The Most Explosive Action Movies of 2011

2011 held no shortage of big budget, high-flying action. In its twelve months there was the usual healthy dose of comic adaptations and sequels to hit franchises one associates with modern blockbuster spectacle. It was a year whose summer bore yet more entries of both the Transformers series and the Pirates of the Caribbean saga. But, also released in 2011, were some action movies worth seeing. Lets talk about those.
The Most Explosive Action Movies of 2011

2The Raid: Redemption

Brimming with brutal, kinetic violence and containing an astronomical body count, this Indonesian bloodbath directed by Gareth Evans showcases the martial art known as Pencak Silat. Telling the simple story of a SWAT team enacting an early morning siege on a 15-story Jakarta apartment complex in order to depose the crime-lord who rules it, The Raid is a brilliantly choreographed melee of fists, feet, machetes and machineguns that seems to have no trouble keeping the proceedings from succumbing to the dull repetitiveness one would expect. In his trek to the top floor, good guy cop Rama (Iko Uwais) goes up against a seemingly endless wave of psychotic armed criminals and ultimately his own police confederates leading to what would be considered a bloody climax if not for the unbending gore-fest that proceeded it. This is third world carnage with first-rate style.
Honorable Mention

Fast Five – The Rock joins the fun in this altogether tight entry in the un-killable Fast and The Furious series, possibly (most likely) its best.


That’s the report on 2011’s beat’em/shoot’em-ups. If your favorite jive-talking robots or mascara-clad sea brigands have been excluded here and you’d like to register your dissatisfaction with the matter, or you actually have some overlooked quality action films to cite, make it known.