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HighFive: Theme – Thrillers


The Man from U.N.C.L.E 

In the Cold War era, CIA agent Solo (Henry Cavill) evades KGB operative Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) and gets Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) out of Berlin. Gaby is the daughter of scientist and US collaborator Udo. Gaby’s uncle Rudi works in a company owned by Nazi sympathizers Alexander and Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) Vinciguerras, who intend to use Gaby’s father, Udo, to build a nuclear weapon. CIA and KGB team up and Solo and Kuryakin are assigned to steal Udo’s research for their respective governments. Solo and Gaby take turns flirting with the Vinciguerras couple to get information about Teller’s father but is Gaby who she claims to be? Who gains the disc (Solo or Kuryakin) and an upper hand in the arms race? Watch the visually stylish action thriller for answers.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

On a mission an agent of Kingsman, a secret intelligence agency, gets killed. His colleague, Hart tells slain agent’s widow Michelle and her son Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton) to call him if they ever feel the need. Years later megalomaniac Valentine (Samuel L Jackson) intends to cause a culling of humans and only a select few who have sided with him and received the microchips in their heads will be spared. In London an unemployed Eggsy is living with his mother and infant half-sister so he calls and applies as Hart’s candidate. Eggsy fights Gazelle (Sofia Boutella), Valentine’s amputee henchwoman with bladed prosthetic legs and kills her. But does he manage to thwart Valentine nefarious design?  Watch this stylish, and above all fun, film which has a sequel scheduled for a 2017 release.

Blue Ruin 

films 3Dwight (Macon Blair) on a tip off that Wade Cleland, the man who murdered Dwight’s parents, is to be released from prison, returns to his hometown and stabs Wade to death. While driving away in a stolen limousine, he discovers a boy William Cleland, in the back and lets him go. Since the killing is unreported on the news, Dwight realises that the Clelands will seek revenge without police involvement and waits for the Clelands to attack. But is Wade his father’s killer or was someone else involved and what was the purpose? Does Dwight manage to kill the Clelands and how is he related to William? Watch the smart, edge of the seat revenge saga.

The Bourne Identity

films 4An unconscious American (Matt Damon) is rescued by fishermen with two gunshot wounds. When he awakens, he suffers from memory loss but possesses excellent fighting skills and is fluent in several languages. In a bank’s safe deposit box he finds a large sum of money in various currencies, numerous passports and identity cards. His name on the American passport is Jason Bourne. It is revealed that Bourne, a CIA agent, had been assigned the assassination of an exiled dictator but the attempt failed so three agents have been assigned to eliminate Bourne. Does Bourne assassinate the dictator and regain his memory or does he get killed by the trio? Watch the gripping film that bucks the trend of mere staccato action.

The Usual Suspects

films 5Following a fire, only a criminal Arkos and crippled conman ‘Verbal’ (Kevin Spacey) survive. During interrogation, FBI agent Jack Baer (Giancarlo Esposito) and Customs agent Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri) learn that a mysterious mob boss Keyser Söze is involved. Söze is reputed to have killed his own family when they were held hostage by a gang and then killing the gang members before disappearing. As per Verbal’s flashback, he and four others were forced to work for Söze but an unseen person killed them and set the boat on fire. Verbal feels the mysterious man was Söze and Kujan feels someone else must be Söze. Watch this mystery crime thriller for one of the most definitive plot twists in cinematic history.