Best Action Movies of 2024, So Far


Big motion, small motion, bee motion, and even some one-take motion.

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By  · Published on May 1st, 2024

2024 is already one-third over — ridiculous, proper? — and it’s been a reasonably good yr on the films. We’re 4 months in, so it’s time to try the place we stand on the subject of new motion films. The movies under are introduced alphabetically that means they’re not ranked, however they’re all good to nice. More can be launched because the yr goes on, and there are nonetheless some I have to atone for, however for now at the least, these are the very best motion films that 2024 has to supply.

Now maintain studying for a have a look at the very best motion films of 2024, to date.

60 Minutes (Germany)

Octavio is a younger MMA fighter, ok to win, however in with sufficient morally corrupt individuals to nonetheless be one thing of a loser. Tonight’s the most important match of his life, however when he chooses his daughter over a hard and fast combat, some very dangerous males come trying to gather. As an enormous fan of Richard Donner’s 16 Blocks (2006) and movies prefer it, this new German flick is true up my alley. A ticking clock, a protagonist you’re actively rooting for (Emilio Sakraya, who appears like a extra lived-in Paul Walker), an important sidekick in Marie Mouroum, and a few robust motion beats mix in a propulsive motion/thriller that retains your pulse on the transfer. It’s as simple as they arrive, however that’s not a foul factor because it delivers a solidly good time.

Streaming on Netflix.

The Beekeeper

Adam Clay is a beekeeper, however what the dangerous guys who cross him don’t know is that Adam Clay can be an ex-Beekeeper. When I say this movie’s steadily ridiculous script commits to the bee metaphor like a canine with a bone, you must know that’s nonetheless underselling the insane genius of Kurt Wimmer‘s script. What starts as a simple tale of a man getting revenge against people who are scamming the elderly and stealing their life savings becomes an exercise in beautifully nonsensical world-building that will leave you wanting more. Jason Statham has the charisma and fight chops to hold it all together, and director David Ayer delivers action beats and sequences for his most entertaining movie since my beloved Street Kings (2008). Who knew caring about old folks and the environment could be so much fun!

In theaters and on VOD.

Civil War

Civil War

It’s now-ish, and the United States of America is united no extra. As battles are fought in elements of the nation, a small band of journalists enter the warzone in the hunt for the story. It ought to be famous that Alex Garland‘s latest isn’t precisely the motion movie that the title and advertising may counsel, however that doesn’t imply its motion beats don’t pop and that it doesn’t deserve a spot on our listing of the very best motion films of 2024. Small encounters pepper the movie’s first two acts together with a tense standoff with a sniper, however all bets are off when our protagonists attain the Capitol. Garland embeds viewers with models laying siege to D.C. and finally the White House itself, and it’s an exhilarating, exhilarating sequence. The visuals crack with pleasure, but it surely’s the movie’s sound design that drives house the sounds of warfare leaving viewers ducking of their seats as explosions and bullets fill the air round them.

In theaters.

Dune: Part Two

Paul Atreides was set to rule as a part of a royal household, however as an alternative his decisions and circumstances have left him embedded with members of a fierce rise up. He’s a freedom fighter now, and shortly will probably be him that they want freedom from. While half considered one of Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune adaptation left my senses dazzled and my brain bored, part two is an entirely different beast. It’s nonetheless as superbly crafted a blockbuster as you’re more likely to discover, however right here the characters, performances, and story beats take maintain making certain they’re by no means overshadowed by the movie’s standing as a blockbuster. The motion is heavier right here with epic battles and intimate brawls sharing the display screen and executed with thrilling choreography, design, and execution. Bring on Dune Messiah! [My full review.]

In theaters and on VOD.

Land of Bad

A navy mission unfolds on the bottom whereas a drone pilot midway around the globe gives an eye fixed within the sky, and it’s not lengthy earlier than everybody concerned is in a combat involving life, demise, and vegan cheese. Director William Eubank‘s latest is a damn good time for fans of tactical action and character thrills without filler. A better world would see him delivering mid-budget genre bangers like this and Underwater (2020) on an annual basis. This isn’t fairly Liam Hemsworth‘s Extraction (2020), but he’s positively received the identical chops as his huge brother and delivers with a compelling, believably succesful character. The movie’s motion is clear, its explosions are mighty, and Eubanks even finds time for some extremely slick slow-motion photographs alongside the best way. All that and a terrific contribution from Russell Crowe as a man far faraway from the literal combat however nonetheless rattling feisty.


Mayhem (France)


One younger man’s legal previous comes again to hang-out him regardless of his finest efforts, and when blackmail turns to homicide he’s left with solely a single recourse — revenge. Xavier Gens‘ latest doesn’t stretch with its premise because it’s actually a few man in search of revenge for his spouse’s homicide, but it surely’s executed with extra type and character than the method normally attracts. Gens ensures the movie’s entrance half is targeted on character and ambiance to the purpose that we come to care, even a bit of, for our protagonist’s scenario, after which the again half motion hits exhausting and bloody. The movie additionally appears nice all through, in each its motion scenes and quieter moments. Oh, and also you’ll need to add this to the listing of movies with stellar elevator brawls too.

On VOD and streaming on AMC+.

Monkey Man

A younger man identified solely because the Kid spends his time shedding matches in an underground combat ring, but it surely’s all a part of his plan to achieve entry to the individuals who killed his mom when he was only a youngster. Director and star Dev Patel had a hell of a time getting this movie made, and people points are evident in a lot of the ultimate product, however there’s additionally a trendy, progressive style movie right here that shouldn’t be ignored. Even if a number of the early motion underwhelms, it serves as a setup for a 3rd act that sees Patel unleash well-crafted set-pieces and sequences. A kitchen combat thrills, neon-drenched brawls tickle the senses, and we’re left loads impressed with what Patel can accomplish with the whole lot working towards him. [My full review.]

In theaters and on VOD.

One More Shot

A SEAL crew chief lands at an American airport with a terrorist in tow, and whereas the mission that received them there (2021’s One Shot) remains to be recent in his thoughts he quickly realizes the combat isn’t fairly over. Director James Nunn‘s pseudo one-take action franchise continues with a sequel that steps up where it counts to deliver a thrilling part two in what feels like an incoming trilogy. The film stumbles some with its down time, but there’s no arguing with the frequent tactical motion, the superb use of a really real-looking location — the entire movie unfolds in a regional airport, and it feels tactile and recent — or some late combat beats with the nice Michael Jai White. And sure, in fact Scott Adkins continues to shine whether or not he’s brooding silently or unleashing his hand handy fight abilities in somebody’s face. Thankfully, he does so fairly a bit right here making certain this a spot on our listing of the very best motion films of 2024.


Also launched in 2024, a few of which I’ve seen and a few of which I nonetheless have to catch: 578 Magnum, Argylle, Badland Hunters, Damsel, Hunt the Wicked, Lights Out, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Road House

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since earlier than you had been born, which is bizarre seeing as he is so rattling younger. He’s our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists ‘Broadcast News’ as his favourite movie of all time. Feel free to say hello when you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.