director of The Midnight Meat Train, delivers this twisting tale of terror concerning a missing heiress, a gang of vicious bandits, and a vacationing couple who aren’t what they seem.

No One Lives

In the wake of a bloodbath that left 14 students dead, wealthy heiress Emma (Adelaide Clemens) has vanished without a trace. A few months later, a young couple (Luke Evans and Laura Ramsey) cross paths with the ruthless Hoag (Lee Tergesen) and his band of thieves, who run them off of the road in a violent robbery attempt.

No One Lives

When Hoag and his crew learn that the mysterious couple has taken Emma hostage, they assume they’ll be collecting a handsome reward. Little do they realize they’ve just gotten in deep over their heads, and as the body count spikes, the real fight for survival begins.

The Rover (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Pearce and Pattinson team up to deliver some rock solid unbeatable acting.”

Guy Pearce stars in this post-apocalyptic Western about a lone-wolf drifter who joins forces with a wounded man to pursue a sadistic band of thieves. A decade after the collapse of the western world, Australia has become a lawless wasteland.

 The Rover

As desperate outsiders pillage the country’s precious mineral resources, taciturn Eric (Pearce) travels from town to town searching for signs of life. Then, one day, Eric falls prey to vicious thieves who steal his car. In the process of making their getaway, the thieves abandon Rey (Robert Pattinson), their wounded partner in crime.

Meanwhile, Eric vows to reclaim his most-treasured possession by whatever means necessary, and forces Rey to help him track down the men who left him for dead. Scoot McNairy and David Field co-star in this grim tale of revenge from writer/director David Michôd (whose script for the 2010 crime drama Animal Kingdom took the Best Screenplay prize at that year’s Australian Film Institute awards).

Hercules (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “I was disappointed after all the trailer elements finished in the first 10 minutes of the movie!”

Dwayne Johnson stars as the son of Zeus in this Brett Ratner-directed adaptation of Steve Moore’s Radical Comics graphic novel The Thracian Wars. As the story opens, a haunted Hercules (Johnson) travels Greece with his five loyal companions, capitalizing on his heroic reputation by selling his services for gold.

Hercules

 

When a malevolent warlord threatens to thrust the kingdom of Thrace into chaos, however, its desperate ruler and his daughter turn to Hercules to restore the peace. In order to succeed, Hercules must once again summon the strength and valor that once made him a myth among men. Joseph Fiennes, Ian McShane, and Rufus Sewell co-star.

Sabotage (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A little Expendables tale in it’s own way.”

David Ayer’s Sabotage stars Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Breacher, the veteran DEA agent in charge of a fearless squad. After effectively hiding 10 million in drug money during an epic bust, their plan falls apart when they return to discover that someone has swiped the cash.

Sabotage

As the incident gets investigated, everyone is suspended from duty. After authorities fail to bring any charges, Breacher starts retraining the group which has grown rusty and distrustful of each other during the long layoff. Soon, members of Breacher’s crew start dying in gruesome fashion. He gets close to Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) the investigator put in charge of the case.

Caroline eventually learns about a dark secret from Breacher’s past. Soon the remaining members of the crew realize that one of them is responsible for the murders, and that same person probably has the cash as well.

Reasonable Doubt (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Cooper and Jackson takes the killer tension in balance till the end, where it then gets a little cheesy!”

A hotshot district attorney finds himself at the mercy of a cunning serial killer in this twisting crime thriller starring Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson. Ambitious DA Mitch Brockden (Cooper) is on the fast track to success when, driving home one frigid winter night, he accidentally runs down a man who dashes into the street.

Reasonable Doubt

In a panic, Brockden flees the scene. Meanwhile, accused criminal Clinton Davis (Jackson) faces 20 years to life after being found with the body. When the case goes to trial, Brockden’s nagging conscience drives him to acquit Davis, who has claimed innocence from the very beginning.

But mounting evidence indicates that Davis may still harbor a dark secret, and when Brockden uncovers that secret he finds his life turned upside down, and his family in mortal danger.

Enemy (2013)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The movie no matter what, has a intense 3 second ending shot which will keep you thinking and breathing heavily!”

Adapted from author José Saramago’s novel The Double, director Denis Villeneuve’s enigmatic drama Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a detached college professor whose life becomes hopelessly intertwined with that of his doppelganger — a sexually insatiable actor. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a socially isolated man who’s more comfortable lecturing to college students than he is making love to his lustful girlfriend Mary (Mélanie Laurent).

Enemy

One day, on the advice of a colleague, Adam sits down to watch a romantic comedy and what he sees on the screen leaves him deeply disturbed: A supporting player in the film credited as Anthony Clair (also Gyllenhaal), is Adam’s spitting image — right down to the distinctive scar on both of their chests.

Compelled to track down his onscreen look-a-like, Adam soon locates Anthony in Mississauga, and begins obsessively tracking his every move. Later, Adam’s ongoing search for answers prompts him to pay a visit to his own eccentric mother (Isabella Rossellini), as well as and Anthony’s pregnant wife (Sarah Gadon). But it isn’t until Adam and Anthony finally come face-to-face that the details connecting them become truly uncanny.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

My Rating : 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Maynot be one of DiCaprio’s best yet, but he seriously outperforms here.”

Martin Scorsese reteams with Leonardo DiCaprio for this adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his exploits as a crooked banker. Terence Winter provides the screenplay. Jonah Hill and Oscar winner Jean Dujardin co-star.

The Wolf of Wall Street

From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.

 

Divergent (2014)

My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “It’s like Hunger Games, hopefully here the movie ends.”

In a world where the population is divided into factions by personality types, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is classified as Divergent. When she uncovers a conspiracy to eliminate all Divergents, she teams with the mysterious Four (Theo James) to find out what makes the powers-that-be so frightened of them. Kate Winslet also stars in this action thriller adapted from the novel by Veronica Roth, and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless).

Divergent

 

Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, sixteen-year-old have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Beatrice Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made.

They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform the mall. But Tris has a secret she`s kept hidden,because if anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.

Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)

My Rating : 3.5/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “The movie is intense, it’s either the truth or a big fat lie, but it’s true.”

Young Army Reserve enlistee Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) experiences an intense crisis of conscience after becoming a prison guard at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, where his commanding officer (Sean Astin) coerces him into using intense interrogation techniques on a terrified detainee (Omid Abtahi) who appears to have committed no crime.

Boys of Abu Ghraib

Before long, the soldier who joined the military to defend his country begins to unravel due to the inhuman treatment he witnesses in a daily basis. The film has a very good idea in using a single soldier’s perspective to explore how tension and boredom can lead to such extreme misconduct, but it doesn’t go far enough, in the end leaving a disgraceful chapter just dimly illuminated in psychological terms.