Action movies of all types and budgets are coming out left and right. With all the streaming services, direct-to-VOD and smaller theaters, movies that might not have been greenlit years ago are pretty easy to get our eyes on. With so many titles on the way, which ones should everyone be looking forward to? Here are five action movies coming out relatively soon that we’re looking forward to.
The latest Gerard Butler action film, Airplane, is about a pilot (Butler) who has to land his plane due to weather and ends up in a war zone along with his crew and passengers. As for who is involved besides Butler, the cast includes Mike Colter, Yoson An, Daniela Pineda, Paul Ben-Victor and a number of others. The film is directed by Jean-François Richet, who directed it superbly Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, two films that show a knack for drama and action. The film here is written by Charles Cumming, for whom this is a first feature, and JP Davis, who previously wrote the recently released The contractor starring Chris Pine. As for Butler as an action star? Well, 300 was quite interesting Law abiding citizen was fun, and Cave of Thieves was one of the most excessively long, uneven, Heat-wannabes for a long time, so he’s all over the place. All in all, this team has an interesting group of talent here, including people with established careers and people who are sure to bring a fresh perspective. Will this be a hit or a miss? See you in 2023.
Violent Night (2022)
A Christmas action movie? YES! Finally another holiday themed action movie. The universe needs more of them, and having a badass Santa at the center of it all is exactly what some of us need to get our butts in movie theater seats. Violent night is about Santa Claus who comes to save a family after mercenaries storm their home and wreak havoc. That said, the trailer makes it look like something is not as it seems. The main selling point here, besides a badass Santa, is the fact that said Santa is played by David Harbour, and he looks like he’s having fun. His take on Santa seems to be just right for the film. While his Hell boy the movie was pretty bad, he was hard to blame and did his best. Harbor has a good track record of going all out when necessary and holding back when the film calls for it. Rounding out the cast as Beverly D’Angelo (who is familiar with holiday at the movies), John Leguizamo and Cam Gigandet, who have had a lot of mid-range action movies come out in the last few years. Here the film is directed by Tommy Wirkola and written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller. Wirkola is better known for Dead snow movie, Netflix – Noomi Rapace the movie What happened to Mondayand Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The man is comfortable with action and is not afraid of what could be considered a slightly frivolous setup. Casey and Miller are better known for Sonic the Hedgehog movies and 12 mortal days, another holiday movie with some violent tendencies. Violent night looks like a winner and considering it’s been since The long kiss goodnight since we’ve had a good, fun action movie, bring it on!
Tom Hardy and Timothy Olyphant. That’s it, that’s the pitch. Do we really need to say more? Ok, so the movie is about a drug deal that goes sideways and leads to the search for a politician’s son, some corruption and of course a conspiracy. This one, in addition to the top-listed names, is from writer-director Gareth Evans, who action fans know The Raid movies that if you haven’t seen them… well – you’re missing out. Once the requisite action screenings are done, you’ll know exactly why fans of Evans’ work can’t wait for this one. 2023 can’t get here soon enough.
Extraction 2 (2023)
ONE Netflix movie worth paying attention to, this one is definitely a sequel and it brings Chris Hemsworth back to the role of Tyler Rake. Working with him on screen here are Daniel Bernhardt (a mid-range action regular), Golshifteh Farahani and Tinatin Dalakishvili. The talent behind the camera includes director Sam Hargrave, who directed the first and is a well-established stunt coordinator, as well as Joe Russo of Marvel fame. This one, like the first, screams theatrical release but doesn’t get one. This is top talent in a streaming release, and given how fun the first one was, this is a movie to look forward to. Another highly anticipated 2023 release.
Savage Salvation (2022)
De Niro in a non-massive mid-budget action movie might seem sad to some, but it could actually be kind of cool. Here he is joined by John Malkovich, Jack Huston and Willa Fitzgerald. The cast is certainly interesting, and given that Malkovich seems to pick movies either out of a hat or based on how much fun he wants to have making them, there’s a big chance for a lot of fun action here. The cast should be more than enough to entice anyone, but let’s also take a quick look at the story and thoughts behind the film. The premise here is a basic revenge movie where a former addict looks to get payback on the people he holds responsible for his lover’s death. This one is directed by Randall Emmett, who is normally a producer with only one directing credit before this with the 2021 film Midnight in Switchgrass (which was terrible), so it will be interesting to see what he does here with a cast this stacked. The script for Savage Salvation comes courtesy of Adam Taylor Barker, for whom this is a first feature, and Chris Sivertson, who has done an excellent job The lost onethat ok Brawlerand the doubtful I know who killed meso his CV is varied in style and quality to say the least.
What do you think of the above titles? Worth a watch? Which ones are you looking forward to in the next few months?