Also at the beginning of the century, precisely in 2004. Collateral was released in theaters, directed by the great Michael Mann. After the success of his previous film, Ali, where Will Smith plays the famous boxer, Muhammed Ali. This time Mann turns to the thriller. It Starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise in great shape. Collateral follows the story of a taxi driver who one night finds himself a strange passenger. Vincent, who turns out to be a hitman, asks Max, the driver, to take him to five different locations in the city of Los Angeles. The film develops gradually, Max slowly realizes Vincent’s plan and tries to do something to stop it.
The relationship between the two remains very interesting, Vincent, a ruthless hitman, befriends Max and tries to keep calm for the duration of his mission until something goes wrong. The tension that runs through the film, the direction, and the superfine editing, pack a thriller made with flakes. Which we can see from start to finish in one go.
Incredibly in this list of thriller movies to watch at all costs we include a film by Woody Allen. The king of comedy. Which people know mostly for his gags, and his psychological blunders. There is a side of the New York director that not everyone knows, namely the more noir or thriller side. He demonstrates this well in the 2005 film, Match Point, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Scarlett Johansson. In the center of the narrative is a dangerous love triangle, which will lead to tragic conclusions.
In this film, Allen takes inspiration from great literary classics such as Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and revises concepts already expressed in his previous film Crimes and Misdemeanors. Particularly, there will be a lot of talk about fate. A sense of guilt and destiny: in fact, these visions of his are collected within an ideal trilogy that sees the first two films mentioned and Irrational Man, released in 2015. For this film, Woody Allen also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In addition to being a 100% Allen film, it has interesting and dark reflections and developments that bring it closer to the thriller genre. So we recommend watching this little gem.
Let’s go back to advise David Fincher, on how we could do the opposite. Zodiac, released in 2007, maybe the best film ever made by an American director. Once you have overcome the obstacle of two and forty hours. Just play the film to immerse yourself in the disturbing story of the famous serial killer Zodiac. The cast includes prominent actors such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. film was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival and is inspired by the book of Robert Graysmith. Which speaks firsthand about the story of the killers who sowed panic. in California in the early 70s. It certainly remains an atypical thriller as it focuses on the characters and their characterization rather than focusing on the case and the murders.
That said, Zodiac is a must-see thriller film. Both for the story, which you can learn more about by reading the book from which it is taken, or looking for articles or statements on the story (in this regard, we refer you to the article we wrote on the doubt that Zodiac and The Monster of Florence are the same people), and for the technical work done around the film. Cinematography, editing, and direction are dark, discontinuous, and suitable for this type of film.
Small curiosity: at one point on the set there was a quite tense atmosphere, so much so that Robert Downey Jr. got nervous with the director out of spite. He left traces of his urine and excrement in the locations!
This film was in the balance between being and not being added to this list, not because it’s not valid but precisely because it’s so well known that it doesn’t need further publicity. Looking back though, a thriller like that must always nominate for the Oscars. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film we are talking about is Shutter Island. Adapted for the cinema from the homonymous novel by Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and the recent Law of the night. In the cast, we find Leonardo Di Caprio and Mark Ruffalo in the role of two detectives, intent on investigating the secrets of a mental asylum, located on an island.
Without dwelling on the plot. It must be said that the strength of this film is certainly the plot and the twists it brings with it. Accompanied by magnificent interpretations such as those of Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams, as well as the protagonists, and a direction that only a master of cinema like Scorsese knows how to give. This film is part of the psychological thriller genre. In fact, it plays with our mind several times during the vision, destabilizing our unconscious, like that of the characters. Curiosity: the asylum and the island don’t really exist, or rather they don’t have realistic sets. Everything is captured using models.
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