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Best Action Movies of 2012

Updated on September 30, 2013

Every year we see new and entertaining movies come out in theaters by the dozens. While we enjoy seeing them, they usually leave us wondering what the next year will bring. Though it would be difficult to list them all in one place, here are a few highlights from the best action movies 2012.

Snow White and the Huntsman is based on the classic fairy tale of Snow White, though with a twist. The Huntsman in the original tale that was hired to kill Snow White becomes her protector in this movie, mentoring her in the ways of battle so that they will be able to defeat the evil queen that wants to destroy her.

The seven dwarves are still a part of this Snow White tale, though don't expect them to carry the same names as their Disney-version counterparts. They will still be on Snow White's side, their exact role in this movie is still currently unknown. Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron take on the roles of Snow White, The Huntsman, and the evil Queen Ravenna. Other well-known names include Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, and Bob Hoskins. This movie is scheduled for release June 1, 2012.

best action movies 2012
best action movies 2012

The Hunger Games is a movie based on the book of the same name who is expected to be a very good action movie for 2012. In a post-apocalyptic world, the North American countries have been destroyed and the nation is now called Panem. In the center of Panem is the Capitol, which is surrounded by 12 districts. As punishment for a past rebellion, the Capitol has decreed that every year each of the 12 districts will offer the lives of two of its residents - one boy and one girl, both between the ages of 12-18 - as tribute to the Capitol.

These 24 people will be trained in the art of survival before being forced to fight for their lives in a publicly televised event in which there is only one winner. Katniss Everdeen - played by Jennifer Lawrence - is a 16 year old girl from District 12 who volunteers for the tribute when her younger sister, Primrose, has her name drawn from the lottery.

Now in a competition where she will be forced to fight for her life, things become further strained for Katniss when her friend, Peeta Mellark - played by Josh Hutcherson - is the boy chosen for District 12. Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks each have a role in The Hunger Games. This movie is scheduled for release on 23 March 2012.

The Avengers is a movie based on the comic book superhero team of the same name. When Loki and his army attack Earth, Nick Fury and the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization must bring together earth's greatest superheroes in order to defend it. This movie crosses over with other Marvel movies: Iron Man and Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

If you have watched any of those movies - with the exception of The Incredible Hulk - you will see many familiar actors in this film. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyeth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.

Mark Ruffalo replaces Edward Norton as Bruce Banner while Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk in the original TV series, plays the voice for this movie's CGI version of the Hulk. The Avengers is sure to be full of action and fast-paced scenes. This movie is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012. Probably The Avengers will be one of the most voted as the best action movie 2012. As we know there will be a sequel called The Avengers 2.

Underworld: Awakening is the fourth Underworld movie to be made since the first one was released in 2003. While the third movie, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, was a prologue to the series, detailing the events surrounding the start of the centuries-long lycan/vampire war, Underworld: Awakening continues some years after the point where Underworld: Evolution left off.

Kate Beckinsale returns to her role as Selene, a vampire warrior that had once been determined to wipe out the entire lycan species. In this movie, Selene awakens after being frozen for twelve years to discover that the world she once knew has changed. Humans have discovered the existence of vampires and lycans and are intent on eradicating both species by any means necessary.

Another captive of the humans, a lycan/vampire hybrid named Eve, is able to escape. Somehow, this young girl is the key to the survival of both lycans and vampires, so it is up to Selene and some unlikely allies to protect Eve from the humans and a surprising new threat if they are to win the war. This movie is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012.

Action Movies 2012
Action Movies 2012

Prometheus is Alien new movie starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. Ripley does not return for this installment, however. Originally this movie had been intended to be a prequel to the series, but it was changed to make this into a more original movie. It will still take place in the Alien universe and is expected to reference the first movie, though.

In this movie a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of humankind on earth, a clue which sends them in a search across the universe in order to uncover this mystery. What they discover when they get there is nothing like what they were expecting, but by then it is too late and they become locked into a dangerous battle to protect the future of the human race. This movie is scheduled for release on June 8, 2012.

Based on the few movies listed here, the upcoming action movies 2012 look to be promising indeed. Check complete list at the poll.

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      alpha5280 5 years ago from Missouri

      Nice hub! Smart use of trailer videos.

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      Anjo Bacarisas II 5 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

      underworld is great !! .. this hub is awesome, you deserve the best. the expendables 2 also did a bang-up movie. so cool. the lists above are great!