Top Ten Action Films 2000-2010 Part 2

This list contains the very best action films from the last decade and really represent the genre well. Please leave any comments or suggestions for movies I may have missed or your opinion of my list choices.

Next Monday I will be posting worst movies of the decade so look out for that one.

Taken (2008)

An ex-soldier (Liam Neeson) traveling through Europe embarks on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after the young girl is abducted by slave traders in District B13 director Pierre Morel’s contemporary thriller Taken. Now this film really came out of nowhere for me because I heard about it from a friend who said it was great, it sounded interesting so watched it and it was very good and I was particularly impressed with Liam Neeson’s role of vengeful father as he was born for the part.


You really get absorbed in by this adrenaline-pumping action thriller, from start to end its direction never seems drifting that does happen in a lot of action films and keeps to clinging to the edge of your seat following the action father desperately trying to retrieve his daughter from human trafficking. This premise is why so many people get this movie, why wouldn’t you feel and route for the father of a kidnapped daughter and this is a great thrilling film because in every scene you want him to succeed.

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Rambo (2008)

He’s back everyone and still able to kick ass and still speaking gibberish like an ex-boxer with a broken jaw, but that’s what we love. When a group of missionary aid workers in Myanmar disappear into the vast green inferno, vigilante Vietnam War veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) leaves his job as a Salween River boatman behind to accompany a group of mercenaries on a daring rescue mission. Fans of Stallone’s war will get a great deal of enjoyment from this extended cut of the series. Everyone else will think it’s a bit weird.


Rambo was a gory delight favorite scene would be Rambo cutting his enemies down with 50 Cal turret off the back of a truck (wouldn’t see that on PG-13). John Rambo is a tad more solemn, if just as many splatters of blood soaked mayhem. The Rambo series have never really been about script or dialogues, but more an ex green beret with no people skills and fixing problems in the most violent way possible, usually a big gun or sometimes a big knife but he gets it done.

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The Dark Knight (2008)

Well look who it is, Christopher Nolan back on one of my lists he’s just that good at making greatness. Christopher Nolan steps back into the director’s chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis — the dreaded Joker. This movie brings to bear what I call a perfect movie and by that I mean it has everything and does everything brilliantly.


Heath Ledger’s joker is a brilliant interpretation of the dark comedic villain and deserved the Oscar he was awarded but couldn’t receive (RIP, Heath Ledger). I knew this film was going to be great right from the first scene with the bank robbery; it was so smart and cruel you couldn’t help but want more and you get it in heaps with this film. My favorite scene was when the joker tricked batman into saving Lt. James Gordon rather than his love Rachel Dawes who ultimately was killed in an explosion as the joker escapes.

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Terminator Salvation (2009)

Terminator is back and arny has a cameo, well kind of its 100% CGI but it’s still him. The fourth installment of the Terminator series follows an adult John Connor (played by Christian Bale) as he attempts to organize a human resistance force which could prove to be mankind’s last true hope in the war against the machines. McG has breathed a spark of life back into the franchise and after T3 it couldn’t come quicker. This film gives fans the post-apocalyptic action they’ve been craving since they first saw a metal foot crush a human skull two decades ago, but I will accept it could have done more with what it got.


This film did confuse me a bit because I couldn’t tell who was the lead John Connor or Marcus Wright but to me I preferred Marcus wright character because it was new and a dark back story to be heard, this is kind of funny because I preferred the joker to batman and Marcus to john sorry Christian Bale you’re not doing great. The action scenes and special effects are brilliant and brings the franchise truly into the 21st century and with the 5th to include in some fashion James Cameron should be interesting to see.

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The A Team (2010)

Director Joe Carnahan resurrects the popular 1980s-era action series with this explosive reboot following the adventures of four Iraq War veterans who begin a second career as mercenaries for hire. I truly wanted to hate this film and I thought it was going on a top ten worst rather than best but it was really good fun to watch and had brilliant action and plot.


People will overlook a movie’s faults as long as the action has juice and this movie has the juice to succeed and I hope they make another “Isn’t it great when a plan comes together?”, this film is just fun and for that I approve because not all movies have to be deep dramas or even have to make you think and this won’t do either but it does get the adrenaline pumping. My favorite scene would be the escape in the helicopter with Mr T’s truck getting crushed. “YOU PANCAKED MY VAN!!! I’M GONNA KILL YOU, FOOL!”; “You can’t park there; that’s a handicapped zone!”

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11 responses to “Top Ten Action Films 2000-2010 Part 2”

  1. bebe82496 says :

    Taken IS AWESOME, LIAM NESSON DOES KICK A LOT OF BUTT!!! There are few scenes that drag a little far longer it should and it goes by too fast that not a lot of stuff really happened, whenREALLY LOTS KICK- UTT ACTION WAS HAPPENING!!! The first 30 minutes is a little slow, but once the action ans suspense and REAL PLOT start building up and beggining, it’s awesome, but the sound quality isn’t that great, but overall, TAKEN WAS AWESOME!!!! For me TAKEN is a worthy grade of an A-


  2. pgcooper1939 says :

    The Dark Knight is awesome. Great choice. I enjoyed Taken, but I wouldn’t put it in the top ten action films of the last ten years. And I hated the newest Rambo.


  3. Jamie Helton says :

    Your confusion regarding the protagonist in “Terminator Salvation” is due to the fact that originally, Marcus was the hero and John Connor was a supporting character. We were supposed to see John as the mythical hero through the eyes of the android prototype, who must figure out his own humanity. The filmmakers wanted Christian Bale to play Marcus, but he insisted on being John and demanded an expanded role. A re-write happened and more emphasis was given to his character, which lessened the role of Marcus to make them pretty equal. That ended up undermining the whole intent of the story. Also, the original ending had John being killed, and Marcus took over for him, so the irony is that the real savior of mankind is a robot posing as John Connor. They wimped out on this as well, thinking that it would end up turning fans against the film.


  4. AndyWatchesMovies says :

    Taken is such a badass movie. Great picks! I still need to see A-Team and Rambo


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