Most action films that you see include high impact and high energy
through out, to keep the audience with the whole rhythm...
During the 1920s and 1930s many films featured as
swashbuckling, these are action adventure subgenre films,
they normally ...
The 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in a new form
through war and cowboy movies. War movies
involved warfare which consisted ...
During the 1960sThe long-running success of the James Bond became very
popular and because of this, films or series introd...
During 1970s, the Bond films faced competition as gritty detective stories
and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse...
The 1980s action era was popularized by actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Chuck ...
Like the Western genre, spy-movies, as well as urban-action films, were
starting to parody themselves, and with the growin...
2009's Star Trek had several science fiction tropes and concepts like time travel through a
black hole. However, most of t...
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  1. 1. Most action films that you see include high impact and high energy through out, to keep the audience with the whole rhythm of the scene and what going on. Lots of physical stunts and activities are put in to emphasise on the whole action and brutality of the scene. They include chase scenes, races, rescues and battles etc. which gets peoples adrenalin pumping. Martial arts and fight scenes are included in a lot of fight scenes the main characters are fighting to stop the antagonist they use a lot of nonstop motion and spectacular rhythm to get the audience into the fight. Action films also include destructive disasters which normally include: Floods, explosions, natural disasters which usually has one of the more vulnerable characters which is more commonly known as the ‘damsel in distress’ where the main character would do a spectacular rescue. All of these are key to action movies and without them the movie simply wouldn’t be under the action genre.
  2. 2. During the 1920s and 1930s many films featured as swashbuckling, these are action adventure subgenre films, they normally consist of sword fighting and adventurous heroic characters. A second very common type of action movie at that time would be set in western Europe and the plot would normally have a damsel in distress and hold romantic elements. Here are some films that are associated with this subgenre:  The mark of zorro (1920)  Robin hood (1922)  The three musketeers (1921)  Captain blood (1935)  The prisoner of zenda (1937)
  3. 3. The 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in a new form through war and cowboy movies. War movies involved warfare which consisted of naval, air or land battles. Some of these could be prisoner of war films where someone has been placed into prison due to the conflicts between the two sides in the war. Some of these films would consist of:  The wooden horse (1950)  Albert R.N (1953)  The colditz story (1955)
  4. 4. During the 1960sThe long-running success of the James Bond became very popular and because of this, films or series introduced a staple of the modern-day action film: the resourceful hero. Such larger-than-life characters were a veritable “one-man army”; able to dispatch villainous masterminds after cutting through their disposable henchmen in increasingly creative ways. Such heroes are ready with one-liners, puns, and dry quips. The Bond films also used fast cutting, car chases, fist fights, a variety of weapons and gadgets, and elaborate action sequences. Thanks to the bond films a new type of subgenre was created among action movies and this was the spy subgenre.
  5. 5. During 1970s, the Bond films faced competition as gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse themselves with the new "action" style, leading to a string of maverick police officer films, Restrictions on language, adult content, and violence had loosened up, and these elements became more widespread. The cross-breeding of genres (such as spy-films and war movies, or westerns and detective dramas) would become the norm in the 1980s. During the 1970s the introduction of martial-arts films to western audiences. Some of which are:  Enter the dragon (1973)  Way of the dragon(1972) These were getting popularized by the cross films of martial arts and cops and robbers, starring chuck Norris:  Good guys wear black (1977)  A force of one (1979)
  6. 6. The 1980s action era was popularized by actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Chuck Norris. The 80 showed the mega-hit Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). In 1982, veteran actor Nick Nolte and rising comedian Eddie Murphy smashed box office records with the action-comedy 48 Hrs, credited as the first "buddy- cop" movie. That same year, Sylvester Stallone starred in First Blood, the first instalment in the popular Rambo film series. The film proved to be successful and was followed with a sequel in 1985, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Later, the 1988 film, Die Hard, was particularly influential on the development of the action genre. In the film, Bruce Willis plays a New York police detective who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a terrorist take-over of a Los Angeles office building high-rise. The film set a pattern for a host of imitators, like Under Siege (1992),
  7. 7. Like the Western genre, spy-movies, as well as urban-action films, were starting to parody themselves, and with the growing revolution in CGI (computer generated imagery), the "real-world" settings began to give way to increasingly fantastic environments. This new era of action films often had budgets unlike any in the history of motion pictures. The success of the many Dirty Harry and James Bond sequels had proven that a single successful action film could lead to a continuing action franchise. Thus, the 1980s and 1990s saw a rise in both budgets and the number of sequels a film could generally have. This led to an increasing number of filmmakers to create new technologies that would allow them to beat the competition and take audiences to new heights.The success of Tim Burton's Batman (1989) led to a string of financially successful sequels.
  8. 8. 2009's Star Trek had several science fiction tropes and concepts like time travel through a black hole. However, most of the film was structured around action sequences, many of them quite conventional (hand-to-hand, shooting). While the original Star Wars featured this kind of fighting, there was just as much emphasis on star-ship chases and dog fights in outer space. It was action with a science fiction twist. The trend with Star Trek and even the grittier Dark Knight Trilogy, is that hand-to-hand fighting and Asian martial-arts techniques are now widely used in science fiction and superhero movies. As for the 21st century action star, Jason Statham might be the most obvious Western example. His dedication to being an action star is nonetheless notable. Due to older films actors being seen as icons like Sylvester Stallone who got together all the old action hero's and put them all together for a comeback with the expendables.

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