If it’s slow-burning devastation you’re seeking, look no further than Amazon Prime’s amazing curation of top-notch thriller films. And whether you’re into multimillion dollar A-list showcases or bite-sized indie efforts with shoestring funding, Prime Video’s library of cinematic suspense films is a collection that has something for everyone. As subscribers and fans of the platform, it’s up to us to keep you in the loop, which is why we’ve created this roundup of the best thrillers you can stream on Prime Video right now.
Not every Hollywood thriller has to focus on genre-defining subject matter like bloody bank heists and psychological chills. In fact, if you’re looking for a thriller that the whole family can wrap their heads around, look no further than Clue. Written and directed by Jonathan Lynn, the film features an ensemble cast made up of famous players like Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael McKean. Set in 1954, the events of the movie transpire over a single evening. When seven strangers arrive at a secluded New England mansion, a death among the visitors leads to a scramble of finger-pointing, as the figurative skeletons in the guests’ closets begin emerging. A cinematic adaptation of the iconic board game, Clue’s theatrical run included three unique endings that were different based on the screening you attended (with all three endings present in the film’s home-video release).
Directed by Brad Anderson from a script by Scott Kosar, The Machinist stars Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik, a machinist who’s crippling bout of insomnia has left the man unable to sleep for an entire year. A condition that leads to truly horrific emaciation, Trevor’s waking life is thrown into further turmoil when he accidentally injures a coworker, leading Trevor into a disturbing downward spiral of paranoia and hallucinations. Christian Bale went to great lengths to achieve his characters’ unforgettable look, and the narrative proves just as wiry and wicked as the protagonist’s crumbling vessel of skin and bones.
In his follow-up to 2009’s Oscar-winning Crazy Heart, co-writer-director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace casts Christian Bale as Russell Baze, a Pennsylvania steelworker who sets off on a blood-soaked manhunt for one Harlan DeGroat, a backwoods maniac who is the main culprit in the recent disappearance of Russell’s brother, Rodney (Casey Affleck). While it’s not the most original film as far as the premise goes, Out of the Furnace is able to rise above familiar genre fare thanks to its arresting core cast and thoughtful direction from Cooper.
Buckle up for safety, because when director Michael Bay is behind the wheel of a 2022 remake of a 2005 Danish heist action-thriller, you know there’s going to be major explosions as far as the eye can see. Strapped for cash, ex-Marine Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) wants to earn his living the right way. Yet when the allure of a quick in-and-out bank robbery with his con artist brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) beckons him, Will agrees to pull off the crime with his sibling. But when the job goes haywire, Will and Danny are forced to hijack an ambulance as their getaway vehicle, with two first responders in tow. In terms of A-to-B adrenaline, Ambulance is your typical Michael Bay film, although the exceptional acting, lightning-fast camerawork, and kinetic editing allows this one to rise a few pegs above the director’s other flicks.
In director Ron Howard’s harrowing and emotional Thirteen Lives, is the real-life story of the Wild Boars, a Thai soccer team made up of twelve players and their coach. When the team ventures off into the Tham Luang cave, heavy rains flood the cavern, trapping them inside. After the parents of the boys alert authorities, a globalized rescue effort, comprised of professional divers and other emergency responders, must race against the clock to save the Wild Boars before it’s too late. Dialing in the dramatized strengths from other Howard-honed pictures like Apollo 13, there’s plenty at stake in Thirteen Lives, and the longtime auteur deftly tackles the many anxiety-inducing feats of one of the world’s most death-defying search-and-rescue efforts.
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