For action fans looking for new movies while streaming, there are tons of car chases, explosions, and fistfights to browse. We’ll help by providing some streaming highlights.
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I love imaginative micro-budget movies. These tidbits are less common in the action genre, as the shape often requires higher production values. But “Agent Revelation” by writer and director Derek Ting manages to deliver great thrills on a smaller scale.
Ting also stars in this conceptual science fiction film as Jim Yung, a CIA disapproved of who has been infected by an alien-made biological weapon: a red dust known as Ash. While usually deadly to humans, the Ash gives Jim heightened reflexes and strength instead. When Dr. Victoria Jansen (Carole Weyers), the head of a secret underground military facility, learns of Jim’s survival, recruits him for tests and forces him to do dangerous exercises. These claustrophobic battles with tactical movements through mazes offer the greatest moments of action in the film.
But the smart world building is also impressive. Jim falls under the watchful eye of the base’s wealthy benefactor, Alastair (Michael Dorn), the Morpheus of Jims Neo. Alastair teaches Jim to use the energy of his powers to take action against the invading aliens. A cross between “The Matrix” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, “Agent Revelation” brings great science fiction imagination into a humble package.
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Since the premiere of “Jaws” in 1975 made sharks a horror with six letters, the toothy predators have remained a cinematic focal point for light horrors and oversized action. “Great White”, an Australian set film by director Martin Wilson, follows in the footsteps of “Deep Blue Sea” and “The Meg” to provide hair-raising survivalist set pieces.
The financially flooded couple Charlie (Aaron Jakubenko) and Kaz (Katrina Bowden) offer travelers private air travel. Joji (Tim Kano) and Michelle (Kimie Tsukakoshi), a wealthy couple, employ the guides and their cook Benny (Te Kohe Tuhaka) to take them to a remote atoll. Then the menacing title character deactivates her plane and lets her drift in a raft. To get through, the stranded people engage in fierce sea battles with the relentless shark, resulting in an abundance of exaggerated defensive methods that use armed paddles and flares against a sharp line of pearly whites. After watching Great White it is still not safe to get back in the water.
“Her name was Jo”
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If you’ve turned Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” into a road movie, you could end up with something like writer and director Joe Duca’s intimate coming-of-age adventure trek, “Her Name Was Jo”. The 10-year-old title character (Mary Cate Williams) lives with her abusive, drug-addicted stepfather on the Shenandoah River. She dreams of one day traveling to Los Angeles to find her real father, a folk singer whose records she often listens to for consolation.
When her stepfather overdoses, Jo decides to take her best friend Selma (Elisa Duca) cross-country in search of the singer. On the way, the two steal a car, are held hostage, help a pregnant woman with the birth of her baby and shoot their way through every hurdle. Closer to a drama than to a big action or adventure spectacle, “Her Name Was Jo” takes on a tragic note through a heartbreaking score that is fused with touching folk ballads.
For an audience that is well versed in gangland films, the “Night in Paradise” by the South Korean author and director Park Hoon-jung may offer few surprises. Rather, the simple mafia thriller gives blood-soaked consolation in its familiarity. Park Tae-goo (Um Tae-goo) is a brazen enforcer for the polite crime boss Mr. Yang (Park Ho-san). Following the murders of Park’s half-sister and niece, he is convinced that the hit was placed by a rival Kingpin in the Bukseong clan, leading Park to murder this Mafia boss with the ferocity of Viggo Mortensen’s tough guy in Eastern Promises .
Park runs to the tiny island of Jeju to hide, where he forges a platonic relationship with the terminally ill Jae-yeon (Jeon Yeo-been). The stoic companions steer a huge, bloody seizure of power between Yang and the merciless new leader of Bukseong, Chief Ma (Cha Seoung-won), while Park becomes their common scapegoat.
The director of the film takes great pleasure in the carnage. An extravagant shootout in the yard leads to blood splatters, and later there is a bloody one-on-20 brawl with a car key. Malicious knife fights are also turning bathhouses into slaughterhouses. And all of them are held with a clean, steady hand so that the viewer can marvel at the unrepentant brutality with a happy smile.
“Rider of Justice”
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When you first see Mads Mikkelsen with the sharp-cut, salty-pepper-bearded Mads Mikkelsen as Markus, a Danish soldier stationed in Afghanistan, you think that Anders Thomas Jensen’s “Riders of Justice” will only offer high-octane action. However, the death of Markus’ wife in a bomb attack on a train gives this streak of revenge a deep, unexpected heart.
As the single father of his daughter Mathilde (Andrea Heick Gadeberg), the stoic Markus has to punish the perpetrators and deal with his suppressed fear. Jansen examines how grief leads to a search for answers to the unanswerable. This search makes Markus susceptible to a theory by two serious scientists (Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lars Brygmann) and a computer genius (Nicolas Bro) that the bombing was carried out by a gang to silence a witness.
Mikkelsen delivers a well-formed performance by adding external emotional textures to a character whose internal turmoil makes them prone to outbursts of anger. His agile acting makes “Riders of Justice” a uniquely humanistic action film.