Sunday, 26 December 2010

Best Thrillers of the decade

10: INSOMNIA (2002)

I loved Memento, so I was curious to see what Chris Nolan would do next. Little did I know at the time that he’d become one of my favourite directors within the space of 5 films. Thank god though, Tim Burton hasn’t made a great film in ages and Jon Carpenter just hasn’t made anything. This is a remake of a Norwegian film, and goes to prove that not all remakes are shit. Just the majority of them are.


There's very few Coen brothers films I haven't enjoyed. The only one that comes to mind was the remake of The Ladykillers, but they were messing with a classic there so I'll let them off. This is an awesome film a lot of people hated due to the pace. I though it was perfect though.

8: THE PRESTIGE (2006)

Three films in and there’s already two Christopher Nolan films. Bloody hell. This is the last in the thrillers list, though there are two other films in the sci fi and comic book lists. Alarmingly that means only one of his films from the last decade hasn’t appeared here. Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine are all awesome in this. I love David Bowie playing Tesla too.

7: TAKEN (2008)

Liam Neeson rules this fucking movie. He plays an ex serviceman who’s daughter is kidnapped whilst he’s away on holiday. He then proceeds to go after the fuckers to get his daughter back. The only thing I don’t like about this film is the car chased towards the end. It just seems like he’s constantly going past the same bridge, but I’m just being picky, this film is awesome.

6: BLACK SWAN (2010)

Arrenofsky is another amazing director that keeps spewing out films made of awesome. I just caught this and had to rewrite the list to fit this one in. Natalie Portman is so good. I forget she can act after her dodgy performances in the star wars films, though that may have had something to do with the crappy script and George Lucas forgetting how to direct a film. Bugger it though, you have to see this film. Managed to talk about the film without mentioning the lesbian scene too. Wait, damn.

5: DONNIE DARKO (2001)

This is one of those films a lot of people didn’t understand. Fucking idiots, just go with the film, you don’t have to understand every second of it. Have you never seen a David Lynch film. Seriously though I enjoy films that take you on a ride, this is one of those. One thing that bugs me about this film, at the end when everything changes it means that Patrick Swayze doesn’t get caught. Go wolverines

4:  HARD CANDY (2005)

It’s another film with a paedophile in it, YEAH. Or is he, That’s the question that’s asked throughout this film . For those of you who don’t know it. A girl (Ellen Page) meets up with a guy who’s been chatting with her online. She chats with him and goes home with him to see some pictures??? She starts drinking, it’s all very ominous. Then he passes out. When he wakes up she’s got him tied to a chair, it’s all been a plan of hers to fuck up a paedophile. But the question runs whether or not he is a paedophile throughout the film. Don’t worry, by the end you know, but the journey to get there makes this an amazing film.


This film was remade by Martin Scorsese as The Departed, I still prefer this one. The film follows Ming (Andy Lau) and Yan (Tony Leung) leading parallel lives. One a cop undercover with the triads, the other a triad mole working with the police. I love Andy Lau and this is one of his best performances. If you’ve only seen the Scorsese one, get a hold of this. Actually just buy the whole trilogy, you won’t be disappointed.


I don’t know what happened to David Cronnenberg. He’s made a career out of making strange horror science fiction films like Videodrome and the naked lunch. Then all of a sudden you get History of Violence (see the comic book films top ten) and this. Fuck me ragged with a tiny Christmas tree. This film focuses on the Russian mafia in the UK. Viggo Morenson plays the mobs cleaner, but like a transformer, there’s more to him than meets the eye.

1: OLD BOY (2003)

Holy shit, like seriously holy shit. This film is part of Chan-wook Parks vengeance trilogy, none of them fill you with joy. But what the fuck did you expect from the vengeance trilogy. Oh Dae-su (Min-sik Choi) is kidnapped and wakes up locked in a room. He’s there for 15 years, still not knowing what the hell he’s there for. When he gets out he tries to find out. Brutal film that kept me gripped throughout.


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