Three Days of the Condor (1975)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Max von Sydow as Joubert is clearly the best character from this story.
2) The Bourne Series is heavily influenced by this movie where a CIA agent is at large escaping from his own organization.

 

CONS –
1) Entire Faye Dunaway plot was formulaic and unnecessary.
2) The main problem with this movie is the title character being a desk-jockey and not a field operative. This means the audience cannot expect great action scenes. This is where Jason Bourne got an upper hand.

 

QUOTE –
Joubert: It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a car will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile. But he will leave open the door of the car and offer to give you a lift.

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Blow Out (1981)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A political assassination from the perspective of a suave sound recordist and a dumb hooker.
2) Downbeat and disheartening climax. Jack using Sally’s scream in the exploitation film instead of solving the case.
3) Visually stylish film as expected from Brian De Palma. There is obviously a major influence of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (1974).

 

 

CONS –
1) John Lithgow as Burke: By the end of the movie this Anton Chigurh like character became too significant to be neglected.

 

 

QUOTE –
Sam: I didn’t hire her for her scream, Jack, I hired her for her tits!

The Foreigner (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) An Irish political thriller with lots of Irish sing-songy accent

 

Cons –

1) While the movie is projected as “Taken-With-Jackie-Chan” – it’s a political thriller where Chan is the third wheel
2) Hardly any memorable action scenes

 

 

Quote –

 

“I say jump, you say where”.

The Constant Gardener (2005)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Rachel Weisz as Tessa
2) The African back-drop

 
Cons –

 

1) One boring movie.Under-average thriller with a hopeless predictable plot.
2) The director is confused to make it a thriller or a romantic film.

 
Quote –

 

Tessa Quayle: I thought you spies knew everything.
Tim Donohue: Only God knows everything. He works for Mossad.

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) One of the definitive Sean Connery role.
2) The setup.Underwater cold-war political thriller

 

Cons –
1) Ordinary cheap-ass CGI climax.
2) It’s definitely not a Jack Ryan movie from any angle.
3) Not too much action

Quote –
Captain Ramius: When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated.

Bridge of Spies (2015)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Wide-Angle shots
2) Final “Glienicke Bridge” scene

 

Cons –
1) Predictable twist and thrills
2) Steven Spielberg: another “assembly-line” period drama; Oscar bait
3) Weak supporting cast
4) Too long

 

Quote –
“Stoikiy muzhik”

In the Line of Fire (1993)

In the Line of Fire

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) John Malkovich as “Booth

 

CONS –
1) Unnecessary love angle and shitty climax.
2) Mediocre political-thriller with little consequences. A cliched plot of an aging Secret Service Agent who finishes one last mission before he retires.

 

QUOTE –
Mitch Leary: Do you know how easily I could kill you, Frank? Do you know how many times I watched you go in and out of that apartment? You are still alive because I have allowed you to live so you show me some GODDAMN RESPECT !