Sometimes problems cannot be solved peacefully. In the best action movies of 2023, the great heroes know that explosions, weapons and superpowers are needed to save the day. In an action-packed year, these films stood out above the rest.
Blue beetle barely makes the list because it’s partly a superhero origin story we’ve seen too many times. Beyond that, however, there is a story and a character different from the typical superhero. Jamie Reyes is searching for his place in the world after graduating from college and must face the role that has been chosen for him – and the power that comes along with it.
Xolo Maridueña is great in the movie and Blue beetle it shines because of the humanity in the story. Jamie is at the center of this force, but his family, played by a cast including George Lopez and Adriana Barraza, is the heart of the film and Jamie’s constant throughout.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
For me, this movie was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2023. Movies like this usually end up as dumpster fires, no matter how entertaining and adventurous they are. Fortunately, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves hits the nail on the head. The outstanding cast, including Chris Pine, Hugh Grant and Michelle Rodriguez, is one of the reasons it works so well.
However, the cast is only half of the equation. Honor among thieves knows what it is and what it should be. Instead of being over-serious, it leans towards silliness reminiscent of the best Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Don’t overlook the action sequences either. You will get some of the best action in any of these movies Honor among thieves.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
The MCU has had a lot of struggles over the past few years. Fortunately, sending the the guardians of the galaxy was not one of them. Like many of the best MCU movies, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 knows what it is and leans into its identity wholeheartedly. This gives the viewer a funny, silly, yet sincere and powerful film.
No MCU send-off will ever compare to the goodbye we said Avengers: Endgamebut Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 it feels like an earned and deserved ending. That alone sets it apart among the MCU’s current offerings.
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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate
No one will say that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate was not a divisive film among fans. However, the fifth installment in the storied franchise offered plenty of fun, some great action moments, and a story with a depth of character that we don’t often see in Indiana Jones movie.
Which is the biggest reason I liked it Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate? The real treasure saved was Indiana Jones himself. The iconic character had lost everything, including his self-esteem, and felt that he was literally a thing of the past. This adventure forces him to confront his past and come to terms with his place in the world now. In addition, the action in this movie is mainly great, especially the beginning of the movie, the action takes place in 1944.
John Wick 4
The John Wick movies have become a generation’s favorite action-packed experience, and the fourth installment does not disappoint. You won’t find much story depth in the John Wick movies, but the action, choreography and lighting more than make up for anything that might be lacking in the way of storytelling.
The John Wick movies are as great an excuse as any to get to the cinema. But John Wick 4 did something even better – confirmed that Keanu Reeves still has it after the disaster Matrix: Resurrections.
Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part I
Tom Cruise just knows how to make a great action movie. Mission Impossible had a really weird run in theaters this summer, though. Although an excellent film – critics praised it across the board – its box office performance was considered a disappointment. It was just one of many summer action blockbusters that underperformed in 2023.
Dead Reckoning Part I still worth watching. It has intense action, an intriguing story and, as always, Tom Cruise works very quickly. If you’re one of the many who missed this movie in theaters, I recommend picking it up digitally.
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