Posts Tagged ‘Suspense’

“Get Out” (Written Review & Trailer)

February 22nd, 2017 No comments







Review by John Delia

Disturbing and provocative the movie Get Out turns up the volume on suspense and terror. One of the better scary films in a long time, the movie challenges you from the very start as to the motives of a family gathering with a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” impression that turns sour. If you like fright films like The Visit this is your cup of tea. Read more…

The Girl on the Train (Written Review & Trailer)

October 6th, 2016 No comments







Review by John Delia

Captivating and suspenseful the movie The Girl on the Train takes you into the mind of a witness to murder. The intriguing film hooks you from the beginning, tantalizes with possible suspects and then leads you down a path to a deadly finale. Taken from a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the movie gets a Hollywood make over true to the book. Be forewarned the story gets a little contrived, but it doesn’t ruin the overall melodramatic experience. Read more…

Nerve (Written Review & Trailer)

July 28th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Targeted at teens the movie Nerve sets up a very dangerous game that involves taking huge chances and cheating death. The film has adequate acting and able direction, but the storyline does have elements of the impossible. While it’s just a movie to create thrills and suspense, it’s kind of fun to watch, especially the risky scenes involving the dares. Read more…

’71, an IRA War Thriller (Film Review & Trailer)

March 26th, 2015 No comments



Review by John Delia

One of the most brutal wars comes to the screen and it does not involve the United States. In this film we get to see one day during the Irish Revolution between the Protestants and the Catholics. Most of us watched the news as the war dragged on for years, but up until now I haven’t seen a movie about the war so compelling as ’71. Not knowing what side to take in this fight shouldn’t matter here, it’s just the inhumanity that counts and the eerie gut wrenching window to survival for one man. Read more…

The Raven, Review by John Delia

April 27th, 2012 No comments






By John Delia

Methodically delivered The Raven provides a suspense mystery that chills and thrills.  Set in the mid 1800’s the Edgar Allan Poe based story has all the earmarks of a winning box office weekend.  With excellent direction controlling fine actors and a sold script, the film moves to the top of my best of 2012. Read more…

SEEKING JUSTICE, Film Review by John Delia

March 15th, 2012 No comments







By John Delia

High energy, good acting and a diabolical plot turn Seeking Justice into a winner.  Watching this film I found myself gasping for breath at times due to the impact that comes off the screen.  It’s a ‘what if?’ kind of movie that creates panic as much as it amazes. If you like an adult thriller that never lets up, then your choice is easy, Seeking Justice.

The plot centers on Will Gerard (Nicholas Cage) who finds himself emotionally upset when he gets word that his wife Laura (January Jones) has been brutally attacked.  Arriving at the hospital he sees Laura hanging on to her life by a thread; battered and bruised. Distraught and in Shock Will gets approached by Simon (Guy Pierce) who offers him a deal; revenge in exchange for a future favor.  At first Will declines, but seeing the damage to his wife once more and thinking about the man getting away with the crime, he takes Simon up on his deal.  Laura’s perpetrator is found dead, and a day later Will gets a call from Simon.

Nicholas Cage as Will in Seeking Justice

I could see the fire in Will’s eyes when he sees his wife in her deathly state having been violated and beaten.  Nice acting by Cage who does a terrific job with his grief-stricken character. He then puts himself in jeopardy repaying the debt and his grief turns into fear, madness then paranoia for the deadly outcome.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen some brilliance from Cage, and thankfully he shows it here.

Director Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit) puts his skill behind the production and gets fine performances from his support cast, amazing work from the crew and an action packed thriller. Creating an intense film with momentum is no easy task, but with Seeking Justice, he succeeds.

Now, you may say that retribution, vigilante and revenge films are not new with the likes of Point Blank, The Brave One and others, but with Seeking Justice the ‘what if?’ factor makes this film different.  Being caught off guard and distraught at seeing your wife in a near death condition and being offered retribution does change the ballgame and turns up the intrigue meter.

Seeking Justice has been rated R by the MPAA for violence, language and brief sexuality with a very scary brutal scene that’s not for the meek.

 Additional Film Information:

  • Cast: Nicholas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pierce
  • Directed by: Roger Donaldson
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Running Time: 1 hr 44 min
  • Opening Date: March 16, 2012
  • Distributed by: Anchor Bay

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good suspense filled thriller.  (B)


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December 21st, 2011 No comments








Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård

Directed by: David Fincher

MPAA Rating: R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language

Genre: Crime, Drama, and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr 40 min

Opening Date: December 21st, 2011

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing





By John Delia


The mystery and suspense in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo gets menacing giving audiences an unsuspected thriller.  I liked this version over the foreign release of the movie in 2010 because it’s in English, has Daniel Craig and the story moves along as it should, unencumbered by faulty direction.  For those who like a good detective drama with a lot of action, see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.


Mikael (Daniel Craig) and Lisbeth (Rooney Mara)

The movie finds reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), recently convicted of libel, being invited to the home of a multi-millionaire Henrik Vanager (Christopher Plummer). Offering him a chance to clear his name, Vanager enlists him to find what happened to his daughter Harriet who went missing some 40 years ago.  After running into difficulty, Vanager gets Mikael in touch with a computer hacker and rogue investigator Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) who teams with him.  She comes up with some clues he has missed leading to a number of suspects that may have murdered Harriet.  When they get too close to the fire, both Mikael and Lisbeth find themselves scrambling for their own lives.


Henrik Vanager (Christopher Plummer) offers Mikael and opportunity

Daniel Craig does a very good job of keeping his character interesting and vulnerable to the evidence he uncovers.  Mikael may be an investigative reporter, but he’s never been this close to murder and mayhem.  Craig may look a little James Bondish here, but it’s all in the name of a thrilling film with a lot of action.


Rooney Mara comes up equal to Noomi Rapace in their performances as Lisbeth Salander the cunning private eye who helps Mikael with his case.  The two are very scary at times and when they are brutally victimized, they each fight back with abandon. I would be hard pressed if I had to choose which one was best in their respective film appearances, but the edge would go to Rapace.


The big question here is whether the film gets good enough for audiences who have already seen the foreign version?  I say Yes!  Even though it follows the intricate storyline of the same book by Stieg Larsson, the brilliant acting here along with the English language presentation and the superb direction by David Fincher (The Social Network) make it all worthwhile.


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been rated R by the MPAA for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language.  The first-rate cinematography makes the film look very realistic. The close ups of some of the graphic violence may be very disturbing to the timid and the rape scene borders on an NC-17 rating in my estimation.



FINAL ANALYSIS: Better than the foreign version that was highly touted when it was released in 2010. (B+)




THE THING review by John Delia

October 14th, 2011 No comments







Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen and Jonathan Walker 

Directed by: Matthijs Van Heijningen

MPAA Rating: R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language

Genre: Adaptation, Suspense/Horror and Science Fiction/Fantasy

Running Time: 1hr 43min

Opening Date: October 14th, 2011

Distributed by: Universal Pictures





By John Delia


Fans of the film The Thing beware; even though the movie takes you back to the Norwegian outpost providing a beginning to John Carpenter’s 1982 film with the same title, it may as well have been a remake.  Those that have never seen Carpenter’s masterpiece however, will get all the chills and thrills of the original.  For fun, why not rent the 1982 horror flick AFTER you see this release for a comparison of alien shape shifting.


Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Sander (Ulrich Thomsen) dissect something very disturbing

A Norwegian snow tractor falls into an abyss in Antarctica and the crew discover an alien frozen in the ice.  The mining team moves the creature to their outpost where an American Paleontologist, Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has been flown in to identify their find. A specimen is taken from the now thawing alien and Kate discovers that its cells are replicating those of a human.  When members of the mining team start getting attacked, the horror begins.


The 2011 script delivers some new experiences; how the alien may have arrived on Earth, its original form and a way to identify humans from alien made replicas.  Beyond that there’s nothing more than the same violence, similar shape changes, firefights and ghastly results of vicious attacks.


Director Matthijs Van Heijningen on the set of THE THING

First time director Matthijs Van Heijningen does his best to make his film better than the classic, but fails miserably.  For those that know the extremely suspenseful 1982 iconic scare fest, this one will not have that gripping expectation. Of course due to some extra special computer graphics that weren’t available back in the day, we do get treated to an even more ghastly experience.  It’s hard to remake a classic, but even though the filmmakers will call it a prequel, no dice.


Juliette (Kim Bubbs), Karl (Carsten Bjornlund), Adam (Eric Christian Olsen), Wolner (Trond Espen Seim) and Sander (Ulrich Thomsen)

That said, I do recommend the film highly for those who have not seen the original as this shock flick has some nicely placed scare scenes.  The mixture of human and alien bodies dart about, shoot out spiked tentacles, have huge teeth…well you get the idea.  Guys it’s a great flick to take a date, but make sure she doesn’t have long finger nails or you’ll have to wear long sleeves for a week.


The Thing is rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language.  If your X-Box playing pre-teen has already been playing M rated alien infested games, he should be grabbing at your arm to take him to see the film, but it’s not suggested he attend alone.


FINAL ANALYSIS:  Terror at it’s best for THE THING newbie’s (B), veterans (C )






POINT BLANK reviewed by John Delia

September 1st, 2011 No comments



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Cast: Gilles Lellouche, Elana Anaya and Roschdy Zem

Directed by: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gerard Lanvin and Elena Anaya.

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and some language. (Brutality)

Genre: Crime, Action Thriller, Foreign, French

Running Time: 1hr 26min

Distributed by: Magnolia Pictures


By John Delia


Thrilling, Intriguing and vicious Point Blank keeps the adrenaline pumping with excitement at every turn.  A fine cast ably directed by Fred Cavaye puts the film in a league with The Departed.  If you like a lot of action with a harrowing storyline then go and see Point Blank.


Gilles Lellouche portrays Samuel in POINT BLANK

Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is a male nurse working at a hospital when his pregnant wife Nadia (Elana Anaya) gets kidnapped before his very eyes. Knocked unconscious, he comes to and discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet (Roschdy Zem) is responsible, and if he’s ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartet’s bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.


Samuel (Lellouche) and Nadia (Anaya)

Acting by Gilles Lellouche, Elana Anaya and Roschdy Zem can only be described with words like realistic, stunning and gripping.  The three take on the major roles and with the fine direction of Fred Cavaye put on a great show.  I especially like Lellouche’s energy as Samuel who finds himself in some crazy dangerous situations while trying to free his pregnant wife.  Never wavering, his character pushes forward not knowing what his next test may be. 


Anaya’s performance as the pregnant wife who has to face a brutal kidnapper with only a month left to her due date.  Her acting gets so realistic that you can feel her fright, exasperation and stamina as Nadia fights to keep her and her unborn baby alive. If she could be nominated for an Oscar, she certainly should be for the realism she put in her anguished character. 

Fred Cavayé, director of POINT BLANK


The cinematography by Alain Duplantier is outstanding getting shots that set the tone for the incredible chases, brutal attacks and punishing reprisals.  Duplantier’s next photography project is just a month away and pits Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro against some nasty assassins in Killer Elite. I can’t wait to see the production, if the camera work’s anything like Point Blank it’s sure to be a winner.


Point Blank is rated R for strong violence and some language.  The film also contains scenes of brutality and a disturbing image. The film is presented in French with English Subtitles.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A must see for the story and performances. (A)







FINAL DESTINATION 5, review by John Delia & Marisa Ings

August 11th, 2011 No comments


John thinks B while

Marisa says C-

Read our review





Cast: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes-Wood, P.J. Pine, Arlen Escarpeta and David Koechner

Directed by: Steven Quale

MPAA Rating: R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language

Genre: Horror, Suspense, thriller, sequel

Running Time:1hr 32min

Opening Date: August 19, 2011

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures


By John Delia and Marisa Ings


Shattering, piercing, suspenseful, queasy, bloody, gouging, bone breaking, mind blowing, and yet mesmerizing that’s what Final Destination 5 is all about, especially in 3D.  This is one of those select few films that use 3 Dimension well and it will blow your mind.  If you have never seen a Final Destination movie or are a big fan of the guts and gore they deliver, then rush to see Final Destination 5, but do not go over a bridge on your way.


Emma Bell as Molly hangs on for dear life

The premise behind all 5 of the Final Destinations is that you cannot cheat death.  In the first film 8 students get off an airplane as one of them sees a vision that it is going to crash.  One by one the students find that life is an elusive commodity. The next three sequels feature a horrifying highway wreck, a roller coaster ride gone wrong and a car that explodes into the stands at a racetrack.


John says: But this Final Destination features something only in nightmares, a bridge coming apart with bumper-to-bumper traffic.  Here novice Director Steven Quale puts engineering to the test as he rips his bridge to shreds hundreds of feet above a river.  Buses, cars, people falling dismembered and, well you get the idea. The images are so real that they had me gasping for air, gripping my seat and in some cases groaning audibly. If you have a fear of heights, then this film may trigger the malady, as the 3D effects are amazingly realistic.

Nicholas D'Agosto and Emma Bell in FINAL DESTINATION 5


Marisa says: Even though FD5 has the same twisted formula as its predecessors, the creepy concept is still one of the best I have heard. Miraculously you and your friends avoid a tragic demise only to be mercilessly hunted down by Death one-by-one… what an awful joke to play. The only difference you will see with this movie and any of the others is how the unfortunate survivors die–which is entertainment within itself thanks to the technological advances in film like 3D and Hi-def cameras.


John says: The special effects, make-up, computer graphics imaging and motion capture are amazing and the real stars of the film.  The opening credits have so much coming at you that it startles.  If you have seen the first four films then you will find most of the weapons of death used in those flicks popping into view.


Marisa says: The gruesome demise of these youngsters is sure to have you cringe and peaking through your hands. Director Steven Quale puts you right in the action showing every gory detail. Final Destination 5 is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you are in to blood and gore then you will enjoy this movie but see it in 3D or it might loose its edge. And for those, like myself who somehow managed to see all previous films in the series, don’t leave to early or you’ll miss out.


Jacqueline Macinnes-Wood plays Olivia in FINAL DESINATION 5

John says: The acting in Final Destination 5 comes in above average with some performances exceptionally good especially Jacqueline MacInnes-Wood as the arrogant Olivia Castle who you lean to love to hate for her snotty selfishness.  When her time comes to meet her maker the ‘eyes’ have it.


Marisa says: No really, is this the FINAL Final Destination or will this joke never end. I mean really, how many times can you have FINAL in a movie and it still continues. Maybe the second time we could let it slide but 5, Come On!


The film is rated R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language.  If gore makes you ill you may want to stay away from this gross-out.


John says: FINAL ANALYSIS: A goody gruesome for horror hounds. (B)



Marisa says: (C-) Déjà vu at its worse, FD5 will surely have you rethink wanting to have the power of premonition


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