Hulu’s selection of rewarding action movies is thick on blockbusters, with a few more offbeat options added in. Listed below are 10 of the best action films to flow on Hulu.
Hulu first Boss Level explores the favorite time-loop genre within an action-movie context. B-movie stalwart Frank Grillo stars as a grizzled former military operative who finds himself getting killed over and over again by a colorful assortment of assassins, only to restart his afternoon every time he dies. Director Joe Carnahan constructions the movie like an old-school video game as the main character fights his way up to the big boss (played by Mel Gibson), quipping all the way.
As superhero films become bigger and larger behemoths, it is refreshing to watch Ryan Reynolds as snarky Marvel antihero Deadpool, taking the genre down a peg. Deadpool often breaks the fourth wall, mocks his own origin, and questions the clichés of superhero stories, all while taking down bad guys in a totally entertaining fashion. Deadpool is a self-deprecating action film that still delivers on the action.
Possibly the most influential action film of all time, the first Die Hard stars Bruce Willis as resourceful everyman John McClane, who is trapped in a fancy office building with terrorist mastermind Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). Off-duty cop McClane uses his wits and whatever resources are available to defeat Gruber, and director John McTiernan crafts a suspenseful, engaging story largely set in one location.
It’s the template for dozens of afterwards action spectacles, and it could also be a Christmas film .
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Forget the dopey 1995 version of cult favorite comic book character Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone. The lesser-known 2012 reboot Dredd, starring Karl Urban as the title character, takes away all the cheesiness and targets lean, brutal activity. Dredd is judge, jury, and executioner in a dystopian future United States.
Along with his psychic spouse Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), he takes on a ruthless drug lord (Lena Headey) in a monolithic high-rise full of dangerous foes.
The Mission: Impossible show has among the best track records in Hollywood, and every installation is worth watching. Nevertheless, the fourth film Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol is still a cut above the rest. It marks the live-action introduction of director Brad Bird (The Incredibles), and it comprises one of the greatest stunts from the history of cinema (as Tom Cruise’s super-spy Ethan Hunt hangs off the side of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa).
The remainder of the film is likewise filled with breathtaking action, showcasing Cruise’s customary total devotion for his stunt performances.
Blake Lively isn’t entirely convincing as an action hero, however The Rhythm Section is still an interesting experiment in putting her in a revenge thriller. Lively plays a woman who trains with a former MI-6 representative (Jude Law) so that she can locate the terrorists responsible for the passing of her family. Director Reed Morano pulls off one fantastic mid-film vehicle chase that makes the whole project worthwhile, but she normally has a stronger hand on action than on plot or character.
Originally meant to star Tom Cruise, Salt proves just how much a difference a very simple shift in gender for the protagonist can create. Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, the type of hyper-competent secret agent that male actors have played for years. Salt goes on the run after being accused of betraying her CIA colleagues. She fights off a continuous stream of assailants while working to clear her name and expose the conspiracy which framed her.
Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin chose his talents to space for Star Trek Beyond, the third movie in the rebooted Star Trek show from manufacturer J.J. Abrams. It’s a fast-paced standalone story with lots of action for the series cast, including Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, the captain of the starship Enterprise, and Zachary Quinto as Spock, his Vulcan second-in-command.
The Enterprise crew find themselves stranded on a distant planet, facing off against a former Starfleet officer (Idris Elba) obsessed with destroying Starfleet.
The subsequent Terminator sequels can never live up to James Cameron’s originals, however the sixth installation, Terminator: Dark Fate, has lots to recommend it.
It marks the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, the woman relentlessly targeted at killer cyborgs in the future. It provides Arnold Schwarzenegger a brand new angle to play as the Terminator who develops a conscience. Plus it features a breakout performance from Mackenzie Davis as the latest Terminator iteration. All three stars get to take part in a few impressive (if derivative) action set pieces.
Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike is incredibly prolific, taking on nearly every genre in the 100-and movies he’s directed. Miike has been particularly adept at simulating martial arts actions in their own 2010 remake of the samurai classic 13 Assassins. The bulk of the movie centers on an elaborate siege of a little town, where 13 warriors have staged traps and weaponry around every street and construction. It’s the underdog story of a small band of scrappy fighters facing a military, and Miike makes each hit count.