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From the creator of Fargo comes this New York Times bestseller about the survivors of a plane clash—a down-on-his-luck painter and the 4-year-old son of one of the prominent families killed. In this award-winning psychological thriller, college student Lana Granger is a compulsive liar who has always gotten away with her fabrications. But when she starts babysitting for a manipulative year-old boy, Luke, she knows she's met her match—and perhaps her downfall.
The disappearance of Lana's best friend requires bigger lies than she's ever told before. They might convince the police of her innocence, but Luke won't be so easily fooled. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, Let Me Die in His Footsteps takes place in the lavender fields of s Kentucky, where year-old Annie ventures into forbidden territory on a nighttime stroll.
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Before the Fall By Noah Hawley From the creator of Fargo comes this New York Times bestseller about the survivors of a plane clash—a down-on-his-luck painter and the 4-year-old son of one of the prominent families killed. In the Blood By Lisa Unger In this award-winning psychological thriller, college student Lana Granger is a compulsive liar who has always gotten away with her fabrications.
Frank Fowler is having a bad year: he is about to remember that his wife's family is a gang of sadists controlled by a monster With the last six years of his life wiped out of his memory, Frank suspects he may have murdered his wife Kelly, who vanished three days before the car crash that caused his amnesia. While struggling to remember Kelly, Frank is shocked to find out that his wife's family has the same suspicions.
Things take a darker turn when Frank realizes that his vindictive in-laws will stop at nothing to make him remember what he has done to their beloved sister and where he buried her body. The situation gets even more complicated as an anonymous blackmailer accuses Frank of the murder and demands money to keep silent.
As memories trickle back to him, Frank is still unable to figure out why he slaughtered Kelly and what happened to his accomplice. He is not even sure he has nothing to do with the disappearance of his young daughter, who went missing a few months earlier.
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Frank's search for answers becomes a fight for survival after he rediscovers that his wife's relatives are a clique of ruthless serial kidnappers serving a mysterious one-legged man. His chances are slim: one of the in-laws is a cop and another is a multimillionaire. However, the question still remains: Why are these people so hell-bent on getting hold of Kelly's dead body? And why do they blindly follow every whim of their master? Is the one-legged man even human? His options are limited: he either finds his wife--dead or alive--or dies.
In his race against time Frank has all the clues to the puzzle, he just needs to remember them before it's too late. The battle of wits begins and only the most devious mind will survive. First, he butchers his parents in their sleep.
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Then he cold-bloodedly rips out his schoolmate's intestines. A few days later, Zack strangles a young woman before stealing her car. And that is just the beginning. Who--or what--is Jeremy? And what are the reasons behind this killing spree? If you think you know the answers, chances are you are wrong. When he discovers her husband is having an affair, the sympathetic Sy becomes a dangerous foe, a descent Mark Romanek examines his own detached, discordant lens.
In , no one saw the twist coming.
Night Shyamalan has become Twist-Master General and tends to use them as shitty calling cards rather than meaningful plot devices. But wow, when Shyamalan made his breakthrough with The Sixth Sense , it felt like we'd witnessed something fresh and unsettling in the best ways possible. In adapting the classic French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the WB generation, writer-director Roger Kumble doesn't pull back on any of the book's nasty back-stabbing and emotional manipulation.
Instead, the movie revels in the melodramatic tawdriness of it all and features truly inspired lead performances from Sarah Michelle Gellar using all the tricks that made her so likable on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as conniving mean girl Kathryn Merteuil , Ryan Phillippe as her charmingly vacant step-brother Sebastian Valmont , and Reese Witherspoon as the virginal Annette Hargrove.
Plus, you know "Bittersweet Symphony" has never sounded sweeter. The Constant Gardener is no different, though espionage in this case is a vast corporate pharmaceutical conspiracy that exploits and kills poor Africans, and the "spy" is a muted Ralph Fiennes as Justin, a low-level diplomat turned vigilante investigator of his wife's murder. The story is a little wonky and more than a little messy, but that's true to the reality of life, especially when you're at the mercy of forces you don't understand. Michael Douglas gives great thriller face.
With his slicked back hair, wrinkled brow, and penetrating eyes, the actor excels at playing rich, entitled white guys who are either losing their cool or getting their comeuppance. In The Game , director David Fincher's fiendishly clever mouse-trap of a movie about an investment banker thrust into a possibly dangerous ARG , Douglas must react to a Kafkaesque scenario where every element of existence might be part of a vast conspiracy. Luckily, the Oscar-winner is up to the task, grounding the occasional ludicrous twists with subtle emotional responses and a brittle sense of humor.
Functioning as both a satirical take on '90s corporate America and a Hitchcockian roller coaster ride, the film is a masterful showcase for Douglas's oily charms. And while she robotically cleans house and prepares meals, she's impressionable; Sophie becomes hooked on TV junk food. She's illiterate, and flailing. And at a strained moment, she befriends the village's black sheep, Jeanne Isabelle Huppert , who convinces her the family has her all but enslaved.
The passive-aggressive class war eventually erupts into something more literal, but Chabrol restrains every revelation -- you will not see the ending coming, despite being totally inevitable. Collateral also plays like an exhilarating joy ride into depravity. It's a busy night for the latter, who likes Max because of his street savvy; Max, on the other hand, isn't too keen on his fare.
Foxx does his best chary cabbie while Cruise ditches his iconic heroics for a convincing, sociopathic kind of villainy. In the tradition of other classic thrillers, this is a story of an underdog who overcomes near impossible odds to outfox his better. But directed by Michael Mann, who captures a merciless underworld and layers every frame with delicious tension, Collateral makes enough surprising turns to separate itself from more pedestrian offerings. Instead of offering detailed policy breakdowns, prescriptive analysis of the situation at the border, or insights into minds of drug dealers, this film supplies one product: tension.
From its riveting opening raid sequence to its chilling final stand-off at a motel, director Denis Villeneuve Arrival uses all the tropes of a sleek, militarized action thriller to examine the utter uselessness Emily Blunt's FBI character feels in the face of systematic failure. More video game than 60 Minutes -style investigation, it is throat-punch cinema, a doom-soaked Godspeed You! Black Emperor song of a movie, a sculpture chiseled with bullets. David Cronenberg's Darwinistic reaction to our violent world works more like a thriller in reverse.
Tom Stall Viggo Mortensen is a small-town Indiana diner owner… until he's not. After standing his ground against two robbers, the mob believe he's "Joey from Philadelphia," a killer who ran away from a murderous legacy. As the identity crisis comes under fire, Cronenberg winds through every facet of "violence," putting us on the edges of our seats not with puzzle-box plotting, but with the internal crisis of characters who've had their entire lives upended by lies… and may not survive the truth.
In this greasy, cruel thriller from up-and-comers the Safdie brothers, Robert Pattinson stars as Connie, a bank robber who races through Queens to find enough money to bail out his mentally disabled brother, who's locked up for their last botched job.
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Each suffocating second of Good Time, blistered by the neon backgrounds of Queens, New York and propelled by warped heartbeat of Oneothrix Point Never's synth score, finds Connie evading authorities by tripping into an even stickier situation. His confident ineptitude is at times comical -- after breaking his brother out of a police-secured hospital like one of Danny Ocean's 11, he realizes, whoops, the bandaged guy isn't his brother -- but the commitment to moral ambiguity by both the Safdies and their leading man amounts to the masochistic pleasure of sucking on a sour candy for just a second too long.
Night Shyamalan is inextricably tied to the "twist" thanks to his movies' many pull-the-rug finales, but Christopher Nolan really deserves the title of Hollywood Twistmaster. Movies like Interstellar , Batman Begins , and The Prestige all tie their emotional journeys in knots, while his amnesiac thriller Memento is the gold standard.
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Guy Pearce stars as a man who must jog his corrosive short-term memory with Polaroids and explanatory tattoos in order to solve the murder of his wife. Playing with time and truth, Nolan spins the rare detective story that keeps the audience guessing until the end. Modern suspense king David Fincher shows up often on this list, for good reason.
He hews closely to the outskirts of society and human behavior, depicting serial killers, sociopaths, and the mentally ill as a way to reveal the darkest depths of the soul. Even if all the college dorm posters turned you off, a haggard Edward Norton and flippant Brad Pitt are the perfect vessels for adding nuance to what amounts to a story about a mentally unstable terrorist. When you think "thriller," ballet is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But director Darren Aronofsky manages to turn the art into a masterfully tense, claustrophobic rendering of a breakdown in pursuit of perfection.
With a shaky camera following too closely to Portman, you can never get a wide enough view to discern the reality, leaving you firmly on the edge of your seat. David Fincher's movie is for obsessives. In telling the story of the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who captured the public imagination by sending letters and puzzles to the Bay Area press, the famously meticulous director zeroes in on the cops, journalists, and amateur code-breakers who made identifying the criminal their life's work.
Zodiac is a procedural thriller that makes digging through old manilla folders feel like a cosmic quest. George Clooney made a career out of playing grey knights and his work as the title character in this icy New York thriller might be the pinnacle of his work. Clayton is a super-cynical, debt-ravaged "fixer," stuck doing damage control amid a massive class-action lawsuit.