Also-Ran Movies of the Aughts – Thrillers

Many bloggers and critics (my husband included) have been posting their lists of the best films of the 00s.  This is not one of those lists.  The following is one in a series of posts dedicated to the overlooked/underrated/hidden gem films of the Aughts.  I have handily included Netflix links with each film in case you want to add it to your queue.  And you should.  All of them.  For further inspiration, see the lists of romances, comedies, and dramas, etc.

For lack of a better word, I’m calling this a list of “Thrillers,” but really it’s a list of man movies my brother and dad would like (and that I liked, as well).

Unbreakable – This is my absolute favorite M. Night Shayamalan movie (which is really kind of not saying much because I’ve liked exactly three of his movies).  Unbreakable is a real world superhero origin story and in some ways paved the way for the realism that has infiltrated the Christopher Nolan Batman films.  There.  I said it.

Red EyeRed Eye explores the idea of what happens when the cute flirty guy sitting next to you on the plane turns out to be the huge crazy blue-eyed douchebag who’s trying to kidnap you.

Snatch – Brad Pitt is ridiculously awesome in Guy Ritchie’s heist follow-up to Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Inside Man – This Spike Lee movie is a complex tale of a bank robbery that turns into a hostage situation.  And there are a few stars in the film, too, namely Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen.

Phone Booth – Colin Farrell has to stay on the phone while Jack Bauer points a sniper rifle at him.

JarheadJarhead is one of the best war movies of the past 10 years, mostly because it’s strictly soldier-centric.  There’s no big overreaching message or political agenda.  It’s about being a young person in the desert with no mission.

Black Hawk Down – And another great war film of the Aughts is Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott.  This film follows the crew of a downed helicopter in Somalia.

Training Day – It always seems somewhat not right (at least on the surface) that Denzel won his Best Actor Oscar for this movie and not for Malcom X or Hurricane (kind of like how Russell Crowe won for Gladiator and not for The Insider or A Beautiful Mind), but maybe it is actually more fitting that Denzel did win for this role as the crookedest of crooked cops since it played so against his usual type and his performance completely elevates this movie.

Taken – Liam Neeson has a specific set of skills and he will not hesitate to use them if you don’t hand over Shannon from Lost, bitches!

What were your favorite action movies/thrillers of the past ten years?

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2 Comments »

  1. Hammervision Said:

    M:I3! Star Trek! The Island! The Dark Knight! Death Race!

  2. Mags Said:

    1. I haven’t seen Death Race.

    2. Star Trek, The Dark Knight, and M:I3 were too popular and well-known to be on this list.

    3. As for The Island…hold your freakin’ jets.


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