Guilty pleasure action movies are a lot of fun to watch, but viewers may not enjoy admitting to their coworkers that they watched them at work the next day. These are lowbrow films with ridiculous high concepts that may not make a lot of sense, but they do feature some pretty cool explosions. And, honestly, that counts for something.
Sometimes, a bad movie is so bad that it's actually kind of good. Other times, a movie with no plot to speak of has a really talented stunt crew and graphics effects artists working behind the scenes. A movie doesn't have to be an Oscar-winner to be an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two. Scorsese may call these movies "rollercoaster films" - but honestly, what's wrong with being on a rollercoaster?
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Jaws created a winning formula, and Deep Blue Sea ran with it. Deep Blue Sea follows a group of researchers who are bombarded by a group of ultra-smart and vicious sharks of their own creation. The film turns ridiculously merciless movie monster onslaughts into an art form and showcases some of the most hilariously unexpected monster slayings in the genre.
For starters, there's the scene in which a rescue helicopter inadvertently uses the person on a stretcher they're life-flighting as fishing bait for a shark, and said shark then uses the person to pull the helicopter and crash it into the research facility. Later, in one of the most unexpected movie demises of all time, Samuel L. Jackson gives a rousing speech to his team before being gobbled mid-sentence.3218Better as a comedy?
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A movie about a special forces commando whose former team is slain by a team of mercenaries that then take off with his daughter sounds okay. But, if that special forces commando is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, that movie sounds awesome. Luckily for Commando, it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Commando is notable for being the movie with Arnold's highest kill count, coming out to a whopping 74 terminations.175Better as a comedy?
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In XXX, Vin Diesel stars as Xander Cage, an extreme sports athlete recruited by the government to take down a Russian terrorist group. Honestly, that sentence alone should be enough to sell the movie. XXX features incredible stunts, such as Vin Diesel jumping from a plane with his snowboard and immediately shredding down a mountain, and Diesel ramping a car off a cliff before parachuting out the top.
The BBC called XXX enjoyable for either "13-year-old bad boys" or anyone prepared to give their brains a rest. Truthfully, Fast & Furious should have taught everyone by now that Vin Diesel is a performer that can make even the dumbest movies fun, and XXX continues on in that tradition.145Better as a comedy?
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There's a little-known trick to making a good action movie. It's honestly quite simple. Step one is to give Sylvester Stallone a gun (or, if no gun is available, any weapon will do), and step two is to let him run wild on dozens upon dozens of evil goons. Cobra employs this movie-making trick and, thus, is a pretty decent flick despite itself.
Reviews of the film were mixed upon its release, but, as Los Angeles magazine put it, "who needs reviews when you have '80s Stallone and one of the greatest movie poster taglines ever written? 'Crime is a disease. Meet the cure.'"115Better as a comedy?