Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart are promising intense and uncompromising action in London Had Fallen. So to get you pumped for this epic ride, we’re running down the list of five no-holds-barred action movies that you can’t miss.
5. Raw Deal
No one gives Arnie a Raw Deal in this staple of B-movie action. Here, former FBI agent and small town sheriff, Mark Kaminski, takes on the Mafia with a vengeance, leaving nothing but lead and bodies in his wake.
4. Black Hawk Down
In London Has Fallen, Butler stars as a former U.S. Army Ranger Mike Banning, and if there’s one film that highlights the strength, honour, and lethal sharp shooting skills of the 75th Ranger Regiment, then it’s Ridley Scott’s wartime masterpiece Black Hawk Down. Based on real events, Black Hawk Down is a completely in-your-face no-holds barred action epic, where every minute is a life or death situation, and only your training and the man next to you will get you through the next firefight.
3. Lethal Weapon
A classic in the buddy-cop genre, Lethal Weapon showcased just how much chaos two heroes could create, and is a must watch for those wanting to catch London Has Fallen. Banning and Asher’s friendship and camaraderie could certainly rival that of Riggs and Murtaugh, as two friends who are in the thick of it, and won’t give up without a fight. If you’re an action fan then you need this movie in your life.
2. Die Hard
The prototype of the ‘man trapped in the building’ action film, and classic of 1980s action cinema, Die Hard is a staple for action junkies. The mental games played out by Bruce Willis and the late, great Alan Rickman are still just as intense to watch as they were back in 1988. The action is quick, fast and unending, as NYPD Officer John McClane has to navigate his way through gunfire, and the tight confides of the Nakatomi Plaza.
1. Olympus Has Fallen
It’s a given that you need to watch Antoine Fuqua’s hard-edged action thriller Olympus Has Fallen before its sequel. The action is brutal, and Butler as Mike Banning charges through a swath of terrorists with an assortment of guns, knives and epic hand-to-hand combat techniques. The film’s penultimate fight between Banning and terrorist leader Kang Yeonsak (Rick Yune) is utterly brutal, and happens to take place as a nuclear doomsday clock counts down. It doesn’t get better than that.
London Has Fallen is currently in theatres in the US and UK, and is set to hit theatres in Australia and New Zealand on March 17.
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