September 5, 2013

2014: Most Anticipated Actioners

So the 2013 Blockbuster season has come and gone with plenty of hits and misses as usual.

All is not lost however because 2014 promises one of the best line-ups for action movies of all time.

There will of course be movies which we haven’t heard of at this point and may end up coming out of nowhere but for now, let’s take a look at the movies we DO know about, shall we?




  • The Expendables 3: Let’s face it, nothing else really matters because Ex 3 is arguably going to be the best actioner of 2014 with the greatest cast of the trilogy. Mel Gibson is on villain duties, looking more jacked than he’s ever done. We’ve also got Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes and Harrison Ford promising one of the most explosive action movies of all time.


  • The Raid 2: Berendal: The Raid kinda came out of nowhere and ended up being one of the most visceral and exciting action movies in years. Anticipation is at fever pitch with action fans as we wait to see what kind of ass-kickery we can see in Part 2.


  • Fast & Furious 7: The only other movie that can match Ex 3 for sheer cast power is this; Jason Statham as a villain with reported turns from Tony Jaa and Kurt Russell also joining the mix. Personally I’d rather see Jaa & Russell in The Expendables universe but never mind, there’s always part 4, right?


  • Sabotage: Arnie is back in what could be one of his best roles yet where members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. Arnie is meant to be playing a corrupt cop which is a very different sounding role and from the photos on set he looks totally bad ass to boot.


  • Heat: A new Jason Statham movie is an event for me as he is one of the most authentic action stars in the business; this is also directed by Simon West who made Con Air & The Expendables 2. He has worked with Statham previously on The Mechanic, which was another remake.


  • Swelter: With this and Heat out next year, 2014 is looking to be rather warm at the cinema. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in a movie tipped to be in the vein of the brutal heist drama Reservoir Dogs, A History of Violence, and the classic western High Plains Drifter, SWELTER is a violent story of greed and retribution. It’s JCVD who is my childhood hero, so count me in.


  • Sinners & Saints 2: The first Sinners movie is a bit of a modern classic with director William Kaufman proving that old-school ultraviolent cop thrillers are still alive and well. In this sequel we will see how Sean Riley (Johnny Strong) has evolved since the death of his son.


  • Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For: I could have sworn we had this on our most anticipated list from last year but as this movie keeps changing release dates I wonder if we’ll ever actually see it. It’s SUPPOSED to be out in 2014 so fingers crossed we get another dose of blood soaked mayhem.


  • Daylight’s End: Another William Kaufman movie which again stars Johnny Strong. Years after a mysterious plague has devastated the planet and turned most of humanity into blood-hungry creatures, a rogue drifter on a vengeful hunt stumbles across a band of survivors in an abandoned police station and reluctantly agrees to try to help them defend themselves and escape to the sanctuary they so desperately need. Sold!


  • Ninja: Shadow of a Tear AKA Ninja 2: Scott Adkins is back as Casey and this time he’s out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered. Directed once again by Isaac Florentine, we can expect bone-crunching fight scenes and stunning choreography. Looking forward to this one a lot.


  • Grudge Match: Although more of a comedy, it stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro and from the footage so far it looks like a lot of fun and not the Rocky rip-off we thought it was.


  • 300: Rise of an Empire: This has no right to look as awesome as it does, but the visuals and action look every bit as cool as the first film which guarantees my ass will be in the theatre on opening night.


  • Mad Max: Fury Road: This is another movie that we keep talking about but never seems to materialize; it’s apparently getting 3 weeks of reshoots which doesn’t bode well but my curiosity is so high that I just NEED to see it. I’m also a huge fan of Tom Hardy.


  • Edge of Tomorrow: Formerly titled All You Need is Kill, this Tom Cruise actioner is looking pretty sweet so far, but the jury is out until we can see a full trailer. But I will be the first to say that Cruise is rarely in a bad movie, so I just know that I will be there to check it out.


  • Godzilla: I keep forgetting that this is in development and being a huge monster movie fan then I can’t wait to see Gojira stomping on buildings again like the Toho movies of my childhood. Let’s hope it’s more like them than the 1998 attempt by Roland Emmerich.


  • Robocop: Although the original is one of my all time favourite movies, I feel that I have to see this for the cast alone: Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson make this a curious one and it sounds very different from the original classic so I’ll give it a shot… maybe.


  • Transformers: Age of Extinction: I know, I know but maybe 4th time lucky? With a new cast, including Mark Wahlberg, confirmation of The Dinobots and some no doubt spectacular action, the 10 year old in me can’t help but be a little excited.


Honourable mentions:  Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Hobbit finale.


So there you go, 2014 is looking pretty damn good in terms of action, let’s hope the biggies live up to expectations.




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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