Everyone has their favourite action films; I’d say it’s safe to say they’re mainly in the 80s or 90s. A list of my best action hero films includes The Die Hard trilogy, Speed, Demolition Man, Point Break, Face Off, Rambo, and Terminator 1 and 2. But sadly films like these are becoming a dying art; yes there are sequels but none are as good as the originals. Each year Hollywood pumps out more films with over the top special effects and poor stories that pull further away from the reason we love action films. We need to go back to the past to help bring action films to the future.
Sylvester Stallone admitted in a recent interview that the action genre is fading away. But the question is why? Have people lost interest in the action hero having to overcome impossible odds to defeat the villain who’s threatening to kill innocent people? Are super heroes the new action hero?
…men wanted to be them…
Many people, including myself, grew up watching action films. I can still remember the first time I saw Die Hard and I loved it from beginning to end. We wish we were John McClane, John Rambo, and Steven Seagal: men wanted to be them, women wanted to be with them and that’s why we loved them.
With Stallone believing that the genre is dying it seems like his final gift to loyal fans is one hell of a kick ass film that has just about every big name in the action genre. With the Expendables 2 only a few months away we can expect an even bigger and better film then the first. I for one can’t wait to see all my old favourites on screen together doing what they do best and hopefully this will revitalize the genre and get it back to its roots.
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