August 2013 was a fantastic month for movies in a variety of genres, particularly action. The best August 2013 films feature a combination of innovative plotlines, unexpected twists, solid performances from new and established actors, and great effects. Whether you're in the mood for a chilling thriller or a lighthearted comedy, there's something for everyone at the box office this summer.
"Getaway" is a gripping racing thriller that follows Brent Magna, a retired race car driver drawn into the nefarious plan of a mysterious villain who kidnaps and holds his wife hostage. Brent is forced to use his racing skills to steal a highly advanced vehicle unlike any other, which marks the first in a night of risky and illegal missions that he must accomplish to save his wife. In a surprising twist, he is ordered to kidnap a young woman known simply as The Kid, who happens to be the car's owner. Brent must not only evade the law as he completes a series of dangerous missions to save his wife but also try to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her kidnapper as well. "Getaway" is a thrilling drama that delivers on both action and a unique plot. Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez are captivating as Brent and The Kid, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats and earning "Getaway" a spot on the list of the best August films.
"Afternoon Delight" (watch trailer) is a refreshingly quirky comedy that stars Kathryn Hahn as Rachel, a bored housewife who wants so much more than the picturesque suburban life that seems to her a gilded cage. When friends invite Rachel and her husband Jeff to a gentleman's club, Rachel becomes enamored with McKenna, a nineteen-year-old exotic dancer. When Rachel runs into a newly homeless McKenna on the street, she immediately invites her to move in with them as a live-in nanny. Jeff is understandably confused and upset as his stable family life is turned on its head by this strange intruder. As the film progresses, McKenna teaches Rachel to be open to her own potential and redefine her take on what it means to be an empowered modern woman. "Afternoon Delight" is a surprisingly witty comedy that offers a thoughtful and unique look into the life of one woman who seems to have it all yet feels hopelessly lost. This film is truly a breath of fresh air among an endless string of action films, offering audiences something fun and fresh.
"Elysium" features an all-star cast, including Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Matt Damon plays Max, a retired soldier who has succumbed to the dullness of daily life on an Earth that has been stripped of its cultures and valuable natural resources. The privileged upper class of humanity has long since fled the ruined earth for a paradise in the sky known as Elysium. Elysium is a space station that acts as a haven from sickness, war, poverty, and violence. The biggest worry for residents of Elysium is getting the perfect tan, while their counterparts on Earth are forced to struggle just to survive. When an accident happens that leaves Max with mere days to live, he calls on the help of some tech-savvy friends to outfit him with a suit that could help him bypass Elysium's security and access the only technology that can save his life.
"Elysium" is a truly unique summer film that blends the best of the science fiction and drama genres. Jodie Foster delivers a stunning performance as Delacourt, the film's primary antagonist and leader of the Elysium space station. The central conflict between Max and Delacourt is full of tension as these two headstrong characters face off, each with the goal of protecting their respective worlds. "Elysium" is a remarkably relevant film, tackling themes of government oppression and immigration. With such a thoughtful premise, it's obvious that "Elysium" is far more than just another action-packed summer blockbuster. While the film certainly has all the ingredients it takes to make a great summer film, such as amazing special effects and a star-studded cast list, it also has the spirit and conviction of an independent film.
While there are plenty of great options for moviegoers this summer, "Elysium" earns its place as the standout film of August 2013 for numerous reasons. "Elysium" is packed with solid performances from well known actors, and it has a storyline that takes the best elements of the science fiction and action genres and morphs them into a whole new experience. If you're in the mood for a thrilling action film that delivers on big movie effects and a heart-filled storyline, "Elysium" is truly the best film August 2013 has to offer.