Avatar (2009) – James Cameron

The 101 Action Movies comes to a close with James Cameron’s sci-fi action-adventure epic. No matter what one thinks of the story, and for me, it was simply a rehash of Pocahontas, again. There is a strong environmental message, one about living in harmony with our surroundings as opposed to pillaging and destroying as businesses…

Taken (2008) – Pierre Morel

The 101 Action Movies list lets Liam Neeson take center stage in this action thriller from producer/writer Luc Besson, and directed by District 13’s Pierre Morel, so you know the action is gonna be fast, rough and violent… Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, a retired government operative with a unique set of skills, who did…

Iron Man (2008) – Jon Favreau

Robert Downey Jr. is perhaps the best superhero casting since Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie. Yes there have been good actors as famous comic characters since then, but none have seemed to so personify the role they take on as Reeve and Downey Jr. Revisiting Iron Man for the 101 Action Movies (which is…

The Dark Knight (2008) – Christoper Nolan

The 101 Action Movies brings the second installment in Nolan’s version of the famous DC character, Batman, for me to rewatch. This one is epic, sprawling, with a vast cast, and a number of villains from the Caped Crusader’s Rogues Gallery, this time around we have appearances from Dr. Crane aka The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), the…

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Edgar Wright

The 101 Action Movies gave me a chance to settle in and enjoy (yet again) this hilarious action comedy from the same team who brought us the amazing Shaun of the Dead. This time around Simon Pegg is playing Nicholas Angel, a London cop, who according to his supervisors, played by Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan…

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) – Paul Greengrass

Matt Damon returns as Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne in this third installment of the highly successful series. Like Supremacy, this entry on the 101 Action Movies list is also directed by Paul Greengrass, and this time around, they’ve pulled out all the stops as this high-throttle action film brings Jason home, stepping onto the shores of…

300 (2006) – Zack Snyder

The 101 Action Movies brings me the chance to sit down and rewatch Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic 300.  Based loosely on an original final brave stand of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) with 300 of his Spartan soldiers against the legions of forces brought to bear on them by the Persian King Xerxes…

Casino Royale (2006) – Martin Campbell

James Bond returns to the 101 Action Movies list with Martin Campbell’s second Bond film, the first being GoldenEye. It amazes me that he can direct a Bond film so well, arguably two of the best, while anything outside of that, his films are less than stellar. Anyway. With Casino Royale, we get the introduction…

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass appears on the 101 Action Movies as the director of the sequel to the successful The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon reprises his role as the amnesic assassin, this time drawn out in a cat and mouse game that leaves his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente) dead, and has him framed for a murder, as…

District 13 (2004) – Pierre Morel

The 101 Action Movies brings this awesome confection of martial arts and parkour. Luc Besson serves as writer and producer on this wickedly cool, fast-moving film, set in the distant year 2010! Stealing a page from John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, areas in Paris have begun to be cordoned off, with huge walls being built…

Ong Bak (2003) – Prachya Pinkaew

101 Action Movies allowed me to take another look at this fantastic Thai martial arts film, showcasing the amazing fighting style of Muay Thai. Working with the simplest of stories, it merely serves as a jumping off point for some jaw-dropping fight sequences that use absolutely no computer generated engancements. It’s all real, in fact, you…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Peter Jackson

The last installment of Peter Jackson’s gorgeous adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel, The Lord of the Rings, is very welcome indeed on the 101 Action Movies list. Lord of the Rings has always been my favorite book, since I first settled in at the age of 12 and read it. I still remember sprawling…