So 2014 is nearly at an end and it’s been a mixed bag this year; there have been some decent action movies like The Raid 2, John Wick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Die Fighting and more but the majority of blockbusters like Godzilla were all a bit blah.
2015 is looking far more interesting however with some awesome looking action movies in the pipeline.
Rambo V has been delayed so we aren’t sure if/when it’s coming out but if it is 2015 then obviously that would be on this list. It looks like Legend of Conan will be out in 2016 so don’t panic that it’s not on the list.
Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the action movies we can expect to see in 2015:
Pound of Flesh
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in this action thriller and the plot is as follows: In China to donate his kidney to his dying niece, Deacon (VAN DAMME), a former black-ops agent, awakes the day before the operation to find he is the latest victim of organ theft. Stitched up and pissed-off, Deacon descends from his opulent hotel in search of his stolen kidney and carves a blood-soaked path through the darkest corners of the city – brothels, fight clubs, back-alley black markets, and elite billionaire estates. The clock is ticking for his niece and with each step he loses blood; Deacon with the help of his former underworld connections and his civilian brother will journey through society’s seedy underbelly, proving to anyone who crosses their path, nothing means more to a man than his flesh and blood. Any movie with JCVD will immediately be on my radar as he is my favourite action star. Pound of Flesh is directed by Ernie Barbarash who also worked with Van Damme on Assassination Games and 6 Bullets. Something about this project has really grabbed my attention and I can’t wait to get a glimpse at a trailer.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
Donnie Yen stars in this long overdue follow-up to the classic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. This sequel is apparently a story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption. This movie already caused a bit of controversy recently when it was announced that it would hit IMAX theaters and streaming-video services simultaneously next summer. Either way, a new Donnie Yen movie is always a bit of an event, so I say bring it on.
Dominic Purcell, Cody Hackman, Danny Glover Stephen Lang star in this actioner about a former S.W.A.T leader and the arrogant movie star shadowing him who must organize the surviving members of a training facility against a team of mercenaries who have seized the compound in an attempt to access valuables held within. Having been on the set of this movie I can tell you that it’s going to be one of the best movies of 2015. It’s beautifully shot and really feels like an old-school actioner with a modern twist. The film is directed by Allan Ungar who helmed this year’s MMA film Tapped Out.
Art Camacho directs Olivier Gruner who plays Rnous Steele, a gifted chemical engineer – turned assassin. He uses his unique talents to eliminate targets swiftly and quietly with chemical poisons. His employer; Blackstone provides Steele with all of his cases and he’s good at what he does. The head of Blackstone thinks Steele is an aging assassin that needs to retire and plans a hit on him with assigning him an apprentice – who will ultimately try to terminate him.
Steele is given a critical case to terminate a high profile drug lord and when the hit goes completely wrong, his apprentice; Blaine takes care of the target. This doesn’t go unnoticed by his boss, Claxton, at Blackstone and he sets up Steele for another hit that he knows will ultimately fail.
His next assignment is Gabriela; a beautiful college student that is his next target. After years with the same employer, Steele becomes emotionally involved with her and he finds himself protecting her from being killed. On the run; Steele and Gabriela become the next targets in this fast-paced battle between assassin vs. assassin until he is surprised with a secret that changes everything about what he thought he knew. The movie also stars Patrick Kilpatrick, Martin Kove, Steve Dell, Nina Bergman and Stephanie Gerard.
The cast alone makes this essential viewing; Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Peter Weller and Celina Jade all star in this hard hitting actioner. It’s about an NYC detective called Nick who goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective (Jaa) to get revenge and destroy a crime syndicate’s human trafficking network after his family is killed. Just look at the trailer below and tell me that isn’t awesome!
Sadly, Scott Adkins turned down a role in this upcoming reboot and now it’s lost Tony Jaa and it’s director but I am still looking forward to this movie. The story this time is a little different from the original JCVD classic which is why I’m looking forward to checking this out. PLOT: David and Kurt Sloan are the descendants of a well-known Venice, California dynasty of champions. Both are top-notch fighters and athletes in the prime of their lives. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong despite Kurt’s protests that the man is a crook. Not soon after, Kurt receives a letter from David and heads to Thailand to meet him. When he arrives, he discovers his brother is dead. The man responsible is the viscous Tong Po. Desperate to seek revenge, Kurt turns to Xian Chow, his brother’s former mentor. To defeat the man who killed his brother, Kurt must look within himself to find the strength and courage of a champion.
Any movie that stars Mark Dacascos and Matthias Hues is a must-see in my book and Ultimate Justice has been garnering great early word of mouth. The plot is about a team of former elite soldiers who are drawn back into action, when the family of one of their own is attacked. It’s written by Mike Leeder and directed by Martin Christopher Bode; no word on a trailer yet but it recently wrapped so I think we’ll get a glimpse of the film soon.
I have no idea how this film will work but I also said that about Guardians of the Galaxy and it was one of the biggest films of the year. Marvel know what they’re doing and with a cast that includes Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, I’m sure it’ll once again be another smash hit for the comic studio. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Once we got over the initial disappointment that Mel Gibson will not be retuning as Max, our fears were (mostly) silenced after the rather awesome trailer to Fury Road. Tom Hardy takes over as Max who looks like he’s really going to be put through the ringer in this movie. Mad Max: Fury Road is an apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
After the huge success of The Avengers, Age of Ultron is a guaranteed smash hit; with one of the best teaser trailers I’ve seen in years, it looks like James Spader’s Ultron will be a bit of a classic villain. The fight between the Hulk and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armour makes it worth the price of admission alone. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans…
It may have a stupid name but Arnold is back as everyone’s favourite T-800 in Terminator: Genisys. The cast includes Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith, Jason Clarke and J.K. Simmons. What we know about the story so far is as follows: The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever. Arnold hasn’t exactly been box office gold since his comeback but hopefully returning to the franchise that made him a household name will put him back on top.
The untimely death of Paul Walker is what this movie will always be remembered for but the recent trailer got us all excited because the action looks insane; we’ve got a battle between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, cars parachuting out of planes and Paul Walker running along a bus before it falls off a cliff. Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell and Rhonda Rousey join the cast for this 7th entry which, like The Avengers is a guaranteed hit.
James Bond 24
After the hilariously successful Skyfall, everyone is waiting for our first glimpse of the new James Bond film which will once again be directed by Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig. Rumour has it that Christoph Waltz may be up for playing the villain which I hope is true. No plot details are known at all but Craig apparently wants it to return to the “fun@ spirit of the old Bond films, which suits me just fine.
You had me at dinosaurs; this reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise stars Hollywood’s hottest new property Chris Pratt after the monstrously successful Guardians of the Galaxy. The plot is set twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, where Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. I can’t wait to see a full trailer for the film but anything with dinosaurs immediately gets my vote.
Dwayne Johnson stars in this disaster movie set in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California; he plays a rescue-chopper pilot that makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter. Once again, there hasn’t been a trailer yet but Johnson is usually in massive films so expect this to be box office gold.
Bryan Mills returns for one final time when he is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed as he is tracked and pursued. Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name. Neeson was born for the role of Mills and the first two movies were big hits so expect part 3 to be equally big.
Jason Statham stars as a recovering gambling addict who finds work providing protection to his friends. It’s a remake of the Burt Reynold’s film Heat but I think it was wise to change the title as there is another little film called Heat starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Hopefully this movie involves Statham breaking necks and kick ass which is what he does best. The release date says December 7th this year but as there hasn’t even been a trailer yet then I figure it’ll be out next year.
Mission: Impossible 5
Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt along with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. No details on a plot as yet but after the success of Ghost Protocol I think it will be pretty big. Alec Baldwin is also set to star; I hope he’s the villain as he plays a great asshole.
Gary Daniels stars as a jaded hit man who regains his humanity in this dark tale of redemption and sacrifice, set amidst a brutal underworld in which daily survival is not so much a skill but an instinct. The cast includes Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke and like Skin Trade deals with the harsh subject matter of human trafficking.
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
“But this isn’t real action” I hear you say… hmm did The Phantom Menace have martial arts in it? Why yes, I believe it did and so did the other movies. The philosophy behind the Star Wars films is all based on the teachings of martial arts so I guess it is action after all! I have high hopes for this film because I can’t wait to see Han, Luke and Leia on the big screen again. I grew up watching Star Wars and despite the prequels being a bit crap, I am counting down the seconds until December 2015. I keep hearing that J.J. will destroy Star Wars but Lucas already did that, I’m hoping that this will redeem it for me.
Scott Adkins stars in Criminal which comes to theaters August 21st, 2015 and co-stars Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve, Kevin Costner, Michael Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. The film is directed by Ariel Vromen and with a cast like that it’s sure to be awesome. I just hope we get to see Scott in a bigger role and he finally becomes the huge action star he deserves to be.
So that’s how 2015 is looking; we’ve got sci-fi, superheroes, martial arts, spies and more. What’s your most anticipated action movie of next year?