Action Movies [Short Reviews]

Updated 2020-02-28

Here I collect every short review I made on Action movies. To see another genre look at the index page. You find it here!

I’m the type of persons who hates spoilers, I more or less never watch trailers and don’t want to know anything about the movie more than the basic plot. So in that vein is also my reviews. They are more of short things that maybe can wake someones interest and make them discover the movie themselves.

Blade (1998)


A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Very entertaining and I have always liked Wesley Snipes. What prevents me from giving this a higher score is the wonky CG effects, especially at the end with flying cartoon skeletons and a severed body in some red CG smudge. The opening rave scene is awesome though.

Blue Thunder (1983)


The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Roy Scheider stars in this conspiracy/action movie. All based around a test pilot for helicopters. The first hour is kind of boring if you’re not into helicopter flying. The last 30 minutes is on the other hand filled with great suspense and action.

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Deep Rising (1998)


A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who had already invaded the ship.

Classic late 90’s action with tentacled sea-creature feasting on passengers of a luxuary cruise. “Soap-opera-quality” actor Treat Williams makes a solid performance. Also Famke Janssen as the thieving free loader is good in her role. CGI is also pretty good for being 1998. So all-in-all entertaining 105 minutes of “not-have-to-use-your-brain” action.

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Kill Point, The (2007)

A group of military veterans, who recently returned home from serving in Iraq, band together to pull off a major bank heist.

Okay, but not much more bank robbery gone wrong, turned into a hostage mini-series TV show. Read full review here!

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Mega Time Squad (2018)


John steals money and a bracelet/temporal dislocator from a Chinese antiques shop. Fleeing, he triggers the device and goes minutes back in time. The time travels result in new Johns and they form the Mega Time Squad.

Action/Comedy from New Zealand about a time travel device. Okay, but kind of repetitive.

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Protector, The (1985)


Two New York City cops, Billy Wong and Danny Garoni, head to Hong Kong after the daughter of a rich businessman is kidnapped by the drug lord, Mr. Ko.

One of my top 5 Jackie Chan movies. Non stop action. A real classic. A must watch!

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Pulp Fiction (1994)


The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

This one doesn’t need any introduction. It’s on my ”You can only take 10 movies to a desert island” list. I love every second of it. 25 years after its release and it still blows my mind how you can come up with a script like this. Read full review here!

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Rocky (1976)


A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Classic Action/Drama about boxing. All in all I really like this movie, but I got to admit, the first 40 minutes is kind of boring when it mainly focuses on his persute of a girl, Adrian. The second part is awesome though. Paulie (Burt Young) is as always great. Love his sleazy, filthy look 😁

Rocky II (1979)


Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.

One of the best part 2 of any movie franchise. Picks up right after the first one ends. This might be blasphemy among Rocky fans, but I really thing the Mickey character is extremely annoying.

Rocky III (1982)


After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.

This is my favourite Rocky movie, love the 1980’s and especially 1981-1984. It has a Cannon film aura around it (although it isn’t). Mr.T as Clubber Lang is simply amazing, attitude to the max … all framed by Survivor’s now classic ”Eye of the Tiger”.

Rocky IV (1985)


Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.

Together with Rocky III this is my favourite, just braindead 1980’s cliche filled action. This time Rocky goes to Russia (or in real life Jackston, Wyoming, US) to fight Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). As with part 3, the drama part is more or less removed and we get a pure action flick instead. Paulie (Burt Young) is awesome as always,

Shock Wave (2017)


When a terrorist who specializes in explosives takes hold of an underground tunnel, he threatens to kill hostages if his demands are not met.

I really liked this one, it’s actionpacked to the max and has several tense moments. Plus for making me having sympathies for the “bad guy”. Minus for for having a music score that really writes you on the noose on how to feel.

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Vigilante (1982)


When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a New York City factory worker turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice.

I want to love this movie, but I don’t. It’s to much straight-forward for me, no twists and turns whatsoever. I like the premise of a vigilante force who’s feed up with crime and I loooooove the backdrop of Brooklyn, New York but as I said no surprises at all. You 100% know early on what’s going to happen. I much more prefer the director William Lustigs ”Maniac”, released two years earlier.

Vigilante Force (1976)


A young man has had enough of the cities crime calls in his older brother, a cynical Vietnam vet, who cleans the streets but then tries to take over the town.

Okay, but not much more action movie about a corrupt vigilante force lead by the great Kris Kristofferson. Never been a fan of goody to-shoe actor Jan-Michael Vincent though.

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Villains (2019)


After a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out.

When I read the plot, I was all in. Usually love this kind of movie, and this one was really good, not fantastic but good. You kind of now before what’s going to happen so it all relies on humor and set pieces. Bill Skarsgård is great as always, but Kyra Sedgwick steals the show as the psycho wife of the house.