Weekend Watch List | Action movies

Nothing like an action movie to get your blood pumping. Fights, chases and, of course, explosions can be a sight to behold. This week, The Pitt News Staff lists some of our favorites.

The Other Guys (Netflix) // Lynnette Tibbott, For Pitt News

In Adam McKay’s 2010 action comedy “The Other Guys,” Will Ferrel and Mark Wahlberg play two New York detectives, Gamble and Hoitz. Detective Hoitz is an arrogant, bad-tempered man who has been criticized for his outbursts. Detective Gamble is a naive and goodwill forensic accountant. Both receive disrespect from other detectives and are desperate to prove that they are worth more than their office jobs. They take to the streets to take care of what seems like a minor matter, but it turns into a messy operation, and detectives learn they may have bitten off more than they could chew.

This film incorporates the classic hallmarks of comedy – satire, action and corny jokes. Of course, no comedy action movie would be the same without slow-motion car crashes, air jumps, explosions, or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The classic “enemies to buddies” trope builds the friendship between Detectives Gamble and Hoitz. Although they annoy each other, they realize that they are together.

The film takes a satirical and exploitative tone towards the wealthy, featuring the discovery of embezzlement, love and betrayal – all while cracking jokes throughout. Despite the action-comedy tropes, this film emphasizes that the real heroes of the world are the underdogs and those actively working to make a difference – “the other guys”.

Children of men // Patrick Swain, writer

Alfonso Cuarón’s dystopian action film “Children of Men” paints a grim picture of an oppressive right-wing government that closed its borders after a devastating pandemic. The society is plagued by rampant inequality, economic turmoil and anti-refugee hysteria. Wait – are we sure this movie was released in 2006?

Oh, disease makes humans sterile. Phew. For a second, it got a little too real.

Cuarón creates a hopeless world – two decades after the last baby was born, we see humanity when the idea of ​​youth ceases to exist, when there are no more future generations to inherit the earth. Humanity has no choice but to bide its time as the population declines. When a disillusioned public servant (Clive Owen) connects to an underground militant network and meets a young immigrant (Clare-Hope Ashitey) with a secret that could change the world, he must help her make the ultimate declaration of freedom against a fascist state.

“Children of Men” is like “1984” revamped for the 21st century, borrowing George Orwell’s themes of authoritarianism and surveillance states, then introducing modern anxieties of terrorism and xenophobia as well as eerily prescient predictions of pandemic and insurgency. Its action sequences are equally suspenseful and brutal, with ruthless depictions of war. In the corrupt world of “Children of Men”, innocence and purity are rare – but with a little hope, life always finds a way.

Speed ​​(HBO Max) // Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor

It’s Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock at their sexiest, covered in dirt and driving a bomb-laden bus around Los Angeles’ atrocious road network. “Speed” is a classic ’90s action movie, featuring Reeves and Bullock before they hit the peak of their careers. It’s not an action movie that makes much sense – let’s just ignore the laws of physics when that bus jumps the gap on the freeway – but it’s a lot of fun.

“Speed” centers on Jack Traven (Reeves), an LA cop, who, after stopping a terrorist from blowing up an elevator, discovers that the same terrorist has rigged a public bus with a bomb. Jack manages to track down the bus and board, but they must keep the bus going over 50 mph or it will explode. So follows Jack driving the bus and its passengers, including the very vocal Annie Porter (Bullock), through the Los Angeles highway system. It might sound a bit cheesy, but they pull off some very entertaining stunts, and as you might expect, not everyone just sits down and follows Jack’s instructions on a rigged bus to explode.