Thursday, 23 December 2010

Thriller sub genres & Momento

Thriller creates suspense, by heightened level of stress or excitement that it induces in the audience. It makes the reader think that they know what is going to happen when really they do not, making them feel tense and curious of the outcome. 
A sub-genre is a film that falls under the main genre category, its recognisable distinctive features is what allows it to be classed into a sub-genre. Each sub-genre shares similar codes and conventions which make it slightly different to another sub-genre. 

Thriller films contain more than a dozen sub-genre; main thriller sub-genre’s are:  

Psychological thrillers: The conflict between the main characters is mental and emotional, rather than physical e.g. Inception (2010)
Romance thrillers: Convention includes love triangles, murders; most of the time two people overcome their difficulties and they declare their love with a final kiss e.g. All Good Things (2010).
Political thriller: In which the hero/heroine must ensure the stability of the government that employs him. e.g. Enemy of the State (1998).
Supernatural thrillers: Film portrays un-conventional element mixed with tension, suspense and plot twists. Sometimes the hero and/or villain have some psychic ability e.g. What lies beneath (2000).
Action thrillers: Conventions include fast pacing, frequent action e.g. Deja Vu (2010).
Identity thrillers: Conventions include stolen identity, secret identity and cloning e.g. 13 movie (2010).

The clip begins with a black background and blue writing, introducing the cast names; then there is a fade which goes straight to a close up, entrapping the audience already, making them unaware of the surrounding, but curious about the picture. Not knowing what the picture is creates a sense of suspense. Non-diegetic sound of violins played in the beginning is very slow, connoting final flaw and depression.  Mise en scene helps to deepen suspense and thriller feeling due to the dead person, the blood flowing and the bullet on the floor.  Through the use of editing, reverse chronology has been used, to create a sense of thriller making the audience unaware of the preceding events, just like Leonard, thereby giving the viewer a sense of his confusion. . We know that the sub-genre of the movie is a psychological thriller; mainly due to the picture used to play with the audiences and the characters mind, as he is constantly shaking it trying to view the outcome but it keeps fading, through the editing: reverse of action.

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