It could be said that the action movie has had its day. While the ‘90s and ‘00s were replete with blockbusting summer spectaculars, full of crashes, bangs, and wallops, and generally produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, nowadays they’ve been displaced by the superhero movie. Marvel and DC still bring the noise and explosions, but they’re couched in a far more family friendly and colourful sheen.
The genre has slowed down, but it’s not dead just yet. Action movies of all shapes and sizes still find their way to our screen – gritty ones, silly ones, franchises and one-offs. New stars have been made, others still manage to perform well into middle age.
The 2010s may have been dominated by a different kind of escapist cinema, but the decade still had plenty to offer in terms of straightforward, unadulterated action. If there are fewer films of the genre coming out, it seems to have inspired the creators – the decade has seen franchises revitalised, stars performing better than ever before, and exciting new voices rising to prominence. It’s an exciting time to be a fan.