by Alex Castle
The situation couldn’t be simpler: the good guys (for the purposes of the story) are locked inside. They’re surrounded, on the outside, by the bad guys (or the cops, or the army, or whoever the antagonist is). They have to fight their way out, or think their way out, or trick their way out. How will they do it? It’s the basis of a hundred great action movies, most recently this week’s new VOD release Olympus Has Fallen, available now on Blockbuster On Demand!
President Aaron Eckhart and his staff are forced to defend the White House from North Korean guerillas, and Secret Service agent Gerard Butler leads the effort.
When the traitorous Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones took over a U.S. battleship, they forgot about the ship’s cook, Petty Officer Casey Ryback, who is such a badass he is played by Steven Seagal.
A busload of criminals, including kingpin Laurence Fishburne, gets detoured to the oldest police station in Detroit on New Year’s Eve. Soon enough, the precinct is surrounded by masked gunmen chanting for Fishburne’s release… but who are they?
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez collaborated for the first time (Tarantino wrote, Rodriguez directed) on the story of a couple of bank-robbing brothers (Tarantino and George Clooney) who find themselves trapped in a Mexican whorehouse surrounded by vampires.
Spike Lee shows he can do a genre film as well as anyone with a crisply plotted bank heist picture featuring Clive Owen as the head thief and Denzel Washington heading the hostage negotiations outside the bank.
Giant monsters living in tunnels under a teeny-tiny Nevada town force its 14 residents to try and figure out how to either escape or defeat them. A cult classic charged with abundant humor and great character work by the ensemble cast headed by Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward.
Zack Snyder’s epic adaptation of the graphic novel by Frank Miller eschews realism and goes for comic-book spectacle in the retelling of the fictionalized story of a band of 300 Spartan warriors who successfully held off 300,000 Persian soldiers. Very bloody.
When the zombie apocalypse breaks out in your town, what better place to hole up than the local pub? A very funny comedy from Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
Al Pacino and John Cazale (aka Michael and Fredo Corleone) star as bank robbers stuck in a standoff with the NYPD on the hottest day of the summer. Based on a true story, the movie is an overlooked classic that proves truth is often far stranger than fiction.