Yippee Ki Yeh Danger zone lovers this weekend sees the return to the big screen of one of films most iconic Hollywood Action heros John Mclane in A Good Day To Die Hard aka Die Hard 5. Starring Bruce Willis John McClane heads to Russia to find his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney) and finds his boy is in a spot of bother and needs daddy’s help, to celebrate that release we have a brief look at 5 of the best Hollywood action films ever
1.Top Gun (1986)
“Take My Breath Away”, was the name of the theme song from this aerial “swash- buckler” and at Mach 2, that’s exactly what Tom Cruise does. Produced by adrenaline junkies Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, directed by Tony Scott, the sky’s the limit, as Cruise and co bedazzle us with their aerial prowess releasing a little too much testosterone into the ozone layer en route. 1986 was a good year for Naval recruiting officers, and costume party suppliers. Wonder why?
2. Quantum of Solace (2008)
Out to seek revenge for the death of his lover, Daniel Craig’s second outing as 007, finds Bond using his deadly combination of charm, wit and technology, to defeat an environmentalist from seizing control of a country’s prized resources. Directed by Marc Foster, what qualifies it for top five status, is that pound for pound, “Quantum” is more action packed than any of the recent Bond movies and harkens back to the halcyon days of Sean Connery, when men were men and woman were grateful.
3. Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
Want to get your pulse rate up? Forget jogging, watch Speilberg’s 1981 blockbuster Raiders Of The Lost Ark. You’ll never again have to ask the question,”What do they mean by flight, or fight”? If snakes, nasty Nazis and cliffhangers don’t get your juices flowing then you’re in serious need of a heart bypass. Harrison Ford’s finest hour. Archeology, even some theology, heck, when you get a movie with more than one “ology” it’s got to be in someone’s top five.
4. Die Hard (1988)
When he made the original Die Hard, Director John McTiernan broke the mould and the film still remains the reference guide on how to make an adventure movie. Starring Bruce Willis as John McClane and introducing Alan Rickman to the American audience, Die Hard has hostages, an evil villain, a macho hero and lots of exploding glass, rendering the movie the most pulsating action film of the eighties, and making Stallone’s “Rambo” look like a fumble in the Jungle.
5. The Matrix (1999)
What if i told you, that this was the film that changed the genre of the action adventure movie? Along with the standard, thrills and spills, The Matrix (1999) introduces philosophy, theology, and a dash of sub, atomic physics into the mix and was the first cult movie of the digital age. Blurring the boundary twixt movie and video game, the film was eons ahead of it’s time and probably, always will be. Starring Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fushburne, The Matrix is a movie that’s as much mind bending as it is action packed. All together now, “Whoa”!