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Drama – Conspiracy

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Close (2019)

Duration 1h 34m Ratings UK: 15, USA: TV-MA, Spain: 12  Source of story Apparently inspired by the life of the close protection officer (hence the title) Jaquie Davis. Director Vicky Jewson Writers/Script Vicky Jewson, Rupert Whitaker Starring Noomi Rapace, Olivia Jewson, Indira Varma,   Ratings IMDb: 5.7/10 by 23,948 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 37% by 35 reviewers. Review2view: … Continue reading

The Body (2001)

Duration 1h 49m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Spain: 13  Source of story A novel by Richard Ben Sapir Director Jonas McCord Writers/Script Jonas McCord Starring Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, John Shrapnel, Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemyng, Ian McNeice, Mohammad Bakri,  Ratings IMDb: 5.4/10 by 8936 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 13% by 15 reviewers. Review2view: 5/10 Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Unsane (2018)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, India: Not Rated Source of story An original screenplay Director Steven Soderbergh Writers/Script Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer Starring Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Amy Irving, Juno Temple, Matt Damon Ratings IMDb:  6.4 by 38,886 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 80% by 225 critics Elevator Pitch: A young woman, Sawyer Valentini, who … Continue reading

Driven (2018)

Duration 1h 53m Source of story Inspired by real events Director Nick Hamm Writers/Script Colin Bateman, Alejandro Carpio Starring Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Isabel Arriaza, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty, Justin Bartha,  Corey Stoll, Elevator Pitch: Jim Hoffman (not his real name) a small plane pilot and long time drug smuggler, is caught by … Continue reading

Inferno (2016)

Duration 2h 1m Source of story It’s Robert Langdon again, solving puzzles in Italy and more. Based in part on book of the same name by Dan Brown, Director Ron Howard Writers/Script David Koepp Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Kahn, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Forster, Ana Ulara, Elevator Pitch: A billionaire, Bertrand … Continue reading

Misconduct (2016)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Shintaro Shimosawa Writers/Script Simon Boyes, Adam Mason Starring Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Alice Eve, Malin Akerman, Byung-hun Lee, Julia Stiles, Elevator Pitch: Ben Cahill, a young and ambitious lawyer is persuaded to meet up with a former lover, Emily Hynes, … Continue reading

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by John le Carré Director Susanna White Writers/Script Hossein Amini Starring Stellan Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Saskia Reeves, Damian Lewis, Khalid Abdalla, Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Northam Elevator Pitch: A Russian money launderer who is involved in the setting up … Continue reading

Unknown (2011)

  Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A novel translated into English as “Out of my head” by Didier Van Cauwelaert Director Jaume Collet-Serra Writers/Script Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aiden Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella, Elavator Pitch: Dr Martin Harris (We’ll call him “Harris 1”) … Continue reading

Sacrifice (2016)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by S.J. Bolton Director Peter A. Dowling Writers/Script Peter A. Dowling Starring Radha Michell, Ian McElhinney, Rupert Graves, Elevator Pitch: A married couple, one a doctor,the other an architect, move from New York to the husband’s place of birth, Unst, … Continue reading

Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back (2016)

Elevator Pitch. Jack Reacher, a former military policeman, travels in the USA righitng wrongs and keeping in touch with a military officer Susan Turner. When he decides to visit her he finds out that she has been accused of espionage and imprisoned, so he sets out to free her. Meanwhile he has become the subject … Continue reading

Flightplan (2005)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Peter A. Dowling, Billy Ray Additional Info As in many other movies, the IMDb trivia tells us there is a “Wilhelm Scream” featured in this. The reference is to a sound effect used in many films originally recorded by Sheb Wooley in … Continue reading

Mercury Rising (1998)

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book “Simple Simon” by Ryne Douglas Pearson Writers/Script Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal Additional Info Alec Baldwin only appeared in this because of contractual obligations. When did he do anything else, we might ask. Director Harold Becker Starring Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Kim Dickens, … Continue reading

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Duration 2h 21m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A book of the same name by Tom Clancy Writers/Script Donald E Stewart, Steven Zaillian, John Milius Additional Info At one point a large house is blown up, apparently done for real using the house of a divorcee who wished to erase bits of her previous … Continue reading

Come and Find Me (2016)

Duration 1h 52m Rating (USA) R Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Zack Whedon Additional Info The hunt ends up in Vancouver, for once playing itself. Director Zack Whedon Starring Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt, Elevator Pitch The photographer girlfriend of a young graphic designer disappears, but after a year he is able … Continue reading

The November Man (2014)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book “There are No Spies” the seventh in the November Man series by Bill Granger 1987. Writers/Script Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek Additional Info The screen rights held by Pierce Brosnan originally inteded to be filmed in 2006. Director Roger Donaldson Starring Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, … Continue reading

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady Writers/Script Lorenzo Semple Jr, David Rayfiel Additional Info This might be the first American “Conspiracy” film made prompted by the Watergate affair. Director Sydney Pollack Starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John … Continue reading

Eraser (1996)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Tony Puryear, Walon Green Additional Info Story by Tony Puryear, Walon Green and Michael S Chernuchin. Uncredited rewrites were carried out by Frank Darabont, William Wisher Jr and John Milius the last as a favour to the star. Director Chuck Russell … Continue reading

Seeking Justice (2011)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Robert Tannen Writer/s Story Todd Hickey, Robert Tannen Director Roger Donaldson Starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Carpenter Elevator Pitch When a professor of English’s wife is raped her husband is offered “justice”. A shadowy group will have him … Continue reading

Point of No Return (1993)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story La Femme Nikita by Luc Besson (apparently almost exactly the same except in English) Writer/s Script Robert Getchell, Alexandra Seros (and Luc Besson) Director John Badham Starring Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Keitel Elevator Pitch A violent female criminal is saved from … Continue reading

Swordfish (2001)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Skip Woods Director Dominic Sena Starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Sam Shepard, Vinnie Jones, Drea de Matteo Elevator Pitch A covert American anti-terrorist organisation is in need of funds, so they hire a convicted hacker to break … Continue reading

Miss Sloane (2017 in Spain)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Jonathan Perera Director John Madden Starring Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Christine Baranski, John Lithgow, Mark Strong, Sam Waterston Elevator Pitch An influencial DC lobbyist joins a company promoting a bill to restrict the purchase of automatic weapons, while her … Continue reading

Body of Lies (2008)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by David Ignatius Writer/s Script William Monahan Director Ridley Scott Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Simon Mc Burney, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elevator Pitch A field agent based in Jordan tries to run a terrorist leader, … Continue reading

Old Boy (2013)

Released 2013 Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A South Korean film similarly named and apparently a manga comic. Writer/s Script Mark Protosevich Writer/s Story Garon Tsuchiya, Nobuaki Minegisha (the manga comic) Director Spike Lee Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Imperioli Elevator Pitch An alcoholic marketing executive is imprisoned … Continue reading

Momentum (2015)

Released 2015 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan Director Stephen S Campanelli Starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purfoy, Morgan Freeman, Jenna Saras, Lee-Anne Summers Elevator Pitch A high tech safe deposit box robbery of a trove of diamonds also includes an incriminating flash drive, forcing the robbers, … Continue reading

Mission Impossible

Released 1996 Rating (UK) PG Source of story The TV series scripted by Bruce Geller. Writer/s Script David Koepp, Robert Towne Writer/s Story David Koepp, Steven Zaillian Director Brian De Palma Starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristen Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave Elevator Pitch Ethan Hunt is the … Continue reading

The Bourne Legacy (4)

Released 2012 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The Bourne outings and the character in books by Robert Ludlum Writer/s script Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy Writer/s story Tony Gilroy Director Tony Gilroy Starring Jeremy Renner, Scott Glen, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Albert Finney, Joan Allen Elevator Pitch Jason Bourne is still out there, … Continue reading

Safe House

Released 2012 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s script David Guggenheim Director Daniel Espinosa Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga. Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick, Liam Cunningham Elevator Pitch A rogue CIA agent and the housekeeper of a CIA safe house in South Africa are forced to go on … Continue reading

Jack Reacher

Released 2012 Rating 16 in UK Director Christopher McQuarrie Writer/s Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Robert Duvall Source of story A book “One Shot” by Lee Child Elevator Pitch A former military sniper is arrested for the random shooting of five people on a river bank, and … Continue reading

Eagle Eye

Released 2008 Rating 12A Director D.J.Caruso Writer/s John Glenn, Travis Wright, Hillary Seitz, Dan McDermott Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch The White House authorises a risky drone attack in the Middle-East. A new super explosive in the form of a crystal is … Continue reading

The Peacemaker

Released 1997 Rating 15 in UK Director Mimi Leder Writer/s Michael Schiffer Starring George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Armin Mueller-Stahl Source of story Newspaper article by Leslie and Andrew Cockburn Elevator Pitch A train crash and nuclear explosion in Russia are detected by the surveillance teams in America. A White House nuclear expert and a no … Continue reading

The Manchurian Candidate

Released 2004 Rating 15 in UK Director Jonathan Demme Writer/s Daniel Pyne, Dean Georgaris Starring Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep Source of story A novel by Richard Condon, the 1962 screenplay by George Axelrod Elevator Pitch Raymond Shaw, a former soldier, is nominated to become vice-president of the USA with the assistance of his … Continue reading

The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne 3)

Released 2007 Rating 12A in UK Director Paul Greengrass Writer/s Tony Gilroy, Scott Z Burns, George Nolfi Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine, Joan Allen Source of story Book by Robert Ludlum Elevator Pitch Bourne is on the case again when he is named in a Guardian article, requiring him to visit … Continue reading

The Bourne Supremacy (Bourne 2)

Released 2004 Rating 12A in UK Director Paul Greengrass Writer/s Tony Gilroy Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox Source of story Novel by Robert Ludlum (more or less) Elevator Pitch Bourne finds himself a target of a KGB killer, and is forced to come out of hiding once more to attempt to … Continue reading

Absolute Power

Released 1997 Rating 15 in UK Director Clint Eastwood Writer/s William Goldman Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Scott Glen, Richard Jenkins Source of story A book of the same name by David Baldacci Elevator Pitch The US president and the young wife of his principle sponsor are getting together in the … Continue reading

The Bourne Identity (Bourne 1)

Released 2002 Rating 12A Director Doug Liman Writer/s Tony Gilroy, W.Blake Herron Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox Source of story Loosely based on the book of the same name by Robert Ludlum Elevator Pitch A fishing boat picks up a man from the sea who is injured and suffering from amnesia. … Continue reading

Killer Elite

Released 2011 Rating 15 in UK Director Gary McKendry Writer/s Matt Sherring Starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Nero Source of story A book by (Sir) Ranulph Fiennes called “The Feather Men” perporting to be a true story. Elevator Pitch A retired professional assassin is drawn back into action when his mentor is imprisoned … Continue reading

The Expatriate

Released 2012 Rating 15 in UK Director Phillip Stölzl Writer/s Arash Amel Starring Aaron Eckart, Olga Kurylenko Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A former CIA man with a role in the security of a Belgian company is forced to go on the run with his estranged daughter when it becomes apparent that … Continue reading

Escape Plan

Released 2013 Rating 15 in UK Director Mikael Hafstrom Writer/s Miles Chapman, Jason Keller Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Jim Caveizel, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch An expert in prison security, who usually determines the weaknesses in such facilities by escaping from them, is incarcerated in … Continue reading

Haywire

Released 2011 Rating 15 in UK Director Steven Soderbergh Writer/s Lem Dobbs Starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A female “black ops” specialist is betrayed and marked for elimination after a particularly sensitive operation, forcing her to go on the … Continue reading

Syriana

Released 2005 Rating 15 in UK Director Stephen Gaghan Writer/s Stephen Gaghan Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Mazhar Munir, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet, William Hurt, Mark Strong. Source of story Book by Robert Baer Elevator Pitch A multi-stranded tale involving the US oil industry, the CIA and middle eastern potentates. There … Continue reading

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