Best Hollywood Action Movies of 2021
No time to die
The fifth and final addition to Daniel Craig’s era of James bond was a box office hit in terms of the numbers it did. This movie checked all the quintessential ‘ Bond ‘ movie boxes with a fresh set of supporting cast, including Ana De Armas. Apart from the beautiful cast, the set pieces and action choreography were also bang on. But the story did feel a little lacklustre, and the general vibe of the film felt repetitive. Personally, as a Bond fan, this film was the perfect send-off for Daniel Craig, but on the other hand, none of the elements of the film was unexpected.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs Kong did bomb at the box office, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an excellent film. It brings back nostalgia and the emotions that we feel as humans. Although Godzilla won the fight, it was Kong who won the movie. Millie Bobby Brown also felt unappreciated with the context of this film, and so were the brilliant special effects and fight scenes. Ultimately, it may not be the creative art piece people expected it to be, but it was successful at being a movie you can watch with your family and kids on the weekend.
The second edition of a well-renowned group of villains from the DC universe was, in my opinion, better than the first one. It did not rely on too much technical information or immaculate action sequences but what it brought to the table was fresh humour and an ensemble of a cast. Margot Robbie was perfect in reprising her role as Harley Quinn, and so were the new editions’ Peacemaker’ (John Cena) & ‘Blackguard’ (Pete Davidson). James Gunn as a director, was a breath of fresh air. Much of his key filmmaking elements similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise were evident in this movie, which could be why it was better than its predecessor.
Black widow was one of the most underrated movies of the year because it was released freshly after Avengers: Endgame, and people were recovering from the death of Tony Stark (Iron Man). With fans wondering what would happen in the next phase of the MCU, Marvel dropping a prequel movie about Black Widow was not a good idea. All these facts overshadowed what a great film black widow was. Scarlett was stunning as ever, so were the supporting characters. The script summed up the origin story concisely, and the soundtrack added intensity to it. In conclusion, it is a must-watch for any Marvel fan.
The only reason why this movie is so high up the list is because of two reasons: 1. Ryan Reynolds 2. His excellent comedic timing. Although the concept of living in a video game or virtual reality has been used before and even successfully (Black Mirror, Matrix, etc.), the execution and personal comedic touch are given to this movie makes it unique. It mainly uses its action as slapstick humour, and such a type of variation of movement is fun to watch once in a while.
Wrath of Man
Guy Ritchie is one of my favourite directors of all time, and Wrath of Man has only added to my admiration towards him. It was good to see Jason Statham in a Ritchie movie after ‘Snatch’ (2000). The story is a typical Guy Ritchie story, and so is the camera work and narration. The action sequences are brilliant as ever, and the soundtrack, where all the action is beautifully synced with the background music. Even the gunshots and reload mechanism were synced with the music.
The biggest takeaway of the film was Bob Odenkirk, who has always been portrayed as a loser standing up on his own and carrying this film on his own as this badass secret agent family man. The action and the camerawork detailing it are ground-breaking, but this movie’s most critical aspect is its expectation-defying execution. Many people watched this with lesser expectations but ended up being impressed, and the reason is something very abstract and can only be felt after watching the film.
This movie is a typical action movie you would want to watch over the weekend, but the nostalgia stands out. Up until now, all the Mortal Kombat movies were considered to be ranging from mediocrity to utter failure, but in my opinion, this movie works. Debut director Simon McQuoid has perfectly understood the importance of lore and realistic cinematic elements that would make a Mortal Kombat movie flourish. The cast could have been better, but it looks like a fresh start for the series.
Army of Dead
This may seem like another zombie movie. Well, yes, but it is a zombie movie by Zack Snyder. The action is fantastic, and so are the zombies’ makeup and prosthetics. Dave Bautista has acted above the public expectation. Although this movie was a flop, the idea of a zombie-heist movie was innovative and could be used in the future with better execution.
Eternals is one of the most underrated movies of the year because it introduced a whole new cast and plotline, alien, to marvel fans. But the short introduction story of this group of mythical people cannot be a coincidence as fans are busy figuring out what eternals mean to phase 4 and what their future could look like. In all, this film is so high up the list because even though it is underrated, it still managed to earn a whopping 400 million at the box office.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
The second instalment to the series, this movie makes an integral step towards the character development of Eddie Brock and his co-existence with the symbiote, which makes up for some compelling action scenes and some witty jokes throughout the movie. All these reasons may make this movie good, but its post-credits scene makes it even better, which leaves many ‘spider man’ fans speculating.
The Matrix Resurrections
Being a reboot to the original Matrix trilogy, this had to be this far up the list. Although the reviews have not been good, every Matrix fan has enjoyed the film from the start to the end. Lana Wachowski has once more proved that the franchise is in great hands. Moreover, the VFX of the Matrix back in 1999 was were so ahead of its time. Imagine how this movie would be visually. Aesthetically pleasing is all I can think of!
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings
Shang-Chi is arguably one of the best action movies Marvel has ever made solely because it uses character props and crisp choreography to create snappy, intense, and entertaining action sequences. The cast is impressive and so is the script, which made crowds of Marvel fans flock to watch this film. It is a perfect origin story and sets up doctor strange two into Phase 4’s most famous movie.
The most anticipated movie of the year did not disappoint. Many would consider this more of a sci-fi movie rather than an action film, but the action sequences at such a larger-than-life scale are more than impressive. Based on Frank Herbert’s book by the same name, this movie does not blindly follow the book and takes the liberty of making more excellent cinematic decisions in terms of story, set pieces and casting.
Spiderman: No way home
Most people would have predicted Spider-man: No way home at the top of the list. The final edition of the MCU’s spiderman series is what people claim ‘the best spiderman film ever made, and I couldn’t agree more. The film ends with one of the essential qualities that Tom Holland’s spiderman lacked – Sacrifice. In the end, we see a more mature Peter Parker and his renting out his apartment and making his suit is a testament to the quality mentioned above. Many critics even claim this movie to be his ‘origin story’ rather than the end.