Upcoming Action Movies in 2022 | Entertainment

Upcoming Action Movies in 2022 | Entertainment
Upcoming Action Movies in 2022

The biggest action movies coming in 2022

While 2021 was a satisfying year for action cinema fans, 2022 is shaping up to be even more thrilling. With so many action films of all budgets slated for theatrical and streaming this year, let's take a look at what film industries around the world have in store for us.

This is not an exhaustive list, but an overview of some of the most exciting items on the menu, with over 100 action movies to be released in 2022.

American theatrical blockbuster

Hollywood is in full swing despite the odds related to the ongoing pandemic, and both Marvel and DC have a number of superhero blockbusters lined up this year. In addition to expected MCU installments like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder, the animated sequel to Spider-Verse, due out this fall, it looks like it might be most likely to embrace surprise. and unexpected. Despite the character's ubiquity, it's also hard not to eagerly await Matt Reeves' version of Batman - with its stacked cast and gorgeous trailers, the film could be one of the biggest events of the year. Other blockbusters that could prove interesting include Ambulance (where Michael Bay seems to have discovered the drone) and Bullet Train (David Leach and the next outing from 87North, John Wick, known for Atomic Blonde and Nobody ), tells the story of five murderers. A bullet train that pursues its mission has something in common. And, of course, James Cameron's Avatar 2 is finally coming to an end of the year.

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The boys are back in town

In addition to the main superhero and science-fiction tentpole events, Hollywood also has some wild cards with the return of old action stars. Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible Team will return, again, with Christopher McQuarrie at the helm of the seventh installment. Cruise will also headline Top Gun: Maverick, this time directed by Joseph Kosinski. On the Stallone side of things, his franchise will return with The Expendables 4. While the third film left a lot to be desired, one can expect the team to salvage the series with less winky-winky dialogue and more capable action. It's always a pleasure to see the Stallone-Statham-Lundgren trio back on screen together, and it feels like a good thing to see amazing martial artists like Tony Jaa and Echo Uvais join forces. Statham will also star in his own funny-looking action drama, Operation Fortune: Rus de Guerre, directed by Guy Ritchie, which, after the unexpected success that last year's Wrath of Man, could very well surprise audiences, whose For more than one would have thought possible. A Richie joint.

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Netflix Slate

The streaming giant has been on the mind of every action fan lately with the announcement of the upcoming The Raid remake, produced by Michael Bay and original director Gareth Evans. Meanwhile, the latter's new film is set to hit the stage in the coming weeks. Little is known about Havoc other than the fact that Tom Hardy is a cop fighting his way through the criminal underworld. The film already has the longest stunt department crew list of the year, and is expected to return Evans to the highest level of cinematic brutality. Chris Hemsworth's Tyler Rake is also alive and well, and Extraction 2 is ready to continue its adventures. The film is directed by former stunt choreographer Sam Hargrave, who worked with the Russo brothers on the Infinity War/Endgame diptych. The Roses are set to release a big movie this year called The Gray Man, Netflix's most expensive movie ever (linked to Red Notice). And it would be wrong not to mention the vampire action film Day Shift, starring Jamie Foxx and directed by JJ Perry, a former stunt performer and coordinator who has worked on dozens of the most beloved actioners of the past 30 years. 

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Indian Mass Entertainers

Several film industries in India have been postponing major releases for months due to the ongoing COVID crisis. Unfortunately, the deteriorating situation has led to another delay for RRR, the massive follow-up to SS Rajamouli's game-changing Baahubali series. Originally slated for release in early January, it now looks like the rag-roaring Tollywood blockbuster may open in April - a crowded month if Kannada language competitor KGF: Chapter 2 holds its current release date. The sequel to 2018's stupendous hit - in which a gangster goes undercover as a slave to eliminate a gold mine owner - KGF: Chapter 2 may be the most anticipated film in the history of Chandan. It's hard to know which release fans of Indian cinema are more excited about, but it appears that the stakes are as high as they have been for Ajith Kumar's Valimai, who has an extraordinary love for motorcycle stunts. Looks like a letter. Only India can produce.

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Carefree Japan

Just like in India, it is interesting in the Japanese market that films made exclusively in Japan return their money to the national market without being exported. Unlike Indian films, however, which have become more and more available worldwide, this partly explains why some Japanese releases take months, if not months, to reach western shores. Let's hope that it will take less time for Shin Ultraman to cross the borders of Japan. This new adaptation of the 1966 series is expected to be the spiritual successor to Shinji Higuchi and Hideki Eno's acclaimed Shin Godzilla.

The second major release on the horizon is Shinsuke Sato's Kingdom II. The director's resume, which includes intense action such as Library Wars, I'm a Hero, and Inuyashiki, as well as the Netflix series Alice in Borderlands, has made him a household name. Also keep an eye out for the work of talented action designer Kensuke Sonomura in Bad City starring V-Cinema legend Hitoshi Ozawa and Taka Sakaguchi's One Center.

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Invincible Korea

No one punches people quite as beautifully as Ma Dong-seok (aka Don Lee), of Eternal and Train to Busan fame. Well rejoice! Ma will be back this year to name and take kick butts in The Roundup, the sequel to 2017 hit The Outlaws. The South Korean film industry continues to flourish while the country is doing remarkably well against the ongoing pandemic, so there is no shortage of local blockbusters along the way. Among the most promising are Special Delivery, a transporter-like action starring Park So-dam ("Jessica" in Parasite), which came out in early January in Korea, as well as The Pirates: Goblin Flag, Sharp Sonic, Die Hard. —like Project Wolf Hunting, about prisoners revolting on a ship at sea, and of course the return of Korea's most acclaimed action filmmaker Ryu Seung-wan with the 1970s film Smuggling.

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What's left of Hong Kong's glory days? 

The fate of the Hong Kong film industry is still up in the air, but it gave us one of the best action movies of the past year with Raging Fire. So what do filmmakers have in store for us? Actually a few action movies are on the cards, but the biggest is probably Warriors of the Future, a sci-fi apocalyptic action blockbuster that should finally arrive this year, even if production wrapped in 2017. It's hard not to be curious about The White Storm 3 either, as the last two installments managed to solidly entertain while recalling the good old days of the 1990s, when the industry went completely out of the way to present a spectacle. What we couldn't see anywhere else.

But the most exciting film of the year could very well be Kowloon Walled City, which is currently in production and expected to release in late 2022. Directed by Soi Chiang, the incredible SPL II: A Time for Consequences (Tony Ja! Wu Jing! Max Zhang!), this new film features action choreography with some of Hong Kong's greatest action stars, including the famous Sammo Hung. by the equally talented Kenji Tanigaki. The story is an adaptation of the cult Manhua series City of Darkness, set in the 1980s. And yes, in case you were wondering, all three of the films mentioned here feature the most ubiquitous Hong Kong actor in recent memory, Louis Koo.

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Chinese Conquest

While the latest Spider-Man flicks have recently taken over the worldwide box office, Chinese blockbusters regularly come out on top, even as they make money outside of China. Last year, two films hit the box office: the family comedy Hi, Mom, and the war film The Battle at Lake Changjin. The latter is getting a sequel titled Water Gate Bridge, a still co-directed by the top three Chinese filmmakers, Dante Lam, Chen Cage and the famous Tsui Hark. Unsurprisingly, it looks even more luxurious than its already impressive predecessor.

Made to evoke patriotic feelings and celebrate Chinese victories over foreign forces, these films have become a major focus of the country's production. Internationally renowned director Zhang Yimou has co-directed one of them with his daughter Zhang Mo, titled Sniper, which follows the story of a young sniper who takes out an incredible number of American soldiers during the Korean War. , Yep, that sounds exactly like Clint Eastwood's American Sniper. But war movies are hardly the only genre China wants to conquer. The $445 million budget project Fengshen Triology, now in post-production, aims to become a "Chinese Lord of the Rings" according to its director. Little is known about the project so far, but an early teaser video has been online for a few years. Let's hope that 2022 is the year when they finally display it on the screens.

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Western Direct-to-Video Actioners

Sure, DTV movies are not everyone's cup of tea. The trick is not to watch all DTV movies the same way we do major releases, because despite their limited budgets, these movies are often action gold served by the most hardworking and talented people in the business. Undisputed indie action king Scott Adkins will soon be back on your screens with Accident Man 2, the sequel to the 2015 British comic book adaptation. Building on the charm and energy of the first film, the sequel should benefit from the brilliance of action designer Andy Long, who is a regular collaborator with Indian action superstar Vidyut Jammwal. Considering that Accident Man comics hold a special place for Adkins, this is undoubtedly his most personal upcoming project. There are a few movies coming out from credibly solid DTV filmmaker William Kaufman (The Marine 4, Daylight's End), the first of which will be The Channel, which feels like an old-school, hard-hitting action drama about a gang of criminals . After a bank robbery went wrong. DTV action fans probably also know that Invincible, starring the legendary Johnny Strong and absolutely jaw-dropping Chilean martial artist Marco Zaror (seen in Undisputed III and Alita: Battle Angel), is finally coming this March. If you're not much into DTV, just watch Zaror for a few minutes. Man never fails to impress. He will also be in John Wick 4 next year.

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Let's end with three auteur, mid-budget oddities — neither Blockbuster nor DTV Indies — no one was really thinking about in the action movie category a few weeks ago. First, The Northman, directed by Robert Eggers, reveals itself in a recent trailer for what appears to be an epic journey of revenge born out of the same mold as John Milius' Conan the Barbarian. However, the director is who she is, there's probably more to it than meets the eye and yet there's no telling how much the action really matters in the end. Nevertheless, swordsman C.C. The Smiff on Duty (Star Wars, Outlaw King), and Eggers' incredible eye for engaging visuals, have great potential. Next, Daniels' version of the multiverse: Everything All At Once has several things going for it that go beyond outlandish premise: action legend Michelle Yeoh, of course, but also the wonderful Martial Club brother on action duties. This is a big deal, because the YouTube star, who has repeatedly proven to be both talented and creative, was hired by the late Brad Allen (Jackie Chan's protagonist) himself to train Simu Liu for his Shang-Chi role. was kept. Now in the big leagues, he has everything to prove with this film, which looks like it could go big time.

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Closing off this overview is one of the 2022 movies we least know about: Timo Tjahjanto's The Big Four, which is currently filming. Why? For starters, it's a Timo Tjahajanto movie! The Indonesian director has proven himself to be a dominant voice on the international genre scene with acclaimed works like Headshot and The Night Comes for Us, which made a big splash on Netflix in 2018. One of the most captivating and gripping action films in recent memory, it reunited Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim a few years after their collaboration on The Raid. Last year, he also directed a segment in the v/h/s 94 horror anthology. Not much is known about The Big Four yet. It is said to be an action comedy and appears to have a cast of actors mostly unknown outside Indonesia, with the possible exception of Abimana Aryasatya, who appeared in The Night Comes for Us and played the title role in the Indonesian superhero film Gundala. In any case, Tjajonto has never disappointed, and we are very much looking forward to what he has in store for us.

Source: Alex Rallo, Polygon, Direct News 99