You may not be a big lover of action movies, but you still watch them now and then. Some are wonderful and interesting from beginning to end, but others lose you halfway along the way and you have no idea what you're seeing. For most moviegoers, they're a "hit-or-miss" proposition. However, there are occasions when, despite the fact that a film is virtually certainly going to be a bomb based on the promotional materials, you just can't turn away when you see it on the big screen. Who would have guessed that Dwayne Johnson's Jumanji would be so good?
Here are seven action movies that pleasantly surprised us all!
1 "The Edge of Tomorrow" (2014)
Remember how entertaining the movie Groundhog Day was? Time loops, oh my! Possibilities abound! Consider all of that, plus strange aliens and Tom Cruise in place of Bill Murray. To put it frankly, many expected it to be just another Tom Cruise action film, nothing out of the ordinary. They should have read up on the source material, I suppose. Edge of Tomorrow was inspired by the fantastic manga Live. Die. Repeat. And if there's one thing a mangaka is good at, it's telling stories. Finally, we have one of the best films of 2014!
2 "Dredd" (2012)
Judge Dredd is a fantastic piece of comic book fiction, and the 1995 film starring Sly Stallone quickly became a cult favorite. As a result, when word of a reboot spread, everyone jumped on the hatred train. They were mistaken, as the 2012 remake remains one of the most underappreciated action films of all time.
3 "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015)
George Miller's Mad Max trilogy is still regarded as a cult masterpiece today. Nonetheless, the franchise has never been as popular as it was in 2015, when the Fury Road film starring Tom Hardy was released in theaters. They used as few computer-generated effects as possible to give the film a rough, realistic aesthetic. We now foolishly expect other filmmakers to follow Miller's lead, but so far, CGI-heavy films have won by a factor of ten to one.
4 "Alita: Battle Angel" (2019)
Remember when the internet was flooded with disparaging remarks about Alita's "giant anime eyes"? This was one of the primary reasons why people chose not to see the film. It's a manga adaption, and Alita is purposely depicted differently than other people because she's an artificial. As a result, Alita received some of the highest marks from critics and audiences alike. I've seen it five times myself!
5 "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is a film based on the manga character Jumanji (2018)
No one in the world believed in this film. Who would have thought that Kevin Hart, Jack Black, The Rock, and Karen Gillan could make a better film than Robin Williams' original Jumanji? They managed to do it not once, but twice! The latest Jumanji: The Next Level is as entertaining. Go check it out!
6 "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1984)
James Cameron, the director of "Piranha 2," created one of the coolest movies of the last century. Yeah, did you know that before Terminator, with a little-known bodybuilder as the primary attraction, Cameron made a slew of rubbish movies? The 1980s and 1990s were a wild west of cinematic ideas: everything could go, but not everything stuck with the audience. Fortunately, Arnie and James put on a fantastic show for us all. We'll always have T1 and T2 no matter how many bad sequels this franchise gets.
7 The film "John Wick" (2014)
The teasers for John Wick showed us a typical retribution film, with Keanu Reeves going on a rampage since Theon Greyjoy killed his pet. While this was the breaking point for the retired assassin, the action scenes were when the film shone and gleamed like a polished diamond. There will be no jump cuts throughout the combat, no 50 rounds in a single mag, and no shaky cam. The resurgence of modern action movies began with John Wick, and we can't wait to see more from that franchise!
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