Genre Research: Action

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Genre Research: Action

  1. 1. By Niall Donnelly
  2. 2. The genre ‘Action’ was born in the 1920’s where the genre was usually ‘swashbuckling adventure movies’ which usually included Douglas Fairbanks in either a historical piece or a Wild-West based film. As the genre evolved through the decades, more and more variations started appearing. In the 1960’s the legendary ‘James Bond Films’ were created and has served as inspiration for all modern-day action films by introducing the ‘One-man hero’ who is both resourceful and witty. The 1980’s was arguably the best year for the Action Genre with movies like True Blood, Robo Cop and Star wars being created, which are the Action Genre’s biggest icons.Source: Wikipedia
  3. 3. ‐ Rocky (Film Series) ‐Indiana Jones (Film Series) ‐ James Bond (Film Series) ‐ Transformers (Film Series) ‐ Batman: The Dark Knight ‐ Terminator (Film Series) ‐ Alien vs. Predator (Film Series) ‐ Star Wars (Film Series) ‐ Avatar ‐ The Matrix ‐ The Lord Of The Rings (Film Series) ‐ Die Hard (Film Series) ‐ Bourne Ultimatum (Film Series) ‐ Kill Bill (Film Series) ‐ 300 ‐ True BloodSource: IMDB.com
  4. 4. Sylvester Stallone Arnold Schwarzenegger Jackie Chan Daniel Craig-Rocky (Film series) -Terminator (Film -Enter The Dragon -James Bond (Film- True Blood Series) - Fist Of Fury Series)- The Expendables - The Expendables -Rush Hour -Cowboys and - Kung Fu Panda Aliens
  5. 5. As previously mentioned, The Action genre really started inthe 1920’s, These usually featured Douglas Fairbanks(Pictured right), in ‘swashbuckling’ silent films such as ‘Thethief of Baghdad’, ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘The Mark of Zorro’.Other Action Films in the 1920’s included historicalrepresentations and western based films.
  6. 6. The 1940’s was when the western and cowboy filmsstarted to become popular, One of the most popularwas ‘Red River’ (1948). A story of a man named Dunsonwho is driving his cattle to Red River when Matthew, Hisadopted son, Turns against him.
  7. 7. The long-running success of the James Bond series (whicheasily dominated the action films of the 1960s) essentiallyintroduced all the staples of the modern-day action film. The"Bond movies" were characterized by larger-than-lifecharacters, such as the resourceful hero: a veritable "one-manarmy" who was able to dispatch villainous masterminds (andtheir disposable "henchmen") in ever-more creative ways, oftenfollowed by a ready one-liner. The Bond films also utilized quickcutting, car chases, fist fights, a variety of weapons and"gadgets", and ever more elaborate action sequences.
  8. 8. Also inspired by the success of James Bond;specifically the Asian-influenced "You OnlyLive Twice", martial-arts-themed actionmovies exploded onto the western cinemascreens with Bruce Lees "Enter the Dragon"(1973), and his imported films like "Way of (orReturn of) the Dragon" (1972). The latter alsointroduced action fans to then-rising starChuck Norris as well. Though Jackie ChansRush Hour is often credited as popularizing themartial arts action film in the UnitedStates, Chuck Norris had been blendingmartial arts with cops and robbers since "GoodGuys Wear Black" (1977) and "A Force of One"(1979).
  9. 9. The 1980s would see the action film take overHollywood to become a dominant form ofsummer blockbuster; literally "the action era"popularized by actors such as SylvesterStallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willisand Chuck Norris. Steven Spielberg andGeorge Lucas even paid their homage to theBond-inspired style with the mega-hit Raidersof the Lost Ark (1981). In 1982, veteran actorNick Nolte and rising comedian Eddie Murphysmashed box office records with the action-comedy 48 Hrs, which is credited as the first"buddy-cop" movie. That same year, SylvesterStallone starred in First Blood, the firstinstalment in the popular Rambo film series.The film proved to be successful and wasfollowed with a sequel in 1985, Rambo: FirstBlood Part II which became the mostsuccessful film in the series and made thecharacter Rambo a pop cultural icon
  10. 10. The 1990s was an era of sequels and hybrid action.Like the western genre, the spy-movies and urban-action films were starting to parody themselves, andwith the growing revolution in CGI (computergenerated imagery), the "real-world" settings beganto give way to increasingly fantastic environments.This new era of action films often had budgets unlikeany in the history of motion pictures. The success ofthe many Dirty Harry and James Bond sequels hadproven that a single successful action film could leadto a continuing action franchise. Thus the 1980s and1990s saw a rise in both budgets and the number ofsequels a film could generally have. This basic driveled to an increasing desire on the part of manyfilmmakers to create new technologies that wouldallow them to beat the competition by takingaudiences to new heights of roller-coaster-likefantasy. The success of Tim Burtons "Batman" (1989)led to a string of financially successful sequels, andwithin a single decade, had proven the viability of anew sub-genre of action film; the comic-book movie.
  11. 11. Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer tryingto make the big time, working as a debtcollector for a pittance. Whenheavyweight champion Apollo Creedvisits Philadelphia, his managers want toset up an exhibition match betweenCreed and a struggling boxer, touting thefight as a chance for a "nobody" tobecome a "somebody". The match issupposed to be easily won by Creed, butsomeone forgot to tell Rocky, who seesthis as his only shot at the big time
  12. 12. John J. Rambo is a former United StatesSpecial Forces soldier who fought in Vietnamand won the Congressional Medal ofHonour, but his time in Vietnam still hauntshim. As he came to Hope, Washington to visita friend, he was guided out of town by theSheriff William Teasel who insults Rambo, butwhat Teasel does not know that his insultangered Rambo to the point where Rambobecame violent and was arrested, as he was atthe county jail being cleaned, he escapes andgoes on a rampage through the forest to try toescape from the sheriffs who want to kill him.Then, as Rambos commandingofficer, Colonel Samuel Trautman tries to saveboth the Sheriffs department and Rambobefore the situation gets out of hand.
  13. 13. In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the terrorof a maniac known as Scorpio- who snipes atinnocent victims and demands ransomthrough notes left at the scene of the crime.Inspector Harry Callahan (known as DirtyHarry by his peers through his reputationhandling of homicidal cases) is assigned to thecase along with his newest partner InspectorChico Gonzalez to track down Scorpio andstop him. Using humiliation and cat andmouse type of games againstCallahan, Scorpio is put to the test with thecop with a dirty attitude.
  14. 14. The year is 1936. A professor who studiesarchaeology named Indiana Jones isventuring in the jungles in South Americasearching for a golden statue.Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trapdoing so, miraculously, he escapes.Then, Jones hears from a museum curatornamed Marcus Brody about a biblicalartefact called The Ark of theCovenant, which can hold the key tohumanly existence. Jones has to ventureto vast places such as Nepal and Egypt tofind this artefact. However, he will haveto fight his enemy Renee Belloq and aband of Nazis in order to reach it.
  15. 15. When a private satellite encounters anunidentified source of heat in Antarcticaand it is found to be a pyramid burieddeep underground , a search teamcomprising of top-of-the-linearchaeologists and engineers is sent toAntarctica to find out more . Once there, the team comes across signs whichindicate that the place is inhabited by anunknown alien species . It is not longbefore the aliens begin to hunt the teammembers . At the same time , a trio ofcoming-of-age Predators have arrived tocollect the skulls of the aliens as trophies, and the humans are caught between adeadly battle between the two warringspecies .
  16. 16. Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives.By day he is an average computerprogrammer and by night a hacker known asNeo. Neo has always questioned hisreality, but the truth is far beyond hisimagination. Neo finds himself targeted bythe police when he is contacted byMorpheus, a legendary computer hackerbranded a terrorist by the government.Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, aravaged wasteland where most of humanityhave been captured by a race of machines thatlive off of the humans body heat andelectrochemical energy and who imprisontheir minds within an artificial reality known asthe Matrix. As a rebel against themachines, Neo must return to the Matrix andconfront the agents: super-powerful computerprograms devoted to snuffing out Neo and theentire human rebellion.
  17. 17. John McClane is a cop from New York City whois on his way to Los Angeles to see his kids andhis wife Holly, who moved to LA because of ajob at the Nakatomi Corporation. When hearrives at Nakatomi Plaza, he meets Hollysboss Joe Takagi and her co-worker Harry Ellis.He and Holly go into a private bathroom andget into an argument. When Holly leaves togive a speech, thirteen armed terrorists leadby Hans Gruber seize control of the buildingand take the occupants of the 30th floor, whoare the only ones left in the building, hostage.Luckily, they missed John and he has to figureout how to save the hostages before theterrorists get their way.
  18. 18. Based very loosely on Robert Ludlumsnovel, the Bourne Identity is the story of aman whose wounded body is discovered byfishermen who nurse him back to health. Hecan remember nothing and begins to try torebuild his memory based on clues such as theSwiss bank account, the number of which, isimplanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he isbeing hunted and takes off with Marie on asearch to find out who he is and why he isbeing hunted.
  19. 19. Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license tokill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professionalassassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to 00 status.Bonds first 007 mission takes him to Uganda where he is to spy ona terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decidesto investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down therest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, heencounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns thatDimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the worlds terroristorganizations. Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre isplanning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game inMontenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play againsthim, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy hisorganization. M places Bond under the watchful eye of thebeguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper canprovide, Bonds interest in her deepens as they brave dangertogether and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. InMontenegro, Bond allies himself with Mathis MI6s local fieldagent, and Felix Leiter who is representing the interests of the CIA.The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raisingthe stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax
  20. 20. An action-thriller about a writer who takes anexperimental drug that allows him to use 100percent of his mind. As one man evolves intothe perfect version of himself, forces morecorrupt than he can imagine mark him forassassination. Out-of-work writer EddieMorras (Cooper) rejection by girlfriend Lindy(Abbie Cornish) confirms his belief that he haszero future. That all vanishes the day an oldfriend introduces Eddie to NZT, a designerpharmaceutical that makes him laser focusedand more confident than any man alive. Nowon an NZT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddiesread, heard or seen is instantly organized andavailable to him. As the former nobody rises tothe top of the financial world, he draws theattention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (DeNiro), who sees this enhanced version of Eddieas the tool to make billions. But brutal sideeffects jeopardize his meteoric ascent...
  21. 21. Action films are at the forefront of movie entertainment because of their constant elements ofsurprise and immersion. Many action franchises started when film itself was born and continue strongly today, new franchises are appearing every year, which indicates the genre is slowing down any time soon.

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