6 best thrillers to watch in 2021
There is something exhilarating about watching a good thriller that requires us to watch until the end and see how it resolves. Unfortunately, there aren’t many filmmakers who can create one. The knack of keeping audiences on their toes for the duration of the film is rare. That’s why we always appreciate old masters like Alfred Hitchcock. They had the ability to create and maintain the suspense until the very end, keeping us fully engaged on screen. Of course, increasing the blood pressure is only part of the formula. The timing of the release must be perfectly timed to justify the suspense and not leave us disappointed. Many young writers and directors have cut their teeth in thrillers and thrillers and have created true masterpieces. Here are a few.
1. The sixth sense
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
With: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
The phrase “I see the dead” has become legendary even among those who have not seen this excellent film. Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist tasked with helping a boy with his hallucinations. One of his former patients, played by Donnie Wahlberg, draws his attention to the case because he suffered from the same problem. The character of Willis appears to be the boy’s only hope. However, his wife, played by Olivia Wilde, resents him spending so much time with his patient. It’s a shame the film, despite six nominations, didn’t win a single Oscar.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
The all-star cast and direction and writing of the brilliant Christopher Nolan helped make Inception one of the best films of the decade. The film follows Dom Cobb, a talented thief highly skilled in the art of extraction, a process where secrets are stolen from a victim’s mind while he sleeps. This makes Cobb a valuable asset in the world of commercial espionage. However, he paid a heavy price for his past actions and found himself isolated away from his family. The last job is her chance to make everything right and to have the chance to see her children again. There is, however, a fly in the ointment, represented by his ex-wife, who has the power to ruin even the best of his plans.
3. The silence of the lambs
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
With: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, is an FBI intern, working tirelessly to make a name for herself in law enforcement. His boss of the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit commissions him to interview one of the most notorious serial killers, dr. Hannibal Lector, in the hopes that it might help them catch another serial killer, nicknamed Buffalo Bill. Lector, who has been in maximum security segregation for eight years, becomes interested in a young FBI agent and the two develop a working relationship, albeit an odd one. The killer they hunt has a very particular MO: it targets young, slightly overweight women and drowns them in natural bodies of water. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins both won Oscars for their performances. The film also won academic awards for best film, best director, and best writing.
4. The Green Thousand
Directed by: Frank Darabont
With: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse
Based on that of Stephen King novel, The Green Mile is a thriller with a supernatural twist. Tom Hanks plays the role of a prison warden, responsible for the Green Mile, a section of the prison where death row inmates await execution. One day, he receives a new inmate, convicted killer John Coffey. Turns out there’s more than meets the eye about Coffey. He has a knack and the guards don’t know how to react. When their beloved guardian’s wife falls ill, they desperately turn to Coffey. Despite the grim settings, The Green Mile is a touching story about the best and worst of humanity and how it affects us all.
5. The usual suspects
Directed by: Bryan Singer
With: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin
Turns out the criminal world has bogeymen too, and Keyser Söze is the worst of them. After an attack on a ship carrying a drug cargo that left 27 dead, a group of usual suspects are brought in for questioning. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that they are hired by Söze, a mysterious criminal mastermind famous for his cruelty and ingenuity. No one knows who he is and no one has ever seen his face. The gang in question has one thing in common, however. They have all wronged Söze in the past. Hailed as a film with one of the best, if not the best twist, The Usual Suspects has garnered almost a cult following and is still very popular today, 25 years after its release.
6. The shutter island
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo
Together, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have created true masterpieces over time and Shutter Island is certainly one of them. Although it was snubbed by critics, the film was a hit with audiences. DiCaprio is a detective investigating a crime at Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital, a mental institution. He soon discovers that doctors working at the hospital perform various unethical and even illegal procedures when treating their patients. At some point, it becomes clear to him that there is a conspiracy targeting him and that he has been implicated on purpose. To prove it, he needs access to hospital records, but permission is denied. To make matters worse, a huge hurricane is approaching, cutting off all communication with the mainland and leaving them all stranded on the island.