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Captain Phillips (2013)
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Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award(R)-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance youth grief poverty terrorism brutality racism deception hero escape torture fear money kidnapping murder  (See All)
Locations:
water rescue u boat military helicopter ocean ship africa water desert boat airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
ship captain sniper rifle engineer driver fisherman sniper hostage nurse teenage boy husband wife relationship 
Period:
year 2009 2010s 2000s 
Story:
cargo ship ship crew water hose hostage negotiator cargo hold occupational hazard fire hose security check commando unit container ship automatic weapon automatic rifle bottled water assault rifle hostage negotiation hostage situation jumping from an airplane escape attempt threatened with a knife holding a gun to someone's head reference to america night vision camera scaling ladder international trade dangerous job reference to al qaeda merchant marine emotional shock sick bay loss of hearing pipe wrench oman black african rudder sickbay medical exam engine room fearless galley mariner skiff procedure piston bravado manual cylinder skinny somali yankee foreshadowing based on memoir vessel listening device lockdown foot injury desperate cargo route seaman signal navy seal thinness grappling hook somalia negotiator piracy hijacker hazard lifeboat melon male tied up infirmary shaky cam blueprint catwalk planning homesickness bandaged hand hose duty middle aged man warship vermont bad luck mutiny hostile takeover leadership cat and mouse emergency lock cut hand hijack loudspeaker radar aircraft carrier port intimacy admiral surrender anguish warlord risk drill kenya camcorder u.s. navy coward hijacking virginia leader union crew flare security commander raft shouting whistle irish american shot through a window translator heroism blood on shirt bloodbath gunfire siren meeting extortion refrigerator raid sailor e mail capture commando parachute special forces safe death threat broken glass gash in the face power outage bravery nickname tension barefoot passport ransom breakfast honor culture clash laser desperation walkie talkie hiding captive survivor what happened to epilogue game captain shaving pirate uzi rope ak 47 subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario blindfold mercenary manager business race against time binoculars shot in the forehead underwater scene search no opening credits map weapon bridge stabbing terrorist flashlight survival handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint rifle letter brawl computer rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating based on book based on true story pistol knife title spoken by character photograph character name in title two word title blood fight  (See All)

Escape Plan (2013)
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Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance deception escape torture money kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ship airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
ship captain sniper rifle sniper 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
cargo ship assault rifle escape attempt threatened with a knife planning security shot through a window e mail power outage walkie talkie subtitled scene silencer mercenary binoculars shot in the forehead underwater scene no opening credits map flashlight survival handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint letter brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife two word title blood fight  (See All)

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Lone Survivor (2013)
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Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:
courage terrorism deception murder 
Locations:
water airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper hostage 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle escape attempt navy seal u.s. navy leader flare commander capture commando special forces gash in the face honor survivor ak 47 subtitled scene silencer binoculars shot in the forehead underwater scene map terrorist survival interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating based on book based on true story pistol knife photograph two word title fight blood  (See All)

Passenger 57 (1992)
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Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage terrorism brutality racism deception hero escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
cargo hold escape attempt threatened with a knife hijacker hostile takeover hijack risk hijacking security heroism death threat bravery uzi silencer die hard scenario race against time binoculars shot in the forehead terrorist survival handcuffs held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character fight blood  (See All)

Act Of Valor (2012) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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Act Of Valor (2012)

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America. (Read More)

Themes:
terrorism torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
u boat africa boat airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle jumping from an airplane navy seal somalia duty aircraft carrier shot through a window heroism gunfire commando parachute special forces honor captain uzi ak 47 subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario binoculars shot in the forehead underwater scene no opening credits map terrorist interrogation held at gunpoint rifle letter rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse based on true story pistol photograph blood  (See All)

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception escape torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage nurse husband wife relationship 
Story:
commando unit automatic weapon assault rifle hostage situation threatened with a knife hostile takeover aircraft carrier security shot through a window commando special forces gash in the face uzi ak 47 subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time shot in the forehead bridge terrorist handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character fight blood  (See All)

Die Hard 2 (1990)
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Die Hard 2 (1990)

After the terrifying events in LA, John McClane (Willis) is about to go through it all again. A team of terrorists, led by Col. Stuart (Sadler) is holding the entire airport hostage. The terrorists are planning to rescue a drug lord from justice. In order to do so, they have seized control of all electrical equipment affecting all planes. With no runway lights available, all aircraft have to remain in the air, with fuel running low, McClane will need to be fast. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
terrorism brutality deception hero escape fear murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
engineer hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
commando unit hijacker planning hostile takeover hijack hijacking flare commando parachute special forces death threat broken glass gash in the face walkie talkie silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time binoculars shot in the forehead no opening credits weapon terrorist flashlight survival held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife blood fight  (See All)

The Finest Hours (2016)
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The Finest Hours (2016)

In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. (Read More)

Themes:
courage hero fear 
Locations:
ocean ship water boat 
Characters:
ship captain engineer fisherman 
Story:
vessel seaman lifeboat radar port heroism sailor power outage bravery tension what happened to epilogue race against time binoculars underwater scene search no opening credits map flashlight survival rescue corpse based on book based on true story photograph  (See All)

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Red Dawn (2012) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:
courage surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage teenage boy 
Period:
2010s 2000s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle shaky cam leader commando special forces power outage bravery captain uzi ak 47 subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time binoculars survival held at gunpoint rifle brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun pistol knife photograph two word title fight  (See All)

Money Monster (2016)
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Money Monster (2016)

In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O'Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today's fast-paced, high-tech global markets. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception escape fear money kidnapping 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
hostage negotiator hostage situation escape attempt negotiator hostile takeover camcorder hijacking union e mail death threat tension desperation walkie talkie subtitled scene die hard scenario race against time no opening credits flashlight held at gunpoint machine gun pistol title spoken by character  (See All)

American Assassin (2017)
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American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape torture money kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ocean water boat airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
sniper rifle engineer sniper hostage 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
assault rifle threatened with a knife aircraft carrier u.s. navy virginia commander e mail commando special forces walkie talkie uzi ak 47 subtitled scene silencer mercenary race against time shot in the forehead underwater scene no opening credits map terrorist flashlight handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife photograph two word title blood fight  (See All)

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
brutality deception escape torture fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
water desert helicopter beach 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
assault rifle leadership leader shouting capture commando special forces laser desperation walkie talkie captive shaving rope ak 47 subtitled scene race against time binoculars no opening credits map weapon bridge flashlight survival interrogation held at gunpoint rifle brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun corpse beating pistol knife photograph fight blood  (See All)

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
desert boat airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle virginia leader commander commando parachute special forces power outage walkie talkie uzi ak 47 silencer mercenary race against time binoculars underwater scene no opening credits bridge terrorist survival handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun corpse beating pistol knife character name in title fight blood  (See All)

The Dark Knight (2008)
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The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance terrorism brutality deception hero escape torture fear money kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ship boat airplane helicopter 
Characters:
ship captain sniper rifle engineer sniper hostage nurse husband wife relationship 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
assault rifle escape attempt threatened with a knife grappling hook shot through a window heroism parachute death threat gash in the face power outage tension honor desperation walkie talkie uzi rope ak 47 subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario race against time no opening credits bridge terrorist flashlight handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint rifle letter brawl rescue machine gun corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character fight blood  (See All)

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The Expendables 3 (2014)
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The Expendables 3 (2014)

Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ship airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle hostage 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle jumping from an airplane threatened with a knife shot through a window commando parachute special forces power outage honor culture clash uzi pirate ak 47 subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time underwater scene no opening credits terrorist flashlight held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun beating pistol knife photograph blood fight  (See All)

Criminal (2016)
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Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape torture fear money kidnapping murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle procedure shot through a window commando special forces death threat nickname passport walkie talkie subtitled scene mercenary race against time shot in the forehead underwater scene no opening credits bridge terrorist handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character photograph blood fight  (See All)

American Sniper (2014) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage terrorism brutality torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
desert airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage nurse husband wife relationship 
Story:
assault rifle shot through a window translator heroism bravery what happened to epilogue ak 47 subtitled scene silencer mercenary binoculars shot in the forehead no opening credits terrorist interrogation held at gunpoint rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating based on true story pistol knife photograph two word title fight blood  (See All)

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13 Hours (2016)
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13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance brutality deception escape fear murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle hostile takeover aircraft carrier surrender security shot through a window translator heroism commando special forces bravery honor walkie talkie what happened to epilogue ak 47 silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time shot in the forehead no opening credits map flashlight survival held at gunpoint rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse based on book based on true story pistol knife photograph blood  (See All)

Patriots Day (2016)
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Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
boat helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage nurse husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
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Brick Mansions (2014)
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Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:
surveillance deception escape torture kidnapping murder 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
escape attempt threatened with a knife camcorder shot through a window special forces walkie talkie uzi ak 47 silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time no opening credits flashlight handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun beating pistol knife title spoken by character photograph two word title fight  (See All)

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The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance brutality deception escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
water airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage nurse teenage boy husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
assault rifle escape attempt threatened with a knife infirmary flare power outage bravery barefoot survivor ak 47 race against time search no opening credits map survival held at gunpoint rifle brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character photograph fight blood  (See All)

Sicario (2015)
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Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance brutality deception escape torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
desert helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle commando special forces culture clash ak 47 subtitled scene silencer mercenary binoculars shot in the forehead no opening credits map handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife photograph fight  (See All)

The Purge: Election Year (2016)
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The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. (Read More)

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suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance brutality deception escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle threatened with a knife security shot through a window blood on shirt commando special forces bravery walkie talkie ak 47 silencer mercenary race against time binoculars shot in the forehead no opening credits map flashlight survival held at gunpoint rifle brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife photograph fight blood  (See All)

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Executive Decision (1996)
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Executive Decision (1996)

Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
hostage 
Story:
commando unit hijacker hostile takeover hijack hijacking leader crew commando special forces ransom uzi ak 47 silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time terrorist held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse pistol title spoken by character blood  (See All)

The Expendables (2010) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance escape torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ship airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
threatened with a knife somalia shaky cam port heroism special forces death threat gash in the face passport ransom laser pirate uzi rope ak 47 subtitled scene die hard scenario blindfold mercenary bridge flashlight interrogation held at gunpoint rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter beating pistol knife blood fight  (See All)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
water desert airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle engineer sniper hostage 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
commando unit hostage situation escape attempt hostile takeover warlord flare heroism commando special forces safe power outage barefoot walkie talkie captain shaving uzi rope ak 47 die hard scenario mercenary race against time no opening credits bridge terrorist interrogation held at gunpoint rifle letter brawl computer rescue machine gun corpse beating pistol knife photograph fight  (See All)

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White House Down (2013)
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White House Down (2013)

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
commando unit automatic weapon assault rifle hostage situation catwalk hostile takeover security shot through a window bloodbath commando special forces ak 47 silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time shot in the forehead underwater scene terrorist survival interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun beating pistol knife fight  (See All)

Air Force One (1997)
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Air Force One (1997)

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage terrorism hero escape fear murder 
Locations:
airplane 
Characters:
hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
commando unit automatic weapon bottled water negotiator hijacker hostile takeover emergency hijack loudspeaker hijacking security bloodbath meeting refrigerator raid commando parachute special forces bravery honor survivor uzi ak 47 die hard scenario weapon terrorist held at gunpoint machine gun blood splatter pistol fight blood  (See All)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. That becomes clear when Director Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies. When Rogers acts on Fury's warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organization. Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ship airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
commando unit hostage situation jumping from an airplane shot through a window heroism blood on shirt commando parachute special forces honor culture clash captain pirate uzi subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time underwater scene no opening credits terrorist flashlight handcuffs held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter beating pistol knife character name in title fight blood  (See All)

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No Escape (2015)
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No Escape (2015)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
brutality deception escape fear murder 
Locations:
water boat airplane helicopter 
Characters:
engineer sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
hostile takeover flare shot through a window translator blood on shirt siren power outage tension culture clash ak 47 mercenary race against time shot in the forehead underwater scene map bridge survival held at gunpoint rifle brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse pistol two word title  (See All)

Blackhat (2015)
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Blackhat (2015)

Nick Hathaway, an extremely talented hacker who has gone astray, finds his way out of a 15 year prison sentence when parts of a computer code he once wrote during his youth appears in a malware that triggered a terrorist attack in a nuclear power plant in China. This opportunity will reunite him with an old friend but will also put him in the middle of a power game between the American and Chinese government as well as an arch villain hacker whose identity he has to find if he wants to keep his freedom and his life. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance youth terrorism deception murder 
Locations:
desert airplane helicopter 
Characters:
engineer 
Story:
assault rifle cat and mouse e mail game captain uzi ak 47 subtitled scene mercenary race against time binoculars shot in the forehead no opening credits bridge terrorist flashlight held at gunpoint brawl computer shot in the head machine gun corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character fight  (See All)

Dunkirk (2017)
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Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage deception escape fear murder 
Locations:
u boat ocean ship water boat beach 
Characters:
ship captain hostage nurse teenage boy 
Story:
escape attempt hose admiral commander sailor capture bravery tension desperation survivor captain rope race against time binoculars underwater scene no opening credits map survival held at gunpoint rifle rescue machine gun corpse based on true story title spoken by character photograph  (See All)

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Under Siege (1992) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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Under Siege (1992)

The battleship Missouri is about to be decomissioned. Casey Ryback is Captain Adam's personal cook. And Ryback is always butting heads with the ship's XO Commander Krill but the Captain always intercedes. One day, after the President visits the Missouri, which is also the Captain's birthday, the Captain learns that a helicopter has been cleared to land on the ship by Commander Krill, which he was not informed of. When questioned Krill tells the Captain that it's a surprise for his birthday, the Captain then allows it. Later after another one of their scuffles, Krill has Ryback locked in the freezer. During the party, the rock band reveals themselves to be mercenaries, led by William Stranix, a CIA operative, who is in league with Krill to unload all of the ship's nuclear warheads. They lock up all of the crew and make preparations to remove the warheads. And Krill remembers Ryback, Stranix sends two of his men to take care of Ryback, only thing is that Ryback took care of them. Upon discovering their bodies, Stranix deduces that Ryback is more than a cook. He then sends Krill to check on him, and Krill discovers that Ryback's a NAVY SEAL, who got busted down to a cook after an incident in Panama. And Ryback continues to create trouble for them, so Stranix tries to hunt him down. Along the way, Ryback meets Jordan, a former playmate, who was supposed to entertain at the party but was also forgotten. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
terrorism hero kidnapping 
Locations:
u boat ship helicopter 
Characters:
ship captain hostage 
Story:
commando unit navy seal hijacker hostile takeover lock hijack admiral u.s. navy hijacking crew commander commando special forces captain uzi silencer die hard scenario race against time shot in the forehead terrorist survival handcuffs held at gunpoint brawl shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife two word title blood fight  (See All)

Die Hard (1988)
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Die Hard (1988)

NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
terrorism hero escape kidnapping murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
assault rifle negotiator blood on shirt gash in the face power outage barefoot walkie talkie captive silencer die hard scenario mercenary race against time shot in the forehead weapon terrorist held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating based on book pistol two word title blood fight  (See All)

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
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The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
u boat airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
jumping from an airplane threatened with a knife hostile takeover crew flare irish american parachute death threat walkie talkie game ak 47 subtitled scene silencer mercenary race against time binoculars underwater scene map terrorist handcuffs held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife blood fight  (See All)

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is. (Read More)

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suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism torture 
Locations:
desert helicopter 
Period:
year 2009 2010s 2000s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle navy seal male tied up aircraft carrier leader raid capture commando special forces ak 47 subtitled scene silencer mercenary shot in the forehead no opening credits terrorist interrogation shot in the head machine gun based on true story pistol blood  (See All)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

The second chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance deception escape torture fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
desert helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage teenage boy 
Story:
assault rifle blood on shirt capture commando power outage walkie talkie hiding ak 47 mercenary race against time shot in the forehead no opening credits flashlight survival interrogation held at gunpoint rifle rescue corpse beating pistol blood  (See All)

Spectral (2016)
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Spectral (2016)

Civil Unrest in the European country of Moldova has US forces engaging the insurgents however there is a new threat who has decided both are their enemy. This new threat resides in an alternative spectrum that makes them invisible to the naked eye and instant death to anyone confronting them. Locals believe they are Spirits of War but others believe they are superior arms technology fabricated by the Moldova government.. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
escape fear murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle engineer sniper 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle virginia translator commando special forces power outage laser walkie talkie survivor captain ak 47 silencer mercenary race against time binoculars bridge flashlight survival held at gunpoint rescue machine gun blood splatter corpse pistol title spoken by character blood  (See All)

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Godzilla (2014)
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Godzilla (2014)

reviewed by: max crawford "the eventual climactic monster showdown is everything a godzilla fan could hope for." if you're a film in 2014 and you're still relegating female characters to tragic backstory or hero's moping wife roles, you need to sit down and have a word with yourself. the only female character with any real agency in gareth edwards' godzilla is a 300-foot monster that eats nuclear submarines. it's a shame, because it's the sort of film you want to be shouting about from the rooftops, and adding niggling little caveats somewhat ruin the effect. not only is it an astounding spectacle, it's a proper godzilla movie, spitting atomic fire in the face of roland emmerich's misbegotten 1998 atrocity. the opening titles set the tone: over a montage of 1950s atomic bomb tests, the credits appear alongside tantalising snippets of information which are quickly whited out as if by a censor. the sequence was designed by kyle cooper, the man behind the main titles for se7en and every other film with a decent main title sequence, and it neatly reflects the teasing approach taken to revealing big g himself. that's right, there's plenty of trivial human nonsense to be gotten out of the way before we encounter any monsters at all, let alone their king. if you simply must have humans in your film, bryan cranston and juliette binoche are two pretty solid picks. their early scenes in a nuclear power plant in tokyo lend the film a grounding and emotional heft that's rare in a summer … (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
escape fear 
Locations:
ocean ship water desert airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
engineer sniper nurse husband wife relationship 
Story:
commando unit automatic weapon assault rifle jumping from an airplane warship aircraft carrier admiral u.s. navy flare commando parachute special forces power outage walkie talkie ak 47 mercenary race against time underwater scene weapon bridge flashlight survival rescue machine gun corpse pistol title spoken by character photograph character name in title fight  (See All)

Who Am I? (1998)
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Who Am I? (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance deception hero escape torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
africa desert airplane helicopter 
Characters:
hostage nurse 
Story:
commando unit commando parachute special forces power outage laser walkie talkie survivor subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario mercenary binoculars map bridge flashlight handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue machine gun corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character character name in title fight  (See All)

London Has Fallen (2016) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape torture kidnapping murder 
Locations:
desert boat helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle threatened with a knife flare shot through a window commando special forces power outage walkie talkie ak 47 subtitled scene die hard scenario mercenary race against time shot in the forehead map terrorist held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife  (See All)

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Jason Bourne (2016)
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Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne, who went under and now works with a man who's a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA's black ops. Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops, including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent, discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He orders Parsons be found and, hopefully, Bourne, too. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance brutality deception escape torture fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Period:
2010s 2000s 
Story:
assault rifle threatened with a knife shaky cam whistle power outage subtitled scene silencer race against time binoculars no opening credits map flashlight survival interrogation held at gunpoint brawl computer rescue shot in the head machine gun beating pistol knife title spoken by character photograph character name in title fight  (See All)

The Colony (2013)
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The Colony (2013)

Groups of people - colonies - are forced underground due to another ice age. Colony 7 goes to check on Colony 5, which they lost contact with. When they get there they find that the colony has fallen and there is a whole new enemy that they have to face on their way back.

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance brutality deception escape fear murder 
Locations:
water helicopter 
Characters:
engineer hostage teenage boy husband wife relationship 
Story:
threatened with a knife signal leader flare power outage bravery tension survivor race against time shot in the forehead search bridge flashlight survival handcuffs held at gunpoint rifle brawl rescue shot in the head blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character two word title fight blood  (See All)

Triple 9 (2016)
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Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance brutality deception escape torture fear money kidnapping murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
hostage husband wife relationship 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
assault rifle threatened with a knife crew shot through a window blood on shirt death threat desperation walkie talkie uzi ak 47 subtitled scene race against time shot in the forehead map flashlight handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl computer shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character photograph two word title blood  (See All)

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Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

Annie Porter, the woman who was held on a bus with a bomb attached to it that will go off if it slows down. She dated the cop who saved her but broke up with him because he was constantly putting his life in danger. She would then date a guy named Alex who is also a cop but told her that he does a mundane assignment. But she eventually learns that he works for the same unit that the other guy worked for and is also addicted to danger. She wants to break up with but he surprises her with a cruise. She agrees to go. And he's planning to propose to her. But when he notices another passenger act peculiar, he can't help but try to find out what's up with him. He's Geiger, a computer man who designed the ship's systems, who was fired. He then takes over the ship's systems and sets it on a course that will send it into a tanker. Alex tries to stop him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
courage surveillance terrorism brutality deception escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ocean ship water boat 
Characters:
ship captain engineer hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
engine room listening device lifeboat planning hostile takeover radar hijacking heroism power outage bravery laser die hard scenario race against time binoculars underwater scene no opening credits terrorist flashlight survival held at gunpoint computer rescue machine gun pistol  (See All)

Survivor (2015)
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Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
e mail gash in the face passport survivor ak 47 subtitled scene silencer die hard scenario race against time binoculars no opening credits terrorist flashlight survival held at gunpoint brawl machine gun corpse pistol knife photograph fight  (See All)

Clear And Present Danger (1994)
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Clear And Present Danger (1994)

Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
terrorism deception hero escape torture money kidnapping murder 
Locations:
boat airplane helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
commando unit aircraft carrier admiral risk camcorder u.s. navy commando special forces honor uzi ak 47 subtitled scene silencer mercenary binoculars terrorist interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue machine gun blood splatter corpse pistol title spoken by character blood  (See All)

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Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
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Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)

John McClane is now almost a full-blown alcoholic and is suspended from the NYPD. But when a bomb goes off in the Bonwit Teller Department Store the police go insane trying to figure out what's going on. Soon, a man named Simon calls and asks for McClane. Simon tells Inspector Walter Cobb that McClane is going to play a game called "Simon Says". He says that McClane is going to do the tasks he assigns him. If not, he'll set off another bomb. With the help of a Harlem electrician, John McClane must race all over New York trying to figure out the frustrating puzzles that the crafty terrorist gives him. But when a bomb goes off in a subway station right by the Federal Reserve (the biggest gold storage in the world) things start to get heated. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism brutality racism deception hero escape fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
ship boat helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
threatened with a knife shaky cam raid walkie talkie game uzi subtitled scene die hard scenario race against time binoculars underwater scene no opening credits terrorist handcuffs held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun blood splatter corpse beating pistol knife fight blood  (See All)

The Take (2016) is one of the best movies like Captain Phillips (2013)
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The Take (2016)

Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance terrorism brutality deception hero escape fear money kidnapping murder 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage 
Story:
assault rifle escape attempt threatened with a knife camcorder flare shot through a window passport subtitled scene silencer race against time shot in the forehead no opening credits terrorist handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun corpse beating pistol knife title spoken by character photograph blood fight  (See All)

Spartan (2004)
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Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
surveillance brutality deception escape torture fear kidnapping murder 
Locations:
boat airplane helicopter beach 
Characters:
sniper hostage 
Story:
commando unit assault rifle threatened with a knife route leader shot through a window commando special forces mercenary race against time binoculars no opening credits stabbing flashlight interrogation rifle letter brawl rescue shot in the head machine gun beating pistol knife title spoken by character photograph blood fight  (See All)

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