This is because genre can be dealt in different ways: it can be used to explore universal themes such as good vs evil, ‘crime doesn’t pay’, etc. or it can deal with hard-hitting and controversial subjects for example Pulp Fiction (1994). Either way it is successful with the mainstream and niche audience. The box office hit of such films as Minority Report (2002) are clearly mainstream, produced by major studios, 20th Century Fox and Dream Works; and stars Tom Cruise, which suggests it has high production values. The film also incorporates themes of good vs. evil and right triumphing over wrong.
I will be moving on to consider why the crime genre has enjoyed lasting mainstream appeal. Crime is a mainstream genre it is a mainstream genre because there are sub genres that come under it such as Law and Order, Police films and detective films. Crime has an Mainstream appeal to mainstream and independent producers because the films are not just for people that like only crime but for people that like only one sub genre in crime such as heist, juvenile delinquent, gangsters and detective. The first film I am analysing is Oceans Eleven, it was released was in the year 2001, the genres in this film was Comedy/ Thriller/ Crime, there were many other films released at the same time as Ocean’s Eleven one of them was Jeepers Creepers. The director for Oceans Eleven was Stephen Soferbergh and the studio was Warner Home Video.
Many thriller films contain elements from multiple subgenres, which in turn helps to create the core elements with more potency and variety. Silence of the Lambs is undoubtedly within the thriller genre and moreover can be placed into several of its numerous subgenres. However, there are two thriller subgenres that Silence fits into like a perfectly tailored suit of human skin: crime thriller and psychological thriller. The crime thriller genre is known for devices such as heists, kidnappings, interrogations, captivities, and ransoms. Famous crime thrill... ... middle of paper ... ... Academy Award for Best Actress, and the captivating dynamic between the sterile Starling and male anti-hero of Lecter, it is peculiar that the thriller genre has not seen more characters in the vein of Detective Starling.
Although it is a crime thriller it also has gangster undertones. I will discuss cause and effect, other films of the same genre, the characters, the settings, if there is equilibrium and any possible theorists. The Wachowski brothers who created 'Bound' are also responsible for 'The Matrix' which I think bares no resemblance to their debut 'Bound' in regards to genre. However the visual aesthetics that appear in each film which are appreciated by both audiences are apparent. I believe this film to be suitable for its narrative and genre, although a website reviewing the film stated It's not the narrative as much as how the film looks that keeps Bound's spectators rapt.
Criminal profiling has become a very popular and controversial topic. Profiling is used in many different ways to identify a suspect or offender in a criminal investigation. “Criminal profiling is the process of using behavioral and scientific evidence left at a crime scene to make inferences about the offender, including inferences about personality characteristics and psychopathology” (Torres, Boccaccini, & Miller, 2006, p. 51). “The science of profiling rests on two foundation blocks, basic forensic science and empirical behavioral research. Forensic science includes blood spatter analysis, crime scene reconstruction, and autopsy evidence.
Crime stories in this genre often highlight or glorify the rise and fall of a particular criminal (s), gang, bank robber, murderer or lawbreakers in personal power struggles or conflict with the law and order figures, or rival gang. Real-life gangsters and crime reports are often the basis for many crime and gangster films. A significant plot characteristic in these films is often a rivalry with other criminals in gangster warfare. These plots include questions to how the criminal is going to apprehended by the law. According to Horatio Alger gangster films are morality tales.
Crime films have had an enduring presence since the beginning of filmmaking. Genres are fictional worlds but they do not remain within the bounds of fiction; instead their conventions crossover into critical and cultural discourse and can be seen as an alternative public sphere (Gates, 7). While the crime film genre has evolved over time, many of its thematic conventions have persisted (Todd, 2000). Allen et al (1998) define crime films as having the central focus of the narrative the commission and/or the investigation of a crime, with the protagonist either an offender or a professional working in the criminal justice system. A distinctive archetype of the crime or gangster film is the normalcy of criminal behavior and violence.
As a crime film fanatic myself I can assure you that these elements are crucial in intensifying the overall impact it has on you as a viewer. I am aware that some claims have been made today in terms of the paramount example of this genre, however I am here to convince you otherwise. It is the Bruce Beresford directed film, ‘Double Jeopardy’. Even though the initial release was 1999, this lurid and preposterous thriller is consistent with the fundamental elements of any worthy crime film. Being branded as uncompromisingly brutal this plausible plot incorporates legal terminology, reflected in the title which in turn adds to the ratiocination of the protagonist.
With the ability for thrillers to blend so well with other genres like horror, it helps thrillers in evolving to a much better genre. When blending with other genres, thrillers typically use certain themes to help them become a more entertaining movie. Themes such as, murder, crime, and suspense all help shape how diverse and unique thrillers are when mixed together with other genres like horror, drama, action, and mystery. In the famous Hitchcock film Black Mail, it provides a great thriller that mixes together both entertaining themes, drama and crime, clearly a fan favorite. Hitchcock’s 1929 thriller Black Mail is a great example of what a thriller t... ... middle of paper ... ...hriller will continue to be what they have always been; Thrillers.
GoodFellas is without a doubt the best American mafia film for several reasons. Not only is it a biographical crime film with the real events involving mob families, but it possesses originality with the narration of most of the film, it portrays a great picture of the lower and higher end of the mob families and organizations, but it also showcases a copious amount of humor that blends well with