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The Take (2016)
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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)

Subgenre:
buddy comedy heist conspiracy black comedy martial arts independent film 
Themes:
police corruption police brutality panic home invasion surveillance redemption paranoia terrorism brutality corruption deception investigation hero escape fear betrayal money kidnapping revenge murder death  (See All)
Locations:
rooftop chase rooftop urban setting apartment elevator paris france motorcycle helicopter church restaurant bar 
Characters:
sniper rifle police detective police shootout action hero french police ex soldier american abroad sniper security guard warrior tough guy thief hostage detective police officer tattoo police  (See All)
Story:
bank heist gold bar paris metro riot police bank vault cia agent surveillance footage subway station bank robbery terrorist group career criminal terrorist plot female spy final showdown face mask wrongful arrest gas mask black hero escape attempt anti hero money transfer car set on fire bag of money bar fight threatened with a knife foot chase sacre coeur paris bastille day hashtag semtex protester flash grenade plush toy around the world reference to britney spears british actor playing american character disobeying orders gas grenade insubordination breaking down a door cleaner flash drive man fights a woman hidden door rogue cop baton nightstick revolving door decoy climbing out a window corrupt police villain arrested secret room social decay bilingualism camera phone metro woman fights a man police captain rogue agent shot in the throat filming woman kills a man carjacking camcorder hanged man man kills a woman mosque no title at beginning impersonating a police officer flare street market eiffel tower paris jukebox fence wallet molotov cocktail gun in mouth bag over head police inspector timebomb abandoned building pickpocket shot through a window hit with a baseball bat text messaging tracking device media coverage lasersight bulletproof vest title at the end aerial shot assault rifle punched in the chest con artist shot in the face hit in the crotch pool table evacuation chaos mercilessness shield mexican standoff passport following someone parade teddy bear press conference kicked in the stomach swat team wristwatch buttocks stealing helmet head butt falling down stairs stylized violence revelation gold riot corrupt cop subtitled scene arson cia espionage secret agent shot in the arm silencer wig shot in the shoulder manipulation kicked in the face baseball bat bank knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time mission fugitive beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution attempted murder protest danger one against many public nudity shot in the forehead on the run bartender shot in the leg news report van double cross one man army disarming someone no opening credits false accusation tied to a chair subway internet mixed martial arts ambulance disguise terrorist ambush subjective camera spy shot in the back f word criminal handcuffs cafe interrogation car crash hand to hand combat bomb held at gunpoint showdown mask brawl gunfight arrest written by director punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph female full frontal nudity female frontal nudity female rear nudity female nudity fight violence blood flashback  (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:
conspiracy black comedy independent film suspense fish out of water 
Themes:
panic home invasion surveillance redemption paranoia terrorism brutality deception investigation escape fear betrayal money kidnapping revenge murder death prison torture wedding memory robbery psychopath death of father unlikely hero  (See All)
Mood:
rain neo noir car chase 
Locations:
motorcycle helicopter church restaurant beach airplane bus london england taxi airport police car taxi driver laboratory submarine car explosion suv fire truck fishing boat abandoned factory car fire humvee car in water nuclear submarine car into water  (See All)
Characters:
sniper rifle action hero american abroad sniper security guard warrior tough guy hostage police husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship doctor teacher soldier professor russian german police chase american in the uk self destruct  (See All)
Period:
2010s 
Story:
cia agent subway station career criminal terrorist plot female spy anti hero car set on fire bag of money foot chase british actor playing american character flash drive bilingualism woman kills a man man kills a woman pickpocket shot through a window text messaging tracking device aerial shot assault rifle punched in the chest mercilessness passport kicked in the stomach swat team wristwatch subtitled scene arson cia espionage secret agent shot in the shoulder knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time mission fugitive beaten to death electrocution attempted murder danger one against many shot in the forehead on the run shot in the leg news report van double cross one man army disarming someone no opening credits tied to a chair subway ambulance terrorist subjective camera spy shot in the back f word criminal handcuffs cafe interrogation car crash held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph flashback violence fight blood one word title bare chested male cigarette smoking shower blood splatter sunglasses piano bound and gagged strangulation axe bridge impalement widow stabbed to death prisoner stabbed in the chest nonlinear timeline exploding car child in peril underwater scene police officer killed library key undercover product placement mistaken identity opening action scene street shootout scar bodyguard injection death of husband laptop loss of father rat mercenary semiautomatic pistol obscene finger gesture eavesdropping missile sabotage burned alive assassination attempt electronic music score hypodermic needle looking at oneself in a mirror sociopath told in flashback tied to a bed security camera walkie talkie beard schizophrenia female killer crushed to death duct tape over mouth thug cameo prison guard nickname stealing a car burglary stabbed in the throat manhunt death threat special forces commando undercover agent convict raised middle finger gasoline duct tape loss of husband release from prison government agent playing piano moral dilemma shot multiple times female assassin satellite gardening taser stuffed animal pistol whip armored car computer cracker megalomaniac commando unit pharmacy computer hacker hit by a truck gun action embassy death row head injury macguffin submachine gun bullet wound bleeding to death gurney anarchist pawnshop two way mirror commando raid overturning car repeated line airfield tied up while barefoot private jet cockney accent improvised weapon car rollover ceo exploding airplane prison warden abandoned warehouse solitary confinement nuclear weapons innocent person killed x rayed skeleton thrown from a car nuclear threat tortured to death spaniard big ben london brain surgery ex special forces fire fight change of heart west virginia tranquilizer dart computer programmer multiple personality disorder thrown through a windshield uh 1 huey helicopter goatee piano lesson henchwoman implant hit with a car door code name pack of money air force base maximum security prison london underground brain scan uh 60 blackhawk helicopter london eye cattle prod escape from custody neurosurgeon axe throwing plane shot down reference to george orwell shackled implanted memory television interview experimental technology intelligence officer helmet camera university campus delaware ball peen hammer brain implant car off bridge death row inmate eurocopter as355 twin squirrel hairbrush cyber terrorist cyberterrorism cell phone trace silent alarm stealing a motorcycle defense system  (See All)

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Atomic Blonde (2017)
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Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy martial arts suspense punk 
Themes:
panic home invasion paranoia brutality deception investigation escape fear betrayal kidnapping murder death revenge lesbianism torture drunkenness seduction sadism  (See All)
Mood:
gore neo noir car chase 
Locations:
rooftop apartment elevator paris france motorcycle restaurant bar train hotel snow airplane bathtub nightclub london england water taxi airport police car tunnel train station car fire car in water car into water escape from a car in water  (See All)
Characters:
sniper rifle police shootout american abroad sniper hostage police officer tattoo police husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship female protagonist soldier hitman russian german police chase coroner american in the uk  (See All)
Period:
1980s year 1989 
Story:
cia agent female spy final showdown escape attempt car set on fire threatened with a knife foot chase man fights a woman baton bilingualism woman fights a man rogue agent shot in the throat woman kills a man man kills a woman aerial shot assault rifle punched in the chest shot in the face hit in the crotch evacuation mercilessness passport following someone kicked in the stomach wristwatch head butt falling down stairs stylized violence revelation riot subtitled scene arson cia espionage secret agent silencer wig manipulation kicked in the face knocked out race against time mission beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue attempted murder protest danger one against many shot in the forehead on the run bartender shot in the leg news report van double cross disarming someone mixed martial arts disguise ambush spy shot in the back f word interrogation car crash hand to hand combat held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph female rear nudity female nudity fight flashback blood violence f rated based on novel male nudity bare breasts two word title bare chested male gun sex scene cigarette smoking party lesbian kiss topless female nudity voice over narration high heels blood splatter blonde camera falling from height based on comic beer sunglasses bed dead body british color in title revolver fighting telephone kung fu bisexual survival bra assassin based on comic book strangulation massacre woman montage throat slitting bridge impalement stabbed to death stabbed in the chest nonlinear timeline exploding car man with glasses radio hit by a car bath underwater scene police officer killed femme fatale drowning latex gloves gunshot flash forward stalker hotel room binoculars stabbed in the back prologue karate attack pay phone umbrella undercover product placement cover up tough girl opening action scene long take scar stalking neck breaking premarital sex suspicion profanity handgun love interest killing henchman berlin germany cold war italian ice rope traitor bullet assassination attempt electronic music score wound heavy rain scene during opening credits told in flashback beard morgue caucasian movie theater eccentric phone booth jumping from height covered in blood butt skateboard strong female lead action heroine female killer female warrior thug stealing a car blood on face fight to the death intrigue resistance stabbed in the throat stabbed in the head black bra cigarette lighter time lapse photography stabbed in the leg black eye knife fight blood on shirt undercover agent body landing on a car knife throwing gasoline police raid dressing room bruise wilhelm scream swearing stick fight roundhouse kick fast motion scene vodka female assassin englishman abroad bisexual woman blood on camera lens porn magazine historical fiction alley set up pistol whip scene before opening credits suit and tie blonde woman arms dealer watch stabbed in the arm bearded man shot in the eye film starts with text cigarette based on graphic novel strong language gun violence kgb macguffin rave ski mask audio cassette judo metal detector two way mirror graphic violence lighting a cigarette overturning car berlin wall stabbed in the face spy hero magnifying glass bloody violence death by drowning frenchman pool of blood strangled to death secret police one woman army improvised weapon car rollover freedom fighter resistance fighter abandoned warehouse rookie anti heroine assassination plot breaking a bottle over someone's head double agent knocked out with a gun butt walkman wiretapping hidden gun slow motion action scene cassette tape englishwoman abroad woman punches a man garrote crushed by a car brass knuckles blond hair defector man punches a woman blood on hands border guard frenchwoman british secret service audio recording stabbed in the forehead british intelligence wearing a sound wire neon list code name neon light microfilm fake passport stasi forger c word stolen police car smoking a cigarette sex on bed knife in chest russian spy mi6 stab man with a ponytail ghetto blaster car falls into water drowned tough woman civil unrest drown lighting a cigarette for a woman east berlin kgb agent ice bath photographic memory trapped underwater photo lab wearing a wire watchmaker hand in panties west berlin counter espionage eurospy lesbian sex scene television news report car falling into water reference to david hasselhoff garrotte oni press submerged in car  (See All)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy martial arts suspense 
Themes:
home invasion surveillance redemption paranoia brutality corruption deception investigation hero escape fear betrayal kidnapping death revenge murder drugs prison torture military homelessness prison escape  (See All)
Mood:
rain neo noir car chase 
Locations:
rooftop chase rooftop apartment church restaurant school hotel airplane bus desert taxi airport kitchen wheelchair police car truck motel taxi driver food truck  (See All)
Characters:
action hero ex soldier security guard warrior tough guy thief hostage police officer police teenager teenage girl prostitute soldier lawyer waitress sheriff homeless man military police military lawyer  (See All)
Period:
2010s 
Story:
final showdown wrongful arrest escape attempt anti hero threatened with a knife foot chase flash drive man fights a woman baton decoy villain arrested woman fights a man woman kills a man abandoned building pickpocket shot through a window text messaging tracking device bulletproof vest aerial shot assault rifle punched in the chest mercilessness mexican standoff following someone parade kicked in the stomach stealing head butt revelation corrupt cop espionage silencer kicked in the face knocked out race against time fugitive beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution attempted murder danger one against many on the run shot in the leg double cross one man army disarming someone false accusation tied to a chair internet mixed martial arts disguise ambush shot in the back handcuffs interrogation car crash hand to hand combat held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest written by director punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph violence flashback blood fight character name in title based on novel sequel bare chested male shower telephone call watching tv falling from height sunglasses second part running combat telephone halloween survival gay slur flashlight assassin strangulation montage diner prisoner toilet exploding car assassination child in peril police officer killed training library drug addict screaming pay phone umbrella undercover product placement cover up tough girl scar stalking exploding body laptop neck breaking suspicion mercenary general obscene finger gesture fireworks vigilante washington d.c. freeze frame henchman pickup truck eavesdropping captain burned alive assassination attempt heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror law scene during opening credits cowboy hat security camera jail cell sergeant desperation jumping from height rocket launcher hitchhiker action heroine colonel hitchhiking broken leg gun battle female warrior thug woman in jeopardy reverse footage cameo prison guard stealing a car shoplifting u.s. army fight to the death intrigue smuggling gash in the face new orleans louisiana convenience store death threat junkie afghanistan frame up time lapse photography knife fight e mail raised middle finger loner broken arm lieutenant juvenile delinquent bruise burned to death stick fight framed for murder southern accent englishman abroad heroism female soldier bazooka human trafficking alley drifter taser shot in the neck drug smuggling vigilantism scene before opening credits crutches major school principal female lawyer hired killer 15 year old head bashed in deputy military base handcuffed alabama prison break some scenes in black and white homeless person airfield opium martial arts training telephone conversation cockney accent one woman army improvised weapon fingerprint army base abandoned warehouse anti heroine knocked out with a gun butt wiretapping beret innocent person killed falling off a roof woman punches a man tortured to death docks literary adaptation phone ringing fire fight mardi gras washington monument female thief author cameo husband wife estrangement thrown from height fear of flying car stunt internet cafe maximum security prison ringing phone mother daughter estrangement stolen police car riding a bus climbing up a wall cargo plane machine pistol c 130 hercules tailing a suspect driving licence rogue soldier prep school thumb drive running across a roof halloween parade military contractor military law poppy field airplane toilet hiding in a cabinet police officer arrested  (See All)

Ghost In The Shell (2017) is one of the best movies like The Take (2016)
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Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts coming of age suspense superhero dystopia cyberpunk futuristic tech noir corporate conspiracy 
Themes:
panic redemption paranoia terrorism corruption deception investigation escape fear betrayal kidnapping revenge murder death surrealism suicide memory execution amnesia philosophy technology artificial intelligence evolution robotics  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting apartment motorcycle helicopter bar cemetery nightclub taxi japan slum fishing boat car motorcycle chase car truck chase 
Characters:
sniper rifle action hero sniper security guard warrior tough guy hostage tattoo mother daughter relationship female protagonist nurse japanese chinese engineer female scientist self surgery  (See All)
Period:
near future 
Story:
terrorist group terrorist plot female spy final showdown face mask anti hero foot chase disobeying orders woman fights a man woman kills a man man kills a woman shot through a window lasersight bulletproof vest aerial shot assault rifle punched in the chest kicked in the stomach stylized violence subtitled scene secret agent manipulation kicked in the face knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time fugitive beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution attempted murder danger one against many shot in the forehead on the run bartender shot in the leg van disarming someone false accusation tied to a chair mixed martial arts terrorist ambush subjective camera spy handcuffs interrogation car crash hand to hand combat bomb held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout fire pistol chase knife explosion fight violence flashback dog bare chested male gun cigarette smoking dancing lesbian kiss remake cat beer robot hallucination revolver combat scientist bisexual flashlight assassin massacre montage widow underwater scene graveyard cigar smoking latex gloves gunshot flash forward binoculars prologue based on manga cover up tough girl opening action scene street shootout bodyguard injection exploding body severed arm handgun obscene finger gesture henchman eavesdropping missile identity uzi hand grenade lgbt grenade bullet assassination attempt electronic music score hypodermic needle heavy rain scene during opening credits temple jumping from height strong female lead mind control laser rocket launcher action heroine gun fu social commentary android presumed dead female warrior cyborg thug reverse footage haunted by the past explosive dual wield exploding head jumping through a window sexy woman hologram yakuza disfigurement raised middle finger raid dark past existentialism exploding helicopter government agent gatling gun telepathy bullet time prime minister memory loss bisexual woman harbor alley hacker taser super strength machine major billboard helicopter crash computer hacker based on anime fight the system experiment gone wrong metal detector high tech overturning car tragic past garbage truck mind reading car rollover ceo night vision goggles anti heroine evil corporation x rayed skeleton hacking kidnap tragic villain loss of memory slow motion action scene cityscape killer robot jumping from a rooftop megacorporation corporate crime englishwoman abroad corporate executive woman punches a man chopsticks bombardment dark heroine repressed memory corrupt businessman geisha hybrid individuality night cityscape false memory philosophical implant hit with a car door middle finger hand gun exposed brain inside the mind virtuality network robot as menace robot as pathos secret project free fall storm drain cybernetics philosophical conversation secret government organization remake of japanese film corporate corruption science project tragic heroine being shot at war machine secret lair belonging secret hideaway cyber terrorist cyberterrorism hit team whitewash hit list live action remake of anime super vision jump from height bisexual lead character inner journey  (See All)

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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:
independent film suspense tragedy 
Themes:
police corruption home invasion surveillance paranoia brutality corruption deception investigation escape betrayal kidnapping death murder revenge friendship torture blackmail death of wife murder of a police officer near death experience death of daughter murder of family  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
helicopter bar desert motel mexico texas tunnel 
Characters:
sniper rifle american abroad sniper tough guy hostage police officer husband wife relationship father son relationship african american soldier lawyer hitman 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
cia agent surveillance footage anti hero british actor playing american character decoy social decay bilingualism woman fights a man shot in the throat no title at beginning bag over head tracking device bulletproof vest title at the end aerial shot assault rifle swat team corrupt cop subtitled scene cia shot in the arm silencer shot in the shoulder manipulation bank character's point of view camera shot mission character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the forehead shot in the leg news report double cross disarming someone no opening credits tied to a chair ambush subjective camera shot in the back f word handcuffs interrogation bomb held at gunpoint showdown arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending knife explosion photograph violence fight one word title interview male frontal nudity male rear nudity dog bare chested male cigarette smoking blood splatter urination vomiting beer assassin strangulation mansion throat slitting cocaine stabbed to death immigrant map severed head assassination police officer killed organized crime binoculars fbi cover up death of child tough girl tank opening action scene bodyguard split screen death of son threat laptop suspicion mercenary black american child murder ak 47 crime boss electronic music score mutilation security camera fbi agent severed hand covered in blood culture clash interracial friendship mexican reverse footage surveillance camera cynicism spanish partner police officer shot special forces dark hero booby trap arizona commando dark past looking at self in mirror tragic hero severed leg female in shower drug lord moral dilemma southern accent satellite desert eagle mysterious man drug smuggling armored car dead children gun held to head night vision border crossing commando unit traffic jam film starts with text offscreen killing bloody body of child money laundering prosecutor soccer match commando raid airfield tragic past distrust drug cartel private jet kicking in a door night vision goggles rookie u.s. mexico border border patrol woman punches a man phoenix arizona u.s. marshal black ops bait crime scene photograph mexican immigrant bank account dea agent secret tunnel air force base tucson arizona american midwest uh 60 blackhawk helicopter escalation colombian hole in wall hanged body war on drugs double child murder naive woman police convoy trap door el paso texas ah 64 apache helicopter driving through a wall strangled mission briefing man strangles woman negative footage hole in a wall iraq war veteran federale aerial surveillance reference to william howard taft juarez mexico starts with a definition wristband armored personnel carrier body hidden behind a wall chevrolet tahoe laredo texas  (See All)

Allegiant (2016)
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Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts suspense post apocalypse dystopia fish out of water cyberpunk futuristic science fantasy 
Themes:
panic surveillance paranoia terrorism corruption deception escape fear betrayal kidnapping murder death revenge love surrealism politics prison military memory death of father execution exploitation hope amnesia courage technology near death experience prison escape utopia radioactivity future war nuclear holocaust  (See All)
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
rooftop elevator train forest airplane desert airport village woods cave chicago illinois tunnel airship walled city airplane chase 
Characters:
action hero security guard warrior tough guy hostage tattoo family relationships mother son relationship teenager boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship teenage girl female protagonist soldier lawyer 
Period:
future near future 
Story:
final showdown gas mask escape attempt anti hero foot chase social decay woman kills a man man kills a woman bag over head abandoned building shot through a window lasersight bulletproof vest aerial shot assault rifle punched in the chest chaos shield mexican standoff kicked in the stomach head butt falling down stairs revelation manipulation kicked in the face knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time mission fugitive beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution attempted murder danger one against many shot in the forehead on the run double cross one man army disarming someone no opening credits mixed martial arts ambush subjective camera shot in the back handcuffs hand to hand combat bomb held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character female rear nudity female nudity fight violence blood based on novel one word title sequel bare chested male shower battle undressing falling from height hallucination revolver fighting combat scientist good versus evil survival orphan throat slitting army impalement stabbed to death prisoner stabbed in the chest exploding car trial part of series child in peril fictional war third part training pilot attack fantasy sequence tent cover up evil man tough girl scar injection female removes her clothes loss of father brother suspicion character says i love you battlefield strong female character henchman civil war experiment eavesdropping missile traitor destiny sabotage electronic music score heavy rain security camera jail cell virtual reality strong female lead laser cgi genocide action heroine social commentary broken leg female warrior reverse footage prison guard target practice explosive bravery cynicism blood on face stabbed in the throat gash in the face stabbed in the neck commando hologram disfigurement rescue mission dictator moral dilemma laser gun memory loss female soldier video surveillance bad guy invisibility returning character killed off brainwashing bureaucracy cafeteria female fighter spiral staircase armored car computer cracker drone comic relief plane crash wall knocked unconscious anarchy commando mission crash landing offscreen killing volunteer altered version of studio logo stabbed in the shoulder fight the system gas experiment gone wrong high tech part computer animation commando raid nuclear war open ended camouflage overturning car roof genetics vault aircraft subterranean jailbreak dogfight one woman army target chosen one dreadlocks force field anti heroine knocked out with a gun butt armory teenage hero power struggle totalitarianism wasteland leaving home loss of memory cityscape deoxyribonucleic acid leadership bubble detonator biological weapon tyranny shot through a wall serum blockade orb poison gas council based on young adult novel headset pulp fiction eugenics individuality science experiment strong woman political unrest electromagnetic pulse grappling hook cliche deus ex machina sphere explosive decompression lovers reunited electric fence hovercraft erased memory escalation climbing up a wall video message chemical weapons social differences toxin truth serum calling parent by first name futuristic city teenage heroine lawlessness nerve gas body suit genetic experimentation barcode power generator shuttle craft urban warfare against the system abseiling devastated landscape mock execution key card barcode tattoo gas attack genetic manipulation glass elevator decontamination mass surveillance show trial wire cutters providence city state genetic modification river of blood destroyed building allegiance  (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)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance deception escape betrayal money kidnapping death murder revenge friendship prison torture sadism self sacrifice prison escape 
Locations:
helicopter beach hotel airplane los angeles california ship car explosion car bomb fire truck prison fight water torture ship fire prison ship 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper warrior tough guy tattoo father daughter relationship doctor lawyer bible sheriff muslim ship captain escape artist 
Period:
2010s 21st century year 2013 
Story:
cia agent female spy face mask escape attempt car set on fire threatened with a knife foot chase gas grenade bag over head shot through a window tracking device lasersight assault rifle head butt falling down stairs subtitled scene shot in the arm silencer shot in the shoulder character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution shot in the forehead shot in the leg double cross one man army no opening credits tied to a chair disguise subjective camera shot in the back f word handcuffs interrogation hand to hand combat held at gunpoint brawl arrest punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion flashback fight violence blood two word title bare chested male cigarette smoking blood splatter letter gay slur flashlight strangulation axe basketball prisoner stabbed in the chest map exploding car drawing underwater scene author binoculars person on fire pay phone undercover injection neck breaking mercenary ex convict freeze frame machismo burned alive hypodermic needle shot in the stomach sociopath security camera jail cell walkie talkie phone booth false identity masked man full moon prison guard flood explosive dual wield power outage new orleans louisiana punched in the stomach falling to death miami florida stabbed in the leg wisecrack humor e mail undercover agent convict raised middle finger firefighter close up of eyes satellite blood on camera lens praying cafeteria twist ending computer cracker colorado female lawyer computer hacker morocco stabbed in the shoulder high tech airfield psychological torture cockney accent prison warden solitary confinement finger gun slow motion action scene prison riot escaped prisoner planning uh 1 huey helicopter reference to allah gun fight waterboarding cargo ship maximum security prison prison gang escape plan reference to houdini hit with a wrench misdirection tasered climbing a ladder chocolate milk suture reference to the three musketeers injected in neck sadistic warden keypad diversionary tactic firing guns from both hands security expert motion detector sextant locked in a car morpho butterfly transponder  (See All)

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Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like The Take (2016)
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Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
heist black comedy suspense 
Themes:
panic home invasion surveillance paranoia deception investigation escape fear betrayal money kidnapping revenge death murder friendship torture voyeurism robbery anger theft death of father insanity greed police investigation near death experience  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
urban setting apartment elevator motorcycle new york city train cemetery police station police car motorcycle accident 
Characters:
police detective police shootout security guard thief hostage detective police officer tattoo police husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship photographer little girl psychiatrist older man younger woman relationship doctor patient relationship death of girlfriend coroner  (See All)
Period:
1990s 2000s year 1991 
Story:
bank heist bank vault subway station bank robbery final showdown threatened with a knife foot chase semtex woman fights a man woman kills a man following someone parade kicked in the stomach wristwatch head butt revelation shot in the arm shot in the shoulder manipulation bank knocked out race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue attempted murder danger van double cross subway ambulance ambush shot in the back f word criminal handcuffs held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shotgun shot in the chest fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph blood flashback violence fight based on novel masturbation dog cigarette smoking singing watching tv camera vomiting tears voyeur island revolver river manhattan new york city telephone orphan flashlight gang axe death of friend bridge stabbed to death stabbed in the chest map exploding car coffin drawing child in peril police officer killed graveyard racial slur gunshot flash forward grave prologue doll opening action scene scream skeleton scar injection tragic event stalking laptop loss of father policewoman suspicion ex convict henchman claim in title syringe fireplace hypodermic needle heavy rain sociopath scene during opening credits loss of friend security camera patient morgue desperation skull brooklyn new york city parking garage burial schizophrenia broken leg masked man biker mental institution thug crime scene haunted by the past diamond explosive surveillance camera italian american punched in the stomach kicked in the crotch shovel post traumatic stress disorder stabbed in the leg autopsy dark past lantern bruise ethnic slur ferry siren newspaper clipping female detective thanksgiving playing cards englishman abroad mental patient buried alive hiding in a closet robber imperative in title stuffed animal spit in the face long hair crutches subtitles computer cracker armed robbery brooklyn bridge bank robber stabbed in the arm hearing voices narcissism offscreen killing cripple macguffin marching band motorboat ski mask psychiatric hospital sole black character dies cliche two way mirror hit with a shovel female cop speedboat mugshot tragic past outlaw gang motorcycle cop jewel improvised weapon schizophrenic broken neck hummer wiretapping innocent person killed hide and seek crypt red herring grave digging reference to sigmund freud hit by a train dutch angle post traumatic stress disabled person jewel thief nypd el train pager loss of girlfriend repressed memory stowaway empire state building manhattan new york city safe deposit box deadline leg brace number breakfast in bed jewel theft diamond theft jewelry heist lock pick ruby hidden message getaway car police escort sanatorium leg cast leg in a cast plastic explosive thanksgiving day burned with a cigarette faking illness gemstone mentally disturbed person jewelry theft child psychiatrist escape from a mental institution williamsburg bridge hit by a subway  (See All)

Scream 3 (2000)
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Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Subgenre:
black comedy martial arts independent film post modern horror spoof 
Themes:
home invasion paranoia brutality deception investigation escape fear betrayal kidnapping death murder revenge jealousy drunkenness filmmaking voyeurism theft celebrity courage  (See All)
Mood:
gore satire nightmare slasher 
Locations:
apartment helicopter bar swimming pool los angeles california police station police car 
Characters:
police detective security guard hostage detective police officer police father daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship female protagonist serial killer actor actress film director ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship death of girlfriend self referential pregnant from rape  (See All)
Period:
1990s 2000s 
Story:
wrongful arrest threatened with a knife foot chase hidden door man fights a woman secret room woman kills a man camcorder man kills a woman hit with a baseball bat media coverage bulletproof vest aerial shot punched in the chest mercilessness mexican standoff kicked in the stomach wristwatch head butt falling down stairs revelation shot in the shoulder kicked in the face baseball bat knocked out race against time beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the forehead shot in the leg news report double cross disarming someone no opening credits false accusation tied to a chair ambulance ambush shot in the back f word handcuffs car crash held at gunpoint showdown mask brawl punched in the face rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident fistfight shot to death corpse beating cell phone pistol surprise ending chase knife photograph violence blood fight f rated number in title sequel dog bare chested male cigarette smoking party shower digit in title blood splatter watching tv secret falling from height sunglasses birthday hallucination voyeur revolver reporter survival flashlight journalist bound and gagged strangulation mansion throat slitting stabbed to death toilet stabbed in the chest coffin birthday party third part marriage proposal racial slur stalker stabbed in the back costume screaming cover up tough girl scream prank bodyguard stalking film within a film exploding body isolation basement premarital sex suspicion acting obscene finger gesture cult director strong female character eavesdropping answering machine entertainment sabotage sociopath survivor red dress stabbed in the stomach hollywood california videotape jumping from height rape victim faked death strong female lead masked man presumed dead female warrior duct tape over mouth movie theatre barefoot crime scene cameo bravery mobile phone stabbed in the throat partner movie set falling to death frame up stabbed in the leg sibling rivalry film set booby trap blood on shirt film producer wedding ring balcony knife throwing raised middle finger female reporter characters killed one by one sequel to cult favorite killing spree masked killer newspaper clipping lingerie slip news reporter director cameo returning character killed off ex cop promiscuous woman taser hiding in a closet lecture golf club lighter quick draw trailer home popcorn stabbed in the arm whodunit hearing voices body in a trunk hollywood sign movie studio stabbed in the shoulder gas sole black character dies cliche metal detector exploding house reference to star wars script psychological torture improvised weapon famous line half brother man hits a woman stupid victim villain not really dead cliche anti heroine breaking a bottle over someone's head gas explosion guillotine fratricide bullet proof vest red herring female journalist sitting hidden gun women's bathroom talk show host mystery killer hit with a chair secret door woman punches a man hidden room criminal mastermind false name secret passageway fax machine counselor man punches a woman film reel vhs tape sequel to cult film counsellor fake blood hit with a frying pan thrown from height car phone seclusion hit with a golf club falling down a hill threatening telephone call faking own death thrown through a glass door fax phone terror telephone terror copycat trailer narrated by don lafontaine movie script rekindled romance metafiction thrown off a balcony voice changer driving in the wrong direction killed on birthday lock picking copycat killer picking lock hall of records counterpart reference to lois lane reference to hannibal lecter  (See All)

Total Recall (2012)
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Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Subgenre:
post apocalypse dystopia cyberpunk 
Themes:
surveillance deception escape betrayal death murder torture drunkenness amnesia murder of a police officer artificial intelligence 
Mood:
rain nightmare car chase 
Locations:
apartment elevator helicopter bar hotel train explosion 
Characters:
police shootout action hero ex soldier security guard tough guy police husband wife relationship prostitute police chase self mutilation 
Period:
future 
Story:
female spy gas mask anti hero foot chase flash grenade abandoned building media coverage lasersight bulletproof vest swat team stylized violence secret agent shot in the arm shot in the shoulder manipulation bank fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the forehead on the run news report double cross one man army no opening credits tied to a chair subway mixed martial arts ambulance disguise spy shot in the back interrogation car crash hand to hand combat bomb held at gunpoint brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending knife explosion title spoken by character flashback violence interview two word title bare chested male remake falling from height robot piano assassin army dream sequence based on short story factory tough girl opening action scene scar injection exploding body character says i love you severed arm strong female character grenade catfight stabbed in the stomach villainess phone booth jumping from height rebellion railway station strong female lead action heroine resistance jumping through a window knife fight hologram undercover agent lens flare government agent political corruption gatling gun reference to barack obama torso cut in half female assassin desert eagle oppression stabbed in the hand taser piano playing world domination megalomaniac film starts with text reluctant hero factory worker shot in the hand fight the system corrupt official resistance fighter elevator shaft husband murders wife villain not really dead cliche double agent totalitarianism killer robot megacorporation lasso woman punches a man stun gun remake of american film big ben london zero gravity flying car repressed memory safe deposit box body armor man punches a woman grand piano fake id false memory remake of cult film surviving hit in the throat falling through a rooftop window implanted memory chancellor futuristic train british colonialism robot soldier body scanner peace symbol reference to ian fleming facial reconstruction brain scanner three breasted woman total recall  (See All)

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Jack Reacher (2012)
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Jack Reacher (2012)

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy martial arts suspense murder mystery 
Themes:
surveillance deception escape betrayal kidnapping murder death infidelity gangster murder investigation 
Mood:
rain neo noir car chase ambiguous ending 
Locations:
urban setting elevator bar hospital bus police station motel tunnel 
Characters:
sniper rifle police detective action hero ex soldier american abroad sniper tough guy hostage police father daughter relationship prostitute soldier hitman russian police chase self mutilation mysterious villain russian gangster  (See All)
Story:
surveillance footage wrongful arrest anti hero bar fight british actor playing american character man kills a woman hit with a baseball bat assault rifle head butt corrupt cop shot in the shoulder kicked in the face knocked out character's point of view camera shot beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue one against many shot in the forehead news report one man army false accusation ambush subjective camera shot in the back car crash hand to hand combat held at gunpoint showdown brawl arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending knife title spoken by character flashback blood violence character name in title based on novel two word title bare chested male assassin bridge army diner prisoner child in peril police officer killed organized crime pay phone cover up scar threat vigilante crime boss machismo coma security camera parking garage broken leg thug crime scene damsel in distress stealing a car severed finger u.s. army construction site punched in the stomach kicked in the crotch title appears in writing police officer shot eye gouging disfigurement loner lens flare death of loved one framed for murder private investigator suffocation mysterious man ex cop drifter taser ohio vigilantism gunslinger female lawyer vigilante justice district attorney man punching a woman cleaning lady pawnshop overhead camera shot aikido crowbar memorial shooting range black cop pittsburgh pennsylvania ex marine corporate crime quarry broken hand obituary bolt action rifle defense attorney baghdad iraq keysi fighting method firing range military veteran hit on the head with a rock reference to mike tyson iraq veteran meth lab parking meter waking up from a coma afghanistan veteran smothered to death auto shop random killing shooting spree stalled car  (See All)

Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like The Take (2016)
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Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy independent film music video cult film experimental film absurdism dystopia cyberpunk futuristic allegory alternate history christ allegory dystopian future future noir 
Themes:
police corruption police brutality panic surveillance paranoia terrorism brutality corruption deception escape fear betrayal kidnapping murder death friendship surrealism suicide drugs politics pregnancy drinking dance military memory extramarital affair blackmail time travel drug use apocalypse abortion amnesia forgiveness self sacrifice  (See All)
Mood:
gore satire rain neo noir ambiguous ending 
Locations:
elevator helicopter church bar beach los angeles california desert police car office outer space ocean texas car fire 
Characters:
sniper rifle police shootout sniper hostage police officer tattoo police husband wife relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship african american singer brother brother relationship boy girl soldier policeman dancer actor interracial relationship christianity japanese bible film director pimp parent child relationship  (See All)
Period:
2000s future near future year 2008 year 2005 
Story:
terrorist group terrorist plot female spy gas mask anti hero bar fight foot chase british actor playing american character corrupt police social decay woman fights a man camcorder man kills a woman impersonating a police officer media coverage bulletproof vest aerial shot punched in the chest evacuation chaos mexican standoff parade press conference kicked in the stomach swat team riot corrupt cop shot in the arm silencer shot in the shoulder manipulation knocked out character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution protest danger shot in the leg news report double cross disarming someone no opening credits tied to a chair internet ambulance disguise terrorist ambush subjective camera spy shot in the back f word car crash held at gunpoint brawl gunfight written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion flashback violence blood fight sequel dog two word title bare chested male gun kiss cigarette smoking dancing singing party telephone call voice over narration song dream blood splatter testicles mirror watching tv computer drink falling from height shooting book vomiting rifle beer sunglasses place name in title dead body revolver guitar television scientist california video camera mansion death of friend drug dealer montage suicide attempt politician toilet coffin hit by a car fictional war police officer killed search femme fatale racial slur flash forward limousine drug addict prologue spirituality key buxom champagne undercover product placement cover up evil man reading lightning tank street shootout long take scar fishnet stockings american flag bodyguard disappearance injection tragic event split screen film within a film government laptop election mercenary handgun twin fireworks monkey ak 47 disaster tv news uzi destiny pot smoking syringe destruction balloon electronic music score mass murder beer drinking hypodermic needle heavy rain security camera mad scientist hiding boxer jumping from height severed hand tv show violin end of the world fate false identity schizophrenia picnic social commentary iraq reality earthquake iran pump action shotgun middle east landscape telescope severed finger u.s. army dual wield inventor hatred smuggling power outage porn star m 16 environmental prophecy afghanistan oil environmental issue bible quote senator bookstore accidental killing fog musical number blood on shirt undercover agent rainstorm alternate reality screenwriter wedding dress raised middle finger tuxedo pier police raid extortion stadium chain ethnic slur environmental issues light sports car government agent violinist southern accent prime minister memory loss satellite desert eagle news reporter marijuana joint doppelganger bazooka bisexuality special effects bong taser plastic surgery vomit website armored car fake identity economics dvd tv commercial arms dealer computer cracker portal standoff film in film glock megalomaniac arcade skyscraper reality show split personality twin brother shot in the eye anarchy stretcher electric guitar based on graphic novel ferris wheel business card cd surfboard palm tree n word karma fight the system sole black character dies cliche experiment gone wrong sitting on a toilet nuclear war overturning car nervousness homeless person tragic ending aircraft carrier nevada fourth of july north korea radio news syria mole mass grave prophet checkpoint nuclear explosion republican party screenplay freedom fighter bow tie fingerprint exploding airplane bride and groom reference to george w. bush fake accent u.s. senator inner title card kicked in the groin hostile takeover leg wound wedding cake budweiser totalitarianism film star looting martini nuclear weapon loss of memory alternate timeline megacorporation talk show host government corruption ice cream truck messiah doomsday metaphysics mushroom cloud newscaster woman punches a man tv camera microchip performance artist automated teller machine cigarette holder porn actor flying car mysterious past video arcade world war three evil scientist fire fight reference to karl marx tattoo parlor animal sex civil liberties marxism quantum physics shot in the side southern california mohawk haircut adult film star run over by a car boardwalk fictional talk show fingerprints paradox time traveler star spangled banner friendly fire headset blow up doll anti conformity night cityscape subliminal message suicide contemplation democratic party missile launcher troubled production environmental disaster mass death lynchian sibling relationship zeppelin blimp sphere extremism military draft cantina venice beach california hand bandage jumping off a building book of revelation i.d. paranoid schizophrenia escalation time paradox santa monica california alternative energy rollerblading elixir nuclear attack bowel movement amnesiac nobel prize winner animated scene chorus line roller blades tv newscaster duplicate fictional drug severed thumb big corporation adult film racist cop blade runner patriot act sports arena hydroelectric power revelations reference to henry david thoreau roller blader extremist group iraq war veteran opening credits roadster chihuahua dog fourth dimension psychedelic image santa monica pier perpetual motion draft notice everybody dies psychadelic image tv advert face scar holding a gun to someone's head ribbon cutting writing a check book of revelations energy shortage gun hidden under table quantum entanglement reading from bible bud light reality television reality tv star world war iii beach umbrella first place hermosa beach california hors d'oeuvres reference to uncle sam  (See All)

Odd Thomas (2013)
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Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy independent film supernatural paranormal phenomena 
Themes:
police brutality panic home invasion surveillance redemption paranoia terrorism deception investigation hero escape fear kidnapping murder death revenge surrealism ghost memory supernatural power near death experience afterlife unlikely hero  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir nightmare darkness poetic justice 
Locations:
apartment church restaurant hospital swimming pool small town bathtub desert wheelchair police car motel singing in a car car bomb desert town 
Characters:
police shootout security guard warrior tough guy hostage police officer tattoo police husband wife relationship mother daughter relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship doctor prostitute nurse policeman single mother waitress sheriff death of girlfriend  (See All)
Period:
seeing the future 
Story:
terrorist group terrorist plot escape attempt foot chase man kills a woman timebomb pickpocket shot through a window hit with a baseball bat bulletproof vest assault rifle shot in the face revelation corrupt cop shot in the arm silencer shot in the shoulder manipulation baseball bat knocked out race against time attempted murder danger van double cross one man army disarming someone no opening credits false accusation terrorist shot in the back handcuffs car crash bomb held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest written by director punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph blood fight flashback violence character name in title based on novel dog two word title kiss cigarette smoking party voice over narration dream blood splatter horse computer secret demon revolver good versus evil bound and gagged california massacre montage diner exploding car severed head cult bird child in peril hit by a car creature police officer killed limousine curse screaming person on fire uniform product placement cover up opening action scene exploding body manager character says i love you severed arm las vegas nevada psychic freeze frame single parent twenty something private detective eavesdropping burned alive egg slow motion sociopath ice cream cook security camera loss of loved one spider skull carnival fate animal attack picnic masked man crime scene damsel in distress stealing a car vision explosive severed finger shopping mall m 16 police officer shot frame up time lapse photography butterfly wisecrack humor blood on shirt refrigerator barbecue demonic possession fortune teller killing spree death of loved one burned to death owl newspaper clipping framed for murder shot multiple times private investigator bullet time narrated by character invisibility mysterious man fountain old dark house cockroach evil spirit police chief portal disposing of a dead body young version of character mall trailer home scooter cheering crowd hearing voices elvis presley fly body in a trunk hit by a truck deputy bowling alley premonition offscreen killing pool party shot point blank bullet wound meteor bomber part computer animation tragic love hiding under a bed exploding house woman in a bikini tragic ending carousel animal killing villain not really dead cliche locket innocent person killed clairvoyant gas explosion poltergeist water fountain pancake tooth music store time bomb ice cream cone finger decomposing body running for your life rescue attempt child killer loss of girlfriend jumping from a car camel toe rottweiler satanic cult tire devil worship gas chamber blowing a kiss clairvoyance startled able to see the dead birdcage chased by a dog domestic terrorism fictional town milkshake satanic seeing dead people walking on water dead body in a bathtub ice cream parlor storm drain pushed into a swimming pool exploding trailer house explosion coitus interruptus contemporary setting barbecue grill severed toe sweetheart homemade explosive seeing ghosts camera shot of a woman's legs hotwiring short order cook abandoned prison ice pack woman wearing a little black dress body in a car trunk break door in car truck crash bluetooth devil worshiper falling into swimming pool vehicular accident church tower driver shot driving license van explosion reloading a gun fortune telling machine horse ride shot in face truck car collision abandoned restaurant supernatural ability  (See All)

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Non-stop (2014)
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Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts suspense psycho thriller psychological thriller disaster film 
Themes:
police brutality surveillance redemption paranoia terrorism deception fear betrayal death murder revenge torture death of daughter 
Mood:
rain one night 
Locations:
bar new york city airplane airport fire truck airplane accident 
Characters:
police shootout action hero ex soldier american abroad warrior tough guy hostage police officer tattoo doctor teacher lawyer little girl alcoholic 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
terrorist plot anti hero threatened with a knife camera phone rogue agent timebomb text messaging passport wristwatch head butt riot shot in the shoulder manipulation race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the forehead news report one man army no opening credits false accusation mixed martial arts ambulance terrorist interrogation hand to hand combat bomb held at gunpoint brawl gunfight punched in the face slow motion scene fistfight shot to death beating shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending knife explosion title spoken by character fight violence cigarette smoking strangulation cocaine stabbed to death toilet child in peril pilot poison product placement scar threat neck breaking suspicion die hard scenario trust hyphen in title burned alive sociopath nosebleed ransom power outage punched in the stomach police officer shot stabbed in the leg airplane crash one day duct tape briefcase government agent firefighter desert eagle cartoon on tv ex cop set up drug smuggling pistol whip stabbed in the arm mind game crash landing fighter jet iceland flight attendant passenger hijacking metal detector badge broken nose hitchcockian post september 11 2001 hijack cat and mouse federal agent red herring smartphone hands tied englishwoman psychological manipulation kicked in the chest hidden truth nose cockpit anti villain cellphone video punched in the nose fear of flying explosive decompression hijacker bomb explosion hit on the head with a fire extinguisher foaming at the mouth ribbon blowgun instant messaging airplane pilot poison dart emergency landing containment airplane hijacking air marshal framed for crime jfk international airport queens new york city playstation vita dereliction of duty mystery villain reference to september 11 2001 poisoned to death multiple suspects suspected terrorist bomb timer counting down dead pilot transatlantic flight ps vita  (See All)

Inferno (2016)
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Inferno (2016)

Famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
panic surveillance paranoia terrorism deception escape fear betrayal kidnapping murder death love suicide religion pregnancy art amnesia end of mankind  (See All)
Mood:
rain nightmare poetic justice 
Locations:
apartment motorcycle helicopter church restaurant hospital train hotel airplane boat bicycle water taxi airport police car italy ship taxi driver museum fire truck  (See All)
Characters:
american abroad security guard hostage police doctor soldier nurse actor actress professor pregnant woman biologist suicide by cop police dog geneticist 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
surveillance footage terrorist plot final showdown threatened with a knife foot chase man fights a woman hidden door bilingualism woman fights a man woman kills a man impersonating a police officer tracking device aerial shot evacuation swat team wristwatch revelation subtitled scene knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time fugitive attempted murder protest danger one against many on the run van double cross false accusation ambulance disguise terrorist subjective camera interrogation car crash bomb held at gunpoint showdown brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse cell phone pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph fight flashback blood based on novel one word title sequel dog bare chested male based on book battle falling from height painting hallucination scientist concert axe stabbed to death stabbed in the chest map underwater scene femme fatale third part necklace drowning coffee umbrella statue cover up opening action scene scar injection laptop mercenary europe battlefield italian traitor assassination attempt electronic music score hypodermic needle heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror sociopath scene during opening credits disease virus security camera walkie talkie mad scientist beard youtube jumping from height faked death violin genocide female killer indian vision explosive fight to the death manhunt stabbed in the neck falling to death hit on the head infection knife fight commando e mail one day female doctor police raid government agent moral dilemma female detective violinist firefighter female assassin memory loss istanbul turkey translator bribery historical fiction golf club drone plague megalomaniac old flame billionaire commando unit hunt venice italy treasure hunt head injury college professor sole black character dies cliche wet t shirt code reference to google commando raid motorcycle cop frenchman riddle ex lover private jet improvised weapon falling through the floor loss of memory mural englishwoman abroad secret organization overpopulation secret passageway visionary blockade florence italy expert biohazard fear of heights bazaar underwater fight hell on earth hidden message famous painting video message tube claustrophobic secret message underwater explosion venice reference to famous painting short term memory loss bioterrorism adriatic sea bombmaker no cell phone signal world health organization reference to dante's inferno retrograde amnesia tourist guide cell phone trace ghostly vision symbology cell phone detonator reference to botticelli based on bestseller blood pack female partner hagia sophia  (See All)

Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like The Take (2016)
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Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Subgenre:
black comedy martial arts independent film medical cyberpunk 
Themes:
home invasion redemption paranoia deception investigation escape fear betrayal money kidnapping murder death revenge friendship surrealism funeral cancer self sacrifice near death experience unlikely hero dying of cancer  (See All)
Mood:
car chase poetic justice 
Locations:
apartment restaurant bar new york city beach school swimming pool forest cemetery airplane nightclub airport woods wheelchair truck motel gas station laboratory school bus fire truck car fire  (See All)
Characters:
ex soldier security guard warrior hostage tattoo husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship doctor little girl single mother interracial relationship professor daughter biologist  (See All)
Period:
2010s near future 
Story:
anti hero car set on fire british actor playing american character camera phone no title at beginning lasersight title at the end aerial shot punched in the chest kicked in the stomach wristwatch revelation arson kicked in the face knocked out character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution one against many on the run shot in the leg double cross disarming someone no opening credits mixed martial arts ambulance ambush subjective camera car crash hand to hand combat held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending chase explosion photograph fight flashback violence bare chested male blood splatter kissing letter lie hallucination island revolver scientist survival flashlight assassin concert mansion basketball bridge widow diner toilet exploding car coffee training limousine widower person on fire product placement cover up scar laptop neck breaking premarital sex mercenary class differences newspaper headline single parent terminal illness identity bullet burned alive assassination attempt heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror fainting walkie talkie mad scientist one night stand faked death interracial friendship social commentary back from the dead presumed dead retirement reverse footage stealing a car pills old age italian american new orleans louisiana resurrection immortality alzheimer's disease flamethrower burned to death moral dilemma englishman abroad taser central park manhattan new york city pistol whip billionaire interracial marriage foreplay reference to albert einstein palm tree seizure fight the system top secret reference to google two way mirror high tech overturning car spitting blood private jet shot through a door car rollover house fire rich abandoned warehouse immolation tycoon science runs amok body swap rich man truck stop corporate executive flame thrower streetcar pendant st. louis missouri new identity repressed memory slash in title father daughter estrangement safe deposit box water tower video recording jazz band peanut butter physical therapy false memory stolen identity latin american secret laboratory shot in the ear woman wearing a thong soul transference inside the mind virtuality brain scan flipping car trippy taking a pill elderly man reference to wikipedia woman undressing for a man chauffeured limousine google search playing basketball body snatching hiding in a bathroom transhumanism googling for information experimental technology reference to steve jobs trash talk necklace yanked off train set mind transfer misrepresentation peanut allergy private island bulletproof window caribbean island slot car racing  (See All)

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The Nice Guys (2016)
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The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
buddy comedy conspiracy black comedy experimental film slapstick comedy corporate conspiracy 
Themes:
panic home invasion redemption paranoia brutality corruption deception investigation escape fear betrayal money murder revenge death friendship christmas politics torture drunkenness psychopath dysfunctional family sadism alcoholism courage near death experience unlikely hero  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir car chase 
Locations:
urban setting apartment elevator motorcycle bar hospital swimming pool forest hotel airplane los angeles california bathtub taxi airport woods wheelchair police car gas station car explosion fire truck car fire  (See All)
Characters:
action hero warrior tough guy hostage detective police father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship african american teenage girl dancer lawyer hitman alcoholic secretary daughter single father mermaid go go dancer self inflicted gunshot wound  (See All)
Period:
1970s 20th century year 1977 
Story:
gas mask anti hero threatened with a knife foot chase social decay man kills a woman shot through a window aerial shot punched in the chest mercilessness following someone kicked in the stomach falling down stairs revelation shot in the arm silencer shot in the shoulder kicked in the face baseball bat knocked out race against time beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution attempted murder protest danger shot in the forehead on the run bartender shot in the leg news report van double cross disarming someone ambulance ambush f word interrogation car crash held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character female full frontal nudity female frontal nudity female rear nudity female nudity blood fight violence flashback nudity bare breasts dog bare chested male cigarette smoking dancing party lesbian kiss three word title topless female nudity voice over narration high heels dream blood splatter watching tv bare butt falling from height sunglasses birthday hallucination reference to jesus christ revolver stripper telephone gay slur assassin california strangulation mansion diner toilet fish exploding car man with glasses nun dream sequence child in peril hit by a car birthday party underwater scene femme fatale cigar smoking coffee racial slur flash forward skinny dipping limousine prologue widower fantasy sequence pay phone undercover mistaken identity suitcase missing person cover up christmas tree street shootout bodyguard exploding body automobile witness suspicion profanity handgun newspaper headline single parent strong female character henchman private detective ak 47 machismo pornography shaving pot smoking hand grenade grenade assassination attempt reference to adolf hitler sociopath scene during opening credits walkie talkie overalls hollywood california nosebleed phone booth jumping from height social commentary thug stupidity barefoot crime scene pump action shotgun damsel in distress reverse footage switchblade stealing a car bravery cynicism hippie dual wield porn star falling to death title appears in writing aquarium cigarette lighter jumping through a window thrown through a window booby trap hot tub wisecrack humor pollution film producer disfigurement body landing on a car mustache note bowling broken arm ethnic slur misogyny sports car moral dilemma private investigator marijuana joint male objectification bribery porn magazine magic trick break in ex cop hiding in a closet car driving pistol whip exotic dancer blonde woman porn industry two man army quick draw disposing of a dead body film projector fish tank whodunit buddy cop female lawyer hired killer urban decay 13 year old costume party valet porn actress district attorney assistant bowling alley reluctant hero fall from height one liner business card offscreen killing pornographer hollywood sign macguffin sense of smell breaking a window palm tree corrupt politician altered version of studio logo prosecutor ashes mercedes benz fight the system drive by shooting contract killer decadence reading a newspaper corrupt official tragic past distrust radio news male in bathtub strangled to death tommy gun private eye reference to richard nixon hedonism child with gun arm sling unicorn government conspiracy body paint courthouse protestor card trick hidden gun child swearing child with a gun jumping out a window discovering a dead body corporate crime government corruption hit with a chair buddy movie cut arm englishwoman porn actor person in a car trunk female objectification penthouse brass knuckles left for dead projectionist filicide film reel peep show reference to sherlock holmes luger woman hits a man bowling ball protest sign enforcer afro hit with a car door falling into a swimming pool arm cast child driving a car falling down a hill falling off a balcony defenestration mother daughter estrangement newspaper ad reference to wonder woman man murders a woman collateral damage hiding in a car trunk killer bee porno shop suburbia eating an apple porno film twenty dollar bill yellow dress corporate corruption hit by a van wearing clothes in a bathtub car crashing into a tree rolling down a hill sucker punch dye falling through a glass roof smog falling on a car film canister writing on hand car show fifty dollar bill home aquarium automobile industry auto show dye pack burnt down house cut throat mermaid costume burbank california firing guns from both hands reference to pocahontas u.s. department of justice underage driver arm breaking in bathtub with clothes on self driving car falling asleep while driving man in a bathtub rolling downhill blue paint envelope of money playing solitaire chekhov's gun female prosecutor giant bee  (See All)

Salt (2010)
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Salt (2010)

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts suspense political thriller spy thriller 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception escape betrayal kidnapping revenge murder love friendship politics torture funeral 
Mood:
car chase archive footage 
Locations:
apartment elevator motorcycle helicopter church hospital new york city train hotel snow cemetery airplane bus nightclub taxi woods kitchen police car office russia jungle fire truck car motorcycle chase water torture car truck chase  (See All)
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage police officer police husband wife relationship female protagonist soldier priest hitman russian german police chase 
Period:
1970s 
Story:
cia agent female spy face mask anti hero foot chase flash grenade gas grenade text messaging media coverage bulletproof vest shot in the face chaos mexican standoff kicked in the stomach swat team head butt revelation subtitled scene cia espionage secret agent shot in the shoulder kicked in the face knocked out race against time fugitive electrocution attempted murder on the run news report double cross no opening credits subway ambulance disguise spy shot in the back handcuffs interrogation car crash bomb held at gunpoint arrest punched in the face shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun shot to death shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending chase explosion title spoken by character photograph female rear nudity fight violence flashback f rated character name in title one word title interview dog panties computer falling from height bathroom island manhattan new york city orphan flashlight assassin strangulation massacre woman montage stabbed to death coffin assassination training limousine author black panties fbi undercover product placement suitcase tank u.s. president scar american flag soviet union exploding body death of husband laptop neck breaking die hard scenario newspaper headline washington d.c. strong female character ak 47 cold war rope uzi grenade no panties assassination attempt hypodermic needle hat security camera spider jumping from height strong female lead orphanage action heroine white house female warrior barefoot target practice explosive intrigue impostor police officer shot scissors frame up stabbed in the leg jumping through a window thrown through a window panties pulled down black eye tied feet bruise ferry government agent smoke news reporter fire extinguisher secret service taser monastery spiral staircase traffic brooklyn bridge bunker traffic jam united states statue of liberty new york city suicide bomber chandelier tattooed woman stabbed in the shoulder metal detector two way mirror nuclear war open ended tied up while barefoot north korea motorcycle cop mole one woman army bagpipes improvised weapon new york skyline organ shot through a door vice president fingerprint army base elevator shaft kicking in a door assassination plot breaking a bottle over someone's head double agent knocked out with a gun butt wedding anniversary kennedy assassination thrown from a car nuclear weapon no ending nuclear threat falling through the floor hitwoman nypd nsa police officer knocked unconscious false teeth jumping off a bridge jumping from a car nato defector woman dressed as man gymnast hitting a woman friendly fire handcuffed woman washington monument actress playing male role contact lens abandoned ship assassination of president police officer kicked riverboat double identity brain scan post cold war russian spy toxin tanker truck jumping from a helicopter reference to jfk assassination choked to death bulletproof glass old friends reunited dying hair woman fights man assumed dead nsa agent intelligence officer counter intelligence walking on a ledge homemade explosive knife in shoe soviet spy woman hitting a man car off a bridge removing panties in public place shooting spree gun under a table river barge search for husband fake assassination russian president  (See All)

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy martial arts cult film superhero tragedy gothic horror 
Themes:
home invasion paranoia brutality corruption deception investigation hero escape fear betrayal murder death revenge surrealism torture gangster anger psychopath death of father obsession mafia insanity unrequited love near death experience regret  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir night darkness 
Locations:
rooftop chase rooftop urban setting apartment motorcycle helicopter restaurant hospital cemetery airplane police station ship sewer rooftop fight car truck chase 
Characters:
police detective action hero security guard warrior tough guy hostage detective police officer police father daughter relationship doctor serial killer nurse lawyer hitman ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship police chase mysterious villain mysterious killer  (See All)
Period:
1990s 
Story:
escape attempt anti hero foot chase gas grenade man fights a woman social decay hit with a baseball bat aerial shot punched in the chest mercilessness swat team kicked in the stomach head butt stylized violence revelation kicked in the face baseball bat character's point of view camera shot race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution attempted murder one against many on the run double cross one man army disarming someone false accusation mixed martial arts disguise ambush subjective camera criminal interrogation car crash hand to hand combat bomb held at gunpoint showdown mask brawl punched in the face rescue shotgun car accident machine gun fistfight corpse beating fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph flashback fight violence blood character name in title bare chested male kiss cigarette smoking party camera sword falling from height letter based on comic robot revolver fighting good versus evil survival assassin bound and gagged based on comic book mansion bridge nonlinear timeline underwater scene femme fatale cigar smoking marriage proposal necklace limousine organized crime binoculars based on tv series clown poison umbrella statue debt cover up evil man tough girl lightning opening action scene bodyguard injection loss of father vigilante newspaper headline henchman maniac crime boss eavesdropping fireplace destruction assassination attempt mass murder hypodermic needle gothic heavy rain mobster loss of loved one hammer exploding building villainess jumping from height parking garage black humor crushed to death masked man thug rampage pump action shotgun haunted by the past construction site hatred millionaire super villain kicked in the crotch mental hospital makeup butler amusement park dark hero dynamite jumping through a window booby trap sexy woman rainstorm wedding ring body landing on a car loner dark past tragic hero gadget laughing secret identity killing spree dc comics psychotic flat tire engagement ring mob boss bat englishman abroad goth spit in the face vigilantism double life skyscraper old flame billionaire based on cartoon hired killer urban decay vigilante justice offscreen killing retro ski mask female villain money laundering cruise ship fight the system cape heir star crossed lovers mafia boss orchestral music score overturning car alter ego embezzlement righteous rage claw corrupt official crime fighter exploding house tragic past masked hero masked villain theme park tommy gun scythe exploding airplane man hits a woman fair jujitsu socialite evil clown miscarriage of justice attempted robbery extreme close up masked superhero mob hit crime spree fictional city police commissioner tragic villain cityscape jumping from a rooftop world's fair gadgetry killer clown gadget car fairground origin of hero throwing star el train suitcase full of money shuriken masked vigilante corrupt businessman manor house man punches a woman purse snatcher super computer dark future anti villain limousine driver ocean liner spit take counterfeit forensic evidence flying man outrunning explosion enforcer clown makeup grappling hook keysi fighting method jet pack clown face oxygen tank evil laughter professional hit smoke grenade fighting in the air joker pyromaniac costumed hero wrongfully accused art deco toxin batmobile caped superhero futuristic aircraft gotham monorail one man crusade tooth knocked out making love archenemy wounded man personal vendetta councilor warner bros batcave abandoned amusement park batwing bat signal gliding disappear dc animated universe foot popping kiss metal hand strapless dress bat plane batman joker rocket pack  (See All)

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Ghost In The Shell (1995) is one of the best movies like The Take (2016)
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Ghost In The Shell (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts independent film cult film suspense dystopia cyberpunk adult animation tech noir 
Themes:
surveillance paranoia terrorism deception investigation escape death murder surrealism ghost politics philosophy near death experience artificial intelligence 
Mood:
neo noir anime car chase 
Locations:
apartment elevator motorcycle helicopter hotel airplane boat wheelchair japan laboratory 
Characters:
sniper rifle police shootout sniper warrior police officer police doctor female protagonist soldier police chase 
Period:
future 2020s 
Story:
surveillance footage female spy foot chase decoy woman fights a man abandoned building shot through a window tracking device punched in the chest kicked in the stomach swat team espionage secret agent manipulation kicked in the face character's point of view camera shot race against time fugitive internet mixed martial arts ambush subjective camera spy shot in the back criminal interrogation car crash hand to hand combat brawl gunfight punched in the face shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph female full frontal nudity female frontal nudity female rear nudity female nudity violence fight blood blonde computer battle bare butt based on comic robot revolver scientist based on comic book massacre bridge politician exploding car brunette underwater scene based on manga cover up tough girl full frontal female nudity tank policewoman mercenary severed arm full frontal nudity splatter topless woman uzi sabotage grenade assassination attempt jumping from height virtual reality butt mind control laser parking garage action heroine colonel social commentary android female warrior cyborg diving flood exploding head sexy woman hologram soul alternate reality yakuza pier police raid existentialism gadget ferry clone government agent brain gatling gun mannequin torso cut in half doppelganger invisibility hacker ex cop market police chief computer cracker major computer hacker hit by a truck offscreen killing topless girl political prisoner high tech watermelon female cop female police officer superhuman strength crime fighter garbage truck mind reading diplomat anti heroine science runs amok identity crisis lifting female in air helicopter pilot cityscape interpreter begins with text computer virus suit of armor defector blockade lifting a female into the air false memory cyberspace philosophical deliberate cruelty erased memory inside the mind virtuality robot as pathos diving suit half human animated nudity philosophical conversation secret government organization basset hound tough woman future shock diplomatic immunity open air market implanted memory infrared vision invisibility cloak synthetic human ghost in the machine human dignity cyberterrorism year 2029  (See All)

Tomorrowland (2015)
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Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts dystopia 
Themes:
home invasion surveillance redemption deception investigation escape fear betrayal death murder surrealism time travel faith hope apocalypse self sacrifice near death experience artificial intelligence space travel unlikely hero utopia  (See All)
Mood:
high school 
Locations:
elevator paris france motorcycle restaurant new york city beach swimming pool forest bathtub bus bicycle woods police station africa outer space laboratory fire truck two in a bathtub  (See All)
Characters:
security guard warrior father son relationship father daughter relationship doctor boy brother sister relationship teenage girl girl artist single father engineer self referential self healing 
Period:
1960s future 2010s seeing the future 
Story:
escape attempt foot chase hidden door bilingualism camera phone eiffel tower paris timebomb hit with a baseball bat lasersight title at the end aerial shot punched in the chest kicked in the stomach wristwatch helmet falling down stairs stylized violence arson kicked in the face knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time mission fugitive beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution danger on the run news report double cross no opening credits mixed martial arts ambulance ambush subjective camera interrogation car crash hand to hand combat bomb showdown brawl gunfight arrest punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the chest car accident fistfight corpse beating shootout cell phone fire surprise ending chase explosion title spoken by character photograph flashback violence fight one word title dog gun camera falling from height sunglasses robot classroom science kung fu scientist decapitation survival flashlight assassin montage weapon map nonlinear timeline severed head child in peril hit by a car spaceship police officer killed karate widower person on fire factory pay phone product placement long take bodyguard high school student exploding body mercenary severed arm freeze frame moon single parent strong female character pickup truck destiny sabotage flying assassination attempt heroine heavy rain told in flashback barn security camera walkie talkie mad scientist agent exploding building florida rebel jumping from height severed hand strong female lead laser end of the world fate crushed to death social commentary android apple female warrior cyborg camera shot of feet reverse footage flood stealing a car explosive cynicism inventor power outage title appears in writing swamp exile astronaut booby trap hologram alternate reality body landing on a car release from prison gadget juvenile delinquent teleportation laser gun firefighter southern accent nasa rocket torso cut in half close up of eyes translator giant robot barbed wire taser high school teacher tractor website super strength portal invention drone machine secret society roller coaster gramophone cornfield pocket watch crash landing workshop space shuttle reluctant hero fall from height baseball cap macguffin saving the world chewing gum altered version of studio logo humor designer badge high tech houston texas exploding house subterranean cut into pieces frenchman tsunami recluse nuclear explosion flashback within a flashback alternate dimension chosen one force field lifting person in air trespassing thrown from a car child prodigy earth viewed from space globe falling through the floor multiple time frames killer robot world's fair gadgetry mushroom cloud super speed hidden room secret passageway toy store video recording orb thrown through a windshield escape pod anti villain stopwatch subliminal message bomb squad electromagnetic pulse alternate world jet pack child driving a car time freeze robot as menace reference to thomas edison robot as pathos robot versus robot free fall hole in chest pin wheat field boy genius science fair optimist abandoned city reference to nikola tesla futuristic city teenage heroine fighting the system laser cutter magnetism monorail reference to the titanic future shock reference to george orwell child genius self destruct mechanism futuristic train reference to jules verne futuristic car hotwiring wet pants lock picking secret place new york world's fair 1964 1965 wire cutters based on theme park attraction tachyon altering the future reference to gustave eiffel  (See All)

Alex Cross (2012)
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Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
police brutality surveillance deception escape betrayal kidnapping murder revenge death rape prison pregnancy torture funeral psychopath death of mother grief death of wife police investigation murder of a police officer  (See All)
Locations:
rooftop restaurant police station abandoned factory 
Characters:
sniper rifle police detective police shootout ex soldier sniper security guard hostage detective tattoo police family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship brother sister relationship serial killer hitman police chase ex military  (See All)
Story:
black hero foot chase police captain tracking device lasersight punched in the chest swat team kicked in the stomach silencer shot in the shoulder race against time mission beaten to death no opening credits shot in the back interrogation car crash hand to hand combat bomb held at gunpoint showdown brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone pistol chase explosion title spoken by character violence fight flashback blood character name in title based on novel bondage two word title bare chested male falling from height piano assassin mansion exploding car assassination drawing police officer killed drug addict businessman locker room widower opening action scene bodyguard hairy chest laptop die hard scenario crime boss tied to a bed security camera psychologist parking garage rocket launcher rapist dead woman interracial friendship crime scene severed finger partner millionaire body landing on a car broken arm wilhelm scream playing piano newspaper clipping interrupted sex irish american detroit michigan computer cracker billionaire hired killer sawed off shotgun indonesia entrepreneur offscreen killing finger cut off kicked in the head contract killer female cop embezzlement some scenes in black and white woman in a bikini female prisoner firing squad off screen murder returning character with different actor policewoman killing hidden gun pregnant woman murdered el train cage fighting corrupt businessman ex special forces dead woman on bed police vigilantism chemist fragments of glass shot in the knee amazing grace hymn murder of a pregnant woman sonogram faking own death murder of a policewoman cage fight dead policewoman cowboy sex position shooting a woman rocket propelled grenade abandoned theater car showroom dying in someone's arms falling to one's death injected in neck cage fighter shooting a pregnant woman murder of a black woman dead woman wearing lingerie  (See All)

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts cult film suspense tragedy dystopia cyberpunk futuristic tech noir foreign language future noir 
Themes:
panic brutality deception investigation escape fear betrayal kidnapping death murder love pregnancy memory seduction supernatural power blindness philosophy technology artificial intelligence radiation death in childbirth  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir car chase 
Locations:
rooftop apartment restaurant bar snow los angeles california nightclub water wheelchair police station farm police car airplane shot down 
Characters:
police detective ex soldier hostage detective police officer police father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship boy prostitute little boy engineer ex policeman 
Period:
future near future 
Story:
final showdown threatened with a knife foot chase man fights a woman bilingualism woman fights a man police captain woman kills a man man kills a woman no title at beginning jukebox abandoned building tracking device aerial shot punched in the chest chaos mercilessness kicked in the stomach revelation subtitled scene shot in the arm kicked in the face character's point of view camera shot mission fugitive beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue danger shot in the forehead on the run disarming someone no opening credits mixed martial arts subjective camera shot in the back f word handcuffs interrogation car crash hand to hand combat held at gunpoint brawl gunfight punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout fire pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph female full frontal nudity female frontal nudity female rear nudity female nudity blood fight flashback violence nudity number in title bare breasts sequel threesome male frontal nudity dog gun sex scene kiss cigarette smoking dancing three word title shower topless female nudity crying dream digit in title blood splatter camera falling from height second part dead body piano fighting menage a trois old man california strangulation throat slitting stabbed to death stabbed in the chest exploding car birthday party underwater scene police officer killed drowning flash forward tree binoculars stabbed in the back mini skirt umbrella product placement statue cover up full frontal female nudity opening action scene skeleton farmer female full rear nudity tragic event exploding body premarital sex character says i love you flower profanity las vegas nevada love interest casino chainsaw year in title birthday cake missile identity electronic music score heavy rain looking at oneself in a mirror listening to music beard crying woman skull faked death orphanage crying man social commentary cannon whiskey flood fight to the death resistance inventor stabbed in the leg death of protagonist disembowelment sexy woman pollution hologram bounty hunter pier blind man war veteran lieutenant existentialism bruise dead mother sequel to cult favorite clone holding hands main character dies rocket full frontal male nudity reference to elvis presley saving a life ex cop hit in the face junkyard female fighter head wound super strength name calling looking out a window very little dialogue drone stabbed in the arm call girl billboard retirement home art film film starts with text crash landing genetic engineering macguffin eyeball short skirt altered version of studio logo fight the system designer microscope san diego california high tech maggot female cop female police officer reference to marilyn monroe genetics tragic past hiding place garbage truck tragic ending cloning psychotronic film ceo freedom fighter house fire resistance fighter close up of eye neo western man with no name police siren trenchcoat lapd tear on cheek ballet dancer shoulder holster policewoman killing child labor cityscape deoxyribonucleic acid megacorporation begins with text bloody face blue hair father daughter reunion woman punches a man reference to frank sinatra las vegas shot through a wall flying car miniskirt man punches a woman super computer origami dark future wood carving canine albino forensic evidence stabbed in the belly building on fire scavenger beehive eye candy henchwoman leg night cityscape walking in the rain slave labor audio flashback broken back implant old people's home male in a shower neon light space western computer screen year 1966 2040s hand bandage first film woman murders a man reference to liberace blowing out candles on a birthday cake noodles reflection in water abandoned hotel dark glasses public address system suspended cop arm wound man murders a woman breaking through a wall male female fight windshield wiper future shock woman wearing a miniskirt replicant implanted memory aerial bombardment two women one man retired cop woman wearing a micro mini skirt blowing a whistle award winner child slavery immune system toy horse blade runner hit with a gun actor reprises previous role sitting on steps distorted sound gun pointed at head roulette wheel year 2020 dead tree opening credits full female nudity carving into tree bark female police captain flashback montage memory implant micro mini skirt voice message bald child hall of records serial number man's best friend common law page torn from a book sex for money surveillance drone waste dump big knife hunter and the hunted reference to vladimir nabokov shepard tone  (See All)

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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:
conspiracy martial arts suspense tech noir cyber thriller 
Themes:
surveillance terrorism deception investigation betrayal murder death prison blackmail technology murder of a police officer chinese military 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
apartment helicopter restaurant bar hotel airplane los angeles california nightclub desert taxi airport china car explosion 
Characters:
police shootout american abroad police boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship soldier interracial relationship chinese engineer 
Story:
terrorist plot anti hero foot chase flash drive police inspector tracking device bulletproof vest assault rifle parade swat team subtitled scene shot in the arm shot in the shoulder bank race against time fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue one against many shot in the forehead on the run news report no opening credits subway mixed martial arts terrorist ambush shot in the back car crash hand to hand combat held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character fight one word title bare chested male interracial sex computer flashlight assassin death of friend bridge stabbed to death prisoner stabbed in the chest exploding car hit by a car police officer killed binoculars fbi death of brother bodyguard laptop mercenary ex convict ak 47 disaster uzi captain sabotage hong kong security camera fbi agent parking garage interracial friendship crime scene prison guard stabbed in the throat police officer shot stabbed in the head knife fight e mail police raid release from prison rpg shot multiple times desert eagle bazooka harbor hacker interracial kiss pharmacy computer hacker unsubtitled foreign language speedboat stabbed in the face private jet breaking a bottle over someone's head wiretapping cat and mouse earth viewed from space landmine computer virus hit with a chair nuclear power plant nsa malaysia u.s. marshal hazmat suit reference to 9 11 abandoned ship police officer stabbed stock exchange stabbed with a screwdriver nsa agent jakarta indonesia meltdown cybercrime nuclear radiation tin cyber terrorist cyber terrorism koreatown  (See All)

Now You See Me 2 (2016)
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Now You See Me 2 (2016)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. (Read More)

Subgenre:
heist conspiracy black comedy martial arts suspense caper 
Themes:
surveillance corruption deception investigation escape betrayal kidnapping revenge prison magic anger death of father technology near death experience prison escape 
Mood:
ambiguous ending 
Locations:
rooftop apartment elevator motorcycle restaurant bar new york city airplane london england kitchen police car ship truck laboratory tunnel singing in a car chinese restaurant motorcycle accident  (See All)
Characters:
american abroad security guard thief hostage father son relationship chinese escape artist 
Period:
1980s 2010s year 1984 
Story:
escape attempt hidden door villain arrested bilingualism camcorder street market wallet pickpocket media coverage aerial shot punched in the chest wristwatch falling down stairs revelation subtitled scene manipulation knocked out character's point of view camera shot race against time mission fugitive attempted murder on the run news report van double cross no opening credits subway mixed martial arts disguise ambush subjective camera handcuffs hand to hand combat held at gunpoint brawl arrest punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shotgun fistfight cell phone fire pistol surprise ending knife explosion photograph flashback fight number in title sequel telephone call digit in title sunglasses second part telephone reporter decapitation bra mansion montage bridge prisoner map underwater scene drowning flash forward limousine library prologue fbi person on fire champagne umbrella actor playing multiple roles bodyguard disappearance loss of father fireworks casino henchman sabotage heavy rain sociopath magician walkie talkie fbi agent beard impersonation chef severed hand new year's eve faked death mind control social commentary presumed dead reverse footage haunted by the past prison guard flood new jersey hatred impostor power outage hypnosis safe black eye banana secret identity pigeon newspaper clipping southern accent englishman abroad desert eagle magic trick spiral staircase secret society reference to the beatles young version of character fish tank cheering crowd twin brother street fight macguffin hypnotism meat cleaver chewing gum fight the system teamwork microscope metal detector high tech open ended englishman sushi comeback tragic past jailbreak trapdoor mole private jet improvised weapon ceo expose dove guillotine tarot card card trick illegitimate son strobe light reference to the rolling stones big ben london fire breathing illusionist microchip criminal mastermind penthouse motorcycle stunt corrupt businessman nunchucks exploding motorcycle motorcycle crash observatory motorcycle riding stopwatch fake blood walking in the rain playing card switch hit with a car door south african cargo ship reference to robin hood invasion of privacy hypnotist prodigy sprinkler system reference to the wizard of oz man wearing a tuxedo london eye gong trip wire tower bridge london macau street magician toasting with a drink london bus electric knife submerged alliteration disappearing act magic shop rain machine joker card man wearing a white suit pork pie hat card sailing  (See All)

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The Gunman (2015)
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The Gunman (2015)

A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically incapacitated by a type of accumulated and evolving physical brain damage caused by the hard knocks of his occupation. Unexpectedly, given the time that has elapsed, his reconnection to his old assassination team exposes additional intrigues with immediate deadly consequences. All of his years spent in hiding, have merely delayed the twisted end game that now enfolds. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts independent film 
Themes:
home invasion surveillance redemption paranoia brutality corruption deception betrayal kidnapping murder death revenge friendship infidelity drunkenness funeral mental illness  (See All)
Locations:
apartment restaurant bar hospital beach hotel cemetery london england village africa jungle 
Characters:
sniper rifle ex soldier american abroad sniper tough guy hostage tattoo husband wife relationship boyfriend girlfriend relationship doctor hitman ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship 
Period:
year 2006 year 2014 
Story:
anti hero bar fight threatened with a knife foot chase camera phone shot in the throat bag over head shot through a window media coverage bulletproof vest assault rifle chaos press conference falling down stairs subtitled scene silencer kicked in the face character's point of view camera shot mission one against many on the run shot in the leg news report one man army disarming someone ambush subjective camera shot in the back f word hand to hand combat held at gunpoint brawl arrest punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout fire pistol knife explosion photograph blood flashback violence based on novel male rear nudity two word title bare chested male kiss cigarette smoking blood splatter horse sunglasses assassin mansion death of friend impalement stabbed to death politician stabbed in the chest exploding car assassination police officer killed person on fire cover up bodyguard death of husband neck breaking premarital sex mercenary love interest kissing while having sex pub henchman civil war grenade hypodermic needle machete shot in the stomach scene during opening credits barn security camera rebel surfing animal attack damsel in distress haunted by the past stealing a car dual wield stabbed in the throat kicked in the crotch post traumatic stress disorder aquarium cigarette lighter stabbed in the leg booby trap knife fight eye gouging broken arm ranch war crime male in shower female assassin memory loss englishman abroad stabbed in the hand notebook pistol whip spiral staircase night vision stabbed in the arm well head bashed in head injury bull surfboard stable shot in the hand hit with a shovel newscast carousel barcelona spain cockney accent bulldozer pool hall landmine bullfighting corporate crime interpol humanitarian fairground ex special forces krav maga wine cellar man punches a woman black ops blood vomiting brain scan geopolitics machine pistol bullring gibraltar war buddy hit squad democratic republic of the congo  (See All)

The Losers (2010)
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The Losers (2010)

A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts 
Themes:
terrorism deception betrayal money murder revenge pregnancy torture military robbery theft death of father 
Locations:
rooftop elevator motorcycle helicopter bar hospital beach swimming pool hotel cemetery airplane los angeles california bus airport ship motel ocean jungle yacht school bus new mexico  (See All)
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper security guard tattoo husband wife relationship soldier secretary canadian driver pregnant wife 
Story:
terrorist plot gas mask threatened with a knife gas grenade flash drive rogue agent timebomb shot through a window tracking device media coverage lasersight shot in the face hit in the crotch mexican standoff teddy bear kicked in the stomach swat team wristwatch head butt cia shot in the arm silencer kicked in the face mission fugitive electrocution double cross no opening credits disguise ambush handcuffs interrogation car crash held at gunpoint punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun shootout cell phone fire pistol surprise ending knife explosion title spoken by character photograph blood two word title bare chested male interracial sex mirror computer bikini falling from height based on comic sunglasses island revolver river based on comic book strangulation exploding car man with glasses coffin child in peril pilot hotel room binoculars champagne umbrella product placement suitcase evil man death of child scene during end credits scar american flag bodyguard glasses laptop premarital sex tied up mercenary child murder freeze frame henchman ak 47 flirting surgery missile traitor card game sabotage wound heavy rain tape recorder sociopath cowboy hat walkie talkie toy exploding building jumping from height faked death rocket launcher colonel indian presumed dead whiskey explosive u.s. army crossbow gash in the face punched in the stomach dark humor death threat falling to death miami florida special forces eye gouging disfigurement gasoline lens flare duct tape dead boy dc comics burned to death exploding helicopter drug lord rocket dead girl shot in the neck spit in the face female fighter dead children arms dealer computer cracker world domination megalomaniac stabbed in the arm interracial kiss fighter jet based on graphic novel man punching a woman kicked in the head money laundering hijacking teamwork mumbai india woman shot shot through a door exploding airplane abandoned warehouse pentagon breaking a bottle over someone's head finger gun knocked out with a gun butt fake accent hummer hacking bullet proof vest street vendor nuclear weapon glove puerto rico child killed megacorporation money falling through the air woman punching a man bolivia detonator hit with a chair surprise during end credits dog tag stun gun covert operation armored truck docks tv set husband wife reunion hot dog stand motorcycle stunt niece ipod exploding motorcycle soccer team exploding plane tear gas black ops tranquilizer dart fragments of glass burning money shipping container headset suicide mission outrunning explosion latin american cockfight boy killed soccer game night vision binoculars closing credits sequence indecent exposure taco changing clothes reference to godzilla tranquilizer gun diversion vertigo comics helicopter shot down falling through a rooftop window girl killed 50 calibre machine gun bobble head doll toy factory thrown from a rooftop throwing a bottle hard drive facial piercing weapons testing child bombed taco stand doll factory electromagnet go fish grapple reference to macgyver robinson r44 raven helicopter sucked into jet engine american muscle chicken fight hiding in a coffin skip motion  (See All)

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like The Take (2016)
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The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts suspense medical 
Themes:
home invasion surveillance paranoia corruption deception investigation hero escape betrayal money murder death infidelity drunkenness robbery psychopath drug use guilt abduction greed death of wife murder of a police officer prison escape escape from prison  (See All)
Mood:
rain car chase night 
Locations:
rooftop elevator helicopter hospital train forest hotel snow small town bus police station police car lake chicago illinois usa tunnel sewer bus accident prison bus police helicopter train explosion  (See All)
Characters:
police detective action hero tough guy thief hostage police husband wife relationship doctor serial killer nurse psychiatrist sheriff police shooting 
Period:
1990s winter 
Story:
subway station threatened with a knife foot chase hit in the crotch parade press conference kicked in the stomach falling down stairs corrupt cop race against time fugitive beaten to death attempted murder on the run van double cross disarming someone false accusation subway ambulance disguise shot in the back handcuffs held at gunpoint showdown brawl gunfight arrest punched in the face slow motion scene shotgun shot in the chest fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout fire pistol surprise ending chase explosion title spoken by character photograph flashback fight blood bare chested male cigarette smoking dream blood splatter remake computer falling from height jail revolver newspaper assassin drug dealer bridge weapon judge police officer killed cigar smoking hotel room based on tv series pay phone undercover mistaken identity cover up ring court scar speech injection automobile basement suspicion semiautomatic pistol ex convict street beer drinking tape recorder walkie talkie loss of loved one blockbuster jumping from height compassion mechanic janitor prison guard manhunt punched in the stomach headphones medication black and white scene award blood on shirt convict tough cop snowing police raid surgeon reckless driving framed for murder news reporter bribery hit and run laundry needle taser telephone booth computer cracker glock x ray climbing through a window escaped convict knocked unconscious head bashed in stakeout death row dam drugged scene of the crime convention death penalty marching band wrongful conviction walking seizure microscope cop killer illinois based on tv show mugshot hitchcockian overhead camera shot garbage truck neck brace knocked out with a gun butt miscarriage of justice log ballroom hostage situation federal agent red herring sitting hit by a train falling off a roof foot pursuit hit with a chair el train hostility u.s. marshal prosthetic limb railroad crossing photo booth blockade reception fake id skyline train crash pharmaceutical company searchlight exploding bus one armed man planting evidence sentenced to death wet jeans handcuffed to a pipe police department reference to peter pan control room escapee chain link fence police escort escape from custody sound recording office work storm drain panhandling bulletproof glass prosthetic arm hiding in a bathroom prosthetic body part hit with a metal pipe falling through a rooftop window flip book st. patrick's day arm amputation falling through a glass roof organism running into a tree tracing a telephone call corrupt lawyer falling down a shaft prosthesis application form beneficiary knocked down stairs making a scene husband suspected of murdering his wife renting a room sanitation sound recorder radiology computer database emergency brake x ray image elevated train hiding in plain sight husband suspected of killing his wife kicking in a window listening to a tape recording orange peel chicago skyline crash victim picture of suspect  (See All)

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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:
conspiracy black comedy suspense hostage drama 
Themes:
panic surveillance paranoia terrorism corruption deception escape fear money kidnapping death revenge pregnancy anger 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
apartment elevator helicopter bar hospital new york city airplane police car office 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper security guard hostage police boyfriend girlfriend relationship truck driver actor director pregnant girlfriend hostage taking 
Period:
2010s 21st century 
Story:
escape attempt british actor playing american character disobeying orders revolving door police captain camcorder text messaging media coverage bulletproof vest evacuation shield swat team helmet revelation subtitled scene race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue danger news report van no opening credits internet f word bomb held at gunpoint shot in the chest machine gun shot to death cell phone pistol surprise ending title spoken by character interview gun kiss title directed by female urination sex standing up reporter flashlight woman toilet limousine businessman actor shares first name with character gym laptop die hard scenario class differences newspaper headline garage strong female character eavesdropping walkie talkie fraud desperation irish strong female lead social commentary tension italian american backstage death threat title appears in writing e mail one day mine dressing room corporation female director capitalism bribery hacker standoff cameraman computer hacker union bankruptcy fight the system hijacking tv studio designer filmed killing miner high tech private jet delivery man ceo real time hostage situation hostile takeover finance stock market viagra boxing gloves tv host public relations detonator nypd investment tv producer corrupt businessman fictional tv show anti villain headset investor google strapped to a bomb air vent negotiator big business shot in the heart woman director escalation wall street johannesburg south africa hostage negotiator reykjavik iceland reference to o.j. simpson seoul korea television host tv monitor tv cameraman chinese takeout voice changer teleprompter ear piece miners strike opening credits union leader shareholder wire cutters dead man switch reference to rocky balboa fake bomb high finance stock fraud fictional tv network  (See All)

Sneakers (1992)
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Sneakers (1992)

Martin Bishop is the head of a group of experts who specialise in testing security systems. When he is blackmailed by Government agents into stealing a top secret black box, the team find themselves embroiled in a game of danger and intrigue. After they recover the box, they discover that it has the capability to decode all existing encryption systems around the world, and that the agents who hired them didn't work for the Government after all... (Read More)

Subgenre:
heist conspiracy black comedy cult film suspense caper heist movie 
Themes:
panic home invasion surveillance redemption paranoia corruption deception escape fear betrayal money kidnapping revenge murder friendship christmas drunkenness dance voyeurism seduction extramarital affair execution blindness technology  (See All)
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
rooftop apartment elevator restaurant bar swimming pool snow kitchen office russia san francisco california tunnel chinese restaurant 
Characters:
security guard hostage police husband wife relationship professor russian homeless man japanese american computer dating former best friend 
Period:
1990s 1960s year 1969 
Story:
bank vault final showdown anti hero money transfer british actor playing american character rogue agent camcorder bag over head stealing bank knocked out race against time fugitive attempted murder danger on the run shot in the leg news report van double cross disguise ambush spy interrogation car crash held at gunpoint showdown arrest written by director rescue shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun shot to death pistol surprise ending chase knife flashback one word title dog dancing party watching tv computer kissing sunglasses piano voyeur revolver telephone flashlight montage bridge man with glasses racial slur flash forward limousine organized crime binoculars prologue fbi product placement cover up christmas tree college student convertible bodyguard injection laptop suspicion ex convict newspaper headline henchman pizza eavesdropping answering machine sabotage breaking and entering hypodermic needle heavy rain tape recorder sociopath scene during opening credits security camera walkie talkie fbi agent videotape blockbuster faked death social commentary presumed dead trapped construction site cynicism backpack intrigue burglary impostor frame up police raid blind man lens flare sports car framed for murder video surveillance magic trick break in hacker pistol whip fake identity stairway alarm beggar computer cracker world domination mathematics intelligence trash megalomaniac old flame fish tank ponytail security body in a trunk computer hacker purse embassy foreplay ambassador baseball cap blizzard business card office worker macguffin pond fight the system top secret teamwork high tech camouflage orchestral music score overturning car password golden gate bridge new world order wanted poster elevator shaft scrabble delivery boy knocked out with a gun butt wiretapping phonograph cat and mouse 555 phone number microchip nsa conspiracy theorist suitcase full of money ultrasound manor house safe deposit box secrecy super computer mathematician piano teacher planning wearing a sound wire source music geese karaoke bar body in trunk recruiting license plate air duct master of disguise braille post cold war air conditioner string quartet ex cia agent d box motion code driving in reverse man with a ponytail crawlspace cryptography winnebago anagram temperature friend turned foe partners demand nsa agent video manipulation black box electronics expert toy factory encryption coin trick motion sensor classical concert computer fraud greased back hair key card leitmotif blind driver helium inhalation security expert mathematical genius cryptographer  (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:
conspiracy black comedy suspense 
Themes:
surveillance brutality corruption deception investigation escape fear betrayal kidnapping murder death suicide infidelity drugs politics adultery torture funeral military extramarital affair drug use unfaithfulness illness abuse abduction dying  (See All)
Mood:
rain neo noir 
Locations:
helicopter restaurant bar beach forest airplane boat nightclub london england taxi airport woods gas station taxi driver brothel fishing boat  (See All)
Characters:
action hero sniper tough guy hostage father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship african american boyfriend girlfriend relationship prostitute teacher soldier student teacher student relationship professor australian older man younger woman relationship russian ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship first daughter  (See All)
Story:
anti hero threatened with a knife foot chase impersonating a police officer shot through a window tracking device media coverage bulletproof vest assault rifle following someone cia espionage secret agent wig race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run bartender news report double cross one man army no opening credits spy shot in the back f word interrogation car crash brawl gunfight punched in the face rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death beating shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending chase knife title spoken by character photograph female nudity blood violence fight one word title bare chested male gun cigarette smoking telephone call mirror blonde face slap letter shooting book rifle sunglasses running reporter gay slur flashlight assassin mansion stabbing throat slitting cocaine politician police officer killed racial slur gunshot confession stalker binoculars key locker room fbi pay phone undercover product placement storytelling cover up college student u.s. president scar pursuit election mercenary newspaper headline black american tv news looking at oneself in a mirror barn american football sergeant faked death colonel presumed dead haircut pump action shotgun stealing a car surveillance camera breakup u.s. army construction site intrigue stabbed in the throat boston massachusetts stabbed in the neck punched in the stomach convenience store special forces commando undercover agent convict wedding ring broken arm female reporter stadium rescue mission ethnic slur government agent political corruption being followed news reporter female soldier video surveillance secret service shot in the neck woman crying head wound sex slave marine earring tv reporter cameraman commando unit pharmacy death row beach house kidnapper mailbox dna israeli scarecrow top secret surrogate mother code first lady newscast repeated line some scenes in black and white airfield white slavery military training vending machine woman smoker female bartender private jet u.s. marine corps army base throat cut swedish brothel madam sign sex trafficking arabic dog tag secret service agent pager screwdriver hangar black ops dubai bordello football stadium sex slavery uh 1 huey helicopter shipping container special agent fake blood sex trade bell 206 jet ranger helicopter harvard special ops abductor prisoner transport woman undressing for a man rolling a cigarette backhand slap former spy u.s. coast guard delta force piccadilly circus london rehabilitation center martha's vineyard arm in a sling security breach punched in the belly cargo container homing device dying one's hair dubai united arab emirates president's daughter  (See All)

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The Bourne Identity (2002)

Based very loosely on Robert Ludlum's novel, the Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as a Swiss bank account, the number of which is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is - and why he is being hunted. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts political thriller 
Themes:
surveillance escape money murder suicide amnesia 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
apartment paris france train hotel snow yacht fishing boat 
Characters:
sniper rifle action hero american abroad sniper tough guy police chase talking to oneself in a mirror 
Story:
cia agent foot chase eiffel tower paris shot through a window passport head butt falling down stairs subtitled scene cia secret agent shot in the arm silencer bank fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue attempted murder one against many shot in the forehead on the run shot in the leg one man army no opening credits spy shot in the back car crash hand to hand combat held at gunpoint gunfight punched in the face shot in the chest machine gun fistfight corpse shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending explosion flashback character name in title based on novel bare chested male three word title falling from height assassin bridge assassination first of series pay phone christmas tree bodyguard die hard scenario first part rome italy morgue blockbuster parking garage broken leg haircut bloody nose surveillance camera manhunt gunshot wound greece falling to death stabbed in the leg jumping through a window undercover agent dark past broken arm memory loss stabbed in the hand greek locker stabbed in the arm double barreled shotgun landlady bullet wound sleeping in a car hamburg germany barcelona spain alps vineyard fingerprint wanted poster secret past political assassination punched in the crotch safe deposit box roma safe house motorcycle crash mediterranean sea black ops hotel lobby fake id seine river concierge punched in the nose bank account zurich switzerland irishman u.s. embassy langley virginia one man crusade mini cooper stabbed with a pen multiple identities facade tgv driving in the wrong direction fugitive sex brainwashed assassin falling through a staircase helicopter shot memory games swiss bank driving on the sidewalk distrust of government railcar strongbox hotel bill sleeping on park bench shot in forehead driving against traffic  (See All)

Safe House (2012)
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Safe House (2012)

Matt Weston ('Ryan Reynolds (I)' (qv)) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost ('Denzel Washington' (qv)) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
corruption escape betrayal murder death torture murder of a police officer 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
paris france africa car explosion car bomb shootout at a train station fight in car 
Characters:
sniper rifle police shootout american abroad sniper tough guy boyfriend girlfriend relationship french shooting a police officer 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
cia agent final showdown foot chase decoy rogue agent impersonating a police officer eiffel tower paris bag over head shot through a window assault rifle subtitled scene cia silencer shot in the shoulder character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the forehead on the run news report tied to a chair mixed martial arts shot in the back interrogation car crash hand to hand combat gunfight shot in the chest fistfight shot to death shootout pistol title spoken by character flashback two word title bare chested male kiss blood splatter strangulation exploding car person on fire street shootout pursuit neck breaking die hard scenario character says i love you traitor shot in the stomach stabbed in the stomach railway station south africa fight to the death stabbed in the leg thrown through a window body landing on a car location in title main character dies treason forgery bmw main character shot last stand microchip african american protagonist safe house pokies shot in the side football stadium falling through a window person in car trunk keysi fighting method waterboarding two in a shower soccer game soccer stadium file information leak mi6 cape town south africa langley virginia stabbed with glass locked in a car trunk consulate american embassy lights suddenly go out political demonstration handcuffed man stabbed with a glass shard reference to the hardy boys crooked agent  (See All)

The Negotiator (1998)
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The Negotiator (1998)

In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy suspense tragedy 
Themes:
police corruption police brutality corruption deception fear betrayal money kidnapping revenge murder death friendship marriage funeral murder of a police officer 
Mood:
rain neo noir 
Locations:
urban setting helicopter bar police station chicago illinois 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper hostage police officer police husband wife relationship policeman secretary shooting a police officer police funeral police sniper 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
wrongful arrest media coverage lasersight bulletproof vest swat team revelation corrupt cop shot in the arm news report double cross false accusation f word handcuffs interrogation held at gunpoint gunfight slow motion scene rescue shotgun shot in the chest machine gun shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character violence dog gun blood splatter face slap computer assassination police officer killed fbi tent cover up die hard scenario hand grenade shot in the stomach fbi agent psychology desperation presumed dead innocence misunderstanding frame up tough cop framed for murder standoff informant mind game embezzlement black cop crooked cop wiretapping hostile takeover rescue attempt pager swat reference to friedrich nietzsche lie detector pension kidnapper kidnapped relationship negotiator battle of wits hostage negotiator death of cast member peacemaker chicago police proving innocence  (See All)

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Scream 2 (1997)
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Scream 2 (1997)

Two years after the events of Scream, Sidney Prescott and Randy are attending Windsor college. They are trying to get on with their lives...Until a new Ghostface killing spree begins. With the help of Dewey and Gale, Sidney must find out who's behind the murders. As the body count goes up, the list of suspects goes down. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy cult film suspense post modern slasher flick teen movie teen horror horror spoof 
Themes:
paranoia deception investigation escape fear betrayal murder death revenge love drunkenness voyeurism psychopath insanity sadism theatre murder of a police officer near death experience  (See All)
Mood:
gore satire slasher 
Locations:
hospital bicycle police station police car fire truck 
Characters:
police detective hostage detective police officer police teenager boyfriend girlfriend relationship female protagonist serial killer killer ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship self referential 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
escape attempt threatened with a knife foot chase climbing out a window shot in the throat woman kills a man man kills a woman media coverage evacuation mercilessness press conference falling down stairs shot in the arm kicked in the face knocked out character repeating someone else's dialogue attempted murder shot in the forehead shot in the leg news report van double cross disarming someone no opening credits false accusation internet ambulance ambush f word car crash held at gunpoint showdown mask brawl punched in the face slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident shot to death corpse beating cell phone pistol surprise ending chase knife blood violence f rated number in title sequel interview bare chested male kiss cigarette smoking singing party digit in title blood splatter urination face slap watching tv computer sunglasses second part college hallucination voyeur television telephone reporter good versus evil survival gay slur bedroom flashlight journalist axe video camera stabbing death of friend throat slitting impalement stabbed to death stabbed in the chest hit by a car police officer killed necklace racial slur library author stalker microphone stabbed in the back costume screaming attack pay phone product placement statue cover up college student lightning prank scar bodyguard stalking film within a film isolation suspicion stage character says i love you bare chested male bondage cult director strong female character pizza twenty something eavesdropping tv news heroine shot in the stomach fame catfight survivor group of friends stabbed in the stomach crucifix movie theater villainess videotape blockbuster rehearsal strong female lead interracial friendship crushed to death social commentary masked man presumed dead female warrior duct tape over mouth crime scene cameo haunted by the past construction site stabbed in the throat falling to death stabbed in the head e mail lens flare female reporter play characters killed one by one ethnic slur sequel to cult favorite killing spree masked killer close up of eyes englishman abroad intimidation news reporter director cameo returning character killed off ex cop hiding in a closet ohio cafeteria fake identity police chief female psychopath popcorn whodunit cameraman fraternity sorority business card offscreen killing female villain death of boyfriend stabbed in the shoulder college campus stabbed in the face tragic past reference to star wars limp woman slaps a man famous line stupid victim villain not really dead cliche vcr thrown from a car 555 phone number red herring female journalist sitting film school woman punching a man mystery killer generation x cult figure cut arm film student mob of reporters broken hand accomplice reference to charles manson thrown from height death by impalement auditorium stab wound threatening telephone call thrown through a glass door instant messaging prank call sorority house reference to quentin tarantino reference to o.j. simpson phone terror stabbed in the ear reference to jeffrey dahmer reference to ted bundy telephone terror theater director copycat valley girl metafiction thrown off a balcony tv cameraman voice changer reference to kevin costner reference to the godfather fake knife mise en abyme reference to jennifer aniston reference to kevin bacon reference to the terminator breaking bottle over head copycat killer reference to sandra bullock talking during a movie woman kills a woman falling off a stage sorority party sorority sister film geek reference to james cameron soundproof room impaled by pipe stage director  (See All)

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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Bourne is once again brought out of hiding, this time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar--an upgrade to Project Treadstone--in a series of newspaper columns. Bourne sets up a meeting with Ross and realizes instantly they're being scanned. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past whilst dodging The Company's best efforts in trying to eradicate him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance corruption hero torture memory 
Locations:
rooftop chase rooftop paris france motorcycle new york city london england russia 
Characters:
sniper rifle action hero sniper warrior tough guy 
Period:
2000s 
Story:
cia agent foot chase villain arrested pickpocket revelation cia espionage silencer kicked in the face one against many shot in the forehead one man army disarming someone no opening credits mixed martial arts spy car crash hand to hand combat bomb showdown brawl gunfight shot in the chest car accident machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase violence blood flashback character name in title based on novel sequel three word title falling from height book newspaper assassin new york strangulation exploding car assassination hit by a car third part drowning opening action scene american flag pursuit die hard scenario semiautomatic pistol wound loss of loved one blockbuster surveillance camera manhunt jumping through a window handheld camera dark past moscow russia alarm parkour gun held to head morocco crashing through a window madrid spain orchestral music score consciousness jumping into water spy hero hoodie hacking secret past motor scooter foot pursuit jumping from a rooftop dog tag passenger train mercedes double decker bus hidden truth scapegoat code name jumping from a window fax jumping from a train public address system langley virginia one man crusade jumping off a balcony computer cracking jumping between buildings score employs electronic instruments safecracking tangier morocco chase on the roof driving backwards roof chase memory games stolen vehicle alternate identity mozambique drill disobey distrust of government hotwire echelon hooded victim security leak  (See All)

Solace (2015)
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Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Special Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film suspense supernatural 
Themes:
home invasion paranoia brutality deception investigation fear murder death friendship funeral death of father supernatural power cancer death of daughter murder of daughter 
Mood:
gore neo noir car chase 
Locations:
apartment elevator church bar hospital train hotel car bathtub taxi 
Characters:
police officer police husband wife relationship homosexual father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship doctor serial killer christian mysterious killer police dog 
Period:
seeing the future 
Story:
anti hero foot chase lasersight bulletproof vest assault rifle mexican standoff swat team shot in the shoulder race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue shot in the forehead shot in the leg no opening credits subway ambush shot in the back f word handcuffs car crash held at gunpoint showdown gunfight slow motion scene rescue shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest car accident machine gun shot to death corpse shootout cell phone pistol surprise ending chase knife female frontal nudity female rear nudity female nudity flashback blood violence one word title bare breasts dog gun topless female nudity blood splatter bare butt letter revolver death of friend police officer killed latex gloves fbi poison death of child tough girl scar death of husband psychic newspaper headline child murder terminal illness wolf bullet heavy rain sociopath walkie talkie fbi agent psychologist driving a car crime scene haunted by the past stealing a car vision police officer shot dark hero autopsy note police raid dark past tragic hero nude woman murdered moral dilemma bullet time drugged drink close up of eyes blood on camera lens shot in the neck police officer shot in the chest euthanasia whodunit film starts with text hiv premonition mercy killing leukemia psychic power two way mirror overturning car tragic past prophet mind reading clairvoyant police officer shot in the head brain tumor red herring coming out of retirement hot dog stand fax machine telling a joke troubled production hand gun shot in the ear toxin vision of the future dead daughter child cancer projector female psychologist child with cancer divination predicting the future altering the future child with leukemia diviner  (See All)

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The Guest (2014)
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The Guest (2014)

Subgenre:
black comedy independent film suspense 
Themes:
deception betrayal murder revenge death friendship psychopath death of father death of mother blackmail grief bullying 
Mood:
high school car chase 
Locations:
restaurant bar small town rural setting farm fire truck 
Characters:
ex soldier tough guy family relationships husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship father daughter relationship teenager mother daughter relationship african american boyfriend girlfriend relationship brother sister relationship teenage boy bully waitress military police  (See All)
Story:
bar fight british actor playing american character shot through a window title at the end assault rifle following someone shot in the shoulder character repeating someone else's dialogue one against many shot in the forehead bartender shot in the leg double cross one man army no opening credits ambulance subjective camera shot in the back f word car crash brawl arrest punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout fire pistol surprise ending knife explosion photograph blood violence bare breasts bare chested male sex scene kiss cigarette smoking party woman on top blood splatter watching tv beer marijuana classroom revolver halloween gay slur flashlight strangulation death of friend drug dealer throat slitting stabbed to death diner stabbed in the chest stabbed in the back halloween costume death of brother high school student death of son laptop premarital sex suspicion character says i love you mercenary kissing while having sex newspaper headline pickup truck pot smoking grenade electronic music score jogging nosebleed stranger faked death false identity broken leg stealing a car bloody nose guest underage drinking stabbed in the neck post traumatic stress disorder special forces stabbed in the leg jumping through a window cellphone bruise killing spree halloween party framed for murder firefighter beretta being followed villain played by lead actor harassment mysterious man shot in the neck maze homage arms dealer major bully comeuppance medal cd crashing through a window scarecrow experiment gone wrong shot in the foot hiding under a bed overhead camera shot detention villain not really dead cliche breaking a bottle over someone's head man with no name jack o'lantern 555 phone number escaped mental patient woman wearing black lingerie job promotion protective male strobe light dog tag quarry running for your life hundred dollar bill shot through a wall balisong high school principal drink thrown into someone's face clothesline pumpkin carving 20 year old halloween decoration false accusation of murder beer keg man wearing a towel homemade haunted house attraction 360 degree well shot hall of mirrors underground parking garage bloody footprint head on collision neo 80s crawling on the floor face spattered with blood bashing someone's head into a wall chained door hit with a pool cue cosmopolitan the drink  (See All)

Oldboy (2013)
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Oldboy (2013)

An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

Subgenre:
conspiracy 
Themes:
home invasion surveillance deception investigation escape kidnapping revenge murder death suicide rape torture drunkenness incest anger dysfunctional family exploitation father daughter incest  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain neo noir murder suicide 
Locations:
bar new york city swimming pool motel chinese restaurant car bicycle chase 
Characters:
security guard hostage tattoo father son relationship father daughter relationship doctor nurse actress bible ex husband ex wife relationship younger version of character chinese food 
Period:
year 2001 year 1997 year 2000 year 1993 year 2005 year 2013 year 2003 
Story:
escape attempt anti hero foot chase hit with a baseball bat punched in the chest stylized violence revelation shot in the shoulder kicked in the face knocked out race against time mission beaten to death character repeating someone else's dialogue bartender news report one man army tied to a chair internet f word interrogation hand to hand combat held at gunpoint brawl punched in the face rescue shotgun shot in the chest fistfight shot to death corpse beating cell phone pistol surprise ending knife female rear nudity female nudity blood flashback violence male nudity male rear nudity two word title bare chested male sex scene cigarette smoking shower blood splatter urination face slap remake watching tv sword letter vomiting hallucination voyeur strangulation mansion montage throat slitting stabbed to death stabbed in the chest coffee racial slur skinny dipping stabbed in the back based on manga umbrella attempted rape long take scar laptop newspaper headline henchman eavesdropping addiction mouse crucifix videotape desperation presumed dead diamond male masturbation stabbed in the throat italian american iraq war kicked in the crotch stabbed in the head stabbed in the leg looking at self in mirror framed for murder imprisonment vodka female assassin video surveillance stabbed in the hand head blown off website billionaire retirement home push ups greenhouse wrist slitting cello held captive jock audio cassette gas shot through the mouth tv studio filmed killing stabbed in the face psychological torture hit with a hammer strangled to death husband murders wife delivery boy solitary confinement breaking a mirror straight razor woman punching a man hundred dollar bill penthouse snorricam tied to a table preparatory school filicide incestuous sex severed tongue business executive english accent killed in an elevator outnumbered football field yearbook henchwoman remake of cult film millennium bellhop woman wearing a thong broken ankle chinatown manhattan new york city box cutter playing cello burning a letter dumpling luxembourg abandoned school cctv camera father son incest hit with a crowbar knockout gas pet mouse workout video reference to the count of monte cristo double barrel shotgun reference to hurricane katrina remake of korean film retired teacher  (See All)

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

A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.

Subgenre:
heist conspiracy black comedy heist gone wrong 
Themes:
surveillance paranoia deception fear money kidnapping revenge murder death love surrealism jealousy torture robbery theft obsession gambling greed amnesia  (See All)
Mood:
gore rain neo noir nightmare breaking the fourth wall ambiguous ending 
Locations:
rooftop apartment elevator church restaurant hospital swimming pool nightclub london england car fire 
Characters:
ex soldier american abroad security guard thief hostage boyfriend girlfriend relationship doctor love triangle interracial relationship french ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship american in the uk self narration art thief 
Period:
2010s 
Story:
gas mask car set on fire gas grenade shot through a window text messaging revelation subtitled scene manipulation baseball bat knocked out character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution shot in the forehead double cross no opening credits tied to a chair subway subjective camera shot in the back f word criminal cafe interrogation held at gunpoint punched in the face shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest shot to death corpse beating cell phone fire pistol surprise ending title spoken by character photograph female full frontal nudity female frontal nudity female rear nudity female nudity violence blood flashback male nudity one word title male rear nudity bare chested male sex scene labia voice over narration woman on top dream blood splatter remake sex in bed bare butt secret painting hallucination british revolver gang strangulation montage exploding car hit by a car underwater scene femme fatale flash forward skinny dipping fantasy sequence mistaken identity debt full frontal female nudity attempted rape bodyguard premarital sex murderer character says i love you kissing while having sex eavesdropping card game bullet warehouse electronic music score sociopath security camera mind control parking garage art gallery thug promise stealing a car plot twist hypnosis black and white scene time lapse photography exploding head alternate reality gasoline female doctor lens flare brain auction memory loss villain played by lead actor gambler fire extinguisher buried alive taser junkyard head blown off twist ending female genitalia mind game interracial kiss body in a trunk hit by a truck macguffin hypnotism finger cut off razor blade russian roulette metal detector repeated line vault abusive boyfriend strangled to death gambling debt gang leader shot in the crotch brain damage man hits a woman package shaved vulva attempted robbery man slaps a woman trance bald vulva strawberry loss of memory dutch angle keys decomposing body abusive relationship scotsman stun gun moral ambiguity car keys manipulative woman snorricam art theft repressed memory gambling addiction red car female star appears nude ipad rape attempt google dead body in car trunk night cityscape wearing a sound wire it was all a dream hit with a rifle butt nude painting hit on the head with a fire extinguisher indoor swimming pool erased memory unreliable narrator dead body in a car trunk hypnotist inside the mind virtuality brain scan reference to vincent van gogh compulsive gambler famous painting reference to pubic hair parcel actor talks to audience title appears in text auctioneer stolen painting amnesiac hit with a fire extinguisher mri reference to rembrandt hypnotherapy fingernail cut off implanted memory sex with patient ex lover ex lover relationship alfa romeo art book knocked out with gun butt reference to paul cezanne wearing a wire setting a car on fire stolen art hypnotherapist opening credits suppressed memory puppet master triple cross auction house based on tv movie destroying a computer gambling addict vertical smile shot in the penis gang rape attempt reference to edgar degas reference to edouard manet reference to jan vermeer shaving of vulva crazy ex boyfriend reference to amedeo modigliani reference to caravaggio reference to the sistine chapel tearing a page from a book reference to iraq fingernail torture lost painting online poker  (See All)

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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:
independent film suspense supernatural survival horror 
Themes:
panic paranoia corruption escape fear death murder ghost military supernatural power exploitation self sacrifice technology near death experience 
Locations:
rooftop apartment helicopter airplane bathtub bus laboratory abandoned factory 
Characters:
sniper rifle sniper warrior tough guy doctor soldier little girl little boy engineer 
Period:
near future 
Story:
cia agent female spy final showdown british actor playing american character climbing out a window bilingualism abandoned building lasersight bulletproof vest aerial shot assault rifle evacuation mexican standoff helmet cia silencer character's point of view camera shot race against time mission danger ambush subjective camera spy bomb held at gunpoint showdown slow motion scene rescue shotgun car accident machine gun corpse pistol surprise ending chase explosion title spoken by character blood violence one word title blood splatter camera battle falling from height robot science combat scientist good versus evil survival flashlight massacre montage bridge impalement child in peril fictional war binoculars prologue factory death of child tough girl tank death of brother exploding body mercenary directorial debut general battlefield child murder ak 47 captain hand grenade grenade destruction heavy rain scene during opening credits survivor walkie talkie sergeant laser rocket launcher social commentary female warrior target practice explosive u.s. army dual wield inventor power outage special forces superstition airplane crash commando soul body landing on a car rescue mission political corruption gatling gun grenade launcher laser gun bullet time translator bazooka invisibility anti war apparition junkyard scene before opening credits armored car super strength major bunker commando unit hanging upside down cornfield film starts with text commando mission military base behind enemy lines mercy killing reference to albert einstein virginia final battle top secret experiment gone wrong filmed killing video footage high tech commando raid camouflage overturning car consciousness airfield eastern europe human experiment psychotronic film night vision goggles x rayed skeleton researcher landmine last stand slow motion action scene government corruption nuclear power plant barricade iron land mine super soldier assembly line moldova electromagnetic pulse secret laboratory freeze to death minefield air base rappelling exposed brain night vision binoculars insurgent uh 60 blackhawk helicopter abandoned apartment abandoned hotel abandoned city projector civil unrest delta force insurgency bath tub c 130 hercules ice block experimental technology helmet camera homemade explosive abandoned bus building a bomb pull the plug shoulder launched missile v 22 osprey  (See All)

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
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A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. (Read More)

Subgenre:
independent film suspense psychological thriller 
Themes:
home invasion redemption deception investigation money kidnapping death murder revenge suicide rape torture loneliness psychopath sadism alcoholism death of wife homelessness  (See All)
Mood:
rain neo noir 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting bar hospital new york city cemetery taxi wheelchair 
Characters:
sniper rifle police shootout ex soldier sniper tough guy hostage tattoo husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship brother brother relationship serial killer nurse artist waitress alcoholic police chase  (See All)
Period:
1990s year 1999 year 1991 
Story:
anti hero bag of money threatened with a knife foot chase climbing out a window shot through a window hit with a baseball bat bulletproof vest falling down stairs kicked in the face character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution bartender shot in the leg van subjective camera shot in the back f word handcuffs car crash held at gunpoint brawl written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death corpse beating shootout cell phone pistol knife photograph female frontal nudity flashback blood violence based on novel dog cigarette smoking topless female nudity blood splatter urination painting revolver telephone gay slur orphan bound and gagged strangulation drug dealer montage stabbed to death diner painter drawing child in peril racial slur library drug addict pay phone death of child attempted rape street shootout death of brother stalking basement character says i love you newspaper headline dismemberment freeze frame private detective italian tape recorder scene during opening credits mutilation walkie talkie brooklyn new york city faked death rapist ransom apartment building duct tape over mouth thug switchblade severed finger convenience store falling to death mentor dark hero sketch accidental killing black eye body landing on a car loner severed leg ethnic slur newspaper clipping being followed translator ex cop taser brooklyn bridge laundromat shot in the eye body in a trunk mercy killing unsubtitled foreign language dripping blood bloody body of child snuff film meat cleaver kicked in the head stabbed in the shoulder murder of wife butcher knife hit with a hammer strangled to death alcoholics anonymous close up of eye breaking a mirror innocent person killed child with a gun bird cage stun gun garrote shoot out el train suitcase of money shot in the side counterfeit dea dea agent nude painting sleeping on a sofa duct tape gag handcuffed to a pipe reading newspaper y2k sound recording homeless teenager abandoned apartment drug smuggler collateral damage tasered gulf war veteran twenty dollar bill groundskeeper innocent bystander reformed alcoholic body in a dumpster jumping to death army veteran clothes cut off drug trafficker awakened by a phone rum and coke reference to sam spade sickle cell anemia  (See All)

Chinatown (1974)
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Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy cult film suspense political conspiracy 
Themes:
home invasion surveillance paranoia brutality corruption deception investigation fear betrayal money murder death friendship politics adultery torture drunkenness gangster incest extramarital affair racism dysfunctional family  (See All)
Mood:
neo noir car chase night 
Locations:
rooftop apartment restaurant beach los angeles california bathtub desert water police station farm office mexico usa yacht following someone in a car 
Characters:
police detective security guard hostage detective police officer police family relationships husband wife relationship father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship lawyer sister sister relationship hitman maid secretary employer employee relationship mayor police chase fisherman engineer coroner chinese american  (See All)
Period:
1930s 
Story:
escape attempt anti hero threatened with a knife social decay man kills a woman punched in the chest following someone kicked in the stomach shot in the arm knocked out character repeating someone else's dialogue attempted murder protest double cross false accusation ambush shot in the back handcuffs interrogation car crash held at gunpoint showdown brawl punched in the face rescue shot in the head shot in the chest car accident fistfight shot to death corpse beating pistol surprise ending knife title spoken by character photograph female nudity fight violence male nudity one word title bare chested male cigarette smoking shower telephone call horse face slap camera secret rifle place name in title dead body revolver telephone mansion woman bridge widow map fishing femme fatale drowning racial slur binoculars cover up evil man farmer domestic violence long take convertible tragic event threat premarital sex suspicion handgun newspaper headline henchman private detective scandal eyeglasses eavesdropping shaving sabotage vandalism morgue nosebleed impersonation rape victim scam mexican thug crime scene haunted by the past switchblade impostor millionaire plot twist rowboat aquarium butler dark hero autopsy accidental killing wisecrack humor disfigurement dark past lieutenant loss of husband ethnic slur melancholy political corruption private investigator southern accent taking a photograph director cameo ex cop