Watch: Just What's Wrong with the State of Action Movies Today?
by Ethan Anderton
February 10, 2015
While the world of comic book movies is pretty strong, the straight-up action genre has been struggling for years now. From mediocre sci-fi remakes like Total Recall and RoboCop to lackluster sequels like Taken, there are very few pure action movies worthy of praise like The Raid franchise and last year's John Wick. The stories are lame, the action is bland, the characters are hollow and it all just feels like the same old garbage. Now Chris Stuckmann has put together a video essay examining the problems with action movies today, and he even has some suggestions for how to fix these problems and take the genre back.
Some of these problems you may not have realized were as rampant as they really are, but we're seeing far too many invincible heroes going through the same motions to get their loved ones back or stop some inexplicably evil bad guy from carrying out a plot that doesn't really have any believable stakes worth being invested in. Did you remember that John McClane was afraid of flying in the first Die Hard? But then all of a sudden he has no problem dealing with a crashing jet in Live Free or Die Hard or jumping from ridiculous heights in A Good Day to Die Hard. Let's hope Hollywood starts fixing some of these issues.