Top 5 Favourite Keira Knightley Roles

Today marks Keira Knightley’s 30th birthday and amazingly in her career of 52 credits according to IMDB she has had two Oscar nomination to her name too. She has openly admitted she doesn’t need to do films for money anymore because of the Pirates franchise so you have to respect her decision to pick smaller more interesting projects to work on. Today I am looking at my favourite five roles of her career so far.

5. Juliet – Love Actually (2003)love

Juliet isn’t the biggest role in the film but the story does manage to be one of the most memorable of the whole film. She is the newly wed who has caught the eye of the best friend of her husband, who knows he can’t have her but decides to tell her he loves her through cards.

4. Penny – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)penny

Penny is the neighbour of our lead character whose lives become drawn together after the world is going to be hit by an asteroid. This is an alternative romantic comedy showing how disaster brings people together.

3. Ruth – Never Let Me Go (2010)ruth

Ruth is one of the three friends caught up in a love triangle in one of the darkest and bleakest films you will see.

2. Joan Clarke – The Imitation Game (2014)joan

Joan is one of the most powerful characters she has played who happens to work on cracking the Enigma code system with Alan Turing. This role shows how Keira continues to select roles involved strong women who defined their time.

1. Elizabeth Swann – Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogyswan

Elizabeth is the daughters of the wealthy men in town destine to marry a rich man but she does against everything to become an independent young woman who wants to fight for what she wants. Elizabeth is one of the strongest female characters in modern mainstream film even if she does get overshadowed by Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow.

Cheap Thrills (2013)

logoDirector: E.L. Katz

Writer: David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga (Screenplay)

Starring: Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller, Laura Covelli, Todd Farmer


Plot: A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: How Far Would You Go?


Story: Cheap Thrills starts by introducing us to one of our protagonist Craig (Healy) a man running low on money who is trying to keep his wife and baby happy with a roof over their heads. When his day doesn’t go as planned he loses his job he goes for a couple of drinks and has a chance meeting with an old friend Vince (Embry). The two have a catch up before joining couple Colin (Koechner) and Violet (Paxton) who flash around their money which leads to the start of a daring game for the money between the friends.

The game starts out harmless with dares to drink a shot first or slap a striper ass all seems like harmless fun. When the four ends up back and Craig and Violet’s apartment the games get upped to the next level. The two friends discover the couple have a planned to find two people desperate for money that they can make do anything for money for entertainment.

Cheap Thrills offers up the sort of question I love to see in films, how far would you go for the money? This is ultimately the point in this film the story really doesn’t push us to any limits past that, but it does have it deeper moments when you look at the different paths the two men who start off a friends have taken. The film only focuses on the four people which lets us develop them and seeing how far things go and with a shock ending which will stun this is a solid little story. (7/10)


Actor Review


Pat Healy: Craig Daniels family man who is struggling with his money who loses his job and tries to drown is pain in some drinks, where he meets an old friend before finding a couple that make him an offer he can’t refuses for a little extra money. Pat does a good job as the desperate man. (7/10)


Sara Paxton: Violet it is her birthday that the couple are celebrating with their dare game for the old friends. She comes off quiet but she is really just like her husband. Sara does a solid job but with her character sometimes falling into the background I feel we could have seen more from her. (6/10)


Ethan Embry: Vince the old friend of Craig’s who is more into the idea of the game and shows the difference between the two friends. Ethan does a good job as the more streetwise of the two friends. (7/10)


David Koechner: Colin the ring leader of the game who keeps things fresh with each of his twisted ideas. David does a good job with his strong charisma. (7/10)


Support Cast: Cheap Thrills doesn’t really have too many supporting characters we have a couple of opening scenes in a bar and strip club along with Craig’s wife who really don’t offer anything to what they do.


Director Review: E.L. Katz – He does a good job creating an interesting question film that goes in a few different directions. (7/10)


Comedy: Cheap Thrills has a few laughs but isn’t laugh out loud funny. (4/10)

Thriller: Cheap Thrills starts of slowly with its thrills before getting intense when things take a slightly different direction when we learn how much is up for grabs. (7/10)

Settings: Cheap Thrills uses very few settings and they are used well because the bar shows them and where they are in life, while the house shows how money can change everything they have done. (10/10)

Suggestion: Cheap Thrills is worth giving a go, it is interesting and shows how far people could go. (Try It)


Best Part: The Finger scene.

Worst Part: The Dog Scene


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could

Post Credits Scene: No


Budget: $200,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: What doesn’t kill you makes you richer.


Overall: Money Talks to the Desperate

Rating 70

Trailer Alert – Maggie

Plot – A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.

Release Date: Non set in the UK


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator)
  • Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine)

Director: Henry Hobson

Highlight of the Trailer: A different take on zombie genre.

What Looks Good?  Arnie is a serious role.

What Looks Bad? Arnie is a serious role.

Summary: Arnie is one of the greatest icons of screen history but he has never really managed serious roles, this looks like it will see whether he can achieve it. I also like the look of the zombie outbreak without it being all about blood thirsty zombies.


Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No