Director M. Night Shyamalan proves he's back on form with this hugely engaging psychological thriller which manages to be both brilliantly creepy and an unexpectedly deep exploration of how pain comes to define us.
Although Split's basic premise does admittedly sound a bit ridiculous, it quickly evolves into a hugely suspenseful game of cat and mouse which is packed with the kind of shockingly clever twists and turns Shyamalan is known for.
None of it would work without an incredible lead performance from McAvoy who's impressive dedication to the role means he's able to convincingly bring each personality, from a shy nine-year-old boy to an older voyeuristic OCD sufferer, to life.
Fashion designer Tom Ford’s second feature-length endeavour is a bleak, gripping and occasionally quite violent film which uses an inventive narrative device to tell the story of a failed relationship and the embittered people that existed within it.
After wealthy but deeply unhappy gallery owner Susan (Amy Adams) starts to read a script sent to her by her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) we start to learn about the painful decisions she made to get to that point and why.
Adams is absolutely fantastic in the lead role bringing a painful degree of sadness to the cold and cruel Susan so you can’t help but feel sorry for her. Gyllenhaal is as equally brilliant in his dual-role as her sympathetic ex-husband and the broken, revenge-driven lead character in his novel.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Despite having Cloverfield in its title, this well-crafted and fantastically suspenseful psychological thriller acts as a spiritual sequel to Matt Reeve’s excellent found-footage monster film rather than a direct continuation.
Most of the film's almost unbearable tension comes from director Dan Trachtenberg's camerawork which cleverly uses the claustrophobic setting to create a mood of intense paranoia and John Goodman's brilliantly unhinged, sinister performance as the seemingly friendly saviour you’re not sure whether you can really trust.
Fargo’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead also stars as the kind of resourceful and hugely likeable heroine you actually want to see succeed rather than meet some kind of grisly fate.
This excellent indie thriller is the brainchild of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij who more recently collaborated on the mesmerizing but ultimately frustrating Netflix series The OA.
The East is just as clever and engaging, but thankfully much easier to follow, telling the story of Jane (Marling) a private intelligence operative who is assigned to go undercover and infiltrate an eco-terrorist group headed by charismatic leader Benji (Alexander Skarsgård).
Although it does unfortunately fall victim to a few genre clichés near the end, a smart script which is able to raise some genuinely insightful points about both sides of the argument and an intense, subtle performance from Marling make The East worth your time.
The Silence of the Lambs
Even after 25 years and a number of fairly mediocre sequels, Jonathon Deeme's Academy-Award winning film still holds up as a true classic of the genre.
A simple but hugely compelling plot which hooks you in from the opening sequence allows for two absolutely outstanding performances from both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins which sees an electrifying, brilliantly tense and oddly charming relationship develop between their two characters.
From a technical point of view, Silence of the Lambs is also very iconic with the wonderfully original but spine-chilling night vision scene and Lecter's protective mask which is still referenced in all kinds of TV series and films to this day.
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