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Action Movies 2012 – Guide

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Here are the biggest and best action movies, 2012.


Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Out: 13th January 2012

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After his brother-in-law botches a drug deal for a ruthless gangster (Ribisi), Chris (Wahlberg) is forced back into running contraband to settle the debt. A legendary New Orleans smuggler, he quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend (Foster), and heads to Panama to return with millions in counterfeit bills. Soon he must navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men to avoid his wife (Beckinsale) and sons becoming their targets. It’s a bland story, but the trailer suggested a decent sense of tension and urgency. This is the same plot as Gone In 60 Seconds, without the cars, only this time the screwed up brother is playing the mob boss – odd. [Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 51%] [Public (via IMDB): 6.4] – Decent

Starring: Gina Carano, Tatum, McGregor, Fassbender, Banderas, Paxton, Douglas
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Out: 20th January 2012

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A female covert ops specialist (Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency (McGregor). Director Steven Soderbergh, who’s retiring from film shortly, has decided to devote one of his final movies to Gina Carano, a MMA fighter who’s barely acted before. Unfortunately she looks wooden, so even with a stellar supporting cast and well shot action, I can’t see this really working. If it does, then it’s the female Bourne. [Critics: 80%] [Public: 5.9] – Mixed Reaction

Red Tails
Starring: Nate Parker, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Out: 20th January 2012

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The african-american pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings during World War II, mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions. Until now. Given a mission so dangerous that all others have refused it, he pilots join the fiery aerial fray with something to prove and everything to lose. This is coming from LucasFilm, so you can expect great fx in the aerial battles but wooden acting and clunky plotting the rest of the time. [Critics: 39%] [Public: 5.8] – Mediocre

Safe House
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Out: 10th February 2012

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A dangerous renegade from the CIA (Washington) comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. They want it to look like Training Day, it does – Washington is walking that line where you don’t know if he’s a villain or not, and Reynolds is doing the Ethan Hawke role. This looks decent enough, and the South African setting should give it a bit of personality. [Critics: 53%] [Public: 6.8] – Decent

Act Of Valor
Starring: Alex Veadov, Rosalyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera, and U.S. Navy SEALs
Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh
Out: 24th February 2012

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A Navy SEAL squad goes on a covert operation to rescue a kidnapped CIA Officer, while also taking down terrorists who aim to strike America. Most of the people in the movie are real-life active duty Navy SEALs, and the action is intended to be as authentic as possible to actual military operations. This actually began life as a recruitment video for the U.S. military, so expect a black and white view of the world, lots of back-slapping hoo-hahs, and probably basic-level dialogue and character-work. Still it is an original idea using real operators and military co-operation on this scale, and it should be interesting to see how the experiment turns out. It does look like a live-action Call Of Duty. [Critics: 25%] [Public: 6.4] – Mixed Reaction

This Means War
Starring: Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Til Schweiger
Director: McG
Out: 17th February 2012

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Action-romance about two spies, and lifelong best friends, who fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon) and wage an epic city-wrecking battle against each other to win her. The unfairly maligned McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) is directing. Tom Hardy’s part was originally offered to Seth Rogen, which would have presented much less of a dilemma for a woman. Good cast, fun concept, but as with any action-romance it may satisfy both genders, or neither. [Critics: 26%] [Public: 6.3] – Mixed Reaction

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    Okay, no joke, the Clash (Wrath, Bath, Math) of the Titans sequel look pretty damn fun. Can’t believe the sequel looks so much better than the original … though still not “good” in an objective sense.

    The Lockout trailer rocks my balls off!

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    Holy crap.

    LOOPER! I love that director, it’s going to rock.

    Django, Skyfall … the list goes on. 2012 looks like a VERY good year for action adventure, all these movies look like a blast.

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  • OldDaddy said

    Let’s get real. The Avengers will be the best action movie of 2012. It’s all the stars of the most enjoyable action films of the last five years put into the same one. No brainer. The Dark Knight Rises can’t possibly live up the The Dark Knight. Bane is no Joker.

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  • Twistedmango said

    Nice list and some I’m actually looking forward to but whats with ‘The unfairly maligned McG’, really? he has a worse CV than Schumacher so i’m hoping that was a typo.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      He became a figure of hate after Charlie’s Angels, now it doesn’t matter what he does, the fanboy community won’t give him a break. Terminator Salvation wasn’t half as bad as it was claimed to be.

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  • Twistedmango said

    Thats true but mostly justified, here is a guy who, regardless of quality still gets to spend millions of other peoples money when all we film watchers want is a good movie. Terminator Salvation wasn’t terrible but he had everything at his disposal to make it the film it should’ve been but he blew it. Until he makes a ‘Phone Booth’ he will continue to find himself vilified.

    I am seriously looking forward to TDKR and Safe, if it lets Statham flex a little more than his biceps like you say

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  • HoboWithAShotgun said

    2012 looks very good for action films, alot of these are pretty interesting. The last film that had ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Marilyn Manson playing in the trailer was one of the worst I’ve ever seen(Gamer) I dont have any high hopes for Wrath Of Titans..

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  • The Watcher said

    Looks much better than the comedy selection, especially Safe House, Looper and Django Unchained.

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  • fish-mad said

    The 2012 action movies I’m looking forward to most are Lockout, Total Recall and The Dark Knight Rises.

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  • brian clinton said

    I think this time for the expendables, they have make it. With the coming of vanne damm and chuck norris means the best movie ever. Lets hope so

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  • brian clinton said

    I’m so excited to watch this new spider man. It seems interesting

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  • James Thorne said

    What? No The Raid: Redemption??? I’m outta here!

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  • The transformers crazy said

    I think the best action movie of 2012 was transformers 3 dark side of the moon
    The best of trilogy

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  • shell said

    i must say nice collection and nice work.

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  • Snikies2 said

    It’s not only a good year in movies, also in games.
    I’m gonna spent al my money on all good games and movies that are gonna come this year!

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  • suggestions said

    The Expendables pile of crap, they must use a template for the story

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