Are you looking to update your movie playlist with some action-packed movies from this year? I got you covered. In this article, I present you some action movies that actually are worth watching. Allow me to show you:
The role of transporting prisoners could have the lowest success-to-failure ratio in all of action filmdom. You can bet something unbearably tense is about to happen when a group of incarcerated people is loaded into a big vehicle (the more box-like and state-of-the-art the better).
Below Zero is a particularly gruesome example of the "transfer-gone-wrong" genre, a close-quarters thriller that works best when its characters are limited to the smallest possible room.
Even as the story unravels to expose amore traditional revenge movie slickedwith horrific brutality, the Spanishfilm's grim and foreboding atmospherecarries the a8ction—centered on apolice officer charged with workingalongside a new partner to oversee a"high-risk move" involving the deadlyhead of a Romanian gang throughsnowy, barren terrain—from the firstscene.
Frank Grillo, a sinister scene-stealer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a charming protagonist in scrappy thrillers like The Purge: Anarchy and Wheelman, has been underserved by the current action film ecosystem.
Grillo's throwback star force, a thread of grizzled tough-guy charm, and filmmaker Joe Carnahan, working from a script he co-wrote with Chris and Eddie Borey, wraps his lead in self-aware '80s and '90s nostalgia in Boss Stage, a brisk adventure that puts the buff actor in a Groundhog Day-like time loop trap where he fights off attackers and dies trying every day.
Despite the film's pseudo-futuristic setting, the music, cartoonish villains, and video game references all harken back to a time when an actor like Grillo might have starred.
The supporting cast varies from overqualified (Naomi Watts, Michelle Yeoh) to head-scratching (Mel Gibson, Rob Gronkowski), but this is entirely a Grillo display, an often silly but compelling case for his abilities.
In this film, Bob Odenkirk beats up a gang of thugs on a public bus before dismantling a gang of thugs in a factory. If you like Odenkirk from Better Call Saul or Mr. Show, the prospect of seeing the 58-year-old go full John Wick in a film written by John Wick writer Derek Kolstad is enticing.
Thankfully, Nobody mostly lives up to its promise, stringing together intense, bone-chilling battle scenes with a Bourne meets Death Wish meets Taken storyline that jumps from set piece to set piece.
While he lacks Keanu Reeves' balletic grace and Liam Neeson's Biblical rage, Odenkirk brings a psychological strength and a winning wryness to a role that a more traditional action hero may have simply slept-walked through.
Nobody could be the most satisfying jolt of sleek, mean mayhem you get from a major studio project this year, with John Wick: Chapter 4 now moved to 2022.
Sentinelle is reduced to its bare essentials at 80 minutes. The protagonist, an opioid-addicted French soldier (Olga Kurylenko) patrolling the Nice waterfronts, moves through the film with steely resolve, finding vengeance for her niece, who was brutally assaulted and raped by sleazy Russians.
While some of the battles are choppy, and parts of the plot are hard to believe, the narrative demonstrates admirable concentration and discipline. When the action occurs, it has a significant effect.
Sentinelle continues to show director Julien Leclercq's commitment to telling stories of violence and trauma with a sense of moral weight and emotional truth. His previous film, The Bouncer, which put Jean-Claude Van Damme in a similarly bleak and unforgiving world, was even sharper.
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