Predator

  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon, John Davis
  • Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall

The film opens with a mysterious spacecraft entering Earth’s atmosphere, then focuses on the coast of Guatemala, where a joint task force, led by Major Alan “Dutch” Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is assigned to rescue a presidential cabinet minister kidnapped by guerrilla forces in Val Verde. Dutch’s old military buddy and now CIA officer, George Dillon (Carl Weathers), steps in as a liaison. The team is then inserted by helicopter to their destination within the jungle.

As they progress, the team finds the wreckage of a downed helicopter and later the remains of several skinned bodies. They are identified to be an Army Special Forces team, whose presence in the country mystifies Dutch. They soon make their way to a heavily defended rebel encampment and take out its inhabitants in short order, except for a girl named Anna (Elpidia Carrillo) whom they take prisoner. Dutch is enraged to discover the rescue mission had been a setup to get his group to destroy the camp, after Dillon confesses that the men they found earlier disappeared in a failed rescue mission of two CIA agents.

As the team make their way to the extraction point, they are observed from afar by an unknown creature using thermal imaging. After two members of the team are mysteriously slain, the survivors become aware that something in the jungle is stalking them. Anna delivers insight into the creature, which has apparently become a local legend for hunting humans as trophies. Despite attempts to track down and trap the creature, the team is slowly killed off one by one, until only Dutch and Anna remain. Realizing the creature only kills those possessing weapons, a wounded Dutch sends Anna unarmed to the extraction point. Dutch narrowly escapes the creature – revealed to be a masked, bipedal alien – by accidentally covering himself in mud, which hides his body’s heat signature.

Dutch confronts the creature one last time, using more mud as camouflage and a number of improvised weapons and traps to kill it. The creature, hearing Dutch’s war-cry, arrives, but despite having its cloaking ability disabled in an attack, manages to capture him. Then, in a display of chivalry, the creature challenges Dutch to a final duel in hand-to-hand combat, unveiling its monstrous face and discarding its electronic weaponry before brutally beating him. Once cornered, Dutch manages to drop the counterweight from one of his traps, which falls and crushes the creature. As Dutch asks the mortally wounded alien what it is, the creature mimics his question (in garbled English) and then activates a time bomb on its wrist device while laughing maniacally. Dutch runs for cover as a massive explosion destroys the creature and nearby jungle. Anna and the rescue helicopter finally arrive to pick up Dutch and head back to base.

Whiteout

  • Directors: Dominic Sena
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Susan Downey, David Gambino
  • Writers: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes, Greg Rucka, Steve Lieber, title Whiteout Graphic novel
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short, Tom Skerritt

U.S. Deputy Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) has been assigned to a base in Antarctica for two years. During the last three days of her assignment, a body is found encased in ice and Carrie is obliged to take part in the continent’s first-ever murder investigation. With the Antarctic winter drawing close, Carrie must work diligently to complete the investigation before the arrival of an incoming storm. Carrie is unaware that she is involved in a sixty year old murder that the killer would do anything to keep secret. While working on the case, Stetko crosses paths with a UN operative (Gabriel Macht), who has also been assigned to the case as an investigator. As Stetko chases down suspects, she finds evidence of more murders. Stetko is maliciously attacked by the killer and left for dead in the harsh Antarctic storm. Stetko must reveal the killer before he finds her again.

Ninja Assassin

  • Directors: James McTeigue
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Grant Hill
  • Writers: Screenplay, Matthew Sand, J Michael Straczynski, Story, Matthew Sand
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: Rain, Naomie Harris

Raizo was raised by the Ozunu Clan, to become their next successor of the clan. As a child, Raizo experienced severe training under the guidance of his “father”, Lord Ozunu. He was whipped and/or cut whenever he failed and was encouraged to hurt his ninja kin for their failures during their training. The only kindness he ever received was from Kiriko (Kylie Goldstein). As they grew older, Kiroko (Anna Sawai) and Raizo developed a romantic bond, however Kiriko’s desire to leave the Ozunu clan for freedom was greater. One stormy night, Kiriko decided to escape from the Ozunu. Kiriko encouraged Raizo to join, but he decided to stay. They kissed and she then climbed over the wall to freedom; she was caught and brought back by her ninja kin. Branded as a traitor, Kiriko was executed (a katana through her heart) by her elder ninja brother Takeshi (Rick Yune). When Kiriko died, Raizo begins to harbor resentment and doubt towards the Clan. When he completed his first hit, Lord Ozunu told him to execute an escaped kunoichi like Kiriko. He rebelled against Lord Ozunu by slashing his face with is blade-chain and fought against his ninja kin. Barely surviving his battle, he survived by falling into a nearby river. Raizo recovered and began interventions by foiling recent hits by the Ozunu. While staying in Berlin and waiting for the Ozunu’s next move, Raizo rented a small apartment where secretly continued to refine his training until it was time to act. One day, while washing his clothes, he was approached by an attractive asian woman to help her fold her sheets. Raizo exposed her as a kunoichi and she attempted to kill Raizo; Raizo won and hid her remains in the washer machine. By the time the owner came out, he only found her bloody remains in rinse cycle. Meanwhile, Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) is a Europol agent who investigates money linked to political murders and finds that it is linked to the Ozunu Clan. She defies her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), and retrieves secret agency files to find out more. The clan, finding out about the investigation, attempts to assassinate her, but she is rescued by Raizo. Mika convinced Raizo to meet with Maslow for protection and evidence against the Ozunu, but Raizo was intercepted by a task force for interrogation. Mika felt betrayed that Maslow would trick her that way, but Maslow assures Mika (in secret) that he’s still on her side and gave her a tracking device for emergencies. Mika was warning Maslow the dangers of keeping Raizo when the Ozunu ninjas infiltrated their secret base and began killing all officers. Mika freed Raizo and he lured the ninjas away as Mika tried to escape. Raizo killed and fended off as many ninjas as he can while Takeshi continues to trail him. Raizo and Mika managed to escape the fight, but Raizo had suffered mortal wounds around his stomach, however he insisted no hospitals and only rest in a private area. Mika then implanted the tracking device into Raizo. Unable to fend against the Ozunu, she hid outside the hotel until special forces arrive to help her. By the time they arrived, Ozunu ninjas have recovered Raizo and decided to send him back to their base for Lord Ozunu for prosecution. While hidden inside a steal locker, Raizo spent all this time using his healing techniques to heal all major injuries before reunited with his “father”. Lord Ozunu had Raizo tied to a stake, ready for execution and set as an example. Raizo angered Lord Ozunu more by being defiant to the end. Lord Ozunu struck against Raizo’s internal organs when he spat out the tracking device. Euro-special forces lead by Maslow stormed the hidden Ozunu base and killed most of the ninjas in the court yard. Takeshi and Raizo would face each other in the burning Ozunu house. Raizo was victorious and faced off his “father”. Lord Ozunu faced Raizo without fear, he used high speed shadow techniques to cut down Raizo. Mika arrived in attempt to save Raizo, only to be stabbed in the heart. Raizo used his remaining strength and used the same technique Lord Ozunu used earlier to literally disarm Lord Ozunu and killed him. After the battle, Raizo brought Mika out for medical attention. The feared the worse with a stab direct in the heart, but Mika’s heart was special, her heart is inches away where a normal human’s heart should be located. Mika survived and Raizo stayed behind what’s left of the Ozunu estate. He then looked over the same wall Kiriko climbed over in attempt to sense what Kiriko saw over the wall, Raizo smirked over the landscape and horizon.

Thir13en Ghosts

  • Directors: Steve Beck
  • Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Gilbert Adler, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Robb White, Neal Marshall Stevens
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth, F Murray Abraham

Ghost hunter Cyrus Kriticos (F. Murray Abraham) and assistant Dennis Rafkin (Matthew Lillard) lead a team on a mission to capture a spirit, called the Juggernaut, in a junkyard. Several of the men are killed during the ensuing fight, including Cyrus himself. However, the team is able to catch the ghost.

Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub), a mathematician who is also a widower, is informed by the estate lawyer of his uncle Cyrus, Benjamin Moss (JR Bourne), that he has inherited a mansion. Arthur and his financially insecure family plan to move into this mansion with his two children, Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth) and Bobby (Alec Roberts). Their babysitter/nanny Maggie (Rah Digga) accompanies the family.

Dennis Rafkin, disguised as a power company employee (electrician), meets the family and Benjamin as they tour the mansion. The residence is made almost entirely of glass. It contains Latin phrases etched on floors and movable glass walls, along with priceless artifacts. Arthur and his family are eager about inheriting this new home, and while Arthur is discussing financial matters with the attorney, Kathy and Bobby venture off on their own to explore the mansion. After seeing several ghosts in the basement, Dennis frantically runs upstairs to warn Arthur about the home he is about to own. Benjamin assures Arthur that Dennis is crazy and should be ignored. Dennis tells Arthur that there are twelve spirits imprisoned in the house, held captive by the spells written throughout the residence.

The film ends with a battered Maggie walking through the wreckage, yelling out to Arthur and the kids that she did not agree to this when she came to work for them, and that she was quitting.

The Book of Eli

  • Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Denzel Washington, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, David Valdes
  • Writers: Gary Whitta
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances de la Tour, and Michael Gambon

In a post-apocalyptic world, a lone hero, Eli (Denzel Washington), guards the Book of Eli, which provides knowledge that could redeem society. The despot (Gary Oldman) of a small, makeshift town plans to take possession of the book.[1]

Speed Racer

  • Directors: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
  • Producers: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
  • Genres: Action, Family, Sport
  • Actors: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Kick Gurry, Roger Allam, Matthew Fox

Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is an 18-year-old whose life and love has always been automobile racing. His parents Pops (John Goodman) and Mom (Susan Sarandon) run the independent Racer Motors, in which his brother Spritle (Paulie Litt), mechanic Sparky (Kick Gurry), and girlfriend Trixie (Christina Ricci) are also involved. As a child Speed idolized his record-setting older brother Rex Racer (Scott Porter), but Rex was disowned by Pops for his decision to join a corporate racing team and was publicly defamed for appearing to cheat in a race. He was then killed while racing in the Casa Cristo 5000, an incredibly intense cross-country racing rally notorious for rough and foul play. Now embarking on his own career, Speed Racer is quickly sweeping the racing world with his skill behind the wheel of the Mach 5, but remains primarily interested in the art of the race and the well-being of his family.

Mr. Royalton (Roger Allam), owner of conglomerate Royalton Industries, offers Speed an astoundingly luxurious lifestyle in exchange for signing to race with him. Speed is tempted but declines due to his father’s distrust of power-hungry corporations. Angered, Royalton reveals that for many years the key races have been fixed by by corporate interests, including Royalton himself, to gain profits. He threatens Speed’s career and family, making good on these threats by having his drivers force Speed into a crash that destroys the Mach 5 and bombarding his family’s business with lawsuits. Speed decides that he must do something to stop Royalton and save the Racer business, and an opportunity to do so arises in the form of Inspector Detector (Benno Fürmann), head of a corporate crimes division. Racer Taejo Togokhan (Rain) claims to have evidence that could indict Royalton but will only offer it up if Speed and the mysterious masked Racer X (Matthew Fox) agree to race on his team in the Casa Cristo 5000. Taejo believes that a win could substantially raise the stock price of his family’s racing business and thus cause a proposed Royalton-arranged buyout to be more expensive. Speed agrees but keeps his decision secret from his family.

Speed enters the Grand Prix against great odds: Royalton has placed a bounty on his head that the other drivers are eager to collect, and he is pitted against legendary Hall of Fame driver Cannonball Taylor (Ralph Herforth). Speed overcomes a slow start to catch up with Taylor, who uses a cheating device called a spearhook to latch Speed’s car to his. Speed uses his jump jacks to expose the device to video cameras and cause Taylor to crash. Speed wins the race, having successfully exposed Royalton’s crimes. Racer X, who is watching the race, reveals through a flashback montage that he is indeed Rex, having faked his death and undergone plastic surgery to change his appearance as part of his plan to save his family and the sport of racing. He chooses not to reveal his identity to his family, believing it would do more harm than good. The Racer family celebrates Speed’s victory as Speed and Trixie kiss, and Royalton is sent to jail.

Sherlock Holmes

  • Directors: Guy Ritchie
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey
  • Writers: Guy Ritchie, Anthony Peckham, Michael Johnson
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Set in 1891, the film revolves around Holmes and Watson stopping a conspiracy to destroy Britain.[3] The film opens with Holmes apprehending the murderous cult leader Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who promises he will return from the dead and exact his revenge as he is being led to the gallows.[4]

Die Hard 2

  • Directors: Renny Harlin
  • Producers: Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Walter Wager, Steven E De Souza, Doug Richardson
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, William Sadler, Reginald VelJohnson, John Leguizamo

John McClane, while waiting on Christmas Eve at Washington Dulles International Airport for his wife Holly to arrive from Los Angeles, spots a group of men dressed in army fatigues and passing a package between them. Following two of them into the baggage area, McClane ends up in a fight, killing one of them, but the other one escapes. McClane, believing that some scheme is about to happen, reports the incident to airport security, lead by Captain Carmine Lorenzo, but his concerns are ignored. McClane contacts his friend, LAPD Officer Al Powell, who helps him to identify the corpse as a professional elite soldier previously reported dead, confirming McClane’s suspicions.

Meanwhile, U.S. Army Colonel Stuart and his men have secured a small church near the airport, and sets up a base of operations. They are able to take over control of the airport’s air traffic control, preventing the tower from communicating with incoming planes. Stuart demands that they be allowed to rescue Ramon Esperanza, a drug lord and dictator of a South American country named Val Verde, being flown in to the United States for trial, as well as having a Boeing 747 prepared for Ramon, Stuart, and his men to leave the country. Stuart insists that any unauthorized attempt to communicate with the planes would be met with dire consequences. In the control tower, Leslie Barnes, communications director for the airport, comes up with the idea of using a radio in the unfinished airport annex; Barnes along with a SWAT team move towards the annex. McClane overhears this, and with the help of Marvin the janitor, tries to get to the annex before Barnes, expecting there to be a trap. McClane’s intuition proves correct as the SWAT team is killed in a gunfight, but McClane is able to arrive in time to save Barnes’ life. Before Barnes can get to the radio tower, Stuart blows it up and then fulfills his promise by altering the altitude reading on one of the arriving plane’s Instrument Landing System, taking the guise of the Dulles’ control tower to give the plane permission to land. Despite McClane’s efforts to warn off the plane on the ground, the plane, unable to see the ground due to poor visibility, crashes into the runway, killing all on board.

Lorenzo decides to drive McClane to the plane to stop the mercenaries and Esperanza from escaping, but the panicking crowds along with traffic prompts McClane to go on his own. Soon however, McClane comes across a local news team reporting the story that was willing to get him to the plane aboard their helicopter. McClane is able to get onto the wing of Stuart’s plane with their help, and attempts to prevent it from taking off by wedging open the flaps. Stuart and Major Grant go onto the wing to remove the blockage. However, McClane fights with Grant, getting him sucked into one of the plane’s engines and killed, but Stuart easily thrashes McClane. But before being thrown off the wing, McClane manages to open the fuel tanks on the wing, spilling a trail of jet fuel along the runway. Just as the plane takes off, McClane ignites the fuel trail with his cigarette lighter, causing the plane to explode, killing everyone on board. The planes overhead, including Holly’s, use the flaming trail as their landing lights, and all the planes are able to land safely. McClane reunites with Holly, Thornburg, for his beyond extreme selfishness and not caring about the lives he put at risk, is fired (off-screen), and John and Holly are driven off together by Marvin.

The Matrix Revolutions

  • Directors: Wachowski brothers
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Wachowski brothers
  • Writers: Wachowski brothers
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Clayton Watson, Nathaniel Lees, Jada Pinkett Smith, Harry J Lennix, Harold Perrineau

The film’s events immediately follow those of The Matrix Reloaded and assume familiarity therewith.

Bane/Smith and Neo are both in an unconscious state. Both men appear to be asleep, but neural patterns show a Matrix similarity in Bane and true Matrix patterns in Neo. Morpheus, dispirited after the destruction of the Nebuchadnezzar and discovering the true nature of the Prophecy at the end of the last film, starts a search for Neo within the Matrix. Neo is in fact trapped in a subway station named “Mobil Avenue,” a transition zone between the Matrix and the Source (the Machines’ mainframe). At this station, Neo meets a ‘family’ of programs, including a girl named Sati, whose father tells Neo that Mobil Avenue is controlled by a program called the Trainman who is an exile loyal only to the Merovingian. When Neo tries to board the train with the family, the Trainman refuses to let him aboard.

Seraph contacts Morpheus on behalf of the Oracle, who informs Morpheus and Trinity of Neo’s confinement in Mobil Avenue. Seraph, Morpheus, and Trinity pursue the Trainman to secure Neo’s release, but he escapes. The trio enter Club Hel to confront the Merovingian for Neo’s freedom. The Merovingian demands “the eyes of the Oracle” in exchange for Neo’s release. Trinity loses her patience and provokes a Mexican standoff, forcing the Merovingian to release Neo.

The Architect and the Oracle agree to unplug all humans who want to be freed. The closing shot of the film depicts a new dawn created by Sati on the world of the Matrix, which is now free of its characteristic green tint.

Lethal Weapon 3

  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Joel Silver
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, Story, Jeffrey Boam
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Stuart Wilson, Steve Kahan

L.A.P.D. Sergeants Riggs and Murtaugh respond to a bomb threat. Riggs convinces Murtaugh – who is working his last week before retirement – to enter the building before the bomb squad arrives, claiming that he can defuse the bomb himself, and that the bomb squad is always late. They have an argument about which wire to cut. He convinces Murtaugh that they should cut the blue wire using the toilet bomb incident that occurred three years ago as an example, but instead he cuts the red wire. When he cuts the red wire, however, the bomb’s timer accelerates, and the partners barely escape before the bomb detonates and destroys the building. To add insult to injury, the bomb squad arrives a few seconds later. Although they save a cat, the partners are demoted to patrol officers.

During their first patrol, Riggs and Murtaugh foil a routine armored car robbery; surprisingly, the robbers are found to have pistols loaded with armor-piercing bullets which Murtaugh refers to as “Cop Killers”. They order one of the robbers brought in for interrogation, but arrive to find someone has infiltrated the police station and killed him. A hidden camera shows the killer to be former LAPD Lieutenant Jack Edward Travis, legendary for both his brutality and his corruption. Riggs and Murtaugh are eager to investigate, but they are shunted to the side by Internal Affairs Sergeant Lorna Cole.

Riggs declares his love for Lorna after her near death experience as she waits to be transported to the hospital. Lorna is reluctant as she fears she will lose Riggs like all the others did. But Riggs claims that it is “not likely” to happen and the two kiss before Lorna is airlifted to hospital. On his retirement day, Murtaugh reconsiders and decides to enlist again, preserving the Riggs/Murtaugh partnership.