Movies on Murder Mysteries

Raat Akeli Hai' Trailer: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta ...

It doesn't seem engaging at first. Seems to have a rather slow start. Not moving fast enough. Not thrilling enough. But you sit through the first hour, registering the numerous characters in your head. Each of them seems to have had the reason to commit the murder. Most belong to the same family, that makes it certain that it is indeed an insider's job. You think it through yourself, as the police and detective does in the movie. You are being taken on a ride. But just as you try to decide to quit watching, something is revealed, piquing your interest. Then something else comes up, making you question your own deductions so far. Then you are hooked. Glued to the screen. It is thrilling, the second half. And the end seems satisfactory, explaining all the open ended questions you have had through the watch. That is an awesome amazing thriller for me.

Since a few days, I have been hung up on thriller movies. Can't get enough of those. Starting from 'who-dunnit' flicks to regional tales, desi noirs. It started with watching 'Basic Instinct' on Netflix. Sensuous, old world charm in a literal sense and very intriguing, it one one of the best mysteries I have watched recently.  I watched 'The Firm' next - a legal thriller starring Tom Cruise. 'Secret Obsession' next, wasn't really impressed by it. After having watched 'Bulbbul' I had been searching Indian thrillers in Bollywood or on OTT platforms, and then came 'Raat Akeli Hai'. Slow start of course, but quite subtly engaging tale. I miss something of a thrill that was in 'Kahaani'.

Do suggest me any movies you have watched and loved. I have 'A death in the gunj' in my watchlist.

I have been reading thrillers too these days. 'The Silent Patient' was by far my best book on mystery this year. Quite worth a read. Deserves the hype around it. It is being made into a movie as well. The rights were gone within a few months of it being published. 

Do recommend me any novels in the genre that you can't stop talking about. I have 'The Devotion of Suspect X' in my TBR list.

Update:

Murder in the Orient Express was amazing. Worth a watch. Kaun, starring Urmila and Manoj Bajpayee was good enough. Death in the Gunj wasn't a thriller at all, as I was under the impression, it was just a story around a death. Good one, though not a thriller. 


Comments

  1. Thrillers/mysteries are my new favourites. I haven't watched the movies you have mentioned (I have heard a lot about Bulbul and Raat Akeli hai). I have watched Special Ops a few days ago and it's excellent! Kahaani and Drishyam are absolute favourites!

    I have read The Devotion of Suspect X. It's good. Keigo Higashino is my favourite. I have read 3 books by this author. Salvation of a Saint is particularly brilliant!

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    1. I have personally lost count of the times I have watched Drishyam on television. It's too good. I haven't read any book by the author. Would check out!

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  2. If you'd like a good thriller + supernatural vibe, you can read and watch the Baztan Trilogy. Ebooks are available on Amazon, and the movies are on Netflix.

    [@samantha_rjsdr] fromWhimsical Compass

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    1. Okk would surely check out... thank you for recommending...

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  3. No doubt suspense movies give adrenaline rush. OTT platforms are offering lot of good content.

    - Ujjwal Mishra MywordsMywisdom

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    1. True.. Recently I also watched a docu-drama series 'Unsolved Mysteries' . It was thrilling. True events. Chilling too !

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  4. I am a huge mystery fan, both literary and virtual! Anything by Agatha Christie has my heart. I highly recommend the BBC series "Poirot" starring David Suchet, from the 1990s. Some of the episodes are available on Youtube.
    www.nooranandchawla.com

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    1. Thank you so much for the recommendations.. would surely check them out...

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  5. I used to watch Forensic Files a lot, at times it used to creep me a lot! The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl are two of my absolute favorites...

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    1. I was awed by Gone Girl. Surely a chilling favorite!

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  6. Murder mysteries are really addictive. You don't want to miss a scene or a page of book provided it is plotted well. Recently I had seen "Judgemental hai kya". It is also good movie I found.

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  7. I am always a lover of crime and thrillers. I am always in search of new series or movies coming up in this genre. However, I simply loved Expiry Date on ZEE5 that I recently watched and instantly reviewed on my blog.

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  8. Thrillers and mysteries are my favourite and I can't ignore them. I have watched most of them but some are left. Will watch them.

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  9. And guess what, I haven't seen any of these. Will surely search and watch these one by one. Thanks for sharing the list, I'm sure these would be gripping.

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