The high of adrenaline is one of the best things that humans can experience. It is to feel this excitement that people indulge in all sorts of things, jumping from monstrous heights with just a rope tied to your leg, or partaking in a car race, most of the things that humans choose to do are because it gives them the rush, one way or another. But not everyone can climb Everest or become a spy, for that matter! In reality, the more the danger, the more the excitement. But just like we want to go to heaven but don’t want to die, we want to enjoy things but we don’t want the danger, not really! And this is where movies come in. It has the protagonists doing all the things that we mortals couldn’t in our dreary lives. Action movies bring the thrill, the elation, and a rush of blood to the head.
Here is the list of upcoming action movies (new releases) that one should keep an eye on. We hope these latest action movies are as good as some of the recent ones. The list includes action thriller movies, action adventure movies and funny action movies. (Note: We have purposefully left out all the superhero movies because we created a separate list for them here)
9. Cold Pursuit (February 8, 2019)
Liam Neeson has worked in a variety of films in his long career. However, recently, he has prominently worked in action movies which have established him as an action hero. In ‘Cold Pursuit’, he will play the role of a snow-plower. Living peacefully in the Rocky Mountains, Nelson Coxman’s life is upturned when his son dies of drug overdose. Coxman would have accepted this and moved on, but there was one thing that he couldn’t let go of. His son wasn’t a drug addict. This leads Coxman to a drug cartel and he vows to destroy the people who had murdered his son.
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8. John Wick 3: Parabellum (May 17, 2019)
Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as the titular assassin and there is a whole lot of ensemble cast consisting of Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Lance Reddick and Laurence Fishburne. According to the official synopsis of the film, John Wick is on the run because of a 14 million dollar open contract on his life and for breaking a rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The murdered person turned out to be a member of the high table and hence an open contract gets issued on the life of John Wick. Wick would have already been executed but for the Continental’s Manager who gives him a lease of one hour before he is expelled and severed of all ties from the members and services. Wick now has to manage on his own and get out of New York City. Filmmaker Stahelski mentioned that he wanted to get back to the roots and basics of the industry to put forward a clearer image of the assassin profession of the Wick universe.
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7. Ford vs Ferrari (June 28, 2019)
While talking about action movies, high octane car chase sequences are a recurring factor. And this film is all about cars. Since it is a biographical film, it probably won’t have all those ridiculously unbelievable, yet somehow feasible, stunts of ‘The Fast and Furious franchise’. However, it does give you other reasons to be excited about. First of all, for the people who love cars, this film will be a must watch because it will bring to screen the competition between the two big names in the automobile industry. Next, it will be directed by James Mangold who has directed films like ‘Knight and Day’ and ‘Logan’. Also, it will star Christian Bale and Matt Damon in the lead roles. Need I say more!
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6. Son of Shaft (June 14, 2019)
‘The Shaft Series’ started in 1971, garnered huge success, both critically and commercially, and was followed by two sequels. In 2000, the series received a sequel/remake with the lead changed from Richard Roundtree to Samuel L. Jackson. But that was almost two decades ago. The success of the 2000 film had led its fans to believe that there would be another sequel, but it never came to be. Until now. The upcoming film will bring together the stars of the previous films while adding a new Shaft character to the series. With Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson returning to reprise their roles, the dose of action will surely pile up in this film.
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5. Hobbs and Shaw (August 2, 2019)
‘The Fast and Furious franchise’ has evolved a lot over the years, and its producers don’t seem to be in the mood to put an end to it. In fact, keeping in mind the potential of some side characters, they decided to make a spin-off out of it. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had only recently become a part of the series; however, their stories weren’t properly explored in the shadow of the lead characters. ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ will focus on their enmity. With the names of two already established action stars attached to the film, it has already generated excitement amongst the fans of action movies. Also, it will be a fresh departure from the story of Toretto and his family, which just seems to be stretching endlessly.
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4. Kingsman: The Great Game (November 8, 2019)
There is something about the Brits. It is difficult to single out the reason, but movies like ‘Kingsman’ make it easier! While we already have a British spy in the name of James Bond, currently in the form of Daniel Craig, sometimes, it can be too dramatic for our own good. Sometimes, we just want something as full of action, as it is entertaining. It was this need to create a light, even funny, spy-flick that led to the inception of ‘the Kingsman Series’. Taron Edgerton served as the spy in training, but the main attraction was watching Colin Firth as the gentleman who will not hesitate to teach you some manners! In the first film, Harry gives a short history of the organization to Eggsy, but we don’t really know the real story behind it. This is where ‘Kingsman: The Great Game’ comes in. It will take us back to the time where these suave, stylish spies came from. Actors like Ralph Fiennes, Charles Dance and Matthew Goode have already been cast in important roles.
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3. The Untitled Terminator film (November 1, 2019)
When James Cameron delivered the first ‘Terminator’ film to the world, it became a landmark for sci-fi films. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the deadly assassin robot sent from the future, it was a massive success and spawned a couple of sequels. The second film built on the success of the first and with James Cameron at the helm, one more time, it lived up to the name of its predecessor. However, that was it for the series. The next movies failed to live up to the expectation, even when popular actors like Christian Bale and Emilia Clarke were signed up for the films. Now, the series will face another round of revival. What makes us so excited for it is the fact that the film will pick up the story after the events of the second film. So, all that mediocre stuff in between can be discarded. Also, Linda Hamilton will reprise her role of Sarah Connor.
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2. Jumanji 3 (December 13, 2019)
Robin Williams’ ‘Jumanji’ was one of the best films that I had seen when I was a kid, and I hadn’t thought that it could be remade into a better film. But my beliefs were shaken, if not shattered (trust me, I was tempted to write stirred!) when the new ‘Jumanji’ movie came out last year. While nothing can replace the original for me, this one did a rather nice job of living up to the expectations. It was highly successful and now has a sequel in works. With Dwayne Johnson in the lead, the action is highly anticipated and it was delivered so! Great acting from Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan added to the drama and comedy in the film. We expect the next film to be as fulfilling as its predecessor and this is what makes us so excited about it!
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1. Charlie’s Angels (2019)
The world of espionage films has all sorts of heroes. Women rarely appear in these films and even if they do, they are either the sidekicks or love interests of the protagonist. It was to break this cycle that the idea of Charlie’s Angels was conceived. It began with a TV show which then became the foundation for the movies. However, it was more than a decade and a half ago that we had a proper film. Also, now that you see it, it had stereotyped characters and it seemed lacking in content. But times have changed now, and it is a good time to make a ‘Charlie’s Angels’ film again. Actor and director, Elizabeth Banks has been signed to direct the film. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott (who’ll also star as Princess Jasmine in the upcoming ‘Aladdin’), and Ella Balinska have been cast to play the Angels.