The last decade has seen tons of action movies. With improvement of CGI and green screen special effects, movies that could not have been made even in the last decade burst onto the screen and spilled into our living rooms. New action heroes came onto the scene as well to take up the mantle of thrilling us and inspiring us to be mutant super heroes, or soldiers or to really just go out and kick someone’s ass.
Special effects and the overall quality of movies seems also to have improved a great deal since 2000, and you know what that means; Action movies, bigger and better! Since the year 2000, movie makers from all over the world have given evidence that robots and fish-faced men can look just as convincing as Ashley Simpson’s nose job, and we movie enthusiasts are practically drooling to find out what the future of the action movie genre will bring! Until then, here’s a list of the best movies to grace our cinemas in the noughties.
Bourne Identity 1 (2002)
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) awakes with no memory or why he is being followed by assassins; it seems he may be a feared terrorist. The chase is on as Bourne tries to figure out his identity. A superb chase movie, Matt Damon plays the bad-ass nice guy well.
Jason Stratham is Chev Chelios. He’s kicked everyone’s tail and what do they do? Poison him, which only serves to make him madder. Adrenaline is the only thing that’s going to stave off the poison long enough for Chelios to find the cure and/or exact his revenge. Adrenaline is what this movie has and lots of it.
Transformers 1 and 2 (2007, 2009)
Robots disguise themselves as cars and save the world from other robots. Shia Labouf stars as Sam Witwicky. Decepticon forces come to Earth to take Sam Witwicky prisoner after the young hero learns the truth about the All Spark—a mysterious and ancient energy. Optimus Prime forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle.
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie star car thieves who gather a crew to help Cage free his brother who is be kidnapped by a mobster. How do they get him out? The answer is to steal 50 rare cars within 24 hours. Great chase scenes and one of the weirdest hairdos ever on Angelina.
Why? Because not a lot of people thought that Marvel Films could pull this one off. The special effects would either be goofy or fake looking. Instead, what we got was a ground breaker of a movie where CGI nd Superheroes are concerned. Visually it’s stunning. The storyline is a little thin in places, but there’s this guy in an armored suit blowing up a lot of stuff… after seeing that, most people can’t remember who said what anyway.
Eagle Eye (2008)
Shia LeBeouf has come a long way since “Holes”. Even my sisters think he’s hot now. Eagle Eye takes the best things about the Matrix, Enemy of the State and Die Hard, throws in a dash of I, Robot and rocks your face off. Great chase movie with a not so surprise ending that’s made up for by top drawer action!
Dark Knight (2008)
The Joker (Heath Ledger) is a new breed of criminal creating more destruction in Gotham city for Batman (Christian Bale). Batman sets out to take apart the remaining criminal organizations that still plague Gotham, but the Joker is determined to make that as hard as possible. The reign of chaos that comes upon Gotham city seems insurmountable as Batman, Harvey Denton, and Jim Gordon work together to stop the Joker.
Spiderman 1—3 (2002, 2004, 2007)
A teen was bitten by a radio-active spider that gave him spider-like abilities. The result is the smart aleck web crawler—Spiderman. Spiderman 2 deals with Peter (Toby MacGuire) Battling Doctor Octopus who has psychically bound himself with mechanical tentacles. Spiderman 3 continues with a strange black entity that causes Spiderman to become more vengeful. All the while Mary Jane floats just out of Peter’s reach, through three sequels.
Pirates of the Caribbean 1—3 (2003—2007)
Blacksmith, Will Turner, joins forces with a pirate, Jack Sparrow, to save the governor’s daughter from eternally cursed pirates. They are on a journey to find the treasure and the Black Pearl. Pirates of the Caribbean 2 continue on with saving Will Turner on Davey Jones’ pirate ship. Pirates of the Caribbean 3 follows as our heroes navigate dimensions and a battle ‘at worlds end’.
The Lord of the Rings 1,2,3 (2001-2003)
This J.R Tolkien based saga fits best in the fantasy genre, but its impact on 2000s film making it impossible not to include. For second reference, all three movies are listed in IMDB in the action genre.
The epic tale of Frodo, the fellowship of the Ring and the struggle of mankind is undeniably one of this decade’s most impressive and amazing film experiences. Stretching over a three year period, the screening of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the King and The Two Towers will go down in film history and three of the finest moments of the noughties.