My Top Twenty Action Films: #17, #16, #15
17. Crank 2
This film was a random find for me. I had put off watching it as I assumed that it would be overly macho and full of bonehead cliches. I was wrong.
I really liked this film and I think it has something to do with the surprise and the feeling of found treasure. Don't get me wrong, it is just a comedy action film with all the right elements. It will not set the world on fire but it does break the preconceived idea of an action film.
While watching Crank 2 you will also be able to spot James Maynard Keenan from the band Tool and Danny Lohner of, many different bands. They play a gay couple trying to find the best way to train their dog. They are in fact the reason I took the dive and watched the film in the first place.
The film starts with Chev (Jason Statham) falling out of a out of a helicopter window and landing in the middle of a busy road. Chev is then given an artificial heart while being operated on in a less than sterile environment.
Three months later Chev awakens and escapes from where he is being held. Attached to him is a battery and this battery needs to be recharged for Chev to stay alive.. So, off Chev sets to find his own heart.
After a long and endlessly painful journey Chev finds that his heart lies within the chest of a 100-year old Triad gang leader, Poon Dong.
16. V For Vendetta
Now, if this film had been strictly to the Alan Moore's comic.. It would have been a really really amazing film. The film did leave quite a lot of fundamental pieces out, though. However, it did not leave everything out that a slick, clean, and sanitised production could have, so it does deserve a mention.
If you liked the film, you should read the comic version, and Alan Moore's other other work.
The film starts with a setting not too far from our current era but in a different kind of Britain or a different view of Britain, depending from which angle you watch the film.
Britain is run by an abusive totalitarian government and has a beaten obedient population with few consciously seeking the challenge the status quo, due to the apparent numbers in favor of the current structure. Ultimately though, the population are in fear. in fear of their government and in fear of others, other citizens.
An attempted assault by the secret police puts Evey (Natalie Portman) on a collision course with a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) who is extremely skilled in combat.V saves Evey from the impending assault.
After being saved by V, Evey is taken back to V's hiding place. Not being quite sure of V and his motivations. So, after taking his trust, perhaps for the passage of escape, Evey tries to warn to V's targets as she has been placed as bait. The targets ignore her warnings as they are drunk on their own power and lustings. Evey's eyes are now open.
They are opened further after V sets her free and then truly sets her free a little later.
15. Terminator 2
First off, before anyone starts crying, I prefer the first Terminator film to this one, however, this one has more action and flows better.. and anyway, we are only at number 16....
The film starts as the other do, the time travelers are nude and stealing clothes. They are also both seeking their target. Only this time, a terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been given the mission to protect, rather than destroy.
The target is a young John Connor (Edward Furlong) and Skynet, the head 'bot in the future, wants this pubescent squealing fellow dead before he can secure a victory over the machines, and of course Skynet, in the future.
Terminator 2, or the T-1000 as he likes to be called by his friends, is played by Robert Patrick and he, or should I say, it, is an even more effective killer than Arnie in the first and second film as the T-800, which is/was hardly a pug style puppy.
The T-800 & T-1000 both try and find John Connor and both find him at the same time, luckily for him. John gets a quick reality update and finds out that his mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamiliton) wasn't lying after all.
After a few fights with the T-1000 John & the T-800 head of to save his mother, Sarah, from a mental hospital and in the process scaring her half to death with the sight of the T-800.
They all plan to destroy the parts that were left behind from the first T-800 and after a lot of spent bullets and very few fatalities have a final showdown with the T-1000.