Saturday, 11 February 2012

This is My Top 12 favourite Relax-action Films Part 1 12 to 7

For this list I put the films you can switch on and any point and just watch it through to the end, these may not be the best films but they are the most enjoyable ones.

12. Gone In Sixty Seconds

Director:  Dominic Sena
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi

Basic Story: A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and seal fifty cars with his crew in one night to save his brother’s life.

Verdict: With plenty of fast cars, some very good car chases. The villain in Christopher Eccleston is very no nonsense with an obsession with woodwork. Nicolas Cage as the lead of a team full of future stars and Hollywood Legend Robert Duvall blend perfectly. Add in the two Police chasing them down one with history The former car thief, the other is a rookie learning the ropes. When all these elements come together you can just sit back and enjoy the film.

11. Con-Air

Director: Simon West
Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich

Basic Story: A newly released ex-con and former US ranger finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plans when the passengers seize control

Verdict: Nicolas Cage again here in the late 90’s he seemed to make some of the best action films and this one is the most enjoyable of the lot. His character Cameron Poe is locked up for defending his pregnant wife and himself from a group of drunks because of his Army training. He has waited years to finally get to see his daughter and now he final gets that chance. When the worst of the worst criminals get put on the same plane as Cameron all hell breaks lose. John Malkovich as Cyrus ‘The Virus’ leads the revolt to escape. John Cusack as US Marshall Vince Larkin is over seeing the process and has to race against time to support Cameron save his friend and be reunited with his wife and little girl. If that isn’t enough you have the Steve Buscemi as Garland ‘The Marietta Mangler’ Greene who avoids the carnage while still looking like he is the most dangerous man on the plan. When all this comes together you can enjoy Cameron struggle and Cyrus’s one-liners from any point.

10. Resident Evil Series

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson (1,4,5), Alexander Witt (2), Russell Mulcahy (3)
Starring: Milla Jovovich

Basic Story: Alice (Jovovich) fights against the Umbrella cooperation who have effected the world with the undead.

Verdict: Based on the video game of the same name we follow Alice through the outbreak in ‘Resident Evil’, Quarantine in ‘Apocalypse’, Survival in ‘Extinction’, Exposal of Umbrella in ‘Afterlife’ and new instalment out later this year (2012). Through the series we get to meet different characters from the video game including Carlos Olivera (Fehr) in Apocalypse and Extinction, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory)) in Apocalypse, Afterlife and Retribution, Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) in Extinction and Afterlife along with here Brother Chris Redfield (Wentworth Miller) in Afterlife. Alice has some very good fight scenes through out the series, which always tries to stay up with the next generation on filmmaking. Whichever one you watch you will be enjoying with the action as it unfolds.

9. Die Hard Series

Director: John McTiernan (Die Hard, Die Hard With A Vengeance), Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), Len Wiseman (Die Hard 4.0)
Starring: Bruce Willis

Basic Story: John McClane (Willis) has to take on different types of villains all-trying to cause chaos while breaking the rules.

Verdict: Rated as one of the best alternative Christmas film John McClane takes on Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) at his wife’s Christmas party in Die Hard. While in Die Hard 2 he takes on Colonel Stuart (William Sadler) who terrorises an Airport where John’s Wife is due to arrive in over the Christmas time. In the third instalment Die Hard with a Vengeance John Teams up with civilian Zeus Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) to take on Hans Gruber brother Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) and the fourth John teams up with computer hacker Matt Ferrell (Justin Long) to take on Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) who is taking on the Government to prove a point. Each of John mission are great watches pick up from any point.

8. Knowing

Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne

Basic Story: A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son’s elementary school: in it are some chilling predictions some that have already occurred and others that are about to happen. That lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

Verdict: Yes Nicolas Cage again this time he isn’t taking on a crazed villain he is just trying to save his family. This is more a thriller and doesn’t have the best acting but has some of the best action sequences and a very good mystery factor even with that you can pick up anywhere and enjoy, as it is easy to follow and enjoy for all.

7. The Running Man

Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto

Basic Story: A wrong convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a TV game show

Verdict: Based on a Stephen King novel but not a horror this action film is one of Arnie’s very cheesy best with some of his most legendary one-liners. Including some of the very funniest villains including Subzero, Dynamo, Fireball and Captain Freedom all add something for Ben Rodgers (Schwarzenegger) to fight off before exposing the truth.


  1. Lotta Nick Cage...

    1. He does seem to make a lot of over the top easy to watch action films