Thrillers never, ever, ever go out of fashion. No matter whatever is happening in cinema, audiences always want films that get their hearts racing. As a result, the best thrillers all about that build-up and release of tension. Which ultimately is the fundamental joy of cinema. To be fair, we’re never likely to get bored of chases, suspense and drama. Wedding Affair brings to you five brilliant thriller films that you can watch this weekend. Watching these thriller films will certainly let your imagination go wild.
Inside Man (2006)
Probably the most straightforward Spike Lee joint of all Spike Lee’s joints. This heist thriller is still more tricky and witty than most. A New York bank is held up by a gang of men all calling themselves variants on ‘Steve’, who set about dressing their hostages as painters and decorators, exactly like them. They set about smashing through the floor. But what are they really after? The would-be thieves’ motives turn out to be a lot more upstanding than your average cash-grab. The cast – Denzel Washington, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe – is top notch.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Less of a straightforward thriller than a feverish, hallucinatory 94-minute trip into the subconscious. Engineer and sound effects expert Gilderoy travels to Italy to work on a film about horses, but instead finds it’s a giallo horror being made by an overbearing producer and an unnervingly exuberant director. We never see this apparently horrifying film, but director Peter Strickland lovingly catalogues the mechanics behind the camera. Don’t go into it expecting to be guided by the hand – in fact, try not to expect a conventional plot at all – and just let it absorb you.
Steve McQueen’s update of the 1983 Lynda La Plante TV drama transplants the action over to Chicago, but keeps the central spine of the plot. Four widows find out their husbands died in the process of ripping off a mob boss. Hence, they decide to step in to complete their $5 million heist. The trouble is, they’ll need to pinch it from inside the boss’s own house. This is a slower burn than some other thrillers here, and one that will reward your patience. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Carrie Coon star, with Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya and Robert Duvall forms the support cast.
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Are you after a violent, Scorsese-inflected character portrait of a man mentally checking out of a society that appals him and which is anchored around a virtuoso Joaquin Phoenix performance? Watch Lynne Ramsay’s opus about a hitman who gets trafficked girls out of lives of abuse. It’s the film Joker wishes it was. Hallucinatory, bold and frequently as beautiful as it is brutal, You Were Never Really Here is a modern masterpiece.
Uncut Gems (2020)
The Safdie Brothers – Josh and Benny – showed that they had the vision and unique tone to make an all-time great crime thriller with 2017’s brilliant Good Time. Its follow-up, Uncut Gems, might very well prove to be that movie. Adam Sandler – yes, that Adam Sandler – is staggeringly good as Howard Ratner, a high-rolling, motormouth, diamond-dealing New Yorker who’s deep in debt with all the wrong people and just about keeps the wolves from his door by making bigger and bigger bets. Until he gets his hands on an extraordinarily rare black opal, at which point the powder keg ignites. You’re best off going in with no idea what’s going to happen, but we’ll just give you some key phrases: NBA star Kevin Garnett; mystical powers; naked kidnap; bum tattoo; diamond-encrusted Furby. Thank us later for this one.
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