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Finland - 65 years old
Alive and kicking
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Finnish director who moved to Hollywood and ended up in China. Harlin follows the money, but he actually manages to make entertaining films with it. If you want solid/expensive genre fun, his oeuvre's a real boon.


Bodies at Rest

Chen Mo De Zheng Ren
2019 / 94m - China
Bodies at Rest poster

A simple but capable thriller that plays a little like Die Hard in a Chinese hospital. It's nothing too original or out of the ordinary, but the execution is on point, the actors do a decent job and there are a few scenes that do manage to get the juices flowing. Not a very memorable film, but extremely solid filler nonetheless.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

2013 / 100m - USA
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The Dyatlov Pass Incident poster

Legend of the Ancient Sword

Gu Jian Qi Tan Zhi Liu Yue Zhao Ming
2018 / 105m - China
Fantasy, Action
Legend of the Ancient Sword poster

Renny Harlin, the man who follows the money. The Finnish director spent a long time in Hollywood, but moved to China when he saw opportunities in their budding movie industry. He directed a handful of Chinese blockbusters so far, and like most of his films, they aren't the greatest, but offer decent blockbuster fun for those who care for such things.

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Three warriors are looking for a unique ring, which supposedly leads the way to a lost martial arts master. When the ring is auctioned, they all show up, but they're not alone as an evil power also wants the ring for himself. The three vow to work together and learn that the ring is part of a legendary sword.

The CG is hit-and-miss, and the fantasy elements feel a bit random, other than that this was a fun and entertaining ride. The film's universe is creative enough, the action is pretty decent and the pacing hardly ever slows down. Exactly what you can expect from a Harlin blockbuster.


Jue Di Tao Wang
2016 / 107m - China
Comedy, Action, Adventure
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2007 / 88m - USA
Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Cleaner poster

Exorcist: The Beginning

2004 / 114m - USA
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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Die Hard 2: Die Harder

1990 / 124m - USA
Action, Thriller
Die Hard 2: Die Harder poster

The Covenant

2006 / 97m - USA
The Covenant poster

A cheesy but dedicated horror film. It's a shame that Harlin is too busy courting horny teenagers, because behind all the tweeny nonsense hides a fun and amusing witch flick. The cinematography is nice enough, the visual effect are okay and the fights are adequate. There's some fun to be had here, but only if you can ignore the cheese.

Deep Blue Sea

1999 / 105m - USA
Sci-fi, Thriller
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A silly premise that results in a few decent thriller/action moments. Don't try to make too much sense out of the plot, while the film makes some statements about science and genetic manipulation, I don't think there's a serious message here. Everything is geared at having a handful of smart, killer sharks hunt a group of weary humans.

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A group of scientists is trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's. They're on the right path, having found a promising substance inside the brains of sharks, but time (i.e. funding) is running out, so they have to take a couple of unethical choices to complete their research. Of course, this is not going to end well.

A group of people is trapped inside a flooding structure, while intelligent sharks are hunting them down. The actors are all B-grade, the plot is pretty dumb and the film is as predictable as can be, but there are some tense scenes scattered throughout. Not the worst of its kind, but hardly worthy of a recommendation.


1993 / 113m - USA
Thriller, Adventure
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Mediocre action flick that has a few tense scenes, but consists mostly of bad filler. Poor performances, dull cinematography and a boring villain make this a tough film to love. Typical 90s mainstream fodder that appears tepid, underwhelming and unnecessarily slow nowadays, but at least there are some decent moments.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master poster