Question: A thriller

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drydoc 

Customer

 1 Apr 2017 23:48 UTCSat 1 Apr 2017 - 11:48 pm UTC 

I am currently watching a film 1985 -Jagged Edge - I remember the buzz at the time.
In the intermittent 29 years I can't think of another decent thriller.

I know 12 years later there was The Game...but two thrillers in more than 30 years isn't a genre.
Please also exclude Suspect.
Maybe I'm being remiss and the genre isn't dead after all. Or....

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 2 Apr 2017 02:23 UTCSun 2 Apr 2017 - 2:23 am UTC 

Hey dd, good to see you.

Not sure exactly what is or isn't a "thriller", but how about this one:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167404/
Sixth Sense

It had its moments.

David

 

JD Umiat 

Researcher

 2 Apr 2017 05:55 UTCSun 2 Apr 2017 - 5:55 am UTC 

I have never forgotten this movie!

Face Off
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119094/


JD

 

drydoc 

Customer

 2 Apr 2017 09:29 UTCSun 2 Apr 2017 - 9:29 am UTC 

I love a supernatural drama a la Twilight Zone. Of course they cannot list it as such...spoilers

And I love a good action movie, particularly one that features Oscar-winning actor Nic Cage


IMDB list Mystery as a genre too....puzzling!

I am tempted to pre-exclude The Fugitive too just because it dangerously close to being a thriller, as well as a perfect film.

But there is still something more classic / classical in the definition in my head at least.

 

pinkfreud 

Researcher

 2 Apr 2017 16:51 UTCSun 2 Apr 2017 - 4:51 pm UTC 

Have you seen this one? I found it to be a real nail-biter even though I had read the book and knew what was going to happen...

Gone Girl
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998/

 

drydoc 

Customer

 3 Apr 2017 17:12 UTCMon 3 Apr 2017 - 5:12 pm UTC 

Thanks pink - always nice to hear from a legend.
I saw it last year having saved it for a year or so.. as a treat.
But I found it to be a serviceable and, in my case, pretty forgettable piece of overhyped tat. Not so much a 'thrill' as an 'oh really?'. I mainly remember it annoying me quite a bit as I was really hoping for a good thriller...maybe it even planted the seed that led to this question.
But as you imply, lots of people really liked it.

 

pinkfreud 

Researcher

 3 Apr 2017 19:20 UTCMon 3 Apr 2017 - 7:20 pm UTC 

OK, I'll take another shot in the dark...

Have you seen any of these films directed by Christopher Nolan?

Memento
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/

The Prestige
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482571/

Inception
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/

 

drydoc 

Customer

 3 Apr 2017 22:18 UTCMon 3 Apr 2017 - 10:18 pm UTC 

Yes I've seen all three.
Batman Begins is in my top 3 films ever. I've no idea what the other two are.

Memento was legendary and I saved that as well for a couple of years ...bit nonplussed when I settled down to it. I like a pleasing gimmmick but hype is a wonderful thing. I think on the DVD you can watch it in the right order.

I am a magic nut ...and it has always concerned me that those who endured the Prestige missed in the same year The Illusionist - a movie of divine beauty.

Yeah, Inception was fine, but then I loved the original 'Dreamscape', which didn't need a twisting skyscraper .... with Dennis Quaid, a chap you used to be able to rely on for a thriller.

I've had to keep warm with a reshowing of The Last of Sheila.
Nobody did it like Coburn.

 

montecristo 

User

 6 Apr 2017 14:39 UTCThu 6 Apr 2017 - 2:39 pm UTC 

The best thriller I've seen is the original version of Secret in their Eyes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1305806/

The Usual Suspects was a big deal in the 1990s.

The Talented Mr Ripley was decent, if that counts as a thriller.

 

drydoc 

Customer

 8 Apr 2017 09:03 UTCSat 8 Apr 2017 - 9:03 am UTC 

Hmm ... it is difficult to credit the nuances of a great script when there isn't a word of English (and I happen to be English, so not a polyglot)  ..
It is already on my list of foreign films to watch but I can only tolerate about one a year as I do a lot of reading in real life and I like them to tell me the words.

I feel it will trump TTMRl. I am not sure I can face  2.3 hours of unsympathetic characters directed at Minghella pace.

I saw TUS in the cinema. I waited after the credits for the famous twist ending until they started hoovering the cinema and asked me to leave. Really, that was the twist, I thought!! Turns out there were no refunds in those days either.
The entertainment industry's "no refund" policy - there's a question for another day!

 

David Sarokin 

Answer

 13 Apr 2017 22:54 UTCThu 13 Apr 2017 - 10:54 pm UTC 

drydoc,

Seems like you got a number of intriguing suggestions. Hope they turn out to be genuinely thrilling. Let us know which one you liked best.

David

 

drydoc 

Customer

 13 Apr 2017 23:12 UTCThu 13 Apr 2017 - 11:12 pm UTC 

No, no answers yet..we are not heading for a victory on this one.
I liked mine the best but at least I've introduced people to 6 great thrillers even if it is a dying genre.

My original hypothesis stands sadly - no thriller lovers on the panel I suspect.
It's a surprising twist but there you are.


(You've posted that as an answer David - I think you meant it as a comment or clarification).

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 13 Apr 2017 23:18 UTCThu 13 Apr 2017 - 11:18 pm UTC 

Actually, I meant it as an answer, since your question was do to expire in a day or so. But seeing as it hasn't truly been answered, please go ahead and request a Refund. In the mean time, if we non-thrill-lovers (we're such a cautious bunch!) have any more suggestions, we'll post them here as a comment.

Hope you find your perfect thriller.

David

 

drydoc 

Refund requested

 14 Apr 2017 08:12 UTCFri 14 Apr 2017 - 8:12 am UTC 

 

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