Movie Monday – Thriller (Amazon Prime edition)

‘If you ride like lightning, you’re gonna crash like thunder.’ – Robin, The Place Beyond The Pines

The Guest (2014)

In 2012 Dan Stevens left Downton Abbey, having played the posh boy-next-door that your mum liked. He then resurfaced in this looking unrecognisable giving a mesmerising performance as the eponymous guest in this old school genre pic.

The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)

An ambitious tale about fatherhood, choices and consequences. Ryan Gosling plays Luke, a touring motorcycle stuntman who visits his ex-lover Romina (played by Gosling’s off-screen partner Eva Mendes) each time he’s in town. When Romina discovers she is pregnant, Luke decides he must do whatever he takes to provide for his unborn child – causing devastating consequences for those involved for years to come.

In Time (2011)

In Time is a far from perfect movie, but it’s certainly ambitious and that makes it well worth a watch. The year is 2169, people now stop ageing after their 25th birthdays. After that date a clock appears on their arm, when the countdown reaches zero that person ‘times out’ (aka dies). Time has replaced money as a form of currency, the super rich are essentially immortal. Will (Justin Timberlake), is not super rich, and, with his time running out, he takes Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) hostage in a desperate attempt to get more time.

Source Code (2011)

U.S Army pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a commuter train heading for Chicago. He meets his travelling companion, Christina (Michelle Monaghan). The train then explodes, killing everyone. The same day will continue to repeat until Stevens works out how to stop it.

Looper (2012)

The third in this unintended trio of time thrillers. In this world their is time travel, but it’s only available to the rich and/or the criminals. When the mob wants to eliminate someone, they send a hit man to go back in time and do the job. Joe (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is one of these loopers, who finds himself face to face with his future self (Bruce Willis).

 

 

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