Sometimes we just want an adventure, and when real life won't supply us with one, then what the heck are we supposed to do, huh? Just sit by and wait for the craving to pass? Pfft! Yeah, right. No sir, when we want to enjoy some escapades, slay some dragons, fend off alien forces and just get some quality, super thrilling action, we're going to plop ourselves down in front of the TV like the hardcore cinema fans that we are, and we're going to enjoy a good, old-fashioned action flick.
When it comes to the action genre, there are oh, so many movies to choose from, and we think that's just peachy keen because, frankly, we can't get enough of them. They keep us on the edge of our seat, biting our fingernails, eager to see what happens next. They're exciting, aren't they? And when we're caught up in the 9 to 5 thing, day in and day out, excitement can be a tough thing to come by, so we have to get our kicks where we can. Fortunately for us, our need for adventure can easily be satisfied, usually in two hours or less, with the help of an action movie. Choose the better film, and we'll reveal everyone's favorite Avenger! Because, hey...why not?
The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises?
In The Dark Knight, the city of Gotham finds itself in quite the pickle when a new villain calling himself The Joker comes to town and starts doing his villainous thing. It's up to Lt. Jim Gordon, DA Harvey Dent and, of course, Batman to save the day. In The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale is back as Batman, this time, to catch a cat-burglar that's been causing problems for the good citizens of Gotham, as well as a menacing, merciless villain named Bane.
Heat or Inception?
Heat is a 1995 film that every self-proclaimed movie fan should see at least once. It's kind of a classic, guys. This move follows the story of a criminal mastermind Neil McCauley, who's planning one last heist before retiring, but Lt. Hanna has no intention of letting McCauley go through with his ruse. The popular film Inception involves another heist—well, of sorts. For years, Dom Cobb has made his living selling secrets to interested parties by invading other people's' dreams. He sees a chance at redemption, and tries to plant an idea in a person's brain. Will it work? You tell us.
The Fugitive or The Matrix?
Framed for offing his wife, a crime that he did not commit, Richard Kimble is on the lam, trying desperately to clear his good name and track down the real culprit before it's too late. Unlike this classic thriller flick, The Matrix is far more sci-fi-y, but every bit as iconic. Neo is bent on tracking down a guy named Morpheus, who Neo believes can answer the pressing question, what is the Matrix? Look, a lot of stuff happens. It's too much to tell you here, just go watch the film, come back here, then pick one.
Minority Report or Mission: Impossible?
Starring Tom Cruise and based on the novel of the same name, Minority Report takes place in the futuristic year 2054, and tells the story of Chief of PreCrime John Anderton, who works tirelessly to apprehend criminals *before* they commit their dastardly crimes. ALSO starring Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible follows a guy named Ethan Hunt as he teams up with the CIA in order to weed out a mole before a large armament falls into the hands of a group of villains.
Mad Max: Fury Road or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?
In Mad Mac: Fury Road, civilization has collapsed, and the survivors are being governed by Immortan Joe, who isn't exactly the best person to be in charge. Warrior Imperator Furiosa teams up with Max Rockatansky to help Immortan Joe's five wives escape his despotic rule. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy sets out on a rescue mission to save his father, a medievalist on a quest to track down the famous Holy Grail. Indy follows the string of clues found in his father's notebook, but soon, he attracts the attention of old enemies, who follow his every move.
Edge of Tomorrow or Skyfall?
Tom Cruise plays Major William Page in Edge of Tomorrow, an officer who, upon being unceremoniously offed, finds himself in a time loop that causes him to relieve his demise over and over again, but each time he relives it, his combat skills improve—as does his relationship with his partner, Sergeant Rita Vrataski. In Skyfall, we have another installment in the James Bond series. This time, Bond finds himself in a very sticky situation when he, and other undercover agents, are revealed by enemy forces, which necessitates MI6's being relocated. Will Bond be able to track down the person responsible for this crime? Well...yeah, probably. He's James Bond, for crying out loud!
Spider-Man or Spider-Man: Homecoming
Yeah, that's right. We're asking you to pick between the 2002 Spider-Man movie and Spider-Man: Homecoming. What of it? The 2002 movie tells the story of Peter Parker—Tobey Maguire plays the title role in this version—a teen whose life changes forever when he's bitten by a genetically-altered spider and obtains superhuman powers. In Spider-Man: homecoming, Peter Parker—this time portrayed by Tom Holland—learns to embrace his identity as Spider-Man with the help of Iron Man, his mentor and father figure.
Taken or The Terminator?
In the film Taken, Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, an ex government operative who just wants to reconnect with his daughter. Things take a turn for the dramatic when Mills's daughter is captured, and with just four days to track her down and save her, Mills is up against the clock in this casual, light-hearted, absolutely NO PRESSURE kind of a movie. The Terminator is also an easygoing flick (not), that follows the story of cyborg sent back in time to take out a woman named Sarah, whose unborn child will go on to lead an uprising against the Terminator's fellow machines.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World or The Avengers?
In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, bass guitarist Scott Pilgrim falls head over heels in love with Ramona Flowers, but in order to make things work with his dream girl, he's got to fend off her seemingly endless supply of exes, who have no intention of letting him pursue a relationship with her. The Avengers, on the other hand, follows the...well, the Avengers. Six superheroes must band together to reclaim the Tesseract, before enemies are able to harness the powerful cube's mystical abilities for their various villainous activities.
Ant-Man or Doctor Strange?
Armed with a suit that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant (hence the title), Ant-Man follows the story of master thief Scott Lang, who teams up with Dr. Hank Pym, a frustrated inventor who wants to put a stop to his former business partner's nefarious tech developing before it's too late. Meanwhile, Doctor Strange follows the tale of Dr. Stephen Strange, who, after a car crash leaves him without the use of his hands, feels let down by modern medicine. His quest for a cure puts him at the forefront of a battle against dark forces determined to take over the world.
Kingsman: The Secret Service or Guardians of the Galaxy?
In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin learns that his late father was a special agent for a secret spy organization, and that he's being recruited to follow in his father's footsteps. With the help of seasoned agent, Harry Hart, Eggsy learns the ropes and works to take down criminal mastermind, Richmond Valentine. Guardians of the Galaxy has a lot in common with Kingsman: The Secret Service, except that it doesn't. Like, at all. In Guardians of the Galaxy, space adventurer Peter Quill must team up with a group of other intergalactic vagabonds to prevent villainous Ronan from obtaining a powerful orb.
Jurassic World or Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?
Hmm. Would you rather watch the action packed thriller about the dinosaurs that are out of control, or would you rather watch the action packed thriller about the monkeys who are out of control? It's up to you! Jurassic World is a park filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs, where visitors can come and interact with them. This idea, uh...well, it causes some problems. Meanwhile, in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, genetically enhanced apes establish a camp, which is shaken by a band of humans who managed to survive a virus that has offed the majority of the population.
Salt or Mr. & Mrs. Smith?
Two action flicks for you to think about, here. The common denominator? They both feature actress Angelina Jolie. So, which one do you prefer? Is it Salt, a film that follows the tale of CIA agent Evelyn Salt, a fugitive accused of revealing her country's secrets to enemies, determined to prove her innocence? Or will you choose Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a film that follows the chaotic lives of the Smith family, a couple of assassins who try to hide their true identities from each other, until they're both hired to take down the same target? The choice is yours!
The Hunger Games or Iron Man?
When her younger sister, Prim, is chosen to compete in the annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen steps forward and goes in her place as tribute. During the competition, Katniss struggles to survive, but inadvertently sparks a revolution in the process. In Iron Man, Tony Stark uses his immense wealth to create a powerful suit of armor that allows him to escape the captors forcing him to invent remarkable technologies, and later, to fight crime. Another two great action flicks. Good luck choosing the better one!
I, Robot or I Am Legend?
We've got two Will Smith movies here for you to consider, but only one can win! In I, Robot, the year is 2035, and robots have become all but sentient (we mean, this *is* a sci-fi action movie, after all), and though they've been programmed to help humans, it's soon revealed these computers have a trick or two up their sleeves. In I Am Legend, Robert Neville is a scientist and a survivor of a man-made epidemic that turns humans and animals into bloodthirsty mutants. With the odds stacked against him, Neville embarks on a quest for a cure to this seemingly unstoppable plague.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or National Treasure?
Care to guess what Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is about? Well, we figure the title pretty much covers it, so we won't go into much detail about it. National Treasure, though, isn't as easy to figure out just by glancing at the title. This classic meme-inspiring film follows the story of historian, codebreaker and treasure hunter, Ben Gates, as he and his friends try to track down a historical treasure that dates back to the founding of the United States before his nemesis and ex-treasure hunting partner and his cronies get to it.
Wonder Woman or Wolverine?
Ugh! How the heck is anybody supposed to choose between these two amazing action flicks?! Wonder Woman follows the tale of superhero Diana Prince, a warrior who teams up with fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, to stop World War I. In Wolverine, the title superhero heads back to Japan for the first time since World War II, where he must team up with a powerful industrialist's daughter in an effort to outrun a group of samurai and yakuza who are determined to end them both.
300 or Gladiator?
In 300, in the year 480 B.C., Persia and Greece are in a perpetual state of war. Greatly outnumbered by their enemies, king of the Grecian city-state of Sparta, Leonidas and his army inspire their fellow Greeks to come together to combat their common enemy, the Persian king, Xerxes. In Gladiator, it's Roman times, and a once powerful general named Maximus Decimus Meridius (say that X times fast), has hit rock bottom. Now, he must rise to the top as a gladiator in order to survive.
The Book of Eli or John Wick?
In The Book of Eli, Eli treks across the vast deserted landscape of a post-apocalyptic world, carrying with him a Bible, which just so happens to be a book that villain Carnegie, will do anything to get his hands on. Meanwhile in John Wick, the title guy gets the rug ripped out from underneath him when his wife meets her untimely demise. Naturally, John seeks revenge, and embarks on a quest to take down the gangster who ended his wife's life, and he will stop at NOTHING to get justice.
21 Jump Street or The Other Guys?
In 21 Jump Street, cops Schmidt and Jenko go undercover as high school students in an attempt to take down a drug ring. Of course, their job proves to be tougher than they originally thought it would be when they're forced to re-face the same problems they did when they were teens (i.e. anxiety, cliques, etc.). In The Other Guys, Gamble and Hoitz are two NYPD detectives who don't see much action. But, when a major case breaks, they see their chance to make it big, and they take it.
Tropic Thunder or Pineapple Express?
In Pineapple Express, Dale Denton inadvertently lands himself in some warm water when he accidentally drops his joint upon witnessing a crime. The joint is then traced back to Dale, as well as his dealer, and the two are forced to run from the law for a crime they didn't commit. Meanwhile, in Tropic Thunder, a group of actors filming a war movie are let loose in the middle of a jungle and told their every move will be captured via hidden cameras. Antics ensue.
Get Smart or The A-Team?
Maxwell Smart and his partner, Agent 99, must team up to stop the nefarious crime syndicate KAOS, before their plan for total world domination becomes a reality in the hilariously funny action flick, Get Smart. In The A-Team, a close-knit team of highly specialized agents, with their leader, Hannibal Smith, at the helm, must prove Smith's innocence in a crime he's been framed for, and outwit a foe (who, by the way, is bent on capturing them all), in the process. Another pair of stellar action flicks. Which one is your fave?
Black Panther or Thor: Ragnarok?
In the wake of his father's demise, T'Challa returns home to Takanda to become the nation's rightful king, but of course, things don't go as planned. Soon, T'Challa must prove himself as the Black Panther to save his country, and indeed the whole world, from this new foe. Meanwhile, in Thor: Ragnarok, after being held at the edge of the universe and forced to compete in a gladiator-style showdown against the Hulk, Thor must go up against the clock to try to stop the malevolent Hela from ending Asgard.
Baby Driver or Overdrive?
Baby is an orphan who is also a driver in—you guessed it!—Baby Driver. Baby's is, like, really good at his job as a getaway driver, and the reason he's so good is because he creates specialized playlists for each heist, then listens to the music as he getaway drives, and this allows him to focus all of his attention on what he's doing, rather than the chaos around him. In Overdrive, a crime boss forces two car thieves to steal a car in order to regain their freedom.
Fantastic Four or X-Men: Apocalypse?
In Fantastic Four, four fantastic young adults obtain superhuman powers after being transported to another dimension. They then use their newfound abilities to team up and stop the menacing Doctor Doom in his tracks before he puts an end to mankind. X-Men: Apocalypse is another well-loved superhero movie, and follows Magneto, Professor X and Raven as they team up to defeat the immortal god, Apocalypse. Two more amazing action movies to choose from, folks, but you can only pick one! Good luck!
Megamind or Kung Fu Panda?
Megamind (Will Ferrell) is a super villain, but he's...well, he's not too good at his job, and he's constantly being defeated by Metro Man (Brad Pitt). But! Megamind hits paydirt when he actually manages to defeat his foe, although he soon realizes it's no fun being a villain with nobody trying to stop you. Kung Fu Panda follows the story of Po, a clumsy, lazy panda (Jack Black), who, with the guidance of Master Shifu, trains to take down a villainous snow leopard threatening Po's homeland.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?
In The Man From U.N.C.L.E., CIA agent Napoleon Solo (the offspring of Bonaparte and Hans, we assume?) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin must set aside their differences at the height of the Cold War and come together in order to face off against a mutual foe. Also during the Cold War, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy follows MI6 when a mission to uncover a mole in their ranks goes awry, and veteran agent George Smiley is called back to help track down the informant.
Ready Player One or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Built on an almost criminal amount of 80's references and, well, that is *about* it, Ready Player One is based on the book of the same name, and tells the story of Wade Watts, who embarks on a virtual quest to track down the virtual easter eggs of a wealthy mad man. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, on the other hand, follows Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo, four ninja turtles who also happen to be teenage mutants. Also, they fight crime with the help of their rat sensei, Splinter. It sounds weird, but it works.
Casino Royale or Avatar?
James Bond is back, and this time he's ticked! In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig returns as the super suave, super cool spy. James Bond's mission for this installment in the franchise is to reveal Le Chiffre, a man who finances villainous groups by gambling. MI6 sense Bond to play against Le Chiffre in a high stakes game of poker. Avatar, on the other hand, is an animated film about a group of humans who, after exhausting the earth's resources, seek to exploit the natural abundance of the planet Pandora, but a Pandora native and her human love interest have something to say about that.
Face/Off or Hot Fuzz?
Starring Nicolas Cage as Castor Troy, a menacing lawbreaker, and John Travolta as Sean Archer, the FBI agent obsessed with bringing Troy to justice, Face/Off is...interesting to say the least. After Troy's plane goes down, Archer finds his body and surgically swaps faces with him, then Archer, with his new Troy "mask" tries to extract information incriminating Troy from Troy's brother. Hot Fuzz, on the other hand, follows constable Nicholas Angel as he tries to adapt to his transfer from London to the small, sleepy village of Sandford, where nothing is at all as it seems.
Sicario or Need for Speed?
Kate Mercer is an FBI agent who sees her chance to rise to the top in a male-dominated profession when she's recruited to join a task force against the war on drugs in the 2015 film, Sicario. That's a great movie, to be sure, but the question is, is it better than Need for Speed, a movie about guy who races cars in an underground circuit and is framed for a crime by his own admittedly sketchy partner? We'll let you guys decide.
Date Night or The Bounty Hunter?
In Date Night, Phil and Claire Foster are disappointed to learn that the new restaurant they were excited about visiting is only seating customers with reservations. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, Phil lies and takes a table meant for somebody else, which proves to be a mistake when the couple is approached by a couple of heavies, demanding a flash drive. The Bounty Hunter follows the story of, well, a bounty hunter, who figures he's got an easy job when he's tasked with tracking down his ex-wife and bringing her in. It proves to be a tougher task than he imagined, though.
I Am Number Four or Jack Reacher?
In I Am Number Four, John Smith thinks he's a normal teenager, but he's not. He's an alien, and he's being tracked down, along with eight others of his kind, by a group of merciless enemies. But, with the help of people like his guardian, Henri, John learns what makes him an alien, and even what makes him human. Jack Reacher, on the other hand, follows the adventures of the title guy. Jack is an ex-army investigator who is brought into a case involving an ex-military sniper who may or may not be guilty of the crime he's being accused of.
The Lego Movie or The Incredibles?
Oh, man, why did we have to make you choose between these two! This is a tough decision, we're glad we're not the ones who have to make the call. The Lego Movie tells the story of a little Lego guy named Emmett, whose life changes forever and for the better when he's mistakenly identified as "the Special", AKA the guy who's gonna save Lego-kind. The Incredibles, meanwhile, tells the story of a family of superheroes trying to live normal lives until Mr. Incredible goes up against a big baddie, and it's up to his wife and kids to save him.
Elysium or The Martian?
Two Matt Damon movies go head to head in this round of pick the better movie! So, Elysium follows the story of a guy named Max who, in the year 2154, in a world that is divided into two parts, the ultra-rich and the ultra-poor, tries to establish equality. The Martian, on the other hand, tells the tale of a guy named Mark who gets stuck in space after his fellow astronauts accidentally leave him behind. With few supplies, Mark tries to rough it until help arrives.