In the typical action movie one or more of the characters in the film will become the hero. He or she will do this through physical action which makes them do extraordinary feats of strength. The hero may have to come to a life threatening action between themselves or another. Some of the best movies will have these great action scenes. Car chases are usually a good win for a movie. With the technology of today some of the movies made are computer generated when it comes to an action scene. The following movies are action films of the past year. Please take a look and give some feedback as to which ones you feel are the best action movies of 2013. Enjoy.
'Star Trek Into Darkness' - For your Friday evening pleasure take everyone in the family to the movies and go see the new Star Trek Into darkness. This is nothing but action and adventure. This is what Star Trek has been giving us for decades and this movie is pure Star Trek. Our crew of Captain Kirk played by Chris Pine,
Spock played by Zachary Quinto, Uhura played by Zoe Saldana, Bones played Karl Urban, Scotty played by Simon Pegg, Sulu played by John Cho, and Chekov played by Anton Yelchin are all here to boldly go where no one has gone before. Our story opens with the Enterprise crew trying to help a planet of beings who are not very high on the evolutionary scale. Controversy occurs when Spock and Kirk give different reports of the events on the planet. Kirk brakes protocol and loses his ship.
A person of extreme capabilities attacks Star Fleet Headquarters and then runs off to the Klingon world of Kronos. Kirk is sent to kill him rather than bring him back alive. Of course Kirk disobeys an order and this is where we see a very young Khan. Anytime we see Khan in a Star Trek performance we know there is going to be more action than we bargained for. Khan and his followers of genetically superior beings are brought back for secret work and all hell breaks lose.
Director J.J. Abrams does an excellent job with cast and story line for this new Star Trek Movie. This is a movie to introduce the kids to a new generation of Star trek. Follow the tales of the Enterprise as it travels to galaxies far, far away. Enjoy.
'2 Guns' - DEA Agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and Navy OPS Michael "Stig" Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are working together only they don't know each other is legal. They both think they are working with bad guy Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) a major drug dealer. Coming back across the border Bobby's boss has them stopped and wonders why he doesn't have any coke with him. Papi gave them cash not coke, thus making a buy a bust, literally. No drugs for the merchandise that Bobby brought and the deal is null and void in court. Jessup (Robert John Burke) wants Papi for drugs.
Now the Navy side of this story Admiral Tuwey (Fred Ward) wants Stig to rob a bank. They're thinking that Bobby is a bad guy and that he would go for it. What Tuwey hasn't told Stig is that the money they are going to steal is Drug money. Problem is Stig and Bobby don't know the money is pay off for the CIA which is letting the Drug Dealers work, but they are getting blackmailed in the process. Bobby and Stig think that the money is Papi's and it may be around one or two million. Turns out it is 43 million. Bobbies girlfriend and coworker Deb (Paula Patton) gets involved because she is dating one of the navy operatives.
Bobby and Stig rob the bank and find out that the money is CIA money and that a man by the name of Earl (Bill Paxton) is looking for them and wants his money back. He works for the CIA and what is beautiful about this story is that everybody is on the wrong side of the law. Bobby and Stig would keep the money if they could. Papi is a drug dealer. Earl is a CIA agent but is letting the drug dealers get away with blackmail. Finally Admiral Tuwey is bad because he set up Stig thinking he was doing something good when in actuality he is simply stealing the money for Tuwey. This film is a funny but exciting movie. The dialogue between Bobby and Stig is fast and funny.
Director Baltasar Komakur does an excellent job with the cast and the storyline, and makes the viewer interested in what is going to happen next. Great thing about this movie is it can possibly be happening every day. Our government agencies overlap all the time and they don't talk between each other. This is a great movie to go and see.
'Man of Steel' - Our movie opens with the planet Krypton in it's last moments. Jor-el (Russell Crowe) and his wife Faora- Ul ( Antje Traue) desperately try to save the life of their son Kal-el (Henry Cavill). Kal-el is the first Kryptonian to be conceived and born by Natural Childbirth in centuries. He is to be a very special child. There are those who wish to keep things as they are and will go to any means to make sure that the traditions of Krypton continue. General Zod (Michael Shannon) is a traditionalist. He and his followers are eventually sent into a suspended animation. Jor-el sends the young Kal-el into space and headed to a planet called Earth right before Krypton explodes.
Young Kal-el lands on Earth and is taken in by the Kent family, Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Jonathon Kent (Kevin Costner). He is eventually given the name Clark and begins his life on the new planet. His powers slowly become known as he grows up.
Clark goes on to travel the planet doing odd jobs but moves on before people learn of his super powers. One day his powers are known and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) wants the 'exclusive' interview. Lois goes to the Kent's and others to hunt Clark down. She and the world eventually learn who this man from another planet is because General Zod has hunted him to Earth. As Krypton exploded it interfered with the ship that Zod was being held in and it was destroyed. The two eventually fight and the Superman legend is born.
As much as I want to say I was overwhelmed by Zack Snyder's version of the superman story, I just can't. It was entertaining but it spent far to much time on Krypton. Russell Crowe is an extremely enjoyable actor but I feel that because of his name and notoriety the choice was made to lingers far to long on bloodline and not enough on earthbound Superman beginnings. Even Kevin Costner has too much time on the screen. This movie should be about Kal-el/ Superman not his natural and new found families.
The fight scenes are too computerized for me rendering them cartoon-like and lifeless. There have been many movies over the years about Superman and this should be one of the better ones, but it just doesn't seem to have it's heart in the right place. Watch it, enjoy it, but don't fall in love with it. There is more to the legend.
'Gravity' - Mission Specialist Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is trying desperately to fix the Hubble Telescope. Mission Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is trying to beat the record for the most time space walking. In other words he is having fun. Mission control (Ed Harris) tells him to help and to quit playing around. Ryan is having trouble bringing the Telescope back online when a disaster is reported.
It seems a Russian missile has shot down a satellite whose orbit was decaying. Problem this has left a lot of space debris heading for the shuttle. They are immediately told by Mission control to drop everything and get in the shuttle and head home. Abort the mission, Ryan tries to continue to finish the job. Kowalski comes at the last minute to get her back inside when debris starts to hit everything. They are able to get Hubble away from the ship but everything is getting hit with space debris.
Ryan is untethered in the incident and drifts away from the area. She is hyperventilating and can't right herself. Basically she is having a panic attack. Kowalski is able to get to her but it is a ways back to the shuttle. When they get there they see that it is hopeless to get the shuttle back to Earth and everyone on board is dead.
They try and make their way to the Space Station but it is apparent that the two can't make it together. Kowalski untethers himself from Ryan and floats away. Ryan is able to get to the station but realizes that their is a fire on board and must separate herself from the Station. Now because all the satellites have been destroyed there is no contact with mission control or Kowalski. Ryan is alone and is only a part time astronaut with only six months training. Will she die in space or will she make it to a Chinese space station and make it back to Earth. Watch the rest of the movie and you'll find out.
Director Alfonso Cuaron brings us an interesting tale of survival. The movie looks at life in space and actually shows us that every time we send somebody up in space that it could be a possibility of happening. That a catastrophe like this could occur and it could be life or death for some poor soul.
'The Colony' - The planet is covered with snow. Global warming was getting to be too much to live with. Man tried to compensate with a weather machine and it just never stopped snowing. Man died off as vegetation died off. Colonies grew with people trying to survive underground. Colony 7 had at one time 400 people now it is down to 75 people or so.
They live by the rule if you get sick you are quarantined given a test and if you fail you are taken top side and allowed to walk or shot. The man in charge of this job is Mason (Bill Paxton). He would rather just shoot you. Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) is in charge of Colony 7 and he is about to make some changes. Sam (Kevin Zegers) had reported what he saw Mason do top side and it bothered Briggs. You see they still try to have some form of civility even though the human race is near extinction. Colony 7 had been in contact with Colony 5 but had lost radio contact. Briggs wants to take a small group to see what has happened. He and Sam and a kid are to cross the snow to Colony 5 but Briggs is worried about Mason taking over. Briggs put Kai (Charlotte Sullivan) in charge but when the three are gone Mason does take over. What Mason doesn't know is that when Sam is the only survivor of the three to return he is followed by a group of cannibals lead by the Feral Leader (Dru Vierqever).
What you see at Colony 5 makes this movie worth viewing. Director Jeff Renfroe does an excellent job with the cast and crew and what might come for mankind. That's the great thing about this horror movie, it is a possibility.
I'm not a fan of the Horror genre per se, but every so often you come across a movie that is worth watching and this is it. So sit back with your popcorn and enjoy the future. If we are not careful all we can do is survive.
'Rush' - James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) were racing Formula 1 in 1976. They were running in most races 1st and 2nd. They verbally fought each other on and off the track.
They had first met when they were both racing in Formula 3. From the start they were not fond of one another.
Hunt was an ass. He had met a women and married her soon after they met. Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) was a model. She would later be involved with Richard Burton.
Lauda would meet Marlene (Alexandra Maria Lara) and they would date some time before they were married.
Hunt would still do anything in a short skirt, Lauda loved his wife.
The competition between these two would become infamous. I remember this season and I remember some of the races. The two would do anything and everything to out duel each other.
It was the German Grand Prix and it was a miserable rainy day, but they decided to race. They really shouldn't have. The conditions were horrible for Formula 1. The two would pit and it would be Hunt who was out of the pits first. Niki would do all he could to catch and pass Hunt. It was here that his car would crash into a fiery ball of flame. It was minutes before they were able to get him out of the car. It was nobodies fault for the crash it was mechanical error. He would be alive but he was badly burned. I remember watching this race and seeing the crash. I did not think he would live. I think most never gave him a chance and thought he would die. What he goes through from this point on in the film you must see because it's hard for me to write about.
Director Ron Howard has done a wonderful job with this film. He has been very sensitive to the families about the story. This is an inspirational film and it deserves to be seen. I have always loved Formula 1 racing and this was a dark moment in it's history.
'All Is Lost' - While out on the Indian Ocean on a solo voyage our man (Robert Redford) wakes up one morning to see that a wayward shipping container has hit his boat. With water coming in our man is able to do a quick patch to the boat. He is able to continue for a short ways but learns that the patch is not going to hold.
Gathering what he can to survive he climbs into a raft. He is able to salvage some cans of food. He is able to get a sextant that will at least allow him to learn of his location. He has some nautical maps. He has the survival kit of some fishing line, water and matches. He is very alone.
Before his boat went down he had tried to get some sort of communication out declare an emergency SOS. Unfortunately, no one is able to hear him. His mission is to be able to maybe get his raft into a shipping lane and get a freighter to spot him.
One night off in the distance he spots a storm and it tears up the raft and him. He is able to salvage his raft because at the last minute if he hadn't done so his raft would have been lost to the sea. Our man is a very knowledgeable sailor. He does everything that you are supposed to do to survive but it just seems that everything he does he just can't seem to have any luck.
He wakes up one night to a freighter fully loaded with cargo sailing right by him. No one on board is able to see him even with our man firing off some safety flairs. Another freighter does the same thing and sails right by him, but when you are simply a little blot on a very big ocean it's hard to be spotted.
As days become longer and you have run out of drinking water and you have to improvise to get some drops of water off a piece of plastic and your food is running out you begin to lose hope of ever being rescued.
It is times such as these that the brain leans more to suicide rather than trying to survive. You begin to lose hope and you wonder why you are trying so hard to live but you seem to be tested more and more on your will to live. It is at these times in your life that you can truly amaze yourself.
Director J.C.Chandor doesn't fill this film up with a lot of useless chatter. Our man is not one to talk to himself. This film is what you see is what you get. Survival.
'Europa Report' - Europa One was a ship launched from Earth and was to investigate for life on the Jupiter moon, Europa. You see the moon was covered with ice and with ice you have water. Water means life.
Dr. Samantha Unger (Embeth Davidtz) is trying to explain what happened to the ship and crew some 4 months. You see some video footage has become available. Problem is the clips don't exactly explain what happened.
Europa One's crew consisted of Dr. Daniel Luxembourg (Christian Camargo), Rosa Dasque (Anamaria Marinca), Andrei Blok (Michael Nyquist), William Xu (Daniel Wu), Dr. Katya Petrovna (Karolina Wydra), and James Corrigan (Sharlto Copley).
This trip is considered to be the first step of mankind into deep space. Granted it's only to one of Jupiter's moon but it's a big step for mankind.
The ship lifted off without any hitches. The journey to the moon Europa went well. Okay, they complained about the shower and the fact that the women only had two pair of shoes and four uniforms. Other than that it went well, okay the food could have been a little better, but that's it.
Once they arrived though it seems things started to go wrong. An accident took the life of James Corrigan. Lights under the ice surface started to appear. A mission that started with so much hope turned to a mission of just wanting to stay alive.
Director Sebastian Cordero brings the fate of Europa One back to Earth for all to see. The film clips of the mission are all we have left to look at. See the heart warming tale of hope and despair brought to you and watch and wonder just what is out there for mankind to face.
'World War Z' - Our story opens with former United Nations Investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family having breakfast. Gerry's wife Karin lane (Mirelle Enos) and daughters Constance (Sterling Jerins) and Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) are all headed into the city. Jammed up in traffic and unable to move the family becomes a little nervous when all of a sudden chaos ensues. Pandemonium takes place as everyone all of sudden starts to run and hide. People have started to turn into zombie like creatures.
Gerry contacts his former boss Thierry Umutoni (Fana Mokoena) for help, and is told that he can pick up his family but not until the next morning. They arrange a rendezvous on the roof of an apartment building. Gerry must find a safe place to hide for the night and a young boy Tomas (Fabrizio Zacharee Guido) and his family take them in. Morning arrives and Gerry takes his family to the roof. Tomas' family is attacked right after Gerry leaves and Tomas is the only one to escape. The helicopter sent for them has problems and is attacked by zombies.
Gerry and his family make their way to the airport where they are taken to an offshore ship where Thierry is waiting for them. The virus that is infecting the world is unknown to scientists and they are at a loss as to how to fight it. Gerry is asked to go on a fact and find mission. He and his men are attacked by zombies and after making their way back to an airport Gerry and Soldier Segen (Daniella Enos) are the only two get out alive. They are on a plane that is the last one out and after talking with Thierry, Gerry is headed to a World Health Organization facility.
The disease is spreading and they are at a loss to find a cure. Will the world survive? There's only way to find out, watch the movie. Director Marc Forster brings you into the 'World War Z' almost as a participant. The world is under attack from within. Is the disease man made or natural? Can we survive and start all over? The question is will we want to after all is said and done. Enjoy this edge of your seat thriller and decide for your self.
'Escape Plan' - Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is part owner of Breslin Clark Security firm. Lester Clark (Vincent D'Onofrio) is the other half of the partnership. Abigail (Amy Ryan) and Hush (50 Cent) round out the team. Now Breslin's job is to break out of high security prisons. The tougher the better as that means the firm is making more money.
Breslin Clark is about to get the job that they have been looking for. A CIA agent or at least that what she's passing herself off as wants the team to test a virtualy impregnable prison. The offer also comes with a very large sum of money if the job is accomplished.
Breslin is given a new identity as a terrorist out of Spain. He is captured and imprisoned in what's called the tombs. He is brought aboard and Warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) introduces himself. Hobbes informs Breslin that there will be no escapes from his prison.
In population Breslin meets Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger). At first the two don't hit it off. As time goes by Breslin realizes he is going to need help. You see Breslin usually makes his escapes by getting into solitary. The two men start fighting and both are sent to solitary. This is not your usual simple solitary cell. In this prison the warden wants to break troublesome inmates. He uses bright lights and heat to control the men.
Breslin makes an initial escape but realizes this is not an ordinary prison. Back at headquarters the team is starting to get worried because the tracking device they put in Breslin is not working. Will the two men escape? Will the company get their money? Well watch the movie and you will find out. This is suspense at its best.
Director Mikael Halstrom does a wonderful job with this movie. The two aging actors of Stallone and Schwarzenegger do an excellent job with this film and it looks they still have the touch. So take the time and go watch this action packed film.