Top 5… Adrenaline pumping action movies

The highly anticipated Indonesian movie The Raid hit the UK cinema circuit this weekend and it is being touted as one of the most adrenaline pumping action films ever made. So before I go and see it for myself, here are my top 5 Adrenaline pumping action movies.

5. The Matrix Trilogy

The first three quarters of The Matrix is visually and cerebrally stimulating and there are some scenes of incredible action but it is not until Neo and Trinity walk into the lobby of the government building when the adrenaline really starts flowing. The following 30 minutes that travels from lobbies to rooftops to subways and to apartment buildings are amazing and totally unmatched in action cinema. The sequels lacked the same class as the original but the freeway scene and final battle are worthy entertainment.

4. The Mission: Impossible series

Brian DePalma, John Woo, JJ Abrams and Brad Bird have all helmed films in the Mission: Impossible series and each film has come with it’s own style. The two things they have in common though are Tom Cruise and lots of heart pumping action. The highlights are the vault scene the first film, the second film’s final fight, the bridge-based escape from the third and the skyscraper from the final film.

3. Taken

“If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you” and boy did Liam Neeson mean it. From the moment he arrives in Paris he reeks havoc in pursuit of his kidnapped daughter. The action is visceral and relentless and very, very brutal.

2. Battle Los Angeles

Aliens attack the Earth. Soldiers fight back. We’ve heard that plot a million times but what makes this film very different is that from the moment the aliens attack the action is literally non-stop. There is a scene about an hour into this film where Aaron Eckhart’s squad reach a military base and they all relax for five minutes. I found myself doing the same and realised that it was the first time I had stopped to breathe since the first explosion. Intense!

1. Apocalypto

A a peaceful tribe in the South American jungles are going about there business when a ruthless Mayan war party invade, slaughter, rape and take captive all the able bodied men. The men are taken back to the Mayan city where they are to be sacrificed to appease their gods. Young Jaguar Paw needs to get home to his pregnant wife and young son who are hiding in a hole back at the village and manages to escape his captors. However, this leads to a cat-and-mouse chase through the jungle with the war party hot on his heels. Mel Gibson’s last directorial effort is bloody, violent and incredibly intense. The adrenalin gets going as if you yourself are being chased. Someone pass the Valium…

Honourable Mentions

  • Transporter trilogy – Jason Statham cements his place as the current king of action with these all-out kick-ass films
  • We Were Soldiers – Mel Gibson leads a squad of soldiers in Vietnam. Surrounded and outnumbered they must do everything to survive
  • Black Hawk Down – A team of US soldiers go deep into hostile territory and get trapped. The fight to get out is relentless!
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