A – Z Challenger – Thrillers – D – Drone (2017)

A – Z Challenge – Thriller

Every Sunday between Damien, Kira and myself we are going through the alphabet and select anything from a Film, Director, Scene, Location, Item from a film or Reasons Thrillers Exist.

For this letter, I got D

My Pick

Drone

Drone Poster

Reason – For my letter I decided to pick a film that has only just be released, this thriller follows a private contracted drone pilot who must face the consequences of one of his missions when a Pakistan business man holds him family hostage as his family’s secrets get revealed. My quick sell is that this film has Sean Bean in.

A-Z Thriller Challenge ‘B’ Bringing Out The Dead

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You’ve heard of revenge pieces, this film works quite well as a regret piece. As a teacher, I have plenty of these. The kids I hear about who slipped through the cracks, got into crack or other drugs and somehow never made it in life. Nick Cage’s character wonders what more he could have done. The truth is, in any human endeavor or job you lose some.

Director Martin Scorcese has done more for film than most living directors of our time. Who can forget his Taxi Driver or more recently, Hugo. His work spans the human spectrum and always brings us men who have a vision of themselves they try to live up to, with mixed results.
Nicholas Cage and Ving Rhames are in this film. They make a great duo in the parts they do together. Rhames is the tough free-spirit who tries to get Cage’s character to cope and adapt. They never go away, the ones you lose.

This film is like a dream. It consists of a simple premise: a medic is haunted by the patients he couldn’t save. You might argue it was the first protagonist who could say, “I see dead people.” In the end, we are left with more questions than answers. I like that sort of film, it makes you work. Finally the conclusions are yours and the film helped you get there on your own.

This is not a feel god film but it weaves a web of somber moods that present a point of view. The mystery of death is approached but never addressed. It’s more about those left behind and how we can get stuck in depression and regret when people die, robbing us of our own happiness.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This film is one that makes you think. Due to the nature of its premise there are sections that drag on a little. There are also things that are not explained which can be frustrating. I recommend it for its content but also simply because it is a Scorcese piece.

8/10

A – Z Challenge – Thriller – A – Alfred Hitchcock

A – Z Challenge – Thriller – A – Alfred Hitchcock

Every Sunday between Damien, Kira and myself we are going through the alphabet and select anything from a Film, Director, Character, Scene, Location, Item from a film or Reasons Thrillers Exist.

For this letter, I got A

My Pick

Alfred Hitchcock

ReasonLet me start with four film titles, Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest. When you see just those four films you will know how to make a thriller that hasn’t dated, never stops keeping you guessing and films people still talk about today over 50 years later. Alfred Hitchcock could easily be considered the greatest thriller directors, often imitated never emulated.

Diving into other thrillers he directed that aren’t too bad either, we have Torn Curtain, The Birds, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope and Dial M for Murder. Seeing all these films you could easily have a full education in how to make a thriller from the greatest master in film thriller directing.

Come back next Sunday to see what Damien picks for his choice for B.