The Best New Action Movies to Watch in Theatres
3/17/2021 • 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.
We're going to roar with some of the new action movies coming to theatres in Spring 2021. There's NOBODY, which looks like a blend of JOHN WICK and TAKEN, with Bob Odenkirk as the seemingly-unlikely lead. The new MORTAL KOMBAT looks like a bone-crushing video game adaptation, and then BLACK WIDOW finally comes to the big screen. (And while GODZILLA VS KONG isn't exactly an action movie, we know the monster battles will satisfy fans.)
Here are the best new action movies you can watch in theatres.
Sometimes the man you don't notice is the most dangerous of all. Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul") stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life's indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody. When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, "The Shack"), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, WONDER WOMAN), seems to pull only further away. The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch's long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire, and squealing tires, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov)-and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again. NOBODY is directed by Ilya Naishuller (HARDCORE HENRY), from a script by Derek Kolstad, the narrative architect of the JOHN WICK franchise, and co-stars Christopher Lloyd as Hutch's father and multi-hyphenate musician-actor RZA as Hutch's brother, whose own hidden talents aid Hutch in his quest for vengeance.
MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan), accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld's Emperor Shang Tsung (Chin Han) has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family's safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) at the direction of a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of an Elder God who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe.
Wrath of Man
Director Guy Ritchie returns for his fourth collaboration with actor Jason Statham (seen above in MECHANIC: RESURRECTION), who first made his mark in Ritchie's first two movies, LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH. This time, they're inspired by the 2004 French movie CASH TRUCK, directed by Nicolas Boukhrief. Statham stars as the enigmatic H, who goes to work for an armored truck company that moves incredible amounts of cash through Los Angeles every week. But there's more to meets the eye with H, and WRATH OF MAN is ultimately a heist movie that also features Josh Hartnett, Scott Eastwood, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Laz Alonso, Raul Castillo, Niamh Algar, and Post Malone.
In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Mission: Impossible 25th Anniversary
Just months before the hotly-anticipated MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 arrives in theatres, we celebrate the anniversary of Tom Cruise's first big-screen mission. Ethan Hunt (Cruise), is a top-secret agent who is framed for the deaths of his espionage team. Fleeing from government assassins, breaking into the CIA's most impenetrable vault, clinging to the roof of a speeding bullet train, Hunt races like a burning fuse to stay one step ahead of his pursuers... and draw one step closer to discovering the shocking truth. Directed by Brian De Palma (THE UNTOUCHABLES), with a story by David Koepp and Steven Zaillian, and a screenplay by David Koepp and Robert Towne, this original MISSION celebrates its 25th Anniversary, and also includes a featurette, MISSION: CATCHING THE TRAIN!
In FREE GUY, Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy, a mild-mannered bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game. Hey, no wonder there are so many robberies and masked guys with rocket launchers running around! Armed with his new understanding of the world, Guy decides to rewrite his own story so that he can be the hero, however unlikely that may be. In a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way...before it is too late.
F9 Fast & Furious
No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past. Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena). F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.
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