Action Movie SUBGENRES
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It's said that Revenge is a dish that's best served cold. In
the case of Action Movie revenge, you may get a 10-course meal where
all the dishes are piping hot. Piping hot's good. Shut up and eat
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
KILL BILL VOL. 1
QUANTUM OF SOLACE
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2011)
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
NEED FOR SPEED
BULLET TO THE HEAD
Conan The Barbarian
(14 May 1982)
If you have never seen this, you will be surprised by how much sex
there is. It's more than a little campy, and at the time it was like
nothing we had ever seen in an Action Movie. We wanted more, but Conan The Destroyer and Red
Sonja didn't quite live up to our expectations. Maybe it was
Arnold we wanted, and we got
that! I want to say it's so bad it's good . . . It's both. We
Owning a replica of the
sword is about the coolest thing for an action movie freak (and
Star Trek II: The
Wrath of Khan
(4 June 1982)
Action | Adventure | Drama . . . (what no Sci-Fi?! I
submitted the addition on IMDb, let's see if it sticks.)
As Revenge movies go, this one is so much fun! Partly because
James Tiberius Kirk is involved, but also Ricardo Montalban's
dulcet tones make it so satisfying. "He tasks me. He tasks
me and I will have him." And what follows is a version of
lines from Moby Dick. How well they are used here! This is one
of my all-time favorite movies. I would so love to see a
remake, but Khan's part must live up to the voice. The whole
idea of the
Botany Bay and
Ceti Alpha V and
VI is intriguing and there
could be two movies in this story. If anyone who could
make these movies reads this, you have to know that Khan and his
family have to be superior in physique and looks for this to work
really well. It plays well against the 'ordinary' people (like us)
that we defeat them. I'm a big Benedict Cumberbatch fan but
Khan. The blonde Malibu Barbie
and Ken look is so '80s and perfect! They have to be really great
looking to pull this off. Cumberbatch is, let's say uniquely
attractive. I always thought the character of Khan should have
been younger, but Montalban pulled it off.
Such an Arnold vehicle.
This movie gave audiences what they were clamoring for:
Arnold, Arnold, and more Arnold. The one-man army.
When he takes off to rescue his daughter from a guerilla camp, his
determination knows no bounds. From the scene
where they rob the store for weapons to how he boards the plane, to the
beach assault where he takes on the entire camp by himself, to the
subsequent rescue, this should be a
Super Soldier movie because G. I. Joe was never so
well built or well armed. Arnold's walk-and-shoot borders
on hilarious (but in a good way). Aciton Movie audiences ate it up, still
do. Cheesy one-liners abound. The final gun battle is epic.
Alyssa Milano is good as Arnold's resourceful daughter.
Audiences loved that too: the idea of Arnold as their Dad. The
movie also stars
Bill Duke who appeared next on
the big screen with Arnold in . . .
(17 July 1987)
is movie about revenge, but really, it's so fucking bad ass that
he's a robot, the story is background. Nothing has equaled this
movie since. It's just so over the top that it's still wildly
entertaining. I guess they were afraid to push the envelope with the
remake but it couldn't hold a candle to this movie.
credit has to be given to Peter Weller (who's just a great
actor—he killed in Dragon Eyes) but the supporting cast is also
a huge part of the fun. As cheesy as the special effects sometimes
were (ED-209 looked like a electric shaver), the movie was part of a
wave of fun, super creative late '80s/early '90s Sci-Fi movies that
included The Running Man (1987), They Live (1988),
Total Recall (1990),
Demolition Man (1993), Judge Dredd (1995), and . I'd
like to think they were inspired by 1982's Blade Runner, but
who's to say for sure.
This movie makes the
revenge ultra satisfying and I think they get the balance of man and
machine just right. What the machine adds to the man and how the man
uses the machine is part of what made it a classic. It's always fun
to watch even when some scenes are uncomfortable, they pump up the
. . . See also
The Count of Monte Cristo
(25 Jan 2002)
Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, Luis Guzman, and an
18-year-old Henry Cavill. I could
stop there "Enough Said" but it's a also one of the all-time great
revenge tales. If you were raised on the Literature Classics, or
love The Three Musketeers movies, you will love this. The acting is
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
You can't argue that Quentin Tarantino's creativity and the
entertainment factor is not incredible, but Uma Thurman? When
I first saw it, I thought she was not the best choice. I don't care how well she
handled herself and the sword, she looked awkward, un-athletic, and gangly doing
it. I just wish someone else was cast. Someone with
athletic prowess like her stunt double
Zoë Bell. What a huge difference that would have made.
I'm not saying I didn't enjoy watching it but . . . Quentin Tarantino fans will be hating on me for this
but I'm not a huge fan of this movie. (She did not just say that. Oh yes, I did .) Beside that, I liked it, but not
The knife fight between
and Angela Meryl / Uma Thurman and
Vivica A. Fox was the best girl thing ever!
This movie is in a league of its own. He's a bad ass on a whole other
Quantum of Solace
should have been called
"Another Way To Die"
Nov 2008) Action | Adventure | Thriller
This movie is unfairly underrated. I've watched it a bunch of times just
for the Action. The Action is top rate and the movie never gets old. The fight scenes, the dogfight (he
wins with a DC-3! that's saying something), the locations, the
car chases, the whole thing is great.
James Bond and I loved the storyline. In fact, it's the
same trio of writers as Casino Royale so I don't get why people didn't seem to take to this
movie. The scenery and the pacing made it even more interesting to
me. I love how many classic Bond elements it has. Even Felix Lighter
There's a free short documentary
on Location - Quantum of Solace"
on amazon instant video you should watch if you love this movie
like I do. It gives you an idea of just how much hard work goes into
making a movie like this. (The footage on how they filmed the
dogfight makes you realize how expensive this must be.)
Bond movies were the pinnacle of Action Movies for years. This
lives up to that legacy. I
think what I like best is that it shows off Bond's skills and his perseverance.
I also loved the continuity of the story. It really humanized him.
Without this movie, his relationship with "M" would not have been as
poignant in Skyfall.
(3 Sept 2010)
So much good and
bad in one action movie. I loved it
and I hated it. It
was incredibly unkind to women. They crossed too many lines for me
in the name of "art" and not to good effect, and
they copied shamelessly. But, you know you wanted to see it just for the
Conan The Barbarian
(19 Aug 2011)
This was really like two movies in one. The actor who
played the younger Conan was so convincing and captivating, it
seemed like a movie on its own. After seeing the last half, I
much preferred the first. The second half seemed a bit silly
Jason Momoa was beautiful to look at, no
complaints there, but . . .
Leo Howard held his own in the acting
department and then some!
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
(17 Feb 2012)
Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is visually stunning, from the
overall look of it with the intense colors, creative cut outs,
collages, and camera angles, to the details like the absolutely
bad-ass wardrobe of worn leather, to the stunts like Idris Elba's slow-mo fall backwards while
shooting (as often as we've seen that original
Dar Robinson move, it was a
stand out, and delivered not only, surprisingly, SURPRISE, but
impact—it says a lot that they made this move fresh, and that it was
so bad ass, that it's still bad ass). I saw the movie in 2D thinking
that if I didn't think 3D would have added anything, I would have
been smart and saved the difference in the price of admission, but
if it seemed like it would have been good in 3D then I could always
pay to see it again. And will I! It delivered beyond my expectations
on every level.
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Bullet to the Head
(1 Feb 2013)
Starting with “I got your old guy
Sylvester Stallone wisecracked, shot, stabbed,
punched, and drank his way through Bullet to the Head. [Bulleit
must have paid handsomely to be so prominently featured.
If they paid handsomely to help make a Stallone movie, I'm all for
promoting them here as a thank you!] The movie was a little
Transporter-ish and like
Parker, and like
Statham's characters Stallone's character
James Bonomo aka “Jimmy Bobo” has rules.
more . . .
Need for Speed
(14 Feb 2014)
What's more American than their love of cars?
How about a drive-in? Meet small-town mechanic and local street-racing legend "Tobey Marshall" (Aaron P)
who lost his girl to 'the bad guy': his high-school football and
racing rival turned professional driver. So, this movie "ain't just
about racing", it's about
Each major plot point kicks up the revenge motive more and more, but
with a twist. This movie showcases top-notch old school stunt work
thanks to veteran
Lance Gilbert (son of legend
(24 Oct 2014)
It's a story of vengeance starring
Keanu Reeves that takes you
along for a wild ride! As John Wick,
Keanu Reeves is single-handedly
bringing Bad Ass back. John Wick is a true Action Movie (the best
praise I can give).
This movie is different (better) than most "Action Movies" today
because it's the directorial debut of the 87Eleven Action Design
Chad Stahelski and
who know Action (as it should be). Not only do they truly know
Action Movies, their firm does the most impressive stuntwork in the
business. I say that because after I first found out who 87eleven
was—Ninja Assassin blew my socks off in 2009—whenever the
Action in a movie was so good I wondered "Who did the Action on
this?" Yeah, 87eleven!
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(19 Sept 2015)
"Montana" is a great protégé movie with compelling characters, a ton
of growling (LOVE that! LOL), and great fight scenes. This movie was
something I stumbled on in
Amazon.com. I highly recommend
it and hope you enjoy the morality. It's always good to see the bad
guys get their come uppance. There's a ton of cursing and some major
assholes. So satisfying. They spend some time developing the back
story on the characters and so you care what happens to them.
Mo Ali (amazingly good movie
for it being only his second!), the movie is set in the "mean
streets of London's East End". Who knew that neighborhood was so
rough. Until I read that I thought it was in Eastern Europe
someplace. The co-lead, "Dimitrije". (it's debatable which of the
two the movie is about), is played by
Lars Mikkelsen. You might
recognize him from "Headhunter". The other lead "Montana" is played
McKell David. I hope we see
more of him.
Action Movie SUBGENRESS