What is it about?

The political thriller is a commercial genre like others in the Hollywood tradition, but it deviates from certain narrative norms of the more commercial, mainstream films. This article explores how and why this is the case, in connection with the complex topics of political currency these movies usually address.

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Why is it important?

This article considers the political thrillers released roughly between 2003 and 2016, a prolific period in which important attitudes and political positions crystallized with regard to 9/11, the War on Terror, and the moral standing of the United States in world geopolitics. The ability of these films to materialize such abstract and complex notions in compelling and entertaining narratives merits a detailed study of their dramatic strategies.

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This page is a summary of: The post-9/11 American political thriller film: Hollywood’s dissident screenplays, Journal of Screenwriting, June 2020, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/josc_00025_1.
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