My Top Twenty Action Films: #4 and #3

3. The Predator

Here we have a typical Arnie film.. so, stick around!

I think Arnold Schwarzenegger has to be the number one action actor, sure he has been is some pretty bad films but if you want some action that is done in a certain way, he is your man.

Predator starts with a spacecraft jettisoning something down to Earth.

What could it be?

A little later Arnie, or rather, Dutch (Schwarzenegger), and his team of elite soldiers are dropped off into the jungle but due to Dutch's code of honor he and his soldiers are given a little subterfuge by Dutch's old friend Dillon (Carl Weathers) in order to make them unknowingly complicit in what is to unfold.

A rescue mission inevitably turns into a duel to the death.

After taking care of some guerrillas with simple ease, Dutch starts to become suspicious of the real motivations for being out in the jungle. It is not long before the team start to find extreme scenes of barbarism and it is not long before they too start to meet the same fate, one by one.

After a lot of spent ammo, jungle destruction, and gory deaths, the remaining soldiers finally realise what they are up against..

The remaining soldiers try and make a proud stand in their own ways but each one falls to the side and the predator keeps coming. It seems unstoppable. However, If it bleeds.. they can kill it.

It is not long before Arnie has told the injured remainers to "Get to the choppa!!" and to "Gooooo" in his familiar tones. After that, he is the all alone and he has to face the Predator, one on one, without weapons..

The Dark Knight

Arguably the best of the three Nolan/Bale Batman films.

I found this film pretty flawless. The only problem I had with it would be that I sincerely doubt the people on the boats at the end would be so selfless and that was quite hard to believe.

We see Batman battling to save the citizens of Gotham for the second but not final time. In this installment the Joker seemingly randomly and viciously targets people and institutions in order to cause panic and disorder without reason. Who and how could someone possibly stop a man like this?

The film features the question, which is also a key question in the Iain Banks book called Walking On Glass - "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?"

The question suggests that both are Batman and the Joker are indestructible or within the film setting, that they will never ever stop, making them exact opposites yet identical at the same time.

I think the reason why this Batman trilogy worked so well was because a lot of what happened was within a believable scenario. That what we were/are seeing is within the realms of possibility where as the other Batman films (except maybe the first one in 1989 with Michael Keaton & Jack Nicholson) were true fantasy and had a little too much, "Yeah, right!" to them and insulted the adult audience slightly. That said, the later films, pre-Nolan, were mainly aimed at children and families anyway, which made them more like children's films.

Some people complained that the film was far too long, I totally disagree with that. I believe it should have either been a little longer or a little shorter but I think it was a truly well paced film and contained perfect performances from all the actors and actresses involved.

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Manola 3 years ago

I have to see Predator on blu-ray.. I just have to!

The list seems good so far.. let's see what is next..


Izzy 3 years ago

I think it is pretty hard, or near impossible to find someone who doesn't actually LIKE Dark Knight... it is a great film!

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