All tagged thriller

Prodigy Review (Film, 2018) #31DaysofHorror

A psychologist is brought into a secret government facility to perform an evaluation. The subject is a nine year old girl tied to a chair with a straight jacket and kept in a locked room. Her appearance belies a genius intellect and a sadistic streak that led her to kill her own mother with no remorse. The psychologist has one day to prove that the young girl is not an emotionless sociopath before the government facility is forced to take more extreme measures.

Dead Ringers Review (Film, 1988)

David Cronenberg somehow finds a way to turn any film into a body horror film. It doesn't matter what the actual plot is, or the genre, or the overall tone of the film. At some point, there will be a shift to incredibly visceral horror, if only for a moment, to comment on the characters' relationships with themselves, their bodies, and their sense of humanity.

Dead Ringers is not really a horror film. It's a dark psychological drama that descends into utter chaos in its final few moments. Even that's not a particularly fair assessment. The chaos is always there--the characters just hold it together for a really long time. 

Clinical Review (Film, 2017)

In Clinical, a psychiatrist shifts her focus from trauma patients to more everyday concerns after a traumatic incident with a former patient. A young woman attacked her in her office after her treatments did not go as planned. The psychiatrist is making great progress until a trauma patient begs her for help. Giving her time to the new patient is enough to send her own life spiraling into a nightmare of anxiety and hallucinations.

Clinical has the bones of something good. This kind of psychological thriller can either be really effective or really dull. The plot, though predictable, is well-written and does add up to a cohesive whole. It's just not executed well.

Tau Review (Film, 2018)

Cinema has an obsession with exploring artificial intelligence. It's almost innate to the medium. We're talking about a history that goes all the way back to Metropolis in 1927. The trend really took off in the wake of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, but the tropes of the trend were already pretty well established at that point. When you're watching a film about artificial intelligence, you're in for a story about what defines humanity, creation, and morality.

Tau is a science fiction/thriller about scientific experiments in a smart house. Julia (Maika Monroe) is kidnapped by Alex (Ed Skrein), a programmer and scientist, for experimentation. Alex's goal is to create the most advanced, adaptive artificial intelligence system ever. His current model, Tau (the voice of Gary Oldman), is tasked with protecting his mansion, overseeing the experiments, and doing everything per Alex's orders. Once Julia breaks free of her literal restraints, it's up to her to convince Tau of his own humanity to save her own life. Can a computer program ever learn to think and feel like a human? What happens if we train them to? Who gets to define humanity?