There’s a lot to love about action movies, ranging from unbelievable stunts and innovative special effects to popular stars and exotic locations. Whether you’re a fan of war movies or films about international espionage, the following Relativity Media titles will keep you glued to the screen.
Presented in association with 300 (2006) producer Mark Canton, this 2011 action fantasy film is Relativity’s highest grossing movie of all time. Since its memorable debut on November 11, 2011, Immortals has thrilled audiences worldwide with its mash-up of Greek mythology and stunning 3D visuals. The movie benefits from the artistic eye of director Tarsem Singh, whose visually innovative pictures have included The Fall (2006) and Mirror Mirror (2012). Combining traditional cinematography, innovative special effects, and masterful CGI, Singh creates a gorgeous visual backdrop for a dramatic, action-packed story.
Written by brothers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, Immortals draws on the mythological clash between the Greek gods and Titans, which concluded with the Titans’ imprisonment beneath Mt. Tartarus. Centuries after this fateful battle, the mad king Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) sets out to find a legendary weapon lost during the struggle, hoping to harness its power to take vengeance on the gods for the loss of his family. As his mission leaves behind a trail of death and destruction, the fate of the world falls to one man: a simple stonemason chosen by the gods to take up arms in defense of both heaven and Earth.
Immortals’ mythological premise sets the stage for a variety of intense, visually stunning action sequences as gods, Titans, and mortal warriors clash in a battle for the ages. In addition to a wide range of visual effects crafted both on set and in post-production, the film features action choreographed by stunt professionals who have worked on films including 300, Avatar (2009), and The Day After Tomorrow (2004).
Brick Mansions (2014) takes place in the year 2018 in a dystopian Detroit, a city so overcome by crime and violence that it now lies within a towering containment wall. However, this massive barrier cannot contain every threat from within. When one of the city’s crime bosses hatches a plan that threatens the entire city, two unlikely partners must infiltrate the multi-story brick mansions that house Detroit’s most infamous residents.
Directed by Camille Delamarre, Brick Mansions is a reboot of Banlieue 13 (2004) by filmmaker Luc Besson, also known for popular films including The Fifth Element (1997) and Leon: The Professional (1994). Following the success of his French action thriller, Besson partnered with screenwriter Bibi Naceri to rewrite Banlieue 13 for English-speaking audiences. The resulting movie, Brick Mansions, stars the late Paul Walker, who gained a global fan following for his performances in the Fast and the Furious franchise, and actor and stuntman David Belle, who reprises his role from Besson’s original film.
An incredibly agile athlete credited as the founder of parkour, an athletic pursuit that involves navigating obstacles, Belle displays impressive speed and dexterity as he runs, jumps, and tumbles through the urban landscape. With nearly non-stop movement choreographed by legendary stuntman Alex Cadieux (who contributed to both Immortals and 300), Brick Mansions offers a unique brand of action showcasing innovative stuntwork and incredible athletic discipline.
Act of Valor
War movies often provide a gripping combination of action and drama, drawing audiences into the physical and emotional struggles of the brave men and women serving on the frontlines. Act of Valor (2012) fits this mold while offering realism unmatched by traditional war films. This is because the stars at the heart of the film are not actors—rather, they are real Navy SEALs who bring an impressive amount of emotion and authenticity to their roles.
Directed by former stuntmen and sports documentarians Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, Act of Valor follows the eight SEALSs of the fictional Bandito Platoon as they fight terror at home and abroad. Although the film begins with the platoon’s efforts to safely extract a CIA operative from the Philippines, their mission evolves into a fight against a terrorist plot with thousands of American lives hanging in the balance.
Relativity Media and the Bandito Brothers production company worked closely with the United States Navy to make Act of Valor as realistic as possible, and the filmmakers received unprecedented access to real military training exercises to film the majority of the movie’s scenes. Moreover, the movie’s plot centers around real acts of heroism gleaned from interviews with military veterans. The result is a combination of authentic military action and emotionally impactful subject matter that makes for one of the most realistic war movies ever created.
Haywire is a 2012 action thriller by renowned filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, the Oscar-winning director of films including Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and Traffic (2000). While its plot of international espionage and betrayal promises plenty of stylized action and international adventure, its lead actor truly solidifies its status as a must-see action film.
Haywire stars retired MMA fighter Gina Carano as contracted secret agent Mallory Kane, whose covert work for international governments takes a sharp turn when she’s betrayed by one of her own fellow operatives. Formerly the third-ranked featherweight female fighter in the world, Carano showcases every ounce of her martial arts prowess in the role of a tough and intelligent super soldier. Additionally, she acts alongside an impressive cast of well-known leading men including Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Fassbender.
The November Man
This 2014 Relativity Media picture follows the character of Peter Devereaux, a retired CIA agent who must make a difficult career choice when asked to complete one last mission. The film, which draws from the 1987 Bill Granger novel There Are No Spies, the seventh book in his November Man series, features a veteran of the spy movie genre in the role of Granger’s key protagonist.
Pierce Brosnan stars as Agent Devereaux, calling to mind his iconic performances in the James Bond films GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002). In addition to the former Agent 007, The November Man showcases the work of director Roger Donaldson, who is known for action and espionage movies such as The Bounty (1984) and The Recruit (2003).
The November Man offers a dramatic and intriguing storyline with both stylishly choreographed fight scenes and thoughtful characterization. As agent Devereaux navigates an international web of political conspiracy, he finds himself pitted against a former protégé, providing plenty of opportunities for action, emotion, and suspense.