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[Article] – Five Action Films to Watch this Christmas

 

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Posted December 21, 2017 by

Are you fighting the urge to mutter ‘bah, humbug’ every time a Christmas song plays on the radio? Is all the tinsel and holiday cheer making you wish you could punch something?

Well, we have seven action films that will put you in the holiday spirit, all while sating your need to hit things!

Lethal Weapon (1987) – Back when Mel Gibson was cool, he starred in the wildly enjoyable Lethal Weapon with the equally cool Danny Glover. Lethal Weapon released in 1987, at the height of the 80s action film craze and still remains the gold-standard of buddy-cop films.

Set around Christmas, the film follows veteran Detective Murtaugh (Glover) and his suicidal partner, Detective Riggs (Gibson) as they investigate the murder of a young woman. Their investigation uncovers a secret organisation and puts everyone close to them in danger.

There is so much to enjoy here – explosions, fist-fights, guns and plenty of mystery!

Die Hard (1988) – Already established as a Christmas classic, Die Hard is the Christmas action film to end them all.

John McClane (Bruce Willis) is just trying to spend Christmas with his wife. But terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) has other plans. Gruber and his crew take the McClane’s wife and several others hostage. With no backup and little ammunition, McClane crawls through the tower under Gruber’s control, dispatching bad guys and slowly inching towards the villainous Gruber. It is a cat-and-mouse game, par excellence, all set against the backdrop of Christmas in Los Angeles.

There’s shooting, intrigue, a wily villain, a wise-cracking hero… honestly, this is what we need on Christmas.

Batman Returns (1992) – It’s Batman, at Christmas, what more could you ask for?

A new threat appears in Gotham – the Penguin (Danny DeVito) – and Batman (Michael Keaton) must pull out all stops to take him down. Unfortunately, he is hopelessly distracted by another villainess who has also appeared in Gotham, Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Batman can’t take down Penguin alone but he can hardly rely on Catwoman for her help. Will Gotham finally slip from Batman’s grasp?

The Tim Burton Batman films have a massive fan-following, even today, and they still carry their own charm. If you’re looking for some superhero action this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with this classic.

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) – This film flopped on release but has since become a cult favourite.

Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is a regular suburban wife, living happily with her husband and daughter, enjoying her job as a teacher. When she receives a blow to the head, Samantha begins to get flashbacks of a life she had forgotten, one where she was top-secret agent Charly on the run from a shadowy organisation known as the Chapter. Samantha/ Charly enlists the help of Mitch (Samuel L Jackson) to uncover her past. But, soon the Chapter comes after them and Samantha/ Charly must do everything possible to survive.

Honestly, I have no idea why people didn’t like this film. It has everything you could want in an action film – plot twists, a heroic protagonist, a sassy sidekick, explosions – with a helpful dose of Christmas cheer. What’s not to love?

Iron Man 3 (2013) – The only contemporary film to make the list. Iron Man’s conclusion to his solo trilogy is fun, full of heart and surprisingly festive, considering it was released in summer. Now that it is on blu-ray, you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home with the Christmas lights twinkling on and off screen.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is suffering from PTSD following the Chitauri attack on New York. But, he barely has any time to recover before the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) threatens the USA President. Can Iron Man save the president while keeping his friends safe from the Mandarin?

Iron Man 3 gave us everything we wanted and then some – villains, unexpected twists, gorgeous fight scenes and Tony Stark coming to terms with the hero he is – with a smattering of Christmas carols and plenty of snow. This is the kind of superhero goodness you can’t help but enjoy.

Did you enjoy our list of action films to watch at Christmas? Leave your comments below. Merry Christmas from the FilmDebate team!

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