Are you an action adventure movie fan? How many of these films have you viewed?
1. The Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa’s epic The Seven Samurai’ appeared in 1954. According to people who care about this sort of thing, The Seven Samurai’ is thought of as the first true action adventure film. This epic film about a squad of samurai freelancers defending a village invented many techniques used in action movies today. Kurosawa’s film was the first to use slow motion for dramatic effect, and introduced the world to the stand-alone prologue. Akira Kurosawa is a master of filming battle scenes, and he pioneered many techniques for filming action and fighting that would be used for the subsequent half a century. Using extreme close-ups during fight scenes just wasn’t done before this film, and that particular technique is still used today. The Magnificent Seven is the most obvious example, but many movies have been heavily influenced by The Seven Samurai.
2. The French Connection – This 1971 film exemplifies the golden age of harsh and cutting-edge police procedurals. The 1970s was loaded with pulp and dirt, and for a time it seemed as if no film could be shot during the day. The French Connection is one of these true story action adventure film dramas. The French Connection was awarded three Oscars: Best Picture, Director, and Actor. Do not let the awards fool you, this is an action adventure movie. We have got fistfights, we have guns and ammo, we have pursuits and illegal drugs and everything else an action movie fan might wish for. Gene Hackman as a NY police officer is tough and cool, the enemy of evil heroin smugglers.
3. Jurassic Park – Jurassic Park is a true action adventure film megahit in just about every way. Strand intriguing and likable characters on a weird island, add some machinations and luggage filled with money, and don’t skimp on the CGI and dinosaurs and you have got yourself an action adventure movie. Still thought of a special effects achievement, it is hard to recollect that Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park’was so far ahead of the game technology-wise that it seemed like this one motion picture would alter the action adventure genre forever. What’s tense about this movie is how plausible it is. You start to think the technology underlying Jurassic Park’ is not only obtainable, but easily so. Like Frankenstein and myriad other mad scientist plotlines, Spielberg’s movie gives you all the action adventure you can handle. Dinosaurs pursuing cars, dinosaurs pursuing other dinosaurs, and even irresistible child dinosaurs for the children in the crowd. Jurassic Park’ is an action film/scifi allegory about genetic engineering and the perils of science without ethics. Besides, a lawyer gets bitten in half.