Tag Archives: Criminal

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Inexorable descent into sheer brutality

While delivering a fair share of remorseless violence to shock you, “Brawl in Cell Block 99” patiently takes its time before delivering that, and I sort of appreciate its slow but inexorable descent into sheer brutality. While some of those … Continue reading

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Inside Men (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): They are all together…

I watched South Korean thriller film “Inside Men” with bitter amusement on some of its darkest moments. Although it is a work of fiction as emphasized in its end credits, its dark, uncomfortable picture of power and corruption is not … Continue reading

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Seven Psychopaths (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Screenplay work in criminal process

 “Seven Psychopaths” is about one funny screenplay writing process which is cheerfully juxtaposed with absurd humor and striking violence to shock you and then amuse you. As we follow its convoluted plot, it becomes apparent to us that it is … Continue reading

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Starred Up (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : He finally meets his match – his dad

 While it is a mix of familiar elements to be expected from its main subjects, “Starred Up” is a compelling mix to watch none the less. Mainly through its violent young antihero with issues, it transfers us into a harsh, … Continue reading

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Point Blank (2010) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Passable but efficient

As revisiting French action thriller film “Point Blank”, I thought about how familiar a certain thriller premise is. In many thriller films like this one, an ordinary guy suddenly finds himself being blackmailed to do something not so good while … Continue reading

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Drug War (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A treacherous game amidst cops and criminals

Good thrillers grip my attention at some point around the beginning and never let it go until the end credit. In case of Johnnie To’s crime noir thriller “Drug War”, it was one of its early scenes. A cop chases … Continue reading

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Eye in the Sky (2007) ☆☆☆(3/4) : See everything – remember everything

Early in this month, I watched South Korean thriller film “Cold Eyes”, and I was excited by its thrilling story about the secret surveillance police team and the professional criminals they chase after. While being a well-made genre film with … Continue reading

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