Annal: 2003 Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 2003.

Film:Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition

Sam Mendes

In Road to Perdition, Tom Hanks plays a hit man who finds his heart. Michael Sullivan (Hanks) is the right-hand man of crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman), but when Sullivan’s son accidentally witnesses one of his hits, he must choose between his crime family and his real one. The movie has a slow pace, largely because director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) seems to be in love with the gorgeous period locations. Hanks gives a deceptively battened-down performance at first, only opening up toward the very end of the film, making his character’s…

Film:The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Doug Liman

Freely adapted from Robert Ludlum’s 1980 bestseller, The Bourne Identity starts fast and never slows down. The twisting plot revs up in Zurich, where amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), with no memory of his name, profession, or recent activities, recruits a penniless German traveler (Run Lola Run’s Franka Potente) to assist in solving the puzzle of his missing identity. While his CIA superior (Chris Cooper) dispatches assassins to kill Bourne and thus cover up his failed mission, Bourne exercises his lethal training to leave a trail of…

Film:Die Another Day

Die Another Day

Lee Tamahori

The 20th James Bond adventure, Die Another Day succeeds on three important fronts: it avoids comparison to Austin Powers by keeping its cheesy humor in check, allows Halle Berry to be sexy and worthy of a spinoff franchise, and keeps pace with the technical wizardry that modern action films demand. Pierce Brosnan’s got style and staying power as James Bond, now bearing little resemblance to Ian Fleming’s original British super-spy, but able to hold his own at the box office. He’s paired with American agent Jinx (Berry) in chasing a…

Film:One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo

Mark Romanek

One Hour Photo may be more civilized than Taxi Driver, but it’s just as effectively creepy. Like Martin Scorsese’s classic, this riveting character study is so compassionately detailed that we sympathize with poor Sy Parrish (Robin Williams) even as he grows increasingly unhinged. Sy is a meticulously dedicated one-hour-photo technician, but the pictures he processes—particularly those belonging to the successful, seemingly happy family of Nina and Will Yorkin (Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan)—turn into the unhealthiest kind of obsession. The…

Film:Red Dragon

Red Dragon

Brett Ratner

A lot could’ve gone wrong in Red Dragon, but the movie exceeds expectations. Replacing the acclaimed Manhunter as an “official” entry in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, this topnotch thriller—the second adaptation of Thomas Harris’s first Lecter novel—returns to the fertile soil of The Silence of the Lambs, serving as both prequel and heir to the legacy of Lecter as portrayed, with mischievous menace, by the great Anthony Hopkins. Familiar faces and locations reappear (along with Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally) as Lecter coaches FBI…

Film:XXX

XXX

Rob Cohen

Vin Diesel is no James Bond, and he doesn’t want to be. That’s why XXX announced Diesel as the adrenalin-junkie Bond of the PlayStation generation, copying the Bond formula so shamelessly that this action-packed silliness would be a Bond movie if it starred Pierce Brosnan. Reuniting Diesel with his Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen, XXX has an attitude (if not a brain) all its own, plucking Diesel’s Xander Cage from his celebrity as an extreme sports renegade, recruited by a National Security Agency big shot (Samuel L. Jackson)…

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