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Romantic or family comedies are fun. Youth programs are handy and can help your children stay calm during this difficult time of confinement. But for once, you would like to change a little. An action film for example, a thriller or thriller, a martial art film … Even if it’s coated in a little comedy or frankly dramatic, action above all. We screened the OCS catalog. Here are ten action movies. Make your choice (s)!
Mad Max (1982)
On the deserted highways of an unrecognizable Australia, a merciless war pits outlaw bikers and Interceptor police, who try to triumph over vermin driving cars with overinflated engines. In this world in full decline, the good, the bad, the Manichaeism disappear … The matrix film of mythology created by George Miller, which will culminate with his insane Mad Max Fury Road. Long remained the most profitable film in the history of the American Box Office, this first twilight part of the Mad Max saga has lost nothing of its force, between its endlessness and its radicalism. And it is also THE film which revealed to the whole world a very great talent in the making: Mel Gibson. Unmissable … And worship!
Mexico, early 16th century. Bloodthirsty mercenaries having invaded his village in the early hours of the morning, Jaguar Paw, a young Mayan hunter, manages to shelter his wife and young son, before being captured himself. While the latter, pregnant, hopes to return from the bottom of a well from which she cannot leave, Jaguar Paw is escorted by her captors to a decadent society, which calms the anger of the Gods by increasing human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw manages to escape through the jungle. Begins a merciless manhunt … We stay in the company of Mel gibson, but this time as a director, with his very impressive Apocalypto; last film he signed before experiencing a long slump due to his personal setbacks sadly exposed in the news items. Against the backdrop of the Mayan apocalypse and human sacrifices practiced on a large scale, Gibson delivers here a visceral, sensory film of rare visual power. One can smile at questionable historical biases. The form, – its staging in particular – belongs to the great cinema.
Battle Royale (2001)
As the country borders on chaos, the Japanese government launches a new law: each year, a class is sent to a desert island. The rule is simple: after three days, only one person must remain alive … The fight to the death can therefore begin. The ultimate film by the great director Kinji Fukasaku, who had delivered in the 70s powerful (and violent) thrillers like Combat without code of honor, Police against crime syndicate or The Cemetery of Morals, Battle Royale is an anthem electroshock. A game of jubilant massacre (s), bursting with black humor, also brilliantly written, painting the terrifying portrait of a country that has abandoned its youth. Add to that a great performance by Takeshi Kitano, a professor capable of a gentleness and an attention at least equal to his cruelty and his violence, and you will have this film testament of the scenario writer, become cult over the years. But don’t put it before everyone’s eyes!
Kill Bill (2003)
During a wedding ceremony in the middle of the desert, a commando burst into the chapel and shoots the guests. Left for dead, the pregnant Bride regains her senses after a coma of four years. The one who previously exercised the functions of hired hitman within the International Detachment of Assassin Vipers then has only one idea in mind: to avenge the death of his loved ones by eliminating all the members of the criminal organization, including their chef Bill she reserves for the end … The diptych signed Quentin Tarantino is available on OCS, so no reason to deprive yourself. Manifesto and tribute to the cinema of exploitation of the 70s, to martial arts films, magnificent portrait of woman embodied by Uma Thurman who finds here one of the best roles of her career; a trash and stripping humor, a fabulous skewer of second knives and actors, including the late David Carradine, alias “Bill”; an insane soundtrack, as often with Q.T … There is no shortage of reasons to see these “two films in one” absolutely jubilant.
No Pain no Gain (2013)
In Miami, Daniel Lugo, sports coach, would do anything to live the “American dream” and enjoy, like his wealthy clientele, the best that life has to offer: luxury homes, race cars and dream girls… To give himself every chance of achieving this, he draws up a simple and (almost) perfect plan: to kidnap one of his wealthiest clients and … to steal his life. He takes with him two accomplices, Paul Doyle and Adrian Doorbal, as easily influenced as ambitious … We hardly present Michael Bay, the director who has made a specialty of destroying in his films just about everything possible, in a festival of explosions. It even became his trademark. But when he abandons his favorite pyrotechnic effects to embark on an action film tinged with drama and black humor, he hits the bull’s eye. Incredible true story as funny as tragic, No Pain no Gain is a pamphlet remover on the reverse side of the American dream.
A Bittersweet Life (2006)
Sunwoo is the right arm of Kang, a fearsome mafia gang leader. After betraying his boss and the mafia’s code of honor, he is tortured for an apology. In an explosion of violence, Sunwoo manages to escape from his torturers. Armed to the teeth, he decides to suppress one by one the henchmen of his gang to finish in a duel to the death against the Godfather … The vitality and the power of South Korean cinema is no longer to be demonstrated, and this is not the brilliant international success of Parasite who will say the opposite. For a long time, she also shines through the quality of her action films / thrillers. Tale of a death and a resurrection, of a passion and a vengeance, rough thriller as virtuoso in its form as in its narration, A Bittersweet Life is a very solid film.
Belfast, 1971. As the conflict escalates into a civil war, Gary, a young English recruit, is sent to the front. The city is in a confused situation, divided between Protestants and Catholics. During a patrol in a resistance neighborhood, his unit was ambushed. Gary finds himself alone, trapped in enemy territory. He will have to fight to the end to try to return unharmed to his base … First very impressive film signed by a Frenchman who grew up in London (and continues to live there), ’71 is a realistic work , tense to crack and irrigated by a real sense of urgency, of a mad mastery, over the years of lead that have bloodied Ireland. If you haven’t seen this nugget yet, you know what you have to do.
Chasing Red October (1990)
The Russian submarine “Red October” of revolutionary design sets sail for the United States. During his first sea trials, he was hijacked by Captain Ramius… The Soviet and American fleets started chasing him while CIA analyst Ryan tried to interpret the officer’s real intentions: provocation , a gesture of dementia or peace? The 1990s were a blessed time for fans of action movies. A time when the brilliant director John McTiernan, specialist in the genre, was at the top and still in full possession of his means. Witness this always so great and breathless In pursuit of Red October, undoubtedly one, if not THE best adaptation of the work of the prolific author Tom Clancy. Led by an imperial Sean Connery, solidly supported by Scott Glen, Alec Baldwin and Sam Neill, this Cold War thriller is also freely inspired by an entirely authentic news story: the mutiny of a Russian frigate in November 1975 wanting to rally Leningrad to deliver a message inciting there to a new communist revolution.
Doctor Peyton Westlake is on the verge of discovering the secrets of how synthetic skin is made, when a gang led by the sadist Robert G. Durant destroys his laboratory. Completely disfigured and left for dead, Westlake has only one goal: revenge. When we said just above that the 1990s were blessed for action movies! Witness this excellent film too little known to the general public, Darkman. A tribute to Universal’s 1930s monster films, Vigilante Movie edgy and superhero film, this little nugget signed by Sam Raimi and worn by Liam Neeson even benefited from the writing of the Coen brothers, old accomplices of the future director of Spider-Man.
On leaving prison, the Driver (yes, that’s the name of the character!) Has only one idea in mind: to avenge the murder of his brother, killed during the robbery that went wrong and has sent him behind bars for ten years. Once again a free man, he can finally devote himself to the missions he made a precise list of… But the hunter is also a prey and two men are on his heels: a veteran cop a few days before retirement, and a young killer at egocentric wages which sees in him an adversary with its measurement. Carried by the body-built shoulders of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Faster, half road movie half western, obviously does not shine by its scenario, just as it is (was rather …) not the film of the year of its release. Remains a square and effective series B film of its kind. And that’s all we ask.
Blood Father (2016)
John Link is by no means tender: ex-biker, ex-alcoholic, ex-jailer, yet he has given up his bad habits and lives confined in his caravan, far from all temptation. It is the unexpected call of her daughter Lydia, 17, who will make her review her plans to keep quiet … She arrives home after years of absence, pursued by drug traffickers following a robbery that has gone wrong. When the members of the cartel come knocking on John’s door, they are far from suspecting who they are dealing with… In order to keep a semblance of consistency, we close our selection with the actor who opened it at the head of listing : Mel gibson. If the scenario is agreed and already widely seen elsewhere, Jean-François Richet (the director of the formidable diptych on Mesrine) delivers with Blood Father a film with nervous staging, and allows Mad Mel to make his comeback in front of the camera in a role tailored for him, showing how good a actor he is.