Prisoners (2013)


Directed by – Denis Villeneuve

The hype was quite obvious. Its Hugh Jackman after all. For me, it was the man himself. If you have watched incendies (I have written about it before, here), then you would definitely know what I mean. Even as you watch Prisoners, it will prove that the guy is definitely a master when it comes to thriller. The minute details and the absolute bringing – alive – the – character, that’s what worked for the film.

The film is about the abduction of two girls and entire process of search that goes on around it. I must mention Paul Dano here, who actually is the prisoner – his characterisation was undoubtedly the best. It is not everyday that you give Jackman an ordinary role and ask him to make sure that the story tells more than him infront of the screen. His performance just cannot not go unnoticed. While Gyllenhaal might not seem in the foreground due to the presence of some overwhelming actors, his character was again one of the most well written and well played here.

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Zodiac (2007)


Directed by – David Fincher

One of the best films made on interrogation and crime. I wouldn’t call it a thriller because it is less about the journey of finding the killer and more about the obsession of a nerdy cartoonist who wanted to find the infamous zodiac. One particular reference of ‘films’ already made on zodiac was absolutely amazing. Said a lot, didn’t it? It is a complete film. I might want to specially mention Jake Gyllenhaal but that would only be because he took most of the screen time. When Zodiac went on a ‘killing spree’ in 1968 and started sending letters to the san Francisco chronicles, many people came on board from reporters to police detectives and went on to investigate the case. There is one particular dialogue in the film that explains the entire motivation of it.

Graysmith’s wife, Melanie – Why? Why do you need to do this?

Graysmith – because nobody else will.

I absolutely loved the editing. While in the first part, I felt as if the entire sequence was kind of cartoonized which I did not like very much, but there is no question that the film’s beginning is one of the best opening sequence for a thriller ever. Cheers to David Fincher. Thank God for making them.

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)


Director – Neil Jordan

After watching all the vampire series that make me nauseous, it needs guts to watch another Vampire flick. Only that this particular story of the blood sucking beasts, isn’t another flick. Its dark and full of sadness. While you can see Stephen’s character in Vampire diaries being inspired from Brad Pitt’s tendency to feed on animals that makes him ‘less evil’, there is an almost accurately lifted and dropped character of Damon from Tom Cruise’s role in the film. It the story of romance, not for sex but blood. The film is in the form of a narrative where Louis (Brad Pitt) tells the story of how he became a vampire and the events in the later years of his life that followed with Lestat (Tom Cruise) and later Claudia. Personally, its not my favourite film, maybe because of the endless prejudices I already have of Vampirism in popular culture today. But it definitely is one of the most purest forms of films in that genre, that tells more about the life and tragedy of being a Vampire than the rest which we watch today. It is actually based on the 1976 novel ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by Anne Rice.