August 22, 2012

Why the Action Genre Will Last Forever

The action genre has had its ups and downs much like any other genre in cinema. It had its Renaissance (the 80’s) and its slow periods of drought (the 2000’s), but if there is anything that a fan should remember: everyone loves action and it will never die.

The action genre has that distinct quality to make everyone enjoy what it sets out to do and without much in the form of pretenses. Everyone loves explosions and gunfights. Even those that don’t admit it enjoy watching them. It’s in our human nature to enjoy violence. We’ve been exhibiting this quality for as long as humans have inhabited this planet. We all thirst for violence, so action movies are a way to quench that thirst and it will always be prevalent. It is also one of those genres where anyone can be entertained by them. Think about it. Look at comedies and horror movies. Each offer up their own brand of entertainment to the masses and we all love them for what they do. However, they are also some of the most subjective genres ever. Not everyone finds the same movie funny or scary. Action movies have that special quality that even if it’s rated R, PG-13, from the 80’s or 50’s, starring a legend or a nobody, and featuring hand to hand or gunplay, everyone will always find something in them that they will enjoy immensely.

It might be hard now to understand this thought process given movies like The Expendables has underperformed, but give it time. Everything goes in cycles and action will remain at the top no matter what format it comes in.

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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