Top 10 Action Movies Action movies are essentially movies with storylines involving fast-paced activity and adventure. 2011 produced a number of standout films in the genre and in fact several I would have included here if I hadn't restricted this list to a top 10. I am sure most of you would agree there were perhaps better films released in 2011 but for me this list reflects the movies I found to be most entertaining. 1. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: A Chimpanzee (Caesar) develops heightened intelligence and human emotions after being administered with an experimental drug. Caesar is saved from extermination by the drugs creator and secretly raised like a child in suburbia. Following an incident outside his home, Caesar is declared dangerous and finds himself imprisoned in a primate sanctuary in San Bruno. After receiving cruel treatment from handlers at the sanctuary Caesar administers the same drug he was treated with to his fellow inmates. He then assembles a simian army and the primates escape the sanctuary on mass. The ramifications of the break out are set to change the course of the planets future. 2. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL Ethan Hunt and his team from Impossible Mission Force are in a race against time in this fourth instalment of the MI Franchise. A dangerous terrorist has obtained a set of Russian nuclear launch codes and plans to strike the United States. A failed attempt by the team to stop the attack ends in tragedy when a bomb explodes at the Kremlin and the IMF team are implicated. The president invokes the 'Ghost Protocol' impugning the IMF and sending its members into hiding. Steadfast in their belief, Hunt and his team follow the terrorist to the Middle East and India in an effort to clear their names and thwart disaster. 3. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Faced with the demise of his long time partnership with Dr. Watson who is about to be married, a dejected Holmes absorbs himself into the investigation of long-time nemesis Professor Moriarty. When Sherlock learns that the Watsons are a genuine target in retaliation against him, he must save them and lure Watson back for one last case. To combat Moriarty they join forces with a gypsy named Sim who may hold the key to defeating him. Together, the trio become embroiled in an international conspiracy that may well affect the future of Europe. 4. KILLER ELITE Based on a true story set in the early 1980's. Two elite killers for hire, one a British ex-special ops soldier (Bryce) and the other (his mentor) an ex-CIA operative (Hunter) find themselves entangled in a dangerous cat and mouse game. After failing to accomplish a job Hunter is held captive in Oman while Bryce is forced to complete his mission. He must eliminate three former SAS soldiers, making them appear victims of accidents and tape their confessions to an alleged crime. After the plot is discovered by a secret society of former SAS operatives (The Feathermen) their head enforcer, Logan, is sent to investigate. Bryce must complete the mission with Logan hot on his tail in order to save his captive friend. 5. HAYWIRE A female freelance covert operative (Kane) is engaged by a number of international organizations to complete assigned missions that government agencies can't authorize. Following a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Kane is promptly dispatched to Ireland with instructions to complete a stealth assignment. When the operation fails, Kane soon discovers she has been double-crossed. On the run, she must use all her skills to avoid capture as the target of a global manhunt. Kane must find her way to the United States to protect her family and take revenge on the parties that betrayed her. 6. TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON The Autobots return to complete the Transformer trilogy. Led by Optimus Prime they must once again defeat the evil Decepticons who are determined to avenge their recent loss. The Autobots learn of a spacecraft from Cybertron that is hidden on the dark side of the moon and must race the Decepticons and reach the craft first to control its secrets. Once again the Autobots human ally, Sam Whitkey must support his mechanical friends. New Decepticon (and ruler of the planet Cybertron), Shockwave, leads his forces to Earth for the continued battle with the Autobots. 7. LIMITLESS A struggling writer (Eddie Morra) takes an experimental drug that enables 100% use of his mind. As he transforms into a perfect version of himself Morra unknowingly emerges as a target for assassination by corrupt forces linked to the designer stimulant. His pharmaceutical metamorphosis brings Morra to the attention of corporate mogul Carl Van Loon who realizes Morra's abilities are an opportunity to make billions. Things start to unravel for Morra when strange side effects threaten his spectacular rise. 8. HANNA A teenage girl (Hanna) is raised and trained by her farther, an ex-CIA operative, in the remote wilds of Finland. Amazingly, she has the strength, stamina and intelligence of a highly trained, elite soldier. Living in complete isolation her life has been geared toward producing the perfect assassin. Nearing completion of her training as a young adolescent Hanna is forced out into the world by her father to complete a mission she has trained for her entire life. In a journey across Europe she must elude agents dispatched to eliminate her in order to achieve her mission goal. As she nears her target Hanna is confronted by startling revelations about her own existence and humanity. 9. BLITZ Ultra tough and violent cop Sgt Tom Brant is assigned with the task of finding and bringing to justice a serial killer hell-bent on assassinating members of the police force, one by one. The neurotic killer proclaims himself "The Blitz" in reference to the German WWII operation, 'Blitzkrieg'. Blitz manages to avoid capture in a series of attempts made by Brant. With each failed attempt another of Brant's colleagues is executed. After learning the identity of the killer, Brant fails to find enough evidence to link him to the crimes. Now under surveillance, Brant waits for the Blitz to slip up in order to execute his own form of justice. 10. FAST FIVE Ex-con Dom Teretto reunites with ex-cop Brian O'Conner and find themselves on the wrong side of the law and on the run. Trapped in Rio de Janeiro they must do one last job to ensure their freedom. In compiling an elite team of drivers they realize to achieve complete freedom they must confront a corrupt businessman who wants them dead. Teretto and O'Conner's problems are compounded when they discover federal agent Luke Hobbs is also on their tails. Hobbs and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture the pair and a chase through Brazil ensues.
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