ANASTASIA MONTAVON, AUSTIN VAN PAY, BENJAMIN K. PAPLHAM, SAMANTHA KOLB | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNISTS
Anastasia: “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”
So this movie starts with a sharknado hitting DC. And I really should just be able to stop writing there, because I think that’s more than enough reason to say this movie is an amazing political thriller. However, I’ll continue, just in case that wasn’t enough. The main character, Fin Shepard, is in the White House to accept an award for saving a bunch of people from sharknados twice. While, he is there, another sharknado hits DC, and he ends up saving the president (played by Mark Cuban). Then, towards the end of the movie (spoilers), Fin calls the president so that he and his dad (played by David Hasselhoff) can go to space using the secret space shuttle that the government owns. They go to space in hopes of stopping the largest sharknado ever, and they are successful, although they did have to sacrifice a member of their crew to get the job done. Overall, “Sharknado 3” is one of the best and most realistic political thrillers I have ever seen.
Austin: “The Bourne Identity”
In 2002, Matt Damon was still very early on in his career and saw a breakout success with the start of the Bourne series with “The Bourne Identity.” The film is directed by Doug Liman and tells the story of a bullet-filled man who is picked up by an unknown fishing boat and realizes that he has no recollection of himself and his past. Eventually, he’s pursued by unknown assassins who want to destroy him before he regains his memory and discovers who he truly is. The film is an adaption of Rober Ludlhum’s novel and many may not think of this to as a political thriller, but the espionage style and covert organizations involved lend to the themes of this sub-genre. This first film in the Bourne series is a fantastic action-packed start to a successful and critically acclaimed series. Matt Damon does a great job in one of his first large roles, and the overall plot of the film is filled with intriguing and mysterious conspiracies which lend to its twists and turns. The stunt work and action scenes are a staple of this series and this was one of many great assets it was known for. Overall, “The Bourne Identity” has everything you love about action and political thrillers all in one film.
“Lincoln” (2012) is my favorite political movie because it celebrates the sixteenth American president without romanticizing him. It’s easy for many people—myself included—to forget the grueling challenges this country went through in order to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment and abolish slavery. The movie creates urgency and gravity to perhaps the most momentous turning point in United States history, depicting Lincoln as a man burdened with exhaustion as he navigates his tumultuous political and family lives. The pairing of Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field as President and First Lady remains one of my favorite acting performances of all time. Also, if you get the chance to, go online and read the script for “Lincoln,” because it’s absolutely beautiful.
Samantha: “The King’s Speech”
One of my favorite political thrillers has got to be “The King’s Speech”. Colin Firth’s acting ranks very high in my family’s opinion, and with this role he absolutely blew everyone away. World War II is always a topic ripe with movie plot potential, and what is even more amazing is how this was based on the true story of King George VI and his speech impediment. Though some creative liberties were taken for the film, the story still hooked me in. There was a subtle action to it that made me anxious to see how the king’s speech was actually going to turn out as he broadcasted to the country England’s declaration of war against Germany in 1939. I won’t spoil anything, but I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t already.