Tag: action

Hijacked

Hijacked

| August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

The action film narrative is such a tried-and-true commodity that it is almost impossible to screw up.  For all of the times that action films have left us wanting better acting, more polished cinematography, more imaginative plotting, at least they lived up to our expectations as “action movies.”  At least they got that part right.  […]

Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

Total Recall: Mind-Bending Edition

| July 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Total Recall will always hold a special place in my cinephilic heart, as the film’s mixture of science fiction, nonstop action, and gratuitous violence captured my imagination at an important stage in my personal cinematic growth. And yet, as an adult who has somehow become fairly well-read in the history of the film’s development and […]

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The Delta Force

The Delta Force

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comments

In the Chuck Norris canon, the Missing in Action films, Lone Wolf McQuade, and, on a good day, Invasion U.S.A. are the only titles people seem to remember.  Having battled Bruce Lee in the Roman Colosseum and having made being a Texas Ranger the coolest job in law enforcement, many of Norris’ other action triumphs […]

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Missing in Action/Missing in Action 2

Missing in Action/Missing in Action 2

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comments

With the cult of Chuck Norris still flourishing, MGM is setting out to debut on Blu-ray some of the action icon’s most beloved films, and in the first batch released earlier this month, his blockbuster Vietnam films Missing in Action and Missing in Action 2: The Beginning are expectedly the main attractions.  Filmed back-to-back (but […]

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Seeking Justice

Seeking Justice

| June 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Thirty-year veteran Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Cocktail, Species, and, more recently, The Bank Job) directs the king of cartoonishly over-the-top acting, Nicolas Cage, in a shockingly restrained and sympathetic performance as a husband sent on a Hitchcockian journey to the depths of his capacity for violence.  Following the brutal rape of his wife, Laura […]

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The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days

| November 19, 2010

Paul Haggis, writer/director of the Oscar darling “Crash”, is a name synonymous with unavoidable ham-handed social commentary. However, his latest “The Next Three Days” proves that he should steer clear from brashly shouting against racism on a megaphone and stick to suspense film making. College English professor John Brennan (Russell Crowe), his wife Lara (Elizabeth […]

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9

9

| August 28, 2009

After the Human race destroyed itself new life emerges in the form of tiny sentient robots. However life amongst the ruins of civilization is not easy for these new beings as they must contend with the remaining war machines left behind by the humans. These giants prowl the wastes forcing 9 and his companions to […]