This part 2 of my Top Ten Foreign Thrillers post. Featuring another 3 movies to watch out for. The final post whil be published on Saturday and will feature another 4 great films to watch out for.
Check previous post for films 1-3
4: THE MULE
New Australian comedy/thriller starring Leigh Whanel, Hugo Weaving, and Angus Sampson. The film was written by Angus Sampson, Leigh Whanel and Jamie Browne, with Angus Sampson also directing.
I think the film is based on a true story about a first time drug mule who has swallowed a shit-load of cocaine. He is caught by a cop who is played by the brilliant Hugo Weaving.. The only way to get the evidence is by waiting with him until nature takes it’s course and he has no choice but to take that big cocaine crap! The Mule is persistent though, if he can wait it out 7 days, then he’ll be released.
Sounds like a lot of fun. If you’re unfamiliar with who Leigh Whanell is, he was the original man who wrote the first Saw movie along with his good friend James Wan. Leigh also played Adam in the first Saw movie and has also co-written and featured in the Insidious franchise.
The only movie in my Top Ten Foreign Thrillers post that is guaranteed to be more action packed than all three Expendables movies put together. In saying that, that’s all that this movie seems to be and it ain’t afraid to show it. Expect a lot of bone-crushing, head-smashing action.
The story of an ex-hitman, who for some reason decides he has had enough of being a killing machine and wants to mend his evil ways. So in order for him to pave his path to righteousness, he starts by kicking the absolute shite out of everyone he comes in contact with. Throw In a small village, a drug lord, sure what more could an action fan want?
Make no mistake, this is a film for the action fan. If you’re looking for depth, meaning and character development then this one probably wouldn’t be for you. But if you’re looking for bone-crunching martial-arts, with some beautiful choreography, and an extremely talented lead character (played by Chilean martial-arts action-star Marko Zaror) then you would be silly not to hunt this one out.
3: GANGSTER PAYDAY
Seems to be more of a comedy/drama than a thriller but I thought it deserves a mention anyways. The film is about an ex-con who decodes to go straight. He buys a tea-shop and starts his own business. When local developers want to knock down his shop to make-way for some new complex, the shop owner resorts backs to his old ways and a turf war begins.