2014 was a good year for action movies. Action movie are always the lottery ticket for directors wanting sold out cinema tickets. Particularly, for the last three to four years, with huge surge in popularity of super hero movies, more and more movie directors are tending towards the action genre.
Below is a list of best action movies 2014 according to us. So sit back, relax, grab some popcorn and enjoy with these awesome flicks.
1) John Wick
Director: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alfie Allen, Michael Nyqvist
This is no1 on our list of best action movies 2014. In this action packed movie, based on the same gun martial arts style introduced by Equilibrium, an ex-hitman has lost his wife and is forced to end his self-retirement to track gangsters who took everything remaining from him. With beautiful shots of New York city acting as background, Keanu Reeves as John Wick is a fresh, stylized take on action assassin genre.
2) Guardians Of The Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper (voice), Vin Diesel (voice), Zoe Saldana,
This is no2 on our list of best action movies 2014. In this Scifi/Fantasy/Action movie, we find our hero, a human who is stranded in space, unite with different races of aliens to form a ragtag squad for defeating cosmic threats. Chris Pratt stars as Star-Lord in the lead. He is abducted as a small child in mid 1980’s from Earth and lives around with con-men and bounty hunters, until he figures he wants a bigger purpose in life. Zoe Saldana is the beautiful blue-skinned alien, who is an adopted, runaway daughter of Thanos (A villain). Vin Diesel voices the one sentence speaking cute extraterrestrial tree-like creature Groot and Bradley Cooper voices the anthropomorphic, witty and sometimes bitter Rocket Racoon alien, who is also an expert marksman with his custom made Rocket. The movie also features Nova Corps (Marvel universe’s interstellar police forces) members Nova Prime (played by Glenn Close) and Rhomann Dey (played by John C. Reilly).
3) Taken 3
Director: Olivier Megaton
Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
This is no3 on our list of best action movies 2014. Liam Neeson is back for a third time as the sulky intimidating, ex –covert operative Bryan Mills. This time around, Bryan finally get to reconciliate with his wife but the merry making is turned violently short when the ex-wife is brutally murdered. Bryan is framed for the murder and consumed with rage, he escapes and goes on run to evade relentlessly pursuing secret service agencies and police, in hope of tracking the real killers himself through his now trade mark methods. He is constantly running against time to find the killers and exact his revenge, all the while needing to protect his only precious thing left, his daughter.
4) Edge Of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Piven, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
This is no4 on our list of best action movies 2014. This movie stars Tom Cruise as a futuristic conscript in modern body armor, fighting for the United Defense Force against a mysterious alien, called Mimic that have been laying a relentless siege on Earth. Through an accident, he finds himself caught in a time loop each time he dies, always starting a day before battle. He teams up with a special forces soldier (played by Emily Blunt, she is a decorated war hero who turns out to have been caught in the same time loop as Tom Cruise’s character), who trains him to be a better soldier. Together they must keep on repeating until they can perfect a plan to save the Earth, in what is already a war lost before even beginning. The movie is adopted from Japanese novel “All you need is Kill). This is a similar Sci-Fi as Bill Murray’s ‘Groundhog Day’ or Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Source Code’ and a bit of ‘Starship Troopers’. Tom Cruise’s last year Sci-Fi effort ‘Oblivion’ was a fun watch, so expect a sold, committed performance here as well.
5) X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy
This is no5 on our list of best action movies 2014. The year is 2023, the X-Men are all but wiped out in a dystopian future. Giant Robots known as Sentinels, once created for hunting mutants, now rule the Earth. Running out of option, Kitty Pryde uses her phasing powers to send back Wolverine’s mind to 1973 in a last ditch, desperate effort to stop Magneto and Mystique from setting the course of future events by assassinating key figures. This has a somewhat Terminator like vibe. Fun to watch is the joining of forces between younger characters in ‘X-Men: First Class’ and their older counterparts in previous X-Men movies. Starring in the movie are Storm, Rogue, Professor X, Magneto, Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, and of course Wolverine in the lead. Professor X and Magneto are from both original and First class while Mystique, the beast are only from First class and the rest from original. This is a thrilling and intelligent ensemble action movie, directed by the returning Bryan Singer (X1 and X2) who is back in charge. This might be best movie in the series so far so all X-Men fans, do not forget to watch this one.
6) The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti
This is no6 on our list of best action movies 2014. Spider-Man returns to square off against the powerful Electro and the Rhino. Complicating things for him is the promise to keep Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) out of his life for her protection. During the course of the movie, Spidey’s old friend Harry Osborn (DeHaan) returns and Peter begins to learn more about his parents as well. Before his transformation, Electro is a ‘nobody’ electrical engineer whiz, working at Oscorp. He used to idolize Spiderman, until an accident with electric eels turns him into electricity controlling villain Electro and Spiderman is forced to hurt him. The Rhino on the other hand is a Russian mobster who gets into a stolen mech suit and is dispatched off by Spiderman after a brief encounter. The director from the first amazing Spider man movie returns as well. There is nothing much in this movie in terms of story or dialogue but it has fun action and real cool visual. Andrew Garfield makes an excellent Spiderman as well with perfect mannerisms and looks. Overall, this movie is a fun watch but don’t expect much.
These are our 6 best action movies 2014. Hope you enjoyed the read ! and do comment on what you think should have been included in the list.