Tag Archive: Action


Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Starring:
Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Bruce Willis

What It’s All About:

Barney Ross and his team of highly trained mercenaries “The Expendables” are offered a job on the island of Vilena in the Gulf of Mexico. The team need to overthrow the brutal leader General Gaza and restore peace to the island. As the misson unfolds the team learn more about themselves and what it means to fight in a unit together.

The Final Verdict:

The Expendables is a bad movie. Stallone feeds audiances a sub-par story that is in no way compelling, lazy dialogue and relies heavily on explosions to tell the story for him. This is what makes The Expendables so much fun to watch. Filled with corny one liners, a testosterone filled cast of action stars from days gone by and thrilling stunts not involving CGI; The Expendables offers a chance to switch off your brain and just have fun at the cinema. Sure it lacks an oscar winning story and performances but it sure does have a lot of balls to the wall action.

2/5

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Directed By: Nimród Antal
Starring: Adrien Brody, Lawrence Fishburn, Topher Grace, Danny Trejo

What It’s All About:

Awakening in free fall, mercenary Royce is plummeting towards the jungle below when his parachute opens. He lands into the forest and finds a number of other degenerates who find themselves in the same position. None of them remember how they got there, and soon things heat up as they work out they are being hunted by an unknown Predator.

The Final Verdict:

Taking on one of the classic Sci-Fi franchises is never an easy task, especially with one so fragile as the Predator series. After a brief affair with those horrible AvP movies, this is the first sequel since the 1990 Predator 2, and fans are after something that is true to the original. It’s gory, it’s full of action but Adrien Brody fails to fill the shoes of a compelling leading man, which is a detriment to the success of the film. A step in the right direction, but fails to reach the its full potential.

2/5

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Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong

What It’s All About:
Based on the comic book of the same name Kick Ass follows the story of Dave Lizewski, a teenager who doesn’t seem to fit in. One day he ponders why there aren’t any real superheroes in the world, while there are so many fans of such characters in comic books. He sets out to make a difference as a caped crusader and after he becomes a sensation, he gets caught up in a situation that leaves him in way over his head.

The Final Verdict:
Vaughn has done it again, proving that he is a consistent and talented director with the launch of his latest movie Kick Ass. The movie had the potential to be a full blown comedy in the same vein as a “Superbad” yet Vaughn manages to create something dark and very real. The whole cast does a fantastic job in making this movie stand out as something truly different, and while the constant profanity from “Hit Girl” can come across a little contrived, this has cult classic written all over it. Nicolas Cage puts in his best performance in years, and Aaron Johnson really stands on his own as the lead. Overall a great film that is well worth your time and money.

4/5


Directed By: Kevin Smith
Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracey Morgan, Seann William Scott

What It’s All About:
Jimmy and Paul have been partners in the NYPD for nine years. After they botch a drug deal they are put on suspension without pay, which is bad news for Jimmy who has to pay for his daughters extravagant wedding. He decides to trade in an extremely rare baseball card to raise the cash, but he falls victim to a robbery when trying to sell the card. While tracking down the location of his rare card, Jimmy and Paul stumble into a major drug ring, and it’s up to them to bring them all to justice.

The Final Verdict:
Kevin Smith’s first attempt at an action/comedy is a decent one that is let down by one factor, Tracey Morgan. While Bruce Willis holds his own in a role that seemed tailored to the bad arse that he truly is, Morgan’s overacting really ruins certain scenes of this otherwise decent movie. This movie isn’t going to stick out as anything more than a little bit of harmless fun.

2/5

Directed By: Pierre Morel
Starring: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Melissa Mars

What It’s All About:
James Reece is an aspiring CIA agent working as the personal aide to the U.S Ambassador in France. While his initial involvement with the CIA had left more to be desired, he is soon assigned to a case with a new partner, Special Agent Charlie Wax (Travolta). Wax is balls to the wall, trigger happy, wisecracking loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to investigate a drug ring. Together they take on a terrorist sect and learn that no one can be trusted.

The Final Verdict:
Action packed, balls to the wall and genuinely funny, From Paris With Love achieves something that cinema has been missing for a few years now, creates a strong action movie that is just fun to watch. The story does become a little disjointed along the way, but overall viewers need to take this movie for what it is, a fun action packed movie. Travolta dominates the screen and proves that he still has what it takes.

3.8/5