Inception

  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
  • Writers: Christopher Nolan
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine

A contemporary science fiction action thriller set within the architecture of the mind.

Bronson

  • Directors: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Brock Norman Brock
  • Genres: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Hardy

The film follows the life of notorious prisoner Michael Gordon Peterson (played here by Tom Hardy), who was re-named Charles Bronson by his fight promoter. Born into a respectable middle class family, Peterson would nevertheless become one of the country’s most dangerous criminals, and is known for having spent almost his entire life in solitary confinement.

It begins with Bronson introducing himself to the camera, stating he always wanted to be famous. He can’t sing, he can’t act, and so he shows the calling he found; the film cuts to a naked bronson fighting several prison guards in a cage. We then see several assorted points from his life, including:

– Michael Peterson/Bronson as a baby, then as a young boy involved in fights with students and a teacher at school using a desk as a weapon.

– Marrying a young woman he met working in a chip shop, having a baby with her, then robbing a bank and being sentenced to 7 years.

– Being sent to a psychiatric hospital before strangling a paedophile, in an attempt to be sent back to prison.

– Making tea for a prison guard and fellow patient before flexing his guns.

– Causing something of a riot at Broadmoor asylum for the criminally insane and holing up on the roof, thus being branded “her majesty’s most expensive prisoner.” These events are shown using news footage of the actual incident.

These scenes are intercut with Bronson on stage before an audience in several stages of performance make-up, and speaking directly to camera while seemingly behind bars, as at the very start.

Black Hawk Down

  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Book, Mark Bowden, Screenplay, Ken Nolan
  • Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
  • Actors: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Eric Bana, Brendan Sexton III, Sam Shepard, Ewen Bremner, Jason Isaacs, Orlando Bloom

In a raid, a task force of Delta Force soldiers, Army Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation Regiment attempt to capture two of Mohammed Farah Aidid’s senior subordinates in the Bakaara Market neighborhood of Mogadishu. The mission is led by Major General William F. Garrison and was supposed to take no more than one hour. The extraction by the Delta team is successful, but the Somali militia, armed with RPGs, shoot down two Black Hawk helicopters, and the resulting rescue extends the mission to over 15 hours.

The film follows many characters through the build-up, assault and rescue. It shows how Staff Sergeant Matt Eversmann was placed in charge of Ranger Chalk Four, before portraying the raid and successful extraction of the wanted persons, and shows the first injury, as PFC Todd Blackburn falls from a helicopter as it maneuvers to avoid an RPG. This is the beginning of the indication that the troops are overwhelmed by the volume of enemy militia, and builds up to the two helicopter crashes: Super Six-One piloted by Cliff “Elvis” Wolcott, and Super Six-Four piloted by Mike Durant. Durant is taken prisoner after the two Delta snipers who requested to be inserted near the crash site of Super Six-Four are killed while defending him.

The film ends with text informing the viewer that “19 Americans and approximately 1000 Somalis died in the conflict. Mike Durant was released and Mohamed Farrah Aidid died in 1996”.