February 24, 2013

Poll: What’s the Best Actioner of the Year So Far?

So January and February have had some great R Rated actioners so far, but which one is your favourite? The 4 big action movies are The Last Stand, Bullet to the Head, Parker and of course A Good Day to Die Hard.

A Good Day to Die Hard is the only one that actually made any money; it has a recognisable brand name and despite getting terrible reviews, it was still a lot of fun. Bruce Willis as John McClane is always worth watching. In this movie John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Parker was Jason Statham doing what Jason Statham does; it was nicely shot and had some choice lines and good performances. It wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before, however and there wasn’t all that much in terms of action. The story is about a thief with a unique code of professional ethics who is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.

Bullet to the Head was Stallone returning to what he does best, hurting people and I had a blast with this movie. It had an amazing score, some hard R violence and plenty of gratuitous nudity for all the family. It felt like the kind of movie I watched all the time while growing up in the 80s and it was s refreshing to see a movie like this on the big screen again. As fun as the movie was it was a little slow in places and Thomas Jane would have been a lot more interesting than Sung Kang. The story is about a New Orleans hitman and a Washington D.C. detective who form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

The Last Stand was meant to be Arnie’s big comeback movie and for me it’s actually my favourite of the 4 movies. It utterly died at the box office, which is a shame as it had great action, the right amount of humour and the best music score of 2013. Despite the trailers making it look like Johnny Knoxville was going to be annoying in it, he only had a small role and was really entertaining. I think it will do really well when it hits home video. The story is about the leader of a drug cartel who busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.

So enough from me, take our poll below and let us know what your fave actioner is of the Big 4.

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About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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