2014 was a great year for mainstream thriller movies. From The Imitation Game to Gone Girl, here are the best thriller movies of 2014;
1. The Imitation Game
This is a British-American historical drama thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It was the highest-grossing independent film of 2014, garnering 8 Academy nominations and it is easy to see why. It is based on a true story, telling the life of Alan Turing, a cryptographer during World War II. Turing is a difficult person to work with and prefers working alone. Turing designs a machine to decipher cryptic messages used by the Germans and gets funding from Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Turing later gets married to a female cryptographer who joins the team, but she does not know that he is gay. The marriage later ends and Turing is convicted of indecency, for which he undergoes chemical castration as punishment. He later reunites with his wife, Clarke, after she visits him and witnesses his poor state. As the movie ends, the group burns the documents they used while decrypting, after being ordered to do so, while Turing commits suicide at 41.
2. Gone Girl
Gone Girl is a psychological thriller adapted from a 2012 novel of the same name. Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, returns home to find his wife missing on their fifth anniversary. After blood is found in their home, it is suspected that Nick murdered his wife. The disappearance gains widespread media attention. Their marriage had obliterated over time. It later turns out that Amy, Nick’s wife, has framed him, because he ruined their marriage and was unfaithful. Nick hires Tanner, a lawyer who specializes in defending husbands accused of murdering their wives, played by Tyler Perry. Nick goes on a TV show and begs Amy to return, promising he will change. Amy does return and refuses to divorce Nick, saying they have to stay married because of their child. Nick stays with her reluctantly.
3. American Sniper
This film is a loose adaptation of a 2012 book by Chris Kyle. It was the highest grossing film for that year, in the US. Kyle used to be taught how to shoot by his father and later joins the Navy, becoming a U.S. Navy SEALS sniper. He marries a woman he meets at the bar, before going to Iraq. He soon makes a name for himself due to his skills, as the insurgents put a bounty on him. He returns home to his newborn son but is distracted by memories of the war. He goes on two other trips to Iraq and when he contemplates going on the fourth, his wife says suggests leaving him. He later returns home for good, helping injured veterans. He is killed years later by a veteran he was trying to help.
4. X-Men: Days of The Future Past
This movie became the most successful film in the X-Men franchise. Logan goes back in time so that he can put a stop to the sentinels and the humans who are aiding them. The sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique, a captured mutant, so they can adapt. Logan is presented with a difficult task, given he must seek the help of Charles, his current partner, when he goes back in time, but Charles had lost his powers at the time.
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service
This British spy thriller film stars Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. Harry Hart, the head of a secret spy organization recruits a street kid into one of the training programs. Hart and the street child, called Eggsy, track down a mastermind who is planning a mass genocide that will wipe out certain DNA codes. They have a plan to stop him from causing chaos. It is a very gripping and interesting spy tale, with a sequel slated for 2017.