Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #213: A Siege

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Siege


When I think of a siege what comes to mind is some ancient or medieval city barricading themselves in their walled city against outside forces and a few movies do come to mind. But I thought let's go for something more modern. They turn out to be all horror movies and here are my favourites:
Dog Soldiers (2002)
A squad of British soldiers in the Scotland wilderness for a military exercise are hunted by a pack of werewolves. They barricade themselves in an empty country house and with the werewolves circling it, they prepare for battle. 

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Survivors of a zombie apocalypse hole up in a shopping mall as hordes of zombies surround them.  
30 Days of Night (2007) 
A coven of vampires descends on a small Alaskan town that is enveloped in darkness for the month. The surviving humans hole up in various buildings to wait till daylight comes. 


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  1. I have not seen any of these and probably won’t but these are perfect for this week’s challenge

  2. I love that you went with 30 Days of Night. That's a clever pick!

  3. Love the horror theme. Almost went with 30 Days of Night, myself. Fantastic vampire flick.

  4. While I do love a theme within the theme this isn't one that is in my wheelhouse so I haven't seen any of these. I'm just not a horror fan but they all sound like they work for the theme very well.

    I had also planned to do a theme within the theme with three picks with the word siege in the title but it turned out I'd only seen two that worked. I tried for a couple of others but they proved to be elusive. So I chose a big budget star-studded epic instead.

    55 Days at Peking (1963)-In 1900 during China’s Boxer Rebellion Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi (Flora Robson) orders The Boxers, a group of Chinese secret societies to massacre foreigners within China. In the diplomatic compound a group of ambassadors, their families and staff hole up to resist the siege. Marine Corps Major Matt Lewis (Charlton Heston) aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson (David Niven), devise a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives while Lewis romances Russian baroness Natalie Ivanoff (Ava Gardner). A bit inflated but told on an epic scale.

    Under Siege (1992)-Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A man of action (Steven Seagal) finds himself trapped in an enclosed space-in this case a nuclear battleship-when terrorists (Tommy Lee Jones & Gary Busey) take the vessel hostage and it’s up to him and an innocent bystander (Erika Eleniak) to save the day! That’s right it’s Die Hard on the open seas!! The thing that separates this from the dozens and dozens of rip-offs that followed the release of the first classic is that it’s genuinely entertaining because director Andrew Davis knows how to shoot action and make it compelling for the audience.

    The Siege (1998)-After the US military abduction of an Islamic religious leader New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. The FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force chief Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington) teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft (Annette Bening) to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue the government declares martial law sending troops, led by Gen. Devereaux (a deeply nuts Bruce Willis), into the streets of New York City where he starts rounding up Arab-Americans into detention centers. Appalled Hubbard & Kraft race the clock to defuse the situation as it escalates to a fever pitch.

    1. Are there a lot of of movies with Siege in the titles? I think Under Siege had a couple of sequels right?


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