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My Top Twenty Action Films: #14, #13, #12
14. Rambo: 1st Blood
Sadly for him and his fellow law defenders they did not bank on this "drifter", John Rambo, being a highly skill war veteran just looking for some solitude to get his head straight and escape from the torture he has faced.
The film starts with Rambo walking through a town peacefully and calmly, the Sheriff starts to get his kicks by warning him off and telling him to leave the town.
Due to not leaving quick enough, Rambo is arrested and taken to the local police station.
The whole time Rambo is very amicable, compliant, and sedate and takes a lot of pointless posturing, putting the bored police officers at their ease of who is in charge.
This all starts to change when Rambo starts to receive flashbacks from the war.
(In this scene we can spot a young and empathic (David Caruso) who is the voice of reason and is also known as Deputy Mitch in this scene and others.)
Rambo goes berserk and drops his sedate state when the cops try to shave him after a humiliating strip-wash with a hose.
Rambo manages to take care of all of the police, due to his skills not being the actions of the deadbeat drifters they are used to picking on. On escaping the police station Rambo heads off in the nearby forest and back to a place where he has become accustomed to.
Sheriff Teasle and his fellow officers have not yet learnt who they are dealing with and with a sense of revenge rather than law in mind, set out to hunt Rambo in the woods.
The police have the law, technology and weapons on their side. Rambo has nothing. The odds seem stacked; if it weren't for a little thing called knowledge.
13. The Fugitive
The Fugitive opens with a woman being thrown around a room by a person we cannot see and a progressive montage is fed to us between the intro titles.
Later we see Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) being taken in for questioning the murder of his wife, Helen (Sela Ward), the woman who was being thrown about moments before. We see blood on Kimble's, scratch marks on his neck and a bloody nose and suspect him. All Kimble has to offer the detectives is that a one-armed man killed his wife and attacked him.
Things seem pretty clear to the justice department, the prosecution, and of course to us, the viewers, however, we then seen the earlier montage flashback of this couple at a function and we start to have doubts on what has happened.
Sadly, the judge has no doubts though, and Kimble is sent to jail for murdering his wife and has a death sentence handed to him.
However, while be transported to jail some fellow inmates enacted their plan to escape, the bus Kimble is on ends up crashing down on to a train line below.
The bus's new location is announced by an oncoming train. A remaining guard and a surviving prisoner waste no time in leaving Kimble and a wounded officer for dead. Kimble, saves the wounded officer and unknowingly gives himself a character reference.
Shortly after Kimble and another prisoner flee the scene of bus/train crash carnage separately, Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) turns up with his team, which has Deputy Marshal Cosmo Renfro (Joe Pantoliano) in it and politely wastes no time turning a media pandering circus into a tight, intelligent, and effective convict hunt.
After a few close calls and escapes, Kimble returns to his native Chicago and visits a hospital where visits a prosthetic department and he steals a janitor's ID. Kimble then uses the ID to gain access the records.
While in the hospital Kimble notices a misdiagnosis and alters a patient's treatment, this brings Kimble to the attention of Dr. Anne Eastman (Julianne Moore) who quizzes him.
At the same time the police who charged him are sharping their bayonets and Gerard is starting to ponder Kimble's motivations and slowly contemplating his innocence.
12. Minority Report
Washington D.C. has been crime-free for the last six and this is all thanks to the PreCrime police department. PreCrime use "precogs" (three specialised humans kept semi-sedated) in order to see into the future and can watch "videos" from the minds of the precogs, who see crimes that are to be committed some time in the near future.
Captain John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is a big fan of PreCrime and he has his reasons. He is also the chief. Yet before PreCrime is to be used countrywide Danny Witwer (Colin Farrell) has been dispatched by the department of justice to find any flaws or faults within the system.
One day, while watching through the latest video the precogs have to offer, Anderton views himself committing a violent crime. Confused and shocked, he leaves the building doubting what he has put so much faith in for years. Desperate to understand what could possibly drive him to kill someone he has never seen before in his life, Anderton has 36hrs to solve the question.
Anderton pays a trip to a Dr. Iris Hineman (Lois Smith) who helped design the PreCrime technology. She lets Anderton in on a secret about how the reports are formed. It turns out that some times the precogs see different futures, the one which does not conform to other visions is discarded, and this is called a minority report.
Anderton now must undergo surgery and bend and break the laws he has been keeping for so long in order to answer his burning question. As the clock runs down Anderton worries about fate and is worried what the future may hold.