Tag: #thriller

The Silent Wife

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by A.S.A Harrison

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman

Image courtesy of http://www.overdrive.com

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She lies to settle score. He decided to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that cant be made, and promises that wont be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

The Silent Wife claimed similarities to Gone Girl, which, to my opinion is not true. I was flipping pages feeling really disappointed. By the time I got halfway through the book, Todd was still not dead, yet. It was a big mistake to compare The Silent Wife to Gone Girl. They are completely opposite. In Gone Girl, there was a murder at the beginning of the plot and you have no idea how the victim disappeared and why but in The Silent Wife, you already know what is going to happen right from the start, no mystery to it.

But I do feel that the main characters of this book are interesting. Jodi is calm and cool on the outside but suspense simmer around her constantly. She is a psychologist by trade and she knows herself deeply but as you progress deeper into the book, you will learn how complex she is. Todd is so self centered, will never see how his actions impact others.

I am not crazy about the ending either as I find that it was really predictable. But nonetheless, I will still watch the movie once its out. So please, go read it if you enjoy psychological thrillers like this. This is just mild crazy for me but it might be super twisted for you. Enjoy!

The Girl On The Train

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia

The Girl on the Train was rated 6.6/10 on IMDb and received 43% from rotten tomatoes.

Cast:

  • Emily Blunt
  • Haley Bennett
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Luke Evans
  • Justin Theroux
  • Edgar Ramirez
  • Allison Janney
  • Lisa Kudrow

This is a 2016 American psychological thriller mystery film based on a novel written by British author, Paula Hawkins which launched at No.1 on The New York Fiction Bestsellers of 2015 list for both print and e-book.

Rachel an alcoholic, who was traumatized by her recent divorce, spends her time daily on the train which passes by the home she once shared with her ex-husband. To take away her pain, she focuses on fantasizing about “the perfect couple” who live in a house just two houses away until one day, she saw something that left her as a suspect of a missing person.

I tried to look for the original piece over kindle but I couldn’t find it. I read that the book scored better than the movie. But since I am truly a psychological thriller fan, I had to watch this. And I didn’t regret it at all. Put aside all the comparisons you have between ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘The Girl on the Train’. Even though both uses the word “girl”, Rosamund Pike in ‘Gone Girl’ is a psychopath, manipulative, cunning woman and Emily Blunt in ‘The Girl on the Train’ is just a mess drunkard. So you see, they are not very similar at all. I simply love how Emily Blunt brought her character to life while maintaining her accent!

Snowden

We will try our best to catch up on some movies with the boys at home on most of our weekend nights. But of course, that depends if they are child friendly or not. Any movies rating 6 and above is a go for me. Worth watching!

We decided on Snowden.

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Actual movie poster courtesy of The Daily Rotation

Snowden was rated 7.4/10 on IMDb and received 62℅ from rotten tomatoes.

Fantastic cast: 

  • Joseph Gorden Levitt (Edward Snowden)
  • Shailene Woodley (Lindsay Mills)
  • Zachary Quinto
  • Scott Eastwood
  • Melissa Leo
  • Nicholas Cage
  • Tom Wilkinson

And the list goes on…

Based on a true story, Snowden is a political thriller where Edward Snowden who works for the government exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA. He became one of the most wanted man in the world.

Well, I think, he is definitely a Hero. Sacrificing himself to expose the NSA and for being human. Imagine if the government has some ways of watching every single move you make through your IT devices such as your computers, your laptops, your mobile phone – watching you eat, sleep, talk, undress and doing your daily living activities, it is truly crazy! You are being compound, your life will be so messed up, it is as good as you are dead. It is frightening!

I wished there were more fun elements to the show to keep us on our toes. Nonetheless, I love the versatile Joseph Gordon Levitt doing his smart witty character. There were something about his eyes that probably shows the most emotions.