BY ARIANA POTICHNYJ
With Olympus Has Fallen hitting theatres this weekend, here are five other key political thrillers.
5) The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Sean Connery (as Marko Ramius) puts on what is supposed to be a vaguely Soviet accent, hitches up his fancy, new, not-musical-at-all submarine, and goes barreling towards New York City. Meanwhile, the CIA learns that the super sneaky Soviet sub is equipped with missiles that could take out any coastal city. The Soviets and the Americans are both trying to find Red October before the Cold War gets heated. The tension you’ll feel watching this is what most people felt 24/7 during the height of the Cold War.
4) JFK (1991)
Speaking of the Cold War (damn, that was a good transition), Oliver Stone’s JFK digs deep into the age old question “Who shot JFK?” But instead of leaving you with a cliffhanger like Dallas and history did, Stone elaborates on one of the more disturbing conspiracy theories, and turns it into a shocking, dramatic film. The film itself is also gorgeous and picked up two Oscars for Cinematography and Editing. So, if you aren’t taken in by the story, it’s almost impossible not to feel the anxiety from the way the film is shot.
3) All the President’s Men (1976)
Dustin Hoffman and Rob Redford find themselves digging deeper and deeper into the mess of a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National HQ, which turns out to lead to a much bigger mess — Watergate. Following the money, as they are advised to do, Hoffman and Redford find themselves at the White House. And to think, this all started with a minor break-in. This movie will make you wonder if there’s something bigger at work from the smallest events.
2) The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
From this list alone, you can tell that either I’ve got a thing for the Cold War, or everyone’s got a thing for the Cold War. But The Manchurian Candidate is hailed as one of the greatest pieces of film ever. Frank Sinatra has a disturbing recurring dream where his war sergeant from Korea killed two members of their squad. Sinatra then learns, after talking with other members of his squad, that he’s not the only one who has been having this dream. This film is filled with Commie-baiting, Korean War trauma, and webs upon webs of lies.
1) Munich (2005)
After the murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games, which were held in Munich, Germany, Prime Minister Golda Meir gives the go ahead to hunt down and kill all who were involved in the plot. Thanks to Spielberg’s amazing direction, John Williams’s dramatic score, and some awesome performances by Eric Bana and Daniel Craig, this film tops the list for being positively astonishing from every angle.