The best action movies on Netflix UK
Neil Brazier | On 10, Aug 2016
Summer, the season of blockbusters and big screen explosions. But what if you’ve already seen all the sequels and tentpoles the multiplex has to offer? We’re here to help you get your action fix with a round-up of the noisiest, most exciting and most entertaining flicks on-demand.
These are the best action films on Netflix UK.
This list will be updated regularly to reflect new releases and removals.
In the future where time travel is used illegally by criminal organisations, an assassin’s latest hit is to take out his future self. Mind-bending, futuristic action with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis sharing the same character.
Earth, 2033. The world has been turned into a desert wasteland with a controlled water supply. No, this is not Mad Max. Tank Girl, a female-led action flick before all the boys took over, shares action with attempts at comedy.
Who watches the Watchmen? You should. The insanely complex narrative of Alan Moore’s graphic novel was described as “unfilmable”. Zack Synder (no, really) ignored that and delivers a neo-noir, gritty super-hero flick that remains as faithful to the source material as it could without giant octopuses.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Benedict Cumberbatch torments the crew of the USS Enterprise. J.J. Abrams directing his second in the Star Trek franchise delivers both visually and throws the action to warp factor nine.
World War Z
Brad Pitt plays an investigator for the United Nations, who travels the world in desperate search for a cure to a zombie outbreak. Although in dire need for some more brains when it came to adapting Max Brooks’ novel, the film features plenty of scares and slathers of the undead.
Quentin Tarantino’s “southern” movie is packed full of intricate and foul-mouthed dialogue that is sharpened with violence and stunningly bold visuals. Featuring standout performances from Christophe Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s typical Tarantino, spoken with a Southern twang.
Is it absurd that 1997’s Titanic is listed as an action movie by Netflix? Strange though it may be, the final swan-song of the ocean liner’s maiden voyage is as frenzied as any blockbuster. Don’t let go, Jack!
He doesn’t care about truth, he doesn’t care about the law, he only cares about what’s right. Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot brings his not-a-hero Jack Reacher to the silver screen – led by that man again, Tom Cruise.
Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) joins CIA officer Graver (Josh Brolin) to form a task force driven to bring down a drug cartel on the US and Mexico border. Benicio del Toro constantly grips at your throat, delivering a stone cold performance throughout that compliments the sometimes uneasy viewing.
Welcome To The Punch
A detective is given a chance to capture his white whale: a criminal he has spent his career trying to take down when he appears in London. Thrillingly cinematic with top performances from James McAvoy and Mark Strong.
From Dusk Till Dawn
If you watch the first half of From Dusk Till Dawn and the second half separately, you could be forgiven for thinking they are two different movies. Tarantino blends heist with horror when the bank-robbing Gecko brothers (Tarantino and Clooney) try to escape into Mexico… and stumble upon a night club that hides a monstrous secret.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s unwanted nephew, blending animation with live action, is as peculiar as it is extraordinary. Cartoonist (Gabriel Byrne) is accidentally warped into his creation and seduced by one of his characters who desperately wants to be human, but a detective (Brad Pitt) will do what it takes to stop her.