Tag "thriller"

Hong Kong 2014 Review: THAT DEMON WITHIN Has Problems Throughout

Hong Kong's reigning champion of pyrotechnic mayhem continues to move outside of his comfort zone with the psychological crime drama That Demon Within, but the results fail to hit the mark as poor plotting, loose direction and an increasingly preposterous... More »

Review: THE WORD Explains The Mechanics Of Manipulative Revenge

From the very beginning a deep sense of an impending tragedy pervades The Word (Obietnica), Polish filmmaker Anna Kazejak's naturalistic and somber coming-of-age thriller, creating a strangely disturbing yet thoroughly intriguing aura of uneasiness around the two main characters. A... More »

Review: BLOOD AND TIES Loses Direction And Eventually Succumbs To Melodrama

Due to a circumstantial, if not completely absurd, turn of events a young woman begins to suspect her loving father of being a ruthless kidnapper-cum-murderer the whole country's been trying to catch for almost 15 years. As a result, she... More »

Review: ENEMY Explores Villeneuve's More Unique Side

With film, things often come in pairs. Sometimes the doubles are explicit; some studio vying with another for a given plot, be it a tale of animated insects or impending asteroid impacts. Sometimes, the twinning takes the form of accidental... More »

Dark New Zealand Comedy HOUSEBOUND Visits The Loo In First Clip

Though I'm not at SXSW myself there are a small handful of titles that I'm particularly eager to see reactions from the fest going crowd on and topping that list is Gerard Johnstone's dark Kiwi comedy Housebound.Kylie Bucknell is forced... More »
By Todd Brown   

Watch An Extended Promo For Ato Bautista's GEMINI

Filipino director Ato Bautista - a great favorite around these parts - is currently in post production on his latest feature, a psychological thriller titled Gemini, and has posted an extended promo for the film online.Julia, a psychiatric patient is... More »
By Todd Brown   

Watch The Trailer For Korean Thriller INTRUDERS

Daytime Drinking director Noh Young-seok's Intruders came into the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as one of my most anticipated screenings, the story of a screenwriter in a remote cabin accosted by various locals as he tries to meet a... More »
By Todd Brown   

Check The First Images From Fruit Chan's THE MIDNIGHT AFTER

When director Fruit Chan last took a trip to the darker parts of his brain the result was Dumplings, one of the most disturbing horror films of recent years - so much so that I cannot imagine myself ever wanting... More »
By Todd Brown   

70s Rewind: TWO-MINUTE WARNING, A Sniper Threatens The Big Game

Snipers entered the public conciousness in the U.S. on August 1, 1966, when Charles Whitman shot dozens of people from a tower located on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Whitman's shooting spree claimed the lives of 14;... More »

Watch The Full Trailer For Singapore Crime Thriller RE:SOLVE

Billed as the first action crime thriller from Singapore, Randy Ang's Re:Solve opens in local cinemas on February 27th and we've got a full trailer - subtitles included - to follow the previous teaser.Singapore's first crime thriller follows Serious Crimes... More »
By Todd Brown   

CITY STATE 2 Teaser Ups The Ante

Prolific Icelandic director Olaf De Fleur has been keeping busy this past year with the follow up to his box office hit City State which hits our theaters in the fall of 2014.The story picks up where the last one... More »
By Swarez   

Singapore Cop Thriller RE:SOLVE Promises High Octane Action In First Teaser

The film industry in Singapore has seemed to be in a bit of flux over the past few years, and dominantly in positive ways. We're seeing a broader range of genres embraced, a new generation of talent behind the camera,... More »
By Todd Brown   

Review: THE SUSPECT Eschews Drama For Action, And Lots Of It

Thinking back to Shiri (1999) and Secret Reunion (2010), North Korean spies have a history of success at the Korean box office. Local producers have been especially keen to capitalize on their appeal this year with no less than four... More »

Review: NO MAN'S LAND Exposes The Funny Side Of China's Dark Soul

After nearly four years grappling with the Chinese censorship board, Ning Hao's darkly comic crime caper finally comes to the screen and proves largely worth the wait.Back in 2009, Shanxi-born filmmaker Ning Hao was shaping up to be one of... More »

Things Are Not As They Seem In Gripping Trailer For Norwegian Thriller AMNESIA

Though best known for their comedy infused genre fare - think the Dead Snow movies and Kill Buljo - Norwegian production company are moving in an entirely different direction with their upcoming thriller, Amnesia.Directed by Nini Bull Robsahm - one... More »
By Todd Brown   

Review: FIRESTORM Is Extremely Loud And Totally Insane

Plot takes a backseat to pyrotechnics and spectacle as Andy Lau squares off against a gang of ultra-violent thieves in Alan Yuen's absurdly over-the-top crime thriller.Following a string of domestic hits with homegrown thrillers like Nightfall and Cold War, Edko... More »

Review: DIAMOND ON VINYL Strikes A Provocative Groove

Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation and Brian de Palma's Blow Out are two films in the American cinematic canon that present to their audiences worlds of conspiracy and voyeurism through the provocative role of the audiophile. No less important or... More »

Review: MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, A Sombre Crusade For Vengeance And Justice

Arnaud des Pallieres adapts Heinrich von Kleist's hugely influential novel into a heartbreaking story of injustice and revenge in 16th Century France, centred around an incredible performance from Mads Mikkelsen.Michael Kohlhaas (Mikkelsen), a respected horse trader and family man, is... More »

Review: THE CONSTABLE Is Crime Fighting At Its Most Pedestrian

Dennis Law's latest low budget actioner sees Simon Yam play a former CID sergeant itching to get back on the front lines. Despite some interesting ideas and a decent cast, The Constable is under-developed and poorly structured, never getting out... More »

Review: Strong Scenes Doth Not a Narrative Make in Genre-Hopping COMMITMENT

Following on from this year's Secretly Greatly, another action-drama featuring Korean idols playing young North Korean spies who stay undercover in the south only to be targeted by their homeland, Commitment announces itself as a medley of genres, as commonly... More »
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