Category Archive: Thriller

First Reformed review

Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is a brutally honest personal expression of despair. A powerful worldly outcry taps into the hopelessness of the pressing environmental crisis. First Reformed unmasks the raging hypocrisy, corporate gluttony… Continue reading

A Quiet Place Review

The sound of silence is given new meaning in John Krasinski’s nerve-shredding sci-fi thriller. The story of a family seeking to evade a mysterious alien species is suffocating and tense in its sharp… Continue reading

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

  A family man is faced with the unthinkable in this nerve-shredding psychological drama. The Greek myth of Iphigenia is given the Yorgian treatment. Lanthimos continues to astonish with his blend of tragi-comic… Continue reading

Get Out: A new breed of social thriller

Jordan Peele shoots a crackling firecracker into the mouth of the beast with this simmering debut. It does for genre cinema what Joss Wheadon’s game changing Cabin in the Woods did back in… Continue reading

The Neon Demon (2016 review)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Writers: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham Cast: Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee Certificate: 18     Running Time: 1hr 58 Mins “Beauty isn’t everything.… Continue reading

The Revenant (2016) Review

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Writer: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith, Michael Punke (novel) Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 36 Mins Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck   Iñárritu’s work has captured… Continue reading

The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern Certificate: 15     Running Time: 3hr 7… Continue reading

Bridge of Spies (2015) Review

Director: Steven Spielberg Writer: Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen  Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance  Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2 hr 21 Mins Spielberg builds a bridge over the murky waters of… Continue reading

The Martian (2015) Review

Director: Ridley Scott Writers: Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (novel) Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 22mins Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena     On our last fateful encounter… Continue reading

Irrational Man (2015) Review

Writer and Director: Woody Allen Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 35 Mins Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey   Irrational Man is a sumptuously gloomy comic thriller that rides… Continue reading

Jurassic World (2015) Review

Director: Colin Trevorrow Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly Certificate: 12A  Running Time: 2hr 4 Mins Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio Plot:… Continue reading

Gone Girl (2014) Review

Director: David Fincher Writer: Gillian Flynn  Certificate: 18     Running Time: 2hr 29 Mins Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Plot: When Nick’s (Ben Affleck) wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears and becomes… Continue reading

The Guest (2014) Review

Director: Adam Wingard Writer: Simon Barrett Certificate: 15  Running Time: 1hr 39 Mins Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, Lance Reddick Plot: A soldier (David) turns up at… Continue reading

Blue Ruin (2014) Review

Director: Jeremy Saulnier Writer: Jeremy Saulnier  Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 30 Mins Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson Plot: A mysterious man’s… Continue reading

Under The Skin Q+A and Review (2014)

On March 15th 2014, HMZ Film attended a special Q+A screening of Under The Skin at the illustrious Hackney Picturehouse in East London. The screening was followed by an extensive discussion with director… Continue reading

Gravity (2013) Review

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Writers: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonas Cuarón Certificate: 12A     Running Time: 1hr 31 Mins Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (voice)  Plot: When a barrage of debris destroys their space shuttle, astronauts Dr Ryan Stone… Continue reading

Captain Phillips (2013) Review

Director: Paul Greengrass Writer: Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips (source material) Certificate: 12A  Running Time: 2hr 14 Mins Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed Plot: In 2009, an American cargo… Continue reading

Prisoners (2013) Review

Director: Denis Villenueve Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 33 Mins Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Paul Dano Plot: When the Dover (Jackman and… Continue reading

Elysium (2013) Review

Director: Neill Blomkamp Writers: Neill Blomkamp Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 49 Mins Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga Plot: 2154, Earth has been ravaged and is close… Continue reading

Only God Forgives (2013) Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn   Certificate: 18     Running Time: 1hr 30 mins Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhata Phongam     Plot: When… Continue reading

The Iceman (2013) Review

Director: Ariel Vromen Writers: Morgan Land, Ariel Vromen Certificate: 15  Running Time: 1hr 45 Mins Cast: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, Chris Evans Plot: A seemingly devoted family man is… Continue reading

The Purge (2013) Review

  Director: James DeMonaco Writer: James DeMonaco Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 25 Mins Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaid Kane, Rhys Wakefield    Producer: Blumhouse Productions   Plot: One night… Continue reading

Dead Man Down (2013) Review

Director: Niels Arden Oplev Writer: J.H. Wyman Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 58mins Cast: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard Plot: Victor (Farrell) is Alphonse’s (Howard) trusted partner in crime. When Alphonse… Continue reading

Trance (2013) Review

Director: Danny Boyle Writers: Joe Ahearne and John Hodge.   Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 41 Mins Cast: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson Producer: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Bernard Bellew Plot:… Continue reading

Side Effects (2013) Review

Director: Steven Soderbergh Writer: Scott Z. Burns Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 46 Mins Cast: Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum      Producer: Scott Z. Burns, Gregory Jacobs, Lorenzo… Continue reading