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Best Action films of 2012 - Reviews

Updated on September 29, 2013

A must see show stopper!

One action film worth watching!

     8 September 2011 (TIFF)     20 January 2012 (Sundance)     23 March 2012 (United States & Indonesia)
8 September 2011 (TIFF) 20 January 2012 (Sundance) 23 March 2012 (United States & Indonesia) | Source

1. The Raid: Redemption

Have you ever seen an action film, that is loaded from start to finish with antics, loads of fighting, gunfire, and plenty of ammunition to keep any movie goer happy. If not, well this one here has earned the films director and crew a whopping $4,105,123 in the U.S. and Canada, since this past July of 2012.

The film is about a brotherly battle between part of the Indonesian special squad police force division, and some street gang lord. The all out war of sorts takes place inside a decrepit run down building, that the crime lord runs.

Little did the police know what they were to be up against, especially not knowing that their response to the crime wasn't dispatched, and no back up is available to them.

Director: Gareth Evans

Top Stars: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah

On Amazon (Blu-Ray)

Taking a leap of faith is an under statement for this hot action film

September 6, 2012 (TIFF) September 28, 2012
September 6, 2012 (TIFF) September 28, 2012 | Source

2. Looper

Have you ever experienced time travel before, been in a high speed moving vehicle, and wondered what could happen if the entire scene itself were to suddenly halt in its tracks or movement and besides the crashing vehicle or elements involved including its passengers.

This cool movie is just that to some degree with its special effects, and can be compared to the movie Jumper (Another cool time travel, high speed chaser movie). Looper differs greatly from its predecessor Jumper, as it quickly becomes a unique personal vendetta style action flick, than anything, of kill or be killed. (A hot pursuit of special assassins known as Loopers, who use time travel to kill their targets, whom all are killers themselves that were put on a hit list by criminal organizations.)

To be a Looper, one must face themselves even in the present, past, as well as the unforeseeable future, and violence is the name of this movies game. It's loaded with brutal scene's of carnage, of bloody murder in the first degree. As a complete package of a action film, it truly leads today's cutting edge technology of futuristic production, with quantum level leaping into actions scenes.

Grossing in $166,334,953 at the box office, its clear to say that this film done what it came to do, and that's to travel far through time to attain success.

Director: Rian Johnson

Top Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

On Amazon

Long Live Agent 007 a master at escaping death, and looking good

    23 October 2012 (London, premiere)     26 October 2012 (United Kingdom)     9 November 2012 (United States)
23 October 2012 (London, premiere) 26 October 2012 (United Kingdom) 9 November 2012 (United States) | Source

3. Skyfall

Long live the James Bond legacy, this movie encapsulates the 007 action film movie going experience. Lead by special agent James, he pursues an investigation on the attack on a MI6 special agent. The stage is set in Istanbul, starting out with a fight scene between him, and another secret agent known as Patrice. Bond gets shot in the interim, and presumed dead once he falls into a near by river, and off of a moving train.

This film is definitely action packed from beginning to end, and has intense moments of huge crane leaping action. Some how in most Bond films, there's always a casino for him to appear at, he always seems to get the girl, and never ever dies. (If James were born to die, then there would never be another film from the start of this relentless, ongoing action film series.)

This films budget was set at, $150βˆ’200 million, and raked in a massive win fall of $953,791,774 closing in fast on that Billion dollar status.

Director: Sam Mendes

Top Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

On Amazon

     April 11, 2012 (world premiere)     May 4, 2012 (United States)
April 11, 2012 (world premiere) May 4, 2012 (United States) | Source

4. The Avengers

Film Director Joss Whedon definitely knew what he was doing, with the making of this action packed reproduction of Marvel Comics "Avengers".

It all began when the Asgardian Loki dude (Who appears to have a Napoleon complex), from the movie Thor; runs into another alien life form of tremendous power, which originated from an extraterrestrial race called Chitauri.

This event of epic proportions somehow summons a great deal of counter terrorist like super hero types, whom all decide over time to forge a defensive team-up against this threat to humanity. The Avengers film is exciting, funny, amazingly filled with superb! special effects, and ultimately a complete smash (As the incredible Hulk, loves to voice).

This film is off the charts, in comparison to most comic remakes, and hosts a great deal of star power, with Iron Man's Tony Stark, starred by Robert Downey Jr, leading the way to hilarious cynical lines, flaring arguments, and loads more laughs and superb action.

Grossing $1,511,757,910 at the box office, this films accolades speaks for itself.

Director: Joss Whedon
Top Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

     July 16, 2012 (world premiere)     July 20, 2012 (United States)
July 16, 2012 (world premiere) July 20, 2012 (United States) | Source

5. The Dark Knight Rises

Light's, camera's, action! is all that could come to mind when the intriguing and resilient retired Bruce Wayne, comes out of hiding in this action thriller of a film. It's dark as ever, its gruesome, and it was surely breath taking to all who chose to watch at a movie theater. The introduction to an all seductive Cat woman, actually helps spice things up a bit, and what's more amazing about this film is how real it looks.

What an epic adventure ride we get taken through, as the theatrical display of mass destruction, complete mayhem, fueled by huge crime scenes of all sorts, and loads of fire power gets thrown all across the screen.

Allowing for this film to sweep in $1,081,041,287, which is another record breaker for any film productions overall success. (Budget between $250–300 million)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Top Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

On Amazon (Blueray/DVD) & (Just DVD)

Coming Soon! this summer June 7th 2013

     11 December 2011 (Austin)     27 January 2012 (United States)
11 December 2011 (Austin) 27 January 2012 (United States) | Source

6. The Grey

A powerfully compelling action film filled with dramatic scenes of survival, beginning in Alaska, and the plot hovers around the premise of wolves stalking these airplane crash survivors. Each step of the way, it grows more insidious, more nerve racking, and out right scary to watch. Yet it keeps its viewers watching till the very end.

This is one of the best on screen performances for lead actor Liam Neeson, and he's definitely made it appear as if survival is all about heart, mental endurance, and the shear determination to keep on going. He deals with memories of his deceased wife, having hungry grueling wolves chase him and the others all throughout this awesome movie, and towards the end its just an epic saga of the last man standing style film.

This film dragged in a small treasure of $77,278,331, but it still stood its ground as being labeled number 6, as one of the top all time action films of the year 2012, and on IMDb's annual year end movie listing from respective users who enjoy reviewing action movies.

Director: Joe Carnahan

Top Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

On Amazon

What a huge barrel, please don't

April 27, 2012
April 27, 2012 | Source

7. Safe

It's pretty safe to watch this film, or maybe not. This film has had some pretty mixed reviews, yet its made it to the top there one of IMDb's listing, and so it also has made it here. The throat shot delivered in it by the one and only Jason Statham, is one major ingredient to why many critics considered it to be distasteful is a best guess, and maybe because there's mostly guns blasting, and so many fighting scenes that they may have just missed adding a true plot to it all.

There's a little girl it also focuses upon, which maybe helped their idea of a plot, but it all gets lost in translation once again by much more added fighting, blazing artillery and wild stunts, breaking glass, and falling through windows.

It's also safe to say that this one never made it far out the gate at the box office, scoring a mere $40,346,186 at a small budget of only $33,000,000. (Not sure how it made the cut, but maybe its because of all the jaw dropping action!)

Director: Boaz Yakin

Top Stars: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke

On Amazon

April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012 | Source

8. Lockout

One Sci-Fi action film that leaves you trying to figure out what's really going on, from beginning to end its filmed with intense action. Beginning in the year 2079, with a CIA agent named Snow, who has set out to save a woman in a maximum security space prison.

Lot's of twists and turns occur in this film, and the antics are somewhat intense. It turns out to be a fun movie about a man who was wrongly convicted of a crime he hasn't committed. This crime was the conspiracy to commit espionage, and against the United States government. It's a man on a unique mission Sci-fi action movie, so strap on your lunar seat belts, because its truly out of this world.

Director: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

Top Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare

On Amazon

February 10, 2012
February 10, 2012 | Source

9. Safe House

Hot and heavy film here, where a ex-CIA agent and NOB, who was once a top secret operative but now a true criminal. Goes into a head on collision course, all out battle with a Rogue MI6 agent. This action packed film is pretty intense and will have you on edge for sure. The two main actors, one Denzel Washington, and the other Liam Cunningham, are relentless at bringing on the heat with nonstop fight scenes, filled with up close and personal grudge matches and all.

The final outcome is something to be determined by their intensity, and courageousness to fight it out one on one. Like they're in a staged grudge match and at an arena of sorts, the only difference is its no holds barred throughout the entire film and no referee's to stop them. "One hot movie!"

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Top Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick

28 November 2012
28 November 2012 | Source

10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This action film is based on The Hobbit, which was a best selling book written by a legendary author by the name of J. R. R. Tolkien (Fairy tale fiction novel first published in 1937). Its a wonderful tale of the origins of sir Bilbo Baggins. This epic tale sets sail off into a world of true imagination, and this film is made to fulfill the curiosity of anyone who has seen the other films by its movie director, and whom has already read the book.

An enchanted time of magic, exploration, making a risky journey, mystery, and suspense gives this film its appeal to the millions of viewers who've been following this epic tale. Overall its a movie that received mixed reviews worldwide, but maybe due to the legendary action and special effects of its predecessor film the Lord of the Rings, that hit the silver screen years back between 2001 to 2003.

"A film definitely worth watching indeed, no matter the mixed reviews."

"So precious! to Hobbit fans worldwide."

The budget of this film was set between $200–315 million and it took a massive win fall at the box office, of $956,384,345, now that's definitely a cause for celebration for the films directors for sure.

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @Kasman, yeah bro I enjoyed watching many of these films myself, and have yet to see thw hobbit, but the reviews are really good online and so I will make sure to watch the others I haven't yet seen as well.

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      5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I saw the Hobbit in America, the Dark knight in New Zealand........think about that one for a minute. Very backwards, lol. I haven't seen looper or half the ones you mentioned except Avengers, which I now have a copy of on my ipad because its just friggin amazing! Great hub, makes me wanna go watch some movies Cloudman! Voting up!


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