Excitement It was one of the most sought-after genres of the 2000s. They’ve made some amazing, amazing, scary, mind-boggling, and mind-bending films that have not been the box office success and audiences they deserve. Here are the 10 most exciting films of the 2000s, in order.

10 The Machinist (2004)

Paramount Classics

machinist Mostly known as the movie in which Christian Bale lost so much weight that he became scary, and deservedly so, his performance still haunts us. The story here revolves around a factory worker suffering from insomnia who begins to get paranoid and hallucinate as he continues to keep up with the insomnia, setting him on a unique and exciting journey, as the audience continues to discover what is true and what is not, explaining why Bill decides why. He deserved to tell this story and go through his physical transformation.

9 Ripley’s Game (2002)

Ripley's game
Fine line features

Matt Damon The talented Mr. Ripley It may be the most famous movie about the killer, but it’s not the only one, as John Malkovich also played the character in 2002. Ripley’s game. This movie finds the character later in life, when he already knows how immoral, dark, and outrageous he really is, and how he will do everything he can to get revenge on those he feels deserve it. It’s a shame this movie didn’t get released in many cinemas, because it would have been a great movie to watch in this demonic character, which Malkovich makes as just as entertaining, as it is scary.

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8 Insomnia (2002)

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Pictures Warner Bros

in insomniaA murder has occurred in Nightmute, Alaska, and two Los Angeles detectives, Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan), are sent to investigate. Everything starts to get weird when the killer, Walter Finch (Robin Williams), starts calling Dormer and telling him all about his murder.

This was Christopher Nolan’s third film after that the next And souvenir, Which makes her an affirmation of this amazing British talent. It was the first time he had Hollywood stars, and in this duo, he was able to pull off great performances from Pacino, and especially Williams (in one of his best dramatic roles) in this surprising, thrilling ride that really showed just how much Nolan loves him. To play with time and perspectives and what is actually happening.

7 Phone Booth (2002)

Colin Farrell in a phone booth
Twentieth Century Fox

phone booth It has a simple premise: after calling from a phone booth, a man receives a call, and a menacing man on the line tells him that if he leaves, he will be killed. What’s amazing about this Joel Schumacher movie is how well they manage to keep the tension, scares, and suspense going, while adding more and more problems for the poor soul who picked up the phone, Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell).

The movie is so thrilling that it’s one of the best movies to watch when you’re bored, and shows why Farrell has been chosen by many as Hollywood’s new movie star, as he manages to captivate audiences for nearly 90 minutes on his own (with help from Kiefer Sutherland as a menacing voice on the phone).

6 The Constant Gardener (2005)

United International Pictures

permanent gardener It tells the story of diplomat Justin Coyle (Ralph Fiennes) who, while trying to find the killer of his wife (Rachel Weisz), discovers a drugstore co-conspiracy in Africa. This was Fernando Meirelles’ first film after him city ​​of god, He seems to have carte blanche to do anything he wants. Adapting John le Carré’s novel with Fiennes and Weisz in the lead, it was a surprising, if excellent, choice. The film has emotional stakes, and as with any Le Carré story, the plot is as exciting, unexpected, and honest as they come.

On being able to improvise in the film, Rachel Weisz told Ian Winterton: “Some actors don’t like it, but Ralph and I love experimenting, we both share that desire to play. Fernando likes to act with complete freedom and spontaneity. It’s obviously a thriller, so we had to keep it.” with plot elements. But Fernando let us liberty in some scenes.”

5 Perfect Getaway (2009)

Perfect Getaway
Universal Pictures

Perfect Getaway As exciting as they come. Newlyweds Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Sydney (Milla Jovovich) hitchhike through a backwater in Hawaii and meet another couple. There is a murder in the area and the police suspect the couple is responsible, which puts Cliff and Sydney in a bind.

Surprisingly, this movie didn’t get any better, as it’s about as tense as they come, and it packs a punch, surprising audiences who watched it. Zahn and Jovovich are believable as a couple, and Timothy Olyphant knows how to play the suspect perfectly. This was also one of the first roles Chris Hemsworth played in the States, so if you’re a fan, this is also a fun way to see his American beginnings.

4 Venice Road (2000)

Venice Road
Artisan Entertainment

Venice Road The film is about two criminals (Benicio del Toro and Ryan Phillipe) who kidnap a pregnant woman (Juliette Lewis) with the intent of demanding a large ransom, as she is the surrogate mother of a mobster. As always in movies like this, chaos ensues and not everyone is left unscathed. It was the first film directed by Christopher Macquarie, shortly after it was written The usual suspects. He may be a Tom Cruise whisperer now, but at the time, the film (and the director) didn’t get rave reviews for this tale that pays homage to the noir, road movies, and western genres.

About the film and del Toro’s performance, the director told Pop Matters: “So, there’s always an effort to find a way to convey a scene in ten lines or less. Benicio was great at that. He’ll say, We only need those two lines, or we’ll have pages of The dialogue was originally written for Benicio, which we provided for other parts.”

3 A History of Violence (2005)

Vigo shoots a gun in a movie
New Line Cinema

A history of violence It is the story of Tom Stahl (Viggo Mortensen). At first, he appears to be an ordinary guy, a guy who owns a restaurant in Indiana. That is, until it was discovered that he was really “Joey from Philadelphia,” an assassin who left his murderous life behind. David Cronenberg directed this gruff and violent movie, where violence isn’t the most important thing, where there is a lot of interest in the character arc and how those around him react to all the mayhem and blood around them. This may be one of Mortensen’s best performances (he only excels at what he’s done in it Eastern promisesanother Cronenberg film), and Ed Harris’ small role was as intimidating as ever.

2 Old Boy (2003)

Choi Min-sik at the 2003 Oldboy Hammer Trail
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Dae-su Oh (Korean star Choi Min-sik) is a drunk and a bad father and husband. He is kidnapped and spends 15 years in a small room. There is nothing for him to do, so he decides to train himself to fight. When he finally gets out of the small room, he takes his revenge, killing everyone involved in his kidnapping.

big boy One of the most exciting and successful Korean films of the century (so much so that there is even an American remake by Spike Lee), it is a thriller full of amazing action sequences and, as with many of the best thrillers, some unexpected twists change everything that happened. before.

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1 Zodiac (2007)

Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac (2007)
Paramount Pictures

Horoscope is the most underrated David Fincher movie ever. The story follows cartoonist-turned-crime-solver Robert Grissmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is obsessed with the Zodiac Killer, as he sends letters and puzzles to a Bay Area print shop. This mystery was the perfect vehicle for the director’s meticulously plotted films. The fact that the true story still lacks a clear answer also helps make the mystery bigger as the film has evolved over many years.

As in any Fincher film, the cast is great too; Gyllenhaal is the focus of the movie, but he’s supported by the great Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chloe Sevigy, Brian Cox, Dermot Mulroney, Elias Koteas, and Anthony Edwards. Perhaps because of its central theme, or because it was his last movie before this one panic roomThe film didn’t generate as much noise as it should have, turning it into the most underrated thriller of the decade.


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