July 29, 2012

Kids Today and their Lack of Appreciation for Action Movies of Yore

I think it is safe to say that everyone loves action movies to an extent. Who doesn’t like some explosions and car chases? Kids, teens, adults, and senior citizens all love them or have their favorite action films. However, there is a disturbing trend that has been growing for a while in the young generation and that is a complete disregard to the action movies of the past.

Kids today have been raised by superhero movies and action movies like Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. These teen oriented action films that have plenty of explosions and such, but lack any true memorable characters or plots that action films of the past had. Not to mention practical effects. You can make the argument of the PG-13 vs. R debate, but I saw Starship Troopers when I was 7 or 8 years old.

Nudity aside, I watched the guts and bullets fly and I loved it. Now you raise the movie Die Hard in a conversation and they will be turned off by the age of the film and the directing style. What makes Die Hard, Rambo, or other 70s or 80s action movies so unappealing? Movies don’t have expiration dates. Only the quality of the movie itself dictates how powerful its influence is.

Seeing kids and teens especially just write off a movie because it came out 10 years ago is frankly sad and unhealthy in terms of movie watching. Being open to action movies like Speed and Lethal Weapon can make anyone into an action movie fan or movie fan overall.

The generation today needs to start appreciating the action movies that pretty much helped mold the genre staples that are so predominant in action movies today. I’m 21 and a good chunk of my favorite action movies are pre-1995.

Be a good parent and start nurturing a healthy taste in action movies at an early age. Not only will they be exposed to some truly great movies, but they will appreciate film as a whole a lot more.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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