Fast Cutting: Lyndon Barber goes on a crusade

October 31, 2010, 11:03 PM

THRILLERS by definition have always aimed to excite the viewer, using a battery of techniques. Classics such as Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and the early Mad Max, Die Hard, Alien and Terminator films were constructed around brilliantly structured sequences that amounted to miniature symphonies of tension and release, full of excitement, suspense, relief and shock. In the late 1980s and the 90s, Hong Kong films, especially the bullet ballets of John Woo, revolutionised the genre...

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