Tag Archives: Police

The Raid 2 (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : More of the same relentless extreme violence

Breaking legs, twisting arms, slashing throats, smashing heads, stabbing bodies, shooting anyone, crashing one car into another, burning face on hot plate, and, above all, kicking and punching hard each other. All of these acts of violence and mayhem are … Continue reading

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A Hard Day (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : It is indeed a very hard day for him

 It is indeed a very hard day for him. His wife has left him, and his mother died recently, and his career is tumbled into a big jeopardy, and now he also gets himself into another serious trouble which is … Continue reading

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Narco Cultura (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Bloody culture of drug, violence, and ballad

 One of the memorable scenes in the American TV series “Breaking Bad” was a music video opening scene for one of its episodes. While three musicians, who are the members of Los Cuates de Sinaloa, perform a cheerful Spanish ballad, … Continue reading

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The Target (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Less speedy and less efficient

 Judged on its technical aspects, South Korean film “The Target” is not a bad action thriller film, but I could not concentrate well on it although the movie was not as tedious as I worried. It is a competent remake, … 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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RoboCop (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4): A nice remake with different appearance

 As the remake of the 1987 film directed by Paul Verhoeven, “RoboCop” has its own interesting areas to explore, and I like that aspect despite some reservation on it. There are several moments in the film which inevitably take us … 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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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Three life stories in Schenectady, NY

 “The Place Beyond the Pines” attempts to present us three life stories together in its intimate and wide approach. While not all of its elements work well and its last act is relatively unsatisfying, it is an engaging drama about … Continue reading

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Cold Eyes (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Be careful – and be watchful

“Cold Eyes” is a pure exercise in thriller and professionalism. It is a taut, efficient work not wasting any minute throughout its 2-hour running time, and we are entertained by its main characters defined and driven by their professionalism. Everything … Continue reading

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