What action film made within the last 10 years would you consider a classic? A classic in the likes of Star Wars, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Matrix. A film that completely redefines the genre for that moment of a time. The Dark Knight is one that I can think of, John Wick, Mad Max: Fury Road is another. But the fact is, there’s not many that come to mind.
I used to think the reason why I couldn’t think of any ground-breaking (pun intended) action films within recent years was because of the time. How exactly are you supposed to judge a film on its impact to society when it’s only been out for a year or two? Then, I started to wonder if it was something else. Perhaps the reason why most action films aren’t ranked with the likes of Die Hard, Lord of The Rings, Indiana Jones, Speed, Predator, Jaws, is simply because they simply aren’t made at that calibre anymore.
It’s quite a statement to make, but with over 1,000,000 and 33,000 likes, it’s a statement backed by many through Chris Stuckmann’s video The Problem With Action Movies Today. Chris is a prolific film reviewer on YouTube and has recently started to produce a series where he analyses films and genres alike. The video below goes into great depth with the problem of action films and even offers some solutions to the problems that plague them.
What do you think? Do you think action films have lost their way, or do you think we’re being delivered classic after classic with the advancement of filmmaking technology?