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A well-made superhero series with a heart.
Although I haven't seen each and every episode, I have seen a fairly high amount to review this TV series already. Shaktimaan has been a memorable superhero since childhood. Nostalgia is guaranteed while watching several episodes combining Shaktimaan's magical action sequences and Gangadhar's comedic escapades. Mukesh Khanna is the biggest reason why Shaktimaan became what it is today, and there's a reason why this character has managed to exist beyond the series.
Shaktimaan has power-packed action sequences. The efforts in the stunts can be seen, and I really liked how they pulled off many of them. Visual effects are fairly average but not too bad for the times it was released in. Even though many sequences are overshadowed by a weak CGI, its the crisp writing that eventually comes to the rescue.
Mukesh Khanna and Vaishnavi have given their finest here in terms of performances. Shaktimaan/Gangadhar and Geeta are the most memorable characters in the whole series, and the strong acting is a major reason behind that. Shaktimaan also has a lot of positive messages to offer to kids, and that's another reason behind its success as a superhero series.
However, it's equally heartbreaking to discover a good amount of episodes have been copied from Hollywood movies such as First Blood, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Predator, X-Men and even the much loved Star Wars franchise etc. Recreating a sequence based on a film is one thing and using the exact footage from that film to create a sequence is another thing. Shaktimaan disappoints by proceeding more with the second one. If you have seen any of the above mentioned films, you're bound to be very disappointed. And oh, how could I forget the Superman inspiration?
Nevertheless, it's a fun action series to watch for yesterday's kids and today's adults who would love to cherish those pleasant memories of watching India's one of the finest superheroes on the small screen. As for today's kids, it might not to be impressive enough but has sufficient intense action and strong performances that make it worth a watch. If there's ever a reboot, I'd expect the same powerful writing, strong performances, intense action sequences but with better CGI and more original ideas.
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
A must watch on the big screen!
Terminator: Dark Fate is written so well that you won't even feel the need to take a break. It practically follows the same template as the previous movies, but also adds some more entertaining elements to the story. In my opinion, this one stands at par with the first two that changed the way people looked at action movies.
Not a spoiler, but kind of an information that if you're watching it only for Arnie, you might have to be patient as his appearance takes quite a time. Rather, this film centers more around the three female characters, Sarah, Dani and Grace. The actresses have delivered strong performances, but the real surprise package is Mackenzie Davis who especially excels in the action sequences. It was truly delightful to watch Linda Hamilton with the same energy as she had in the second film.
Arnold kind of underplays himself, but doesn't disappoint when it comes to delivering what he's best at: action.
James Cameron's return with this film is evident right from the beginning: and I mean the very beginning, where you will end up sitting by the edge of your seat. The action scenes are exhilarating, and the visual effects are splendid. Editing is top notch as the film keeps moving without any boring moments.
Terminator: Dark Fate is a worthy sequel to Terminator 2 and delivers all the action, effects and story one could wish for. A great popcorn action film, it will entertain you even if you see it in a dubbed language.
An outstanding sports action film that's bound to be remembered for years to come!
I saw it finally on the big screen with English subtitles.
What a film it was!
Vijay's previous action films Mersal and Sarkar have blended popcorn entertainment with fresh stories and socially relevant messages. Bigil is no different as it experiments with a new genre hybrid: the sports action film. While Indian cinema has produced a number of sports "dramas" that are all about rising, falling and emerging victorious (due to which they often tend to be predictable), Bigil being a sports action film is special because it brilliantly combines "mass" action with football: something totally fresh and out of the box. Kudos to Vijay and Atlee!
Vijay has almost always delivered great performances, but with his performance as Rayappan, he has proved that he's indeed perfect at playing characters elder than his own age. His dialogue delivery and expressions as Rayappan were really touching, and I could feel his pain whenever he spoke. Even as Michael, Vijay is excellent and you can feel his character has gone through a lot of things, and deserves to succeed. Nayanthara's character is also well written, and she delivers another stunning performance. Others such as Daniel Balaji, Jackie Shroff and Indhuja are also impressive.
The action sequences are stunning, and you know that from the moment you hear it's a Vijay film. One of the most impressive ones was the bike driving stunt which I felt looked really heart-pounding. The fight sequences are masterfully choreographed and backed by strong emotions, due to which I felt for the characters. Music is also good, and the production values are impressive.
Bigil is a perfect action entertainer coming from the blockbuster combo of Vijay and Atlee. This film didn't only leave me stunned and entertained, but also had me thinking about it even after it was over. This is the kind of film of we want to see on a grand festival like Diwali. Language shouldn't be a barrier when it comes to appreciating a well-made film.
8 x 10 Tasveer (2009)
Smart, impressive, intriguing!
Just finished watching the film on Prime Video and it was unlike anything else I had seen till date in a Bollywood film.
Needless to say, this film was way ahead of its time. No unnecessary love tracks, forced comedy or songs: just purely smart, impressive, intriguing storytelling. You can't afford to miss any detail in this high-concept action thriller that is complex and yet not complicated to understand.
Akshay Kumar delivers an outstanding performance, and Javed Jaffrey also entertains with his subtle comic timing. Ayesha Takia is impressive as well. The story revolves around a limited set of characters but that doesn't stop it from being captivating. It's packed with high-octane action sequences and edge-of-the-seat thrills. Visual effects are also quite top notch.
That being said, 8 X 10 Tasveer is not your typical Bollywood film. It's an out-and-out action thriller that feels like an international film as it entertains without compromising on quality. I'd love to collect it, as the stunts and twists have really left me impressed more than any Akshay Kumar film I have seen till date. Nagesh Kukunoor's first attempt at making an action thriller is so successful that I wish to see more of his works in this genre.
Gemini Man (2019)
An action thriller worth watching and enjoying with popcorn!
Gemini Man is a popcorn action entertainer that deserves to be seen despite the negative reviews. Will Smith's impressive performance in both his roles, the stylish action sequences, some intriguing twists and a fast-paced story are the highlights.
In short, Gemini Man is a pure action thriller that is truly fun to watch. It doesn't miss out on the character moments either. The score during the opening moments is melodious. The cast delivers in their roles almost perfectly. Camerawork is top notch.
I find it a bit surprising that the film doesn't have any "science" involved in it. There's a very small sci-fi element in it, and those who are watching it for the technology and gadgets might get disappointed.
Other than that, if you love action and are a Will Smith fan, you should book your tickets without thinking much!
A perfect action drama!
Drive is arthouse action cinema at its best.
Ryan Gosling delivers a dazzling yet controlled, subtle performance as the driver. He "drives" the whole film throughout the duration.
The director has built quite good suspense in the initial few minutes. He then proceeds to slowly set up the characters so that we feel more invested in them once the action starts. The first half didn't have any dull or boring talkie parts, much to my surprise and delight, and the car chase sequence was simply stunning.
From there on, the action starts to get gorier and more fun.
In arthouse action films, action scenes serve an important and deep purpose to the plot. This is exactly what happens in Drive. Each and every action sequence is not just brilliantly executed, but also well plotted. There's a buildup before each one of them and thus it's easier to enjoy these exciting set pieces.
The soundtrack, especially the one that closes the film, is really impressive.
The plot, while pretty simple and straightforward but with "action-y" twists is very impressively written. Not a single boring moment in the whole film.
Drive is one of the finest action dramas to come out from the American cinema. If you want to watch a different kind of action film that is as artistic as it's entertaining, do not miss this fine gem.
An outstanding action entertainer, a must watch!
Have to admit this that War is one of the finest Indian action films of the year! The film is not for a second slow or boring, and despite the long duration never feels dragged. Plus, it's jam-packed with nonstop action and some really surprising twists that make it a spellbinding action thriller.
It was a pleasure indeed to see India's two top action stars fight, chase and even shake a leg with each other. Both Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff have impressed big time with their action and acting both.
Just outstanding. Now this is what a PERFECT action movie is. Also, it's great to see that the film actually had a fight where only the sounds of fighting could be heard and not any music. This film is a must watch for action fans all over the world. Book your tickets now for an action-packed festival!
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
As a Rambo fan, I loved it!
Rambo: Last Blood is exactly what it was meant to be: an action film full of ultra-violent, exhilarating and stylish action. As a Rambo fan, I found this film worth the price of admission. I saw it in 4DX and the effects made the action scenes a lot more enjoyable. Sylvester Stallone just proved that action heroes can't be stopped by their age as it's just a number.
Story-wise, it might not be the best in the series as it has a plot at times similar to Taken and other action movies about kidnapping: a plot that has been told over and over since years. Nevertheless, the film's execution is excellent and that matters more than the freshness of the plot. Plus, the film made me want more when it ended. At that point, I was like what? Is that all? I didn't want it to end. It was that good.
Sylvestor Stallone has carried the whole film on his shoulders. Action sequences are as expected, mind-blowing! I was surprised to see minimal censoring here in India. Even John Wick Chapter 3 was less gory than this film but got censored while this film kept the gory action intact. That's impressive. It was so well done that I found myself cheering for Rambo throughout.
This film is definitely worth watching as it's exactly what fans would want it to be. I booked my tickets without caring for the negative reviews and wasn't disappointed at all. Just make sure you have seen the previous Rambo movies so as to feel the emotional weight the character has had since the first film came out.
An underrated gem!
I think this film deserved and still deserves a lot more praise. Shakti is an entertaining mix of outstanding action sequences, epic scale production values, gorgeous visuals and an intriguing plot. Both halves were well-balanced. There's something unusually attractive about this film that makes me want to watch this film again and again!
Jr NTR is impressive, especially in the action sequences and songs. His dance is an absolute treat! Ileana has a balanced character and she does a good job. Others such as Nassar, Prabhu and Sayaji Shinde are also very impressive. The production values really need to be praised as this film has been told as an epic and it succeeds in being what it wants to be: a fun action entertainer. All action sequences are simply breathtaking. Music is also good.
The film might not have received a great response back in 2011, but it still deserves to be seen, loved and remembered. Shakti is a highly entertaining action fantasy film that offers ample entertainment and is totally worth your time.
Another solid action film from Kannada film industry. Must see!
This film is a clean family entertainer. A high-octane action film with a sports backdrop, it features an outstanding performance from Sudeep who is the heart and soul of the film. It's great to see "Anna" Suniel Shetty after a long time. Aakanksha Singh has also delivered a great performance in a well-written role.
The director has packaged a lot of action, family emotions and a strong message in this film. It resonates the most in the second half where some sequences hit you hard and even make you cry. Fight sequences are a major highlight as the film features an unprecedented blend of wrestling, boxing and "mass" action. Each and every fight is brilliantly executed, but it's the final one that stands out due to the vulnerability we're made to believe. Visuals are gorgeous and production values are rich. Songs are surprisingly good, and the BGM is totally out of the world!
I recommend this film to anyone who wants to enjoy a good popcorn action drama with nothing unsuitable for family viewers. After KGF, Kannada film industry has delivered another action masterpiece that deserved a lot of appreciation nationwide. Must watch!
3 Days to Kill (2014)
Has shades of Taken, but still works big time as a high-octane action movie.
Written by one of my favorite action writers Luc Besson, 3 Days to Kill indeed has some shades of his action classic Taken starring Liam Neeson. It's just that this one is lighter in terms of tone and has more father-daughter moments. It's a high-octane action movie that's simple and pure at heart, and can be enjoyed by anyone who likes feel-good action movies.
Kevin Costner's performance was nothing short of brilliance. His vulnerability throughout the duration was truly believable. Hailee Steinfeld as his daughter also delivered a strong performance. Amber Heard was impressive in her role.
The action sequences are truly a visual delight. Like every Luc Besson actioner, there's a buildup to most of the action sequences and they don't happen without a reason. The car chases and fight sequences are brilliantly done, and the visuals across Paris are beautifully filmed. There's also some interesting humor thrown in at various occasions, that works big time.
Besson has always excelled at writing action movies where he focuses both on the action and the protagonists who are either fathers-daughters or like them. Directed by McG, 3 Days to Kill is pure fun, and recommended to anyone seeking action-packed entertainment.
Another impressive Jason Statham actioner.
I was pretty surprised with how the film quickly jumped to the scenes without wasting a second.
Blitz is an impressively written, well directed, well acted action thriller that has all that you expect in a Jason Statham film. Action, tension and clever dialogues: it has them all.
The story hardly has any major twists/turns and is indeed a pretty straightforward but captivating action film. Performances are impressive, dialogues are stunning, and the action is terrific.
The editing too is impressive as the film doesn't drag and instead stays focused.
Blitz is an impressive action film that can be watched for its sharp storytelling and solid action sequences. It's an entertainer, and it delivers.
The wait is worth it! Saaho is one of the greatest Indian action movies of 2019.
Saaho is truly one of the best action films of the year. With its epic scale action sequences, intelligent plot twists and visually striking grandeur, it turns out to be a party for action lovers.
The action just keeps coming nonstop and is the USP of this film. Prabhas killed it with style! Shraddha Kapoor was just awesome. Special mention to Arun Vijay, Murli Sharma, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Chunky Panday, Vennela Kishore and Mandira Bedi who leave a stunning impact with their performances.
And of course, great job Sujeeth. This film is indeed India's answer to Hollywood action cinema. Would love to watch it again!
A sparkling 5/5 from my side! Don't think twice before booking your tickets!
Angel Has Fallen (2019)
A treat for action fans!
This is hands down the best film in the trilogy and one of the most entertaining action films of the year. Although the narrative sounds familiar, yet it's the execution that sets it apart from other hero-becomes-fugitive action movies. You don't really need to have seen the first two movies to watch this one.
Gerard Butler is simply awesome and I'm telling you that if this is the last film in the series, I'm gonna miss Mike Banning. Same for Morgan Freeman, whose portrayal of Alan Trumbull is at times very impressive. Piper Perabo is excellent too: her realistic expressions are indeed heart-winning.
The action sequences stand out due to the brilliant choreography, camerawork, uniqueness and the way they make us feel that characters are indeed vulnerable. There's hardly a boring moment due to the presence of nonstop action and tension.
In short, if you like action movies, there's no way you should miss this one. Whether you liked the first two films or not, this one will nevertheless leave an impact. Just ignore the negative reviews and book your tickets now, if you want to watch an action blockbuster with top-notch performances and spot-on action.
A well-executed action thriller!
Kallattam is one action thriller that must be lauded for not featuring any romance or comedy tracks and staying focused on the storytelling. There's no heroine at all. There are just heroes and villains. And along with them comes a good amount of action, emotion and suspense.
Nandha has done a good job as a cop, while Richard Rishi has also impressed big time as a desperate father. The actor who played Ezhumalai also did a good job, and so did Ilavarasu.
The film's writing and editing departments are both strongly handled as the story is told perfectly within 92 minutes. Action scenes are realistic and placed accordingly. "Raa Raarandi" song is catchy. Cinematography and other departments are also decently handled.
Kallattam is not a typical cop film. It is handled in a very realistic and intelligent manner. It's a different kind of action thriller both in terms of storytelling and action. If you want to be thrilled for one and a half hours, this film is recommended!
Batla House (2019)
Another gripping action thriller from John Abraham!
2019 has indeed turned out to be a great year for action movies of different themes. Same is the case with this one. Just like last year, John Abraham is back with another action thriller that keeps you glued to the edge of your seats and gives you a sense of satisfaction when you leave the seat.
Yes, Batla House is that good!
The film is packed with action, emotion and tension: all mixed in a perfect proportion. I think John Abraham indeed delivered one of his finest performances of all time You can see the sincerity in his eyes. He definitely deserves an award for such an outstanding act. Every actor is perfectly cast, especially Ravi Kishan who leaves a memorable impact despite of his limited role.
The film features outstanding action sequences where you really feel the intensity and care for the characters. The shootouts and chases are both choreographed and shot with perfection. The screenplay is watertight and the editing, top notch. The songs don't hinder the narrative and instead make the proceedings more gripping.
I had been waiting for this film since long and having seen it, I can say that I'm completely satisfied. Batla House is a gripping, masterfully crafted action thriller that needs to be seen not just for the facts it presents but also for its cinematic brilliance.
Provides 2 hours of nonstop entertainment!
A pure entertainer. The biggest highlights of the film are the breathtaking action sequences and the banter between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Totally enjoyed it. Recommended to anyone who likes action movies. 10/10 🌟
Hare Ram (2008)
The biggest strengths of Kalyan Ram's movies have been the action and unique storylines. Hare Ram, his 2008 action thriller, is no exception.
Having viewed a short action segment from this film, I became sure I'd love it, but when I watched the complete film, my mind was literally blown away! I wasn't expecting a film this great. The film was jam-packed with action and twists, making it an out-and-out action thriller.
Kalyan Ram's performance has almost always been terrific, but this time, it exceeded expectations! Especially as Ram, in the second half, I found his performance to be beyond excellent. This is also evident in his other role in the film. Priyamani, Sindhu Tolani, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Seetha are impressive in their roles too, while Brahmanandam, Ali and Rajiv Kanakala are also noteworthy.
Action is one of the best aspects of this film. Every single action sequence is brilliantly executed, and the tension created during these sequences stand out for their chilling brilliance. The screenplay is a masterpiece. Music is also terrific, as is the cinematography and editing. The pace is fast and yet nothing feels rushed or dragged at all.
If you like action thrillers, you immediately need to watch this Kalyan Ram actioner!
Aadhi Bhagavan (2013)
Top class action flick!
First off, the tagline "A mafioso action love story" is very deceptive. It's a mafioso action story for sure, but definitely not a love story. Keep that in mind.
Coming to the film,
Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan is one rare action film that starts like a simple rags-to-riches story, but as it unfolds, it evolves into something unexpected. The villain totally steals the show in the second half.
And for that, I have got to praise Jayam Ravi: who has portrayed both Aadhi and Bhagavan with brilliance.
The film's technical aspects are rich, especially in the action sequences executed in an international style. One thing that took me by surprise is that the BGM from the Telugu action film Panjaa has been used in this film. It's possibly because Yuvan Shankar Raja is the music director of both the films.
The story is well written, although one thing that hinders the flow is a placement of a couple of songs. Other than that, Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan is a completely different, dark action film that has a lot to offer.
Ameer has directed the film pretty well. Certain sequences are well executed and full marks go to him for also extracting the best out of his cast.
This could be possibly the finest performance of Jayam Ravi, especially as the menacing antagonist Bhagavan. Must watch for action fans who like breakneck action mixed with a dark tone and some chilling twists.
One more solid action entertainer starring Kalyan Ram!
ISM, in short, is a solid action entertainer that provides 2 hours of complete entertainment with both style and substance. The action is really outstanding, most notably the bike chase which stands out due to its camera angles and choreography, and is pretty much one of the best bike chases I have ever seen. The plot has a powerful message and one can easily relate to it.
Kalyan Ram looks really stylish and equally delivers on the performance front. The court scene, which has been praised by many, is indeed one of the biggest highlights of the film. His expressions in that scene along with dialogue delivery make it a larger than life experience. And of course, he impresses in action sequences as usual. Jagapathi Babu is also impressive as the antagonist, along with Posani Krishna Murali and other villains. Tanikella Bharani is excellent as always. Aditi Arya is fine.
The soundtrack by Anup Rubens is really charming and melodious (my copy of the audio CD came just today!). The production values are grand and spectacular. Editing is top notch.
ISM is an impressive action film that provides both entertainment and message, and that too in a proper manner. If you like action movies and are a fan of Puri Jagannadh/Kalyan Ram, you need to see this ASAP!
Manchi Lakshanalunna Abbayi (2018)
Action entertainer for the whole family!
If you think MLA is going to be just a fun action entertainer as it seems from the promos, you're right! The film has all the ingredients for a perfect popcorn entertainer. Kalyan Ram, without a second thought, doesn't just look great in this new look but also performs very well. Same for Kajal Aggarwal and Ravi Kishan. A special mention should go to Brahmanandam's short but hilarious appearance that had me laughing uncontrollably.
I felt the music too was quite fresh. It was breezy, melodious and urbane in flavor. The visuals are gorgeous and colors are rich. What starts as a fun entertainer morphs into an inspiring one as the film progresses. And yes, there's plenty of action throughout the duration. The action sequences are brilliantly choreographed and placed accordingly. Plus, there is ample emotion and humor, perfectly balanced to produce a desirable impact.
The story might seem typical in the start but with time, turns out to be a fresh and clever one. There are also some good twists and positive messages that make this more than just a one-time-watch film. MLA truly lives up to the expectations, and turns out to be a crowd-pleasing action flick that balances everything so perfectly that you won't be bored at all.
Thoroughly entertaining action flick!
Ragada is an action entertainer with all the ingredients for a perfect masala entertainer. It features Nagarjuna in one of his most stylish roles of all times. Anushka and Priyamani play the heroines who actually take the plot further and have an important role to play than just romancing the hero or dancing in the songs. This is really impressive on the director's part.
The screenplay is decent, and since it's an action film, Ragada relies frequently on its set pieces to create excitement, which it ultimately does. The fight sequences are brilliantly executed, and are the major reason why this film works to a major extent. However, some twists and turns in the second half are also impressively plotted. I didn't see any of that stuff coming, and that's why it was surprising to realize everything is not like it seems.
The soundtrack by Thaman is another major highlight. But the issue is with the placement of songs, in the second half. Right when the tension is rising and you can't wait to see what happens next, two songs are inserted out of nowhere. Brahmanandam's comedy is hilarious.
Overall, Ragada is thoroughly entertaining and delivers non-stop fun throughout its duration. Don't expect something never seen before, just enjoy the action, songs, comedy and Nagarjuna's mass avatar.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Spidey is back in form with this new and one of the best action films of the year.
This film is even better than Homecoming. It takes action choreography and storytelling to the next level and delivers every bit of the Spidey fun fans needed. Tom Holland as Spider-Man does a great job as usual, but Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio truly impresses big time. I can call it one of the best action films of the year so far.
The film was so fast paced that when an hour passed away and the cinemas placed a random intermission, my first reaction was, "What? Why so early?" It was when I looked at the time I realized that an hour had gone already, and the film was so gripping that I didn't even feel the need to leave my seat. The second half went on to intensify with a couple of very serious moments, but also present were the heroic elevations that made the viewer not just cheer for Spidey but also feel that yes! he should fight and save the day!
And of course, what's a great Spider-Man film without action? This film's biggest highlight are its white-knuckle action sequences. The stunt directors really went creative with the fights and other action scenes, and I couldn't help but feel exhilarated. Visual effects were done very well, and the cinematography, especially during the final fight, was outstanding.
But what has really left me surprised is the mid-credits scene that has also made me restless to know what would happen next.
Spider-Man: Far From Home is a top-notch action flick that has got something for everyone. If you are Spidey fan, you need to see this one immediately in IMAX 3D. There's no way you can afford to miss this summer blockbuster. Hurry, get your tickets and a tub of popcorn ASAP!
A faithful remake of Temper.
After seeing Temper, I was sure no other film could ever top it. It's still my favorite cop action film till date, but since I'm a big fan of Vishal, I couldn't stop myself from watching Ayogya, the official Tamil-language remake. Usually before, during and after watching the remake of a classic, it's quite normal to make comparisons. Trust me, while there were some parts where I did that, I mostly found Ayogya a different film despite of mostly being a scene-by-scene remake.
What actually changes it course is the ending and the few minutes before it. As known to all, the climax was changed as Vishal wanted it to. And this is the major reason why I became more eager to check it out. Despite of being a remake, what differentiates Ayogya from Temper is the tone. Temper too was an outstandingly crafted, serious-and-spicy film, but Ayogya turned out to be more grounded in terms of storytelling. Another thing that changes is the action. Temper's action sequences were more realistic and less stylized while Ayogya's action is stylized and at times even better than those in Temper.
The color tone in Ayogya is also something that has to be praised. It's exactly what a cop action film should be like: action-packed, emotional, tension-filled and gripping. The director has adapted it well to suit the Tamil audiences, despite of the fact that a film of this subject appeals to viewers of any kind.
Vishal's impressive as an action hero, but this time you get to see him as a performer too. It's hard for me to compare his performance with that of Jr. NTR since the original is original, that's true. But Vishal truly owns Ayogya with his outstanding act. Other actors have also done an impressive job.
Yes, Ayogya is a full-on mass action entertainer with terrific action sequences, heroic elevations, peppy dance numbers, a little bit of irreverent humor and mass emotions that are the real highlights of the film. But the climax is what really turns this into an offbeat action film instead of a fully commercial one. That being said, while I still love Temper to the core, Ayogya too joins the top spot along with it. Because while I agree that Ayogya has a grounded climax, Temper too has a climax that entertains and connects emotionally.
Enemy of the State (1998)
Next-level actioner with a fresh plot!
After watching this film, all I can say is that it's the work of a genius. Combining non-stop action with technological thrills, Enemy of the State is a fun action thriller that will appeal to both a thinking viewer as well as an average, fun-seeking viewer.
The film brilliantly cuts to the main point and from there, you can't easily predict what next will happen. The villains appear so powerful that you do worry for the protagonist and his loved ones. The tension doesn't decrease even a bit, and the vulnerability of the protagonists makes this an even more engaging affair.
Will Smith and Gene Hackman are both impressive. Their characters are written brilliantly, and they perform so convincingly that they make you root for themselves. It's a chase story where the characters are mostly on the run, and thus we have lots of excellently crafted chase sequences spread throughout the duration. Technical aspects too need to be praised, as the film really delivers on the visual front.
The writing is spellbinding, and the way the plot develops with a few but notable bursts of humor is really commendable. The film has a very fast pace that doesn't get affected by the slowest of talkie parts. However, what elevates the film and takes the storytelling to the next level is the final act. It was really so unpredictable and out of the box that I couldn't stop laughing out of excitement. This is now one of my all-time favorite climaxes in cinema history.
That being said, you need to see Enemy of the State ASAP if you like action thrillers. I'm definitely not gonna forget the amount of fun and exhilaration it provided me for 2 hours in a way that I didn't take a break at all. Tony Scott made really impressive, sharp action movies and this one's no exception.