Top 10 Underrated Action Movies of the 2010s, from worst to best

With the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century and the increasing progress of technology, action cinema made significant progress in terms of making and paying action sequences. Especially in the superhero cinema, which is very dependent on special effects and without the use of today's techniques, it would definitely not be accepted by the people. But those movies have been seen enough and the audience and critics have paid enough attention to them. In this list, we will review 10 action movies that were made in this decade, but generally received less attention.

BingMag.com Top 10 Underrated Action Movies of the 2010s, from worst to best

With the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century and the increasing progress of technology, action cinema made significant progress in terms of making and paying action sequences. Especially in the superhero cinema, which is very dependent on special effects and without the use of today's techniques, it would definitely not be accepted by the people. But those movies have been seen enough and the audience and critics have paid enough attention to them. In this list, we will review 10 action movies that were made in this decade, but generally received less attention.

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On the other hand, this decade was accompanied by the release of the movie "Mad Max: Fury Road", which is considered a high point in action cinema, and all the action movies before and after it were made with meters And the measure was measured. George Miller, the director of the film, was able to create a work that many action makers dream of; It means to make a movie that spends all its time in fighting and chasing, and at the same time has empathetic characters and the rhythm of the movie does not fall. This issue becomes important because most directors in their action movies dedicate certain sequences separately to characterization, and in action sequences, they only pay attention to the battle of the two sides or chases and explosions. For this reason, the rhythm of the film is constantly ups and downs; Or in other situations, in the first half of their film, they introduce the characters and in the second half, they deal with the battle between them and line up the conflict sequences. If you review all the superhero movies of this decade in your mind right now, you will realize that they follow such a rule.

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But among these were films that, despite having the necessary potential to be seen, were not given much attention; The reason for this is simple; Action movies have become so expensive and big budgets have become so important that smaller movies are being overlooked. Having a bigger budget means more advertisements, and this means that more compact films will be abandoned.

On the other hand, the audience's taste has also changed and some films that might have been popular in another time, are now popular. They are not taken seriously. Today's audience spends a lot of time watching a certain type of movies, which is why they stay away from the different currents of filmmaking in the world. Action movies are still made in this world that are not dependent on computer techniques and their special effects are field. Or films whose plot causes battle sequences to appear, otherwise the creators focus on a specific issue or a unique character. In such a framework, I imagine that watching action movies that have a different mood from the current flow of cinema and take us out of that familiar space is not without pleasure.

10. American ultra

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  • Director: Nima Nourizadeh
  • Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Christian Stewart
  • Product: 2016, USA
  • Rating of the movie on the IMDb website: 6.1 out of 10
  • Rating of the movie on the Rotten Tomatoes website: 44%

Time When the movie "American Prejudice" was released, many thought that the box office bomb of that season was this movie. Jesse Eisenberg and Christian Stewart were the stars of the film, and it seemed that nothing could stop the skyrocketing sales of the film. At that time, Christian Stewart was known in the world for appearing in the "Twilight" series, and Jesse Eisenberg also shone in a movie like "The Social Network". At least it was thought that the teenage audience would welcome the movie because of Christian Stewart. But it didn't happen and in the end, "American Prejudice" failed hard at the box office. The story of the movie is a thriller story with elements of spy cinema, romance and comedy. Once upon a time, such a formula worked and the audience was eager to watch works with such themes. Now, what would be better if his favorite actor had also appeared in the movie.

But times have changed, the audience no longer goes to them even if their favorite stars are in these movies. Once upon a time, intelligence battles between the sides of the story were popular, but now, even if you are James Bond, you have to constantly explode to win hearts. There is no news of selling a movie with a compact story.

The story of the movie is a funny story. There's little chance that you'll get bored after watching the opening few minutes and leave it half-baked. Especially the fact that Jesse Eisenberg knows how to make the audience join him; Even if he is a spy and he doesn't know exactly what is what.

Mike works in a store. He is a young man who spends all his time with his friend and has nothing to do but party. One day, several people attack his place of work, and just when Mike thinks that he has come in, he surprises the thieves in a strange way. He is amazed at his martial arts prowess and doesn't know how he did it. He suspects something until he discovers that he is a secret agent of the American intelligence agency and he didn't even know...

9. Welcome to the punch

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  • Director: Arran Crewe
  • Stars: James McAvoy, Mark Strong
  • Production: 2013, UK
  • IMDb site rating for the movie: 6.1 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes site rating for the movie: 48%

There is a subgenre in British cinema that can be called the thrillers of underground life in London. In these films, we see a rainy and dirty London where all the events take place at night. People rarely see the light of day and even if they go to the street during the day, the weather is cloudy and the dust of death has spread over the air. This environment gives life to deal with cold and bitter stories; The stories of men and women who can't trust anyone or anything and have to rely on themselves.

The movie "Welcome to Punch" also incorporates two other subgenres; The first is the heist movie and the other is the police movie that relies on the investigation of the police or the police to catch the criminals. Here, the filmmaker has given enough time to both sides to introduce themselves, and this makes the audience understand the spirit of both and join their story.

Mark Strong and James McAvoy also play. It is good and it has helped the characters more. What remains are the action sequences, which are also acceptable and do not send the audience out of the theater unsatisfied. But regardless of all this, there is an English spirit in the film that separates it from its American counterparts. Here, relationships and characterization are as important as the battle and chase sequences; Perhaps this is the reason why the film "Welcome to Punch" has not been seen much; After all, most of the audience of action cinema is just looking for a bit of entertainment and they have little mood to follow the story of men whose honor and reputation is at stake in what they do.

"A notorious criminal named Jacob after There is a problem for his son, he is forced to return to London after many years. In the meantime, the policeman, who has been looking for him for a long time and could not find him, learns about the matter. Now there is an exceptional opportunity to arrest that criminal, but the story is not that simple and Jacob has a plan in his head...

8. Kick-as (kick-as)

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  • Director: Matthew Vaughan
  • Stars: Aaron Tyler Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Product: 2010, USA
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  • IMDb site rating for the movie: 7.6 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes site rating for the movie: 76%

In many ways, the movie "Kik-S" was ahead of its time. Superhero cinema had not yet formalized its sovereignty and so many films with the presence of so many men and women with special powers had not appeared on the screen yet. It was in such a situation that a good-natured director like Matthew Vaughn got to work and made an attractive parody for this type of cinema.

Parody is a subset of comedy cinema, which makes fun of popular movies or other movie genres. Is. In general, anything that has many fans among the general public and has found its way into their culture and is known by many people can be used as a basis for making a parody work.

Matthew Van Ham to A parody of superhero cinema, but he doesn't just use the patterns and stereotypes of this genre to make his audience laugh, but also pokes fun at the teenage audience of such films who are immersed in their dreams. There is a boy in the story who is influenced by such movies. He does not have any special powers and is no different from an ordinary person, but he likes to be a superhero. He makes clothes from Jogiri's head and goes to fight crime as self-proclaimed. Of course, the movie praises his efforts and a reward is waiting for him.

In any case, I imagine that watching this movie will be more interesting for today's audience, who have seen more superhero movies than the audience of that time. The reason for this is simple; Not only have the stereotypes of the superhero genre not changed, but they still work and sell well.

"A high school boy who is influenced by superhero cinema and the movies he's seen, wants to be a superhero. But the problem is that he doesn't have any special powers. He calls himself Kick-S and fights crime. But not only is he not successful in his work, But he also gets caught in a big calamity. Now he has to cooperate with an old policeman and his 10-year-old daughter in order to get out of this predicament because the only way out is to arrest a big drug trafficker...

7. Red (RED)

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  • Director: Robert Schoontke li>
  • Stars: Bruce Willis, Mary Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren
  • Product: 2010, USA li>
  • IMDb site rating for the movie: 7 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes site rating for the movie: 71%

"Rejection" is another parody in this list. A movie that uses action genre clichs, especially old action/espionage, and succeeds in making its audience laugh. Before getting to the movie itself, it is necessary to mention one point in explaining its name; "RED" does not mean "red" here, but stands for "retired, extremely dangerous". Therefore, the title of the film cannot be translated.

Here, the filmmaker took one of the main icons of action cinema in the eighties and nineties, namely Bruce Willis, and someone like Helen Mirren, who can be a symbol of the cinema. The spy of England was called, he gathered some other old men around them to show that the smoke is still rising from the log. These people get caught in a series of incidents and overcome all problems brilliantly. Of course, there are a lot of laughs and jokes in the middle, and of course, there are also references to popular action movies, which if you have seen a lot of movies, you will enjoy watching "Red". It is played by John Malkovich. He is an ex-intelligence agent who still lives in the Cold War era and imagines that the enemy is following him everywhere. This confusion is to the extent that he even hides himself somewhere in the basement so that he does not get caught by that imaginary enemy; This is despite the fact that no one is looking for him at all and all these are his fantasies. Later, when he reconciles with the world a little and returns to the world of the living and joins other comrades, we understand that with all this ability to destroy the enemy, he must not have many enemies left and there was no need for him to hide himself like this.

The cast of the movie is great. The group of elders is the group and if we want to find fault with the film, we can point to the lack of proper use of the potentials that existed alongside the work but were not used; Otherwise, the film "Red" could easily be at the top of this list. It has been some time since the vice president of the United States secretly ordered the killing of some people who were involved in a secret mission in Guatemala. This vice president, who plans to participate in the presidential election, now wants to erase his traces from that operation. Frank, who participated in that operation, realizes that all of his train mates have been killed except for him, and he must be the next one. So he looks for a number of retired and old people so that he can use their help..."

6. Anthropoid

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  • Director: Sean Ellis li>
  • Stars: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan
  • Production: 2016, UK, France and Czech Republic
  • IMDb site rating for the movie: 7.2 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes site rating for the movie: 66%

Strangely enough, this good World War II movie is underrated and not seen by many. This issue becomes important when the film deals with one of the bravest operations in the history of World War II, which is less talked about in American cinema; That is the famous case of the assassination of Reinhardt Heydrich, one of the top officials of the Nazi Party, on May 17, 1942. Heydrich, who was known as the Butcher of Prague, was assassinated in a daring operation by two deserters from the Czechoslovak army. Heydrich was considered by many to be the most evil and cruel person in Nazi Germany, who planned many operations with him. So ignoring his assassination story by two patriots doesn't seem very logical.

When the movie "Anthropoid" (anthropoid is the word that refers to that operation) starring Cillian Murphy was released, to It seemed that now it should meet with the audience's luck; In particular, the film has a good effect and succeeded in creating a detailed assassination sequence, and it has well depicted the final life-long resistance of the Czechoslovak army soldiers and the horror of living under the watchful eye of such a scary man. .

In such a framework, we are facing an attractive trailer that has enough action, has the excitement of spy works, and is full of idealism like other films related to the resistance front during World War II. , sacrifice and strive for honor. The filmmaker knows very well that for his film to be better, there should be a little bit of cooperation between the good side of the story and a little bit of skepticism towards Afrid should create this story.

But apparently today's audience has nothing to do with that dark era and probably has never heard Heydrich's name. Or in a more pessimistic view, he has no desire to learn and understand history; Because Heydrich's assassination has changed the face of Europe due to his influence in the heart of the German forces.

"Two Czechoslovak army soldiers who live in exile secretly enter their country. They have a mission to kill one of the most powerful people in Europe at that time. This man is Reinhard Heydrich, who is currently the head of the Nazi German forces in Czechoslovakia and is considered one of the highest-ranking security officials. Now these two soldiers have reached Czechoslovakia and realize that they can't trust anyone and they don't have enough equipment against the heavily armed Nazi army, but..."

5. Allied

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  • Director: Robert Zemeckis li>
  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard
  • Product: 2016, USA
  • Site rating IMDb to the movie: 7.1 out of 10
  • Rating of the movie on Rotten Tomatoes site: 60%

This is the movie Another is that the story takes place during the Second World War and an assassination operation is at the center of it. On paper, the movie "Allies" has a winning combination; Its actors are the famous Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, the screenplay was written by Steven Knight, who wrote and directed the good movie "Locke" starring Tom Hardy, and in the making of a series like "Taboo" again starring Tom Hardy had a hand and it was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who we remember from such epic works as "Back to the Future" or "Forrest Gump". This film was definitely made with this cost and this production team to conquer the box office and bring the audience to the cinema hall, but it did not happen and could not use this great combination well. It's not as good as Robert Zemeckis's best films, but it can't be denied that it can provide a good time for its audience. In any case, his worst work is several heads higher than the work of ordinary directors; Because he knows how to tell his story and appreciates a good story telling. Perhaps the reason for this lack of acceptance by the audience is the lack of proper balance between the romantic part of the work and the spy and action part. The pattern is the old pattern of movies that were very popular with viewers in the past; It means dealing with the contradiction between doing duty to the country and humanity on the one hand during the war and sticking to a fiery love. The heroes of such dramas always find themselves at a moral dilemma and have to choose one and sacrifice the other. Meanwhile, there is a sudden twist in the story that will surprise you. In fact, Zemeckis has been able to make tough choices for his main character by playing Brad Pitt, and he has to sacrifice a part of himself with each choice and step on a certain path.

American cinema has been in Making genre films is practiced and mastered, and one can at least be sure of the standards of films based on their genre patterns. So there shouldn't be much doubt and you can safely watch the movie "Allies".

"The movie consists of two separate parts. In the first part, during World War II, a British intelligence agent named Max is assigned to assassinate a high-ranking German officer together with a French guerrilla woman named Marine. These two operations fall in love with each other, but Max finds out from his country's intelligence service that this woman is actually a German spy with a fake identity who is spying on British operations and organizations..."

4. Outlaw King

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  • Director: David McKenzie
  • Actors: Chris Pine, Florence Pugh
  • Product: 2018, USA and England
  • IMDb site rating for the movie: 6.9 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes site rating for the movie: 62%

We are used to watching a movie from past historical periods, especially in the Middle Ages or earlier, that the people in the scene are always well-dressed and handsome. Movies like "Troy" or an older work like "Ben Hur" have given us such a wrong impression. It is true that the cinema is obliged to do such a thing in order to attract the attention of the audience, and the filmmakers have sometimes made aesthetic use of this beautiful head and pose, but it is nice to see that sometimes a director remains faithful to preserving the image of the past, which breaks the habit. and has presented an image based on reality.

We know that in the distant past, even the courtiers and people of the elite class of society did not have spoons and forks and ate with their hands, or we know that the streets of that time were not all paved. Even the passages of the palace of the kings It was full of mud and dirt rained down on everyone. So, in such a situation, the presence of clean clothes on people or eating with local customs is not very typical of Arabs. The movie "Rogue King" is a different movie than what we are used to watching in terms of observing such details.

Of course, the movie has several good battle scenes in the heart of its story and also has good characterization. The failure of the movie "Troy" at the box office made the producers less likely to go for films centered on the battles of the armies of the past centuries, because they were both expensive and risky, and they might not succeed despite all the predictions; So, if you are looking for such a movie that can be called historical and has brave battle scenes, and you find less and less every day, don't miss watching it.

At the same time, the movie is another narration of an event that happened many years ago. Mel Gibson made the death of William Wallace in the movie "Braveheart" and you can follow the events after that historical event here through the eyes of the director of the movie, David McKenzie.

"In 1304 AD, Scottish nobles pledge allegiance to King Edward I of England in exchange for their lands. But the discovery of the body of William Wallace, the Scottish warrior, as well as the cruelty of the English, changes everything and makes the blood of the Scottish people boil. In the meantime, Robert I, the king of Scotland rises against the English and others join him, but...

3. Atomic Blonde

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  • Director: David Leach
  • Actors: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy and John Goodman
  • Product: 2017, USA
  • IMDb site rating for the movie: 6.7 out of 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes site rating for the movie: 79%

Made in the past years Films centered on female action heroes have intensified. One could not imagine such a thing in a decade like the 1980s when even its heroes were muscular men. But the world is progressing in these issues and you can see powerful women on the cinema screen, each of them walking a path for the salvation of mankind. Are. After the success of the "John Wick" series of films, Hollywood took the same theme and mood and put a female character in the form of a man in that film to use all the potential of this new idea in action cinema. But the film was not well received, despite the fact that it is a good work that is definitely worth watching. The reason for this and this not being seen may be due to the mood of the audience, who does not want to see an idea that has been washed up, and maybe the mass audience has not yet come to the understanding that they will accept a woman in the form of a film full of fights and beatings. In any case, the movie "Atomic Blonde" is the best movie in this list in terms of action scenes.

"During the Cold War, a secret agent of the British intelligence service is sent to Germany to investigate the death of one of the other agents. slow He must find a list of missing agents there and find out why each of them disappeared. But...

2. 71 (71)

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  • Director: Yann Demange li>
  • Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris and Barry Coogan
  • Production: 2014, UK
  • The British soldier is separated from his unit. The freedom-loving forces consider the English as their enemy and if he is arrested by them, he will be killed. The whole city is in a mess and nothing can be distinguished from one another, and this soldier can't distinguish friend from enemy either. During this journey, he only has to rely on himself until he finds a safe place.

    A point that is very important in a film like this, is creating space. It is. Although the filmmaker had a limited budget, he managed to recreate a war-torn city in an amazing way. On the other hand, the focus of the drama is on the main character. Therefore, this character should be treated correctly and the actor should be able to perform it well. Both of these events were formed to make the movie "71" a movie that will not be easily erased from your mind.

    "Private Hook has just joined the British Army. He, along with a part of the army, is sent to the city of Belfast to overthrow the republican movement that has taken up arms and rebelled against the British government. His unit enters a quarter of the city that is under siege by the enemy. After the enemy's attack, this unit is divided and soldier Hook is separated from his group. Slowly and with the coming of night, he has to spend a night in a city that he does not know anywhere and everyone sees him as an enemy..."

    1. the guest

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    • Director: Adam Wingard
    • Stars: Dan Stevens, Micah Monroe
    • Product: 2014, USA
    • Score IMDb site for the movie: 6.7 out of 10
    • Rating of the movie on the Rotten Tomatoes site: 92%

    Adam Wingard In these few years, he has shown that he is very skilled in making independent horror films outside the mainstream of Hollywood cinema. The movie "You are next" from him in 2011 became one of the best horror movies of these years and raised expectations from him. A few years passed until his next film "Guest" was ready; A film that, of course, has differences from the same one, and in addition to having elements of horror cinema, it also has pure action sequences that have turned the film into an unforgettable work in a stylized style.

    The reason for its placement in The top of the list is the combination of different movie genres. I'm still amazed at how Wingard, with so much skill in making different films and dabbling in this and that genre and delivering an acceptable work, didn't completely sink into the Hollywood homogenization system and went his own way and remained independent.

    Hollywood horror filmmakers generally create momentary surprises instead of creating a sustained suspense. Because it's easier and it gives life to watch the movie together, especially in the movie theater. But this issue also has a weakness that makes the film become a disposable work; If you know the second time watching what happens at what moment, you won't be surprised anymore. So building a growing suspense creates a more lasting fear that engages the audience even on repeat viewings.

    Fortunately, Adam Wingard knows how to make such films.

    "Soldier of a Sorrow The family takes advantage of the loss of their child in the war and becomes close to them. As soon as this soldier arrives at their place of residence, murders occur, which raises doubts about this uninvited guest, but...

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