Top 15 most notable action movies have been released in the first 7 months of 2020, including famous names like Top Gun 2: Maverick, Black Widow, Fast & Furious 9, Wonder Woman 1984, Tenet, …
As an entertainment genre that is easy to watch, easy to understand, and remember, so every year, besides horror movies, the number of action movies in theaters is always maintained at a relatively high level. However, not all of them are guaranteed to be of good quality. So here are 15 action movies that we rated as outstanding and capable of making a big hit with the majority of audiences in the first half of 2020.
Release date: January 8
Rated as the underwater version of Alien, Underwater has been a surprise for many since its launch. The film tells the story of a group of oil and gas engineers working on the rig, on a mission to troubleshoot at the base of a platform on the seabed, a group of engineers discovering their own life put in danger by a mysterious creature. Received much praise from critics, especially for Kristen Stewart’s performance in the female leading role, this is indeed an impressive start, predicting the success of the action film line this year.
2. BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
Release date: January 17
17 years after Bad Boys II, the movie Bad Boys for Life returns in the sunny city of Miami. The “bad boys” are now two middle-aged policemen, but that does not make the work any less humorous and dramatic. The film revolves around the new mission of Mike (Will Smith) and Marcus (Martin Lawrence), 2 employees in the elite team named AMMO. They are tasked with taking down a drug gang leader named Armando, a cold-blooded killer with a ferocious nature. The film did well with what it had, even more attractive than the two previous Bad Boys to remind us that at least Will Smith has been able to make a decent entertainment movie in recent years.
3. BIRDS OF PREY
Release date: February 7
DC Comics always has plenty of good characters with in-depth side stories and is only waiting for film producers to exploit the big screen. This time, one of those characters was Harley Quinn. Because Suicide Squad was not so successful, this comeback of Harley and Margot Robbie will not follow the events that took place after the Death Squad. In Birds Of Prey, crime queen Harley Quinn no longer depends on the Joker but will find a way to reimburse herself. However, she met countless enemies before she gathered the powerful female group of Gotham, against the gangster boss Roman Sionis with the nickname Black Mask (played by Ewan McGregor).
4. THE GENTLEMEN
Release date: February 21
Long after The Man From U.N.C.L.E in 2015, British director Guy Ritchie has had another opportunity to return to the same style of gangster comedy, his typical violent crime style. The Gentlemen tells about Mickey Pearson (played by Matthew McConaughey), a drug magnate who wants to wash his hand off his business. He sold his “empire” to Oklahoma players. From here, the conspiracy to appropriate, the bribery, blackmail to try to take over Mr. Pearson’s property took place, more and more fierce. Owning an outstanding cast of actors including Charlie Hunnam, Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant, the work completely satisfies the public in terms of entertainment with a fast rhythm, humor, mixed action. The excitement of fashion is unmistakable.
Release date: March 27
It seems that Disney has not decided to stop making live-action for original animated works because it has always been a rich source of money over the years of the “rat house”. And this year, Mulan is the next name on the list of Disney Princesses to be brought to the big screen once again. The film will take viewers back to China during the Tang dynasty, following in the footsteps of a girl named Mulan (played by Liu Yifei) in the role of a man who replaced her father in the army. With extraordinary courage and energy, she led her soldiers to defeat the Northern invaders and became one of the greatest female warriors in Chinese history.
6. THE NEW MUTANTS
Release date: April 3
After many delays and rescheduling, the New Generation X-Men finally got an official release date. The New Mutants tells about 5 new mutants played by a talented young cast, notably Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams. After discovering their superpowers while being confined to a secret base, they must not only find a way to escape from the secret facility, but also have to escape from past dark stories. After the failure of X-Men: Dark Phoenix in terms of both sales and criticism last year, fans have a chance to look forward to the success of The New Mutants. With the successful Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the New Mutants this time will be supervised and produced by it’s “mother”: Marvel.
7. BLACK WIDOW
Release date: April 30
This is the first movie in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). As expected, Phase 4 of the MCU will mark many changes in the direction and development of the timeline. So Black Widow is not what takes place after Avengers: Endgame, but will take place after the end of Captain America: Civil War. At that time, female spy Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) had to discover the mystery of her origin and bring “Black Widow” back to Budapest, where she was trained to become a Russian super-spy in the past. The film will mark the last time Black Widow appears on the big screen as a Marvel superhero because she died in the battle with Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. So this promises to be an emotional end for this Marvel’s most famous superheroine.
8. FAST & FURIOUS 9
Release date: May 22
Somehow, the racing action series Too Fast Too Dangerous has always had a place in the hearts of fans. The proof is that whether it is rated high or low, the movies that are released always bring huge profits for the producer. After escaping death at the end of season 8, the hacker Cipher (played by Charlize Theron) will return with many dangerous roles, to defeat Dominic and his family. Remarkably, this time she also has a henchman named Jakob (played by John Cena) who is also Dom’s younger brother, which may once again test the trust of the main protagonist group and push them into danger. Fast & Furious 9 has the return of Mia Toretto, Brian’s wife after she was absent in season 8 with Han, the Asian guy and a former member of The Dom group, who was thought to have passed away after the accident during the Tokyo Drift.
9. ARTEMIS FOWL
Release date: May 29
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Artemis Fowl is Disney’s science fiction – action movie. The film is about the war between humanity and the forces outside the Earth. That war was initiated by Artemis, a 12-year-old criminal genius when his father (Colin Farrell) was kidnapped on a top-secret mission. As usual, although Disney movies have had no quality verification yet, they are always looked forward to by a huge fanbase. With the background of magical adventure stories, this promises to be another version of Harry Potter in the future.
10. WONDER WOMAN 1984
Release date: June 5
Wonder Woman (2017) was a huge hit for DC and Warner Bros. The film was not only rated for the top professional quality of DC superhero movies but also became the film of the highest-grossing by a female director of all time, before being overpassed by Captain Marvel of Marvel Studios 2019. This year, the second film of this superheroine will return and will be set in 1984, when the US and the Soviet Union faced off during the Cold War and she fought against Cheetah, one of her archenemies in the original comics. In particular, Wonder Woman 1984 also revealed the mysterious return of Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine) – who sacrificed heroically in the first part to prevent the Nazi poison spread plan. By keeping almost the entire production crew, which featured female director Patty Jenkins and renowned composer Hans Zimmer, the film promises to continue the success of the first part.
11. TOP GUN 2: MAVERICK
Release date: June 26
As a sequel to the classic action movie Top Gun in 1986. In Top Gun 2: Maverick, that year’s young pilot – Pete Mitchell (played by Tom Cruise) became the captain with more than 30 years of experience. Although he spent half of his life sacrificing and dedicating, what he received was nothing. This movie will exploit a new perspective on the most famous pilot on the screen every day as well as how he struggles to escape the shadow of the past. With the return to the role that partly made Tom Cruise’s reputation, fans certainly look forward to enjoying the “aftertaste” of the nostalgia of this handsome male actor
12. FREE GUY
Release date: July 3
As far as what is shown in the first trailer of the action movie, seemingly, this will be a combination of Disney Wreck-It Ralph with Alita: Battle Angel’s animation and script of the slight direction of Bad Boys II. The story in Free Guy is about a guy banker. Suddenly, one day he finds himself just a non-player character (NPC) in the world of Free City video games. From there, he faced countless troubles to bank robberies carried out by the player and decided to switch from NPC to an authentic player to rescue Free City from the danger of being shut down. Still Ryan Reynolds with a familiar wacky style, this promises to be a movie filled with laughter and dirty jokes and can be seen as a running step before this actor returns to be a superhero in the upcoming Deadpool 3.
Release date: July 17
3 years since the war masterpiece – Dunkirk, the masterful filmmaker Christopher Nolan will return to Tenet, the action/thrilling/sci-fi which is said to be a bold spy and extremely brain-blowing. Still keeping his stance, the British filmmaker did not reveal any noteworthy details about the content and information of the characters in this action – psychological – fantasy title. However, through Tenet’s carefully-filtered videos, viewers can still guess some of the content of this action masterpiece. The film will exploit the concept of “afterlife” after a spy (played by John David Washington) has to drink poison to escape the test after he was arrested by terrorists. Since then, with the non-linear storytelling as predicted, viewers will observe the journey to stop the plot to produce the deadly weapon, capable of initiating World War 3, threatening the peace of humankind. The work also features the acting of Robert Pattinson and Michael Caine, a familiar veteran actor in Nolan’s films.
14. JUNGLE CRUISE
Release date: 24/7
Inspired by a popular Disneyland sightseeing game, Jungle Cruise is a hilarious action movie about an Amazon jungle expedition with charismatic Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the captain and Emily Blunt, a determined explorer on a research mission. Also starring in the film is Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. It can be said that Dwayne Johnson is gradually becoming a “money-making” face of the silver screen when his films have always achieved a certain success in terms of revenue, regardless of their quality. And the fact that he combined with Disney in such an entertaining work has no reason to doubt the ability of this action movie to “monetize”.
Release date: July 30
Due to some trademark issues with Marvel, Sony is still unable to develop its own Spider-man movie, but can only continue to do projects about evil villains in the comics. Morbius is about the Marvel Comics vampire character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures. This is the second movie in Sony’s “super villain” universe after commercially successful Venom’s. According to the original comics, the character Morbius (played by Jared Leto) is a genius who won a Nobel Prize but suffers from a blood depletion disease which was seriously threatening his own life. After researching many options but failed to get positive results, he decided to take advantage of Vampires combined with an electric shock to completely solve this evil disease. It is worth mentioning that the appearance of Vulture (played by Michael Keaton) and a series of details suggesting the appearance of Spider-man can make fans look forward to the “transfer” or even the “crossover” between “Spider-Man” of Marvel and the villains of the Sony.