In an aim to have a few more film posts, I’ve decided to try something I am going to call Generic Saturday. This basically means that every Saturday I will choose a specific genre of film and discuss some things about it, such as my favourite films of that genre, least favourite, some generic features of the genre, why others like it, etc,etc. Or, something along those lines anyway! Let’s see how well this works, shall we?
So, for the first one of these I have decided that we will discuss
*this topic was chosen by my best friend.
Top 10 Action Movies*
*that I or my housemate own
Children of Men
All of the Fast&Furious movies
The A Team
We Own the Night
Problems I encountered when deciding:
– lack of memory (I simply could not remember any good action movies without looking through the DVDs that my housemate and I own)
– which genre? (A lot of films I saw, I was tempted to add but then they also could have been featured under other genres such as fantasy, historical epic, etc.)
– lack of action DVDs (I am a girl, -did ya not know? :p- and, shamefully, the amount of action movies I actually own is few and far between! This is, clearly, something that I will need to salvage!)
Ten Awful Action Movies*
*in my personal opinion
Any and All James Bond Movies
Red Riding Hood
Drag Me to Hell
Problems I encountered when deciding: – Lack of Memory (Trying to remember great action movies is one thing, trying to remember awful ones is another thing altogether!) – Genre (Again, I kept thinking of some awful action-related movies but most would be better suited elsewhere, like with the superheroes or horror movies)
but, what actually IS an action movie?
According to Wikipedia,
Action film is a film genre where one or more heroes is thrust into a series of challenges that require physical feats, extended fights and frenetic chases. They occasionally have a resourceful character struggling against incredible odds such as, life-threatening situations, an evil villain, and/or being chased in several ways of transportation (car, bus, truck, etc.), with victory achieved at the end after difficult physical efforts and violence.Story and character development are generally secondary to explosions, fist fights, gunplay and car chases.
The most important part of that description, in my opinion, is Story and character development are generally seconday.
Don’t worry if your film doesn’t have a great plot to it, as long as the special effects are out of this world, your film will be a hit.
But is this true?
I have to admit that there are some action films I watch and enjoy that have a weak plot or storyline but I am enthralled by the action sequences within the film (Thinking Fast Movies here), yet, there are also similar films with great special effects and weak storylines that I just can’t sit through. (Taken is one of these.)
So what is it that makes an action movie good?
If I’m being completely honest, I don’t know. The problem I have with action movies is sometimes I’ll watch one and love it, but then, I may go to watch it again a few years down the line and hate it. So, really, the action movie genre is completely subjective. The only way to know if you’ll actually like the film is to actually watch it.
Unless, of course, the film is Red Riding Hood which is so bad, it’s laughable.
What are some of your favourite or least favourite action films? What are your opinions on what makes an action film good? Let me know!