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

4X-Men: First Class

Singlehandedly reviving the X-Men franchise, this film starts, appropriately enough, in the same place Bryan Singer’s 2000 series originator did: the Nazi prison camp at Auschwitz, with the future Magneto demonstrating his already considerable mutant powers. Flash-forward to the 1960s, and Erik Lehnsherr has grown into a vengeful Michael Fassbender, killing his way through escaped Nazi war criminals to find the one who killed his mother (Kevin Bacon, also a powerful mutant). In his murderous travels he comes across a far more peaceful mutant, telepath Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). In addition to the great lead performances of McAvoy and Fassbender and the intelligent script, First Class has some eye-popping displays of mutant ability, such as the demonic Azazel using teleportation to rain CIA bodies from the sky, Magneto turning hundreds of missiles back on the battleships that launched them, and Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw absorbing and repurposing military fire to explosive results.
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.


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