It was action with a science fiction twist. Views Read Edit View history. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, car chases, fighting and gunplay or shootouts.
In short, bargain-basement Schwarzenegger. While action films continued to flourish as the medium-budget genre movie, [ example needed ] it also fused with tent-pole pictures in other genres. However, most of the film was structured around action sequences, many of them quite conventional hand-to-hand, shooting. While the original Star Wars featured some of this kind of fighting, there was just as much emphasis on star-ship chases and dogfights in outer space.
The newer films featured more lightsaber duels, sometimes more intense and acrobatic than the originals. Some fan films also have similar duel scenes like those the prequel trilogy. It was action with a science fiction twist. The trend with films such as The Matrix and The Dark Knight series, is that hand-to-hand fighting and Asian martial-arts techniques are now widely used in science fiction and superhero movies.
Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables used nostalgia for a perceived golden age of action films by casting s action stars alongside new actors in the genre such as Jason Statham. In The Fast and the Furious series , the action film staple of the car chase is the central plot driver as it had been in Smokey and the Bandit films in the s.
The cross-over of action with science fiction and superhero films continues with many Marvel Comics characters and settings being used for big budget films.
Currently, action films requiring extensive stunt work and special effects tend to be expensive. As such, they are regarded as mostly a large-studio genre in Hollywood , although this is not the case in Hong Kong action cinema , where action films are often modern variations of martial arts films.
Because of their roots and lower budgets, Hong Kong action films typically center on physical acrobatics, martial arts fight scenes, stylized gun-play , and dangerous stunt work performed by leading stunt actors. On the other hand, American action films typically feature big explosions, car chases, stunt doubles and CGI special effects.
Hong Kong action cinema was at its peak from the s to s, when its action movies were experimenting with and popularizing various new techniques that would eventually be adopted by Hollywood action movies.
This began in the early s with the martial arts movies of Bruce Lee , which led to a wave of Bruceploitation movies that eventually gave way to the comedy kung fu films of Jackie Chan by the end of the decade.
During the s, Hong Kong action cinema re-invented itself with various new movies. Beginning in the mids, actors such as ex-bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone wielded automatic weapons in a number of action films. Bruce Willis played a Western-inspired hero in the popular Die Hard series of action films.
While Keanu Reeves and Harrison Ford both had major roles in action science fiction films The Matrix and Blade Runner , respectively , they later branched out into a number of other action genres, such as action-adventure films.
American actor Matt Damon , who was nominated for an Academy Award for his sensitive portrayal of a math genius working as a janitor in Good Will Hunting , later morphed into an action hero with the car-chase-and-gunfire-filled Jason Bourne franchise.
After a successful career in stunts, Zoë Bell has recently crossed over to become an action star in her own right and Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano have both come from a mixed martial arts background to action roles.
Increasing numbers of films starring women as the action heroes are being produced. These are celebrated by Artemis Women In Action Film Festival which honours women who work as actors, stuntwomen, and directors in action films. Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media works to document the onscreen time and representation in women in all film types with a view to improving the equality of work for actresses. Analysis of the lines spoken in action films shows many recent films in this genre are dominated by male dialogue.
Civil War , these characters still had limited share of dialogue. Some male actors appear to champion the cause of women in action films. Tom Cruise has been applauded for his asexual onscreen relationships with recent female co-stars,  Cobie Smulders in Jack Reacher: Tom Cruise has been honoured with an Artemis Action Rebel Award for his work in championing strong female heroes in film.
Notable action film directors from the s and s include Sam Peckinpah , whose Western The Wild Bunch was controversial for its bloody violence and nihilist tone. For a longer list, see the List of action film directors article.
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