The best thrillers coming in 2021
2020 culminated on February 9 when the best thriller of the previous year, Parasite, won the Oscar for best film of the year. Since then, the biggest thriller – the most intrusive thriller – has been the one that came in every night during the news, and, for many of us, the idea of ââputting together a real thriller (especially of the devastating variety of illness) somehow just makes us depressed.
But âthrillerâ doesn’t have to mean zombie apocalypse or plague, and there are many more escape opportunities in the genre. So, as 2021 plays the role of the unwarranted sequel to 2020, we embrace thrillers as an antidote. Sometimes a good thriller can actually make us forget our true terrors.
What is the difference between thriller and horror? While horror makes The Scare the end in itself, the thriller tends to use The Scare and its techniques (anticipation, suspense, false reprieve) for other purposes – for the mood, to speed up the pace of the game. ‘plot or just to make the film very bad. .
Thriller is also behind so many other genre films, like crime and war. For example, the movie ’71 (now on Prime), which takes place during a day in troubled Belfast, follows a British soldier trapped in the city’s Catholic quarters. While the film’s varnish is war, the script execution is a full thriller, as the soldier attempts to escape hostile apartment complexes and NRA members knock on the door. In short: the thriller is versatile.
So here are all the many thrillers we can’t wait to see in 2021. If they’re even half as good as Parasite, they will be worth the detour.
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The shooter (January 15)
Let’s start the year with some action thrillers. The sniper seems to be Liam Neeson’s standard fare, but, hey, the man is the king of the action thriller.
The Wrath of Man (January 15)
Another solid bet for the action thriller is Guy Richie’s upcoming Guy Richie movie. Anger of man, which reunites him with Jason Statham for what is sure to be another Guy Richie Guy Richie total film.
Don’t tell anyone (January 15th)
Two boys meet a man trapped at the bottom of the well. Look for the outstanding performances of the two brothers (Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer) and the healthy man (Rain Wilson).
No Man’s Land (January 22)
Man flees to Mexico after murder. On the run, pursued by rangers, he seeks forgiveness in a foreign country.
The Little Things (January 29)
Cops chasing serial killers is classic thriller territory and this movie, which hits HBO Max earlier this year and stars a creepy Denzel in Washington, should live up to it.
Le Mauritanien (February 19)
Based on the actual case of a man held without charge at Guantanamo Bay, Mauritanian will be the must-see thriller of early 2021.
Crisis (February 26)
Crisis presents a disjointed narrative Babel-style on various participants in the opioid trade, from traffickers to users. Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer are the stars.
No time to die (April 2)
While the spy thriller franchise hasn’t always lived up to its hype (sometimes swapping well-developed drama for something more Call of Duty), you can count on director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Real detective, Sin Number) to deliver the exciting goods.
A Quiet Place, Part II (April 23)
After all the delays, we finally get the John Krasinski follow-up for perhaps the best horror thriller of the past decade.
Last night in Soho (April 23)
We’re not sure what to expect with this one, and that’s why we’re so excited. Edgar Wright (Sean of the Dead, Baby Driver) becomes a horror thriller and we don’t need more details. Just take our money.
The God Committee (June 10)
A team of surgeons must decide who to save in this organ transplant thriller. It could be stupid. It could be unbelievable.
Old (July 23)
Nothing is known about this new project by M. Night Shyamalan. Say what you want from the director, but at the end of the day he wants the thrill, not just cheap horror. Hopefully he can deliver again.
Candyman (August 27)
Writer Jordan Peele (Come out, we) is teaming up with Nia DaCosta for a more terrifying remake than the original. Peele doesn’t do standard horror and so wait Candy surprise with its thrills.
Mission: Impossible 7 (November 19)
The current king of action thrillers is the MI franchise, which (one way or another) is steadily gaining momentum. More bombs, less time to disarm them and more ways to screw it up. Fingers crossed, we’re back at the theater in November. You need the big screen for this.
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