The Best New Action Movies to Watch in Theatres
10/11/2021 • 3 min read
The action movie has gone through an amazing evolution in the last few decades. Now, thanks to ingenious filmmakers, daring stunt performers, and state of the art digital effects, the best action movies create sights we never thought we'd see on the big screen.
One of the biggest action movies of the past 25 years was THE MATRIX, and the story finally continues this year with THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS. There's also the conclusion of the current James Bond storyline in NO TIME TO DIE, a new Roland Emmerich disaster epic (MOONFALL), and OPERATION FORTUNE, the latest from the long-running partnership between Jason Statham and director Guy Ritchie. Here are the best new action movies you can watch in theatres.
No Time to Die
Daniel Craig's run as James Bond comes to a close! In NO TIME TO DIE, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. [October 8]
Returning to the origins of the massively popular RESIDENT EVIL franchise, fan and filmmaker Johannes Roberts brings the games to life for a whole new generation of fans. In RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland...with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night. [November 24]
Violence of Action
"Violence of action" is a tactic of dominating a military enemy by using overwhelming force. In this movie, Chris Pine (seen above in WONDER WOMAN 1984) stars as James Harper, who joins a paramilitary organization in order to support his family after being involuntarily discharged from the Marines. Harper travels to Berlin with his team on a black ops mission to investigate a mysterious threat, but finds himself alone and hunted across Europe. As he fights to stay alive long enough to get home, he seeks to uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him. [December 10]
The King's Man
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war that will wipe out millions, one man races against time to stop them. THE KING'S MAN reveals the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in the world — as previously seen in the two KINGSMAN movies. Harris Dickson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans and Matthew Goode star, with appearances from Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.
The Matrix Resurrections
THE MATRIX helped define all the action movies that came after its original release, and now Lana Wachowski brings us the long-awaited (and not entirely expected) fourth MATRIX movie. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise the iconic roles of Neo and Trinity in a story that twists around everything you think you know about the Matrix. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II appears as Morpheus, and the cast also features Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra and many more. [December 22]
Man From Toronto
It's a collision of skills and slapstick when the world's deadliest assassin (Woody Harrelson) and New York's biggest screw-up (Kevin Hart, seen above in JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL) are mistaken for each other at an Airbnb rental. Totally unprepared to deal with the world of contract killings, Hart's character finds his life thrown into total chaos. Patrick Hughes, who made the HITMAN'S BODYGUARD movies, directs, and the cast also features Ellen Barkin, Jasmine Mathews, Melanie Liburd, Pierson Fode, Lela Loren, Alejandro De Hoyos and Tomohisa Yamashita. [January 14]
Super spy Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) must track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology wielded by billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant). Reluctantly teamed with some of the world’s best operatives (Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone), Fortune and his crew recruit Hollywood’s biggest movie star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett) to help them on their globe-trotting undercover mission to save the world. [January 22]
In MOONFALL, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley) believes her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is. [February 4]
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