From exhilarating blockbusters to outrageous indie thrillers, 2022 is halfway done. But has already delivered some of the year’s best action movies. Fans of the action movies have a lot to consider when discussing the best action movies of the year. Notably, almost every year delivers an overabundance of action movies. Some good and others far from it. But 2022 has proven that the genre still has room to be reinvented and reinvigorated.
Superhero action movies, romantic comedies, and even indie films. The most action movies of 2022 have invaded every genre. Allowing all types of moviegoers to experience the thrilling highs the action genre offers.
So here we are with another “Top 10″ list, which contains action movies released in the year 2022 (Till August). The list ranks movies as per their IMDb ratings.
Note: The following lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so that some rankings may have changed after this publishing.
10. ‘Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness’ Review:
IMDb rating: 7.0
Marvel Magic Casts a Horror Spell
Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen and director Sam Raimi add jump scares to the MCU in this weird and wild blockbuster. Benedict Cumberbatch lights up the screen as Doctor Strange tackling the Multiverse.
After more than a decade of movies and TV shows, the last thing Marvel needs is to get more complicated. And yet Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, whips up a headache-inducing melange of backstory. Which you may or may not remember that includes: multiple genres and tones. And a bunch of new characters and even alternate versions of existing ones. Is this the flick where Marvel starts to lose its audience?
No, obviously. In the hands of director Sam Raimi, Multiverse of Madness is a marvelously directed movie. Assuring balancing act of bizarre weirdness and affecting human drama.
9. The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent (2022)
IMDb Rating: 7.0
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the meta-comedy starring Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Cage. It is brimming with humor and an outrageous number of meta Nicolas Cage movie references. While the film primarily operates as a comedy, of Cage meeting with a mega-fan. Who intends to help alleviate some financial debt, it surprises with a strong dose of classic Cage action.
The action in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is unique from other films because of the self-referential comedy that is used throughout the film. Real-life fans of Cage’s filmography will appreciate the subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle, references to iconic action Cage films like Face/Off and Con Air as it adds an extra layer of humor to the ongoing action of the film.
IMDb Rating: 7.2
A brilliant Amber Midthunder in an impressive ‘Predator’ film
With great casting, character writing, and cinematography, ‘Prey’ becomes a welcome addition to the popular franchise
Prey, the latest addition to the Predator franchise is a significant effort at reviving the franchise and defining the course of the series. Since the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger original, the franchise has declined in popularity with most of its films and spin-offs failing to create an impression in the minds of the audience and the box office alike. The latest installment, however, seeks to right this wrong and is quite successful as Prey is now Hulu’s all-time biggest premiere yet.
7. The Northman (2022)
IMDb rating: 7.2
Considered one of the best movies about Vikings, The Northman is an epic revenge tale that follows Amleth and his quest to seek revenge on his uncle for murdering his father and taking away his kingdom. The third feature film from acclaimed director Robert Eggers, The Northman may not have reached immense financial success, but did receive mostly praise from critics.
Alexander Skarsgard’s portrayal as Amelth perfectly captures the essence of a man at war, with both himself and those he considers enemies. Physically imposing, he is the embodiment of rage fueled by his devotion to revenge and every slice of his sword or swing of his fists is nothing short of a visceral experience.
6. Bullet Train.
IMDb rating: 7.5
A high-speed Japanese train full of assassins hits the buffers big time in this doomed star vehicle. There are plenty of big, dumb action movies that can deliver thrills without exactly taxing the brain. And then there are films that are so thunderously stupid they bypass guilty-pleasure status and end up as a danger to themselves and all around them. Bullet Train falls into the latter camp. It’s so imbecilic, you wouldn’t trust it to cross the road unsupervised, let alone negotiate Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed rail network.
The premise, adapted from Kōtarō Isaka’s 2010 novel, is simple: Brad Pitt plays a privately contracted operative, codenamed Ladybug, who is hired by unknown clients to execute various shady missions. These could involve assassinations, but since he’s re-entering the murky mercenary waters after a period of soul-searching and therapy, his first gig back is theoretically an easy one. He just has to steal a silver briefcase on a bullet train heading to Kyoto. But Ladybug is cursed with appalling luck. And it turns out that the whole train is packed with hired killers, extravagantly armed with guns, swords, grudges and a selection of toxins, all of whom seem intent on knifing each other in the face.
5. The Batman (2022)
IMDb rating: 7.9
Matt Reeves’ The Batman burst onto the scene in March of 2022 and for many movie fans, never left the spotlight. A much darker take on the Caped Crusader than previous iterations, The Batman chronicles the titular character’s mission to uncover the corruption in Gotham and stop the sadistic Riddler.
In this version, the action is much more rooted in reality, resulting in a more visceral reaction to the action sequences. Moviegoers won’t just witness the roar of the batmobile or every bone-breaking takedown – the seamless choreography and impeccable sound design will have them experiencing these intense moments vicariously.
IMDb rating: 8.0
The Telugu language Indian action epic “RRR” (short for “Rise Roar Revolt”) has returned to US theaters for an exceptional one-night-only engagement on June 1st following its initial theatrical release. Some hindsight has made it easy to guess why writer/director S.S. Rajamouli has only now broken through to Western audiences with “RRR” despite his consistent box office success. Rajamouli’s latest is an anti-colonial fable and buddy drama about the imaginary combo of two real-life freedom fighters, Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) and Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan). “RRR” is also a fine showcase for Rajamouli’s characteristic focus on maximalist action choreography, overwhelming stuntwork and pyrotechnics, and sophisticated computer graphics.
By the time he made “RRR,” Rajamouli had already developed his brand of Nationalistic self-mythologizing with some help from recurring collaborators like regular story writer (and biological father) Vijayendra Prasad and both co-leads, who previously starred in Rajamouli’s “Yamadonga” and “Magadheera,” respectively.
3. Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
IMDb rating: 8.2
To say Everything Everywhere All At Once took 2022 by storm may be selling it a bit short. While the concept of the multiverse was just recently explored in Spider-Man: No Way Home, there was no preparing audiences for the sheer insanity that Everything Everywhere All At Once would bring.
Everything Everywhere All At Once embraces the ridiculous and uses it to weave a touching but also outrageous story of love and acceptance. One moment audiences will find themselves sobbing. And then the next, they will be watching Michelle Yeoh battle her daughter through the infinite universes. But it’s this perfect balance of heart and thrills that have made the movie a fan favorite.
2. ‘K.G.F Chapter 2’
IMDb rating: 8.4
KGF: Chapter 2 begins exactly where Chapter 1 had left off. Rocky (Yash) has killed Garuda and has taken control of the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF). The conspirators who had sent him to kill Garuda are taken aback by this sudden change of fate and decide to eliminate Rocky. However, Rocky proves to be equal to the task and easily subdues them with his swag and muscle power.
In desperation, the conspirators turn to Adheera (Sanjay Dutt), a vicious and brutal killer. He was presumed dead and has a legitimate claim to the throne of KGF. He makes a towering comeback and nearly brings Rocky to his knees. What is left to be seen is how Rocky responds. He has a history of hitting back the hardest when pushed to the wall. Will he do the same again or will Adheera prove to be too strong for him to contend with. To know the answers to those questions, you have to watch the film at a theatre near you.
1. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
IMDb rating: 8.6
The highest-grossing movie of 2022 so far, Top Gun: Maverick has defied all expectations and has become this year’s movie phenomenon. Taking place over 30 years from the original film, Top Gun: Maverick resumes the story of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Who is recruited to help train a new batch of pilots for a perilous mission.
Already considered one of Tom Cruise’s best films. Top Gun: Maverick is a perfect blend of homage to the original while still introducing new characters and obstacles to keep things fresh. But above all else, it utilizes upgraded movie technology to film the most exhilarating action sequences the world has ever seen.