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The wild bunch

This wild bunch is not about Peckinpah’s film but the Summer Blockbuster Cas-A-Thon hosted by John at Hitchcock’s World. John had a great idea for all action movie aficionados: put together a dream team of tough gals and guys to save the Prime Minister of Canada. He was on a flight to a very important U.N. conference when his plane was shot down somewhere over an isolated war-torn location and now he has been kidnapped by Neo-Nazi communist hippy ninjas. Well, that’s the gist of it, just click on the banner if you want to read the rules.

Action Movie Blogathon

Without further ado, here’s my selection.

Sarah Connor – Terminator 2



She spent more than a decade training and learning everything she could about fighting  and survival in preparation for a world apocalypse and a war against machines guided by  an evil A.I. She can face anything: Neo-Nazi communist hippy ninjas are just another day  at the office. She is also my choice as team leader.

Yukio – The Wolverine


She is superb with a katana, a quick thinker, fearless and she has the power to foreseen the death of people, which can come handy when on a dangerous mission.








Beatrix Kiddo – Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2


She is Black Mamba, one of the deadliest assassins in the world with blade or gun. She is a master of the Hung Gar style of kung fu and the only person to know the “Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique”. Resourceful and relentless, she’s clearly a force to recon with.








Pvt. J. Vasquez – Aliens


She is a trained Colonial Marine with tons of combat experience and not Vasquez-Aliensnew to search and rescue missions. In addition she handles a M56 Smartgun like no other, she is loyal and, after dealing with Xenomorphs, Neo-Nazi communist hippy ninjas are a walk in the park.






May Day – A View To A Kill



She has super strength, a killer instinct and mad fighting skills. She might  live in a moral grey area but when the chips are down she’ll do the right  thing.





Isabelle – Predators


A sniper of the Israeli Defense Forces with great survival skills. Isabelle-PredatorsOnly woman chosen by alien hunters for their games and one of the only two survivors, which goes a long way when you have to deal just with humans.




Snake Plissken – 1997 Escape From New York


For him this mission would be: been there, done that. He can fly and land a stealth glider (on a skyscrape at night) with only one eye and he was born ready.







Agent J – Men In Back


Used to be a cop in New York, he moved on to monitor and police aliens on Earth: he runs as fast as aliens, he prevents mankind’s annihilation and he deals with every sort of high tech toys.AgentJ-MIB









Remo Williams –  Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins


RemoWilliams Ex-cop and veteran Marine, he can dodge bullets and run on water. He’s  well-versed in the martial art of Sinanju and tough as nail.






Sing – Kung Fu Hustle


He might not be the sharpest tool in the shed but he knows kung fu and can deliver the Buddhist Palm. Sing-Kung_Fu_HustleNot to be underestimated.









Captain Nascimento – Tropa De Elite


Nascimento-Tropa-de-elite Driven and formidable, he fights guerrilla warfare with the drug dealers of  Rio’s favelas. He’s definitely combat ready.




 Chan Wing-Yan – Infernal Affairs


Years of deep undercover work within the triad of Hong Kong has prepared him for everything. ChanWing-yan-InfernalAffairsHis nerves might be a little frayed but you can always count on him.





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Tropa de Elite

Director:  José Padilha, Main Cast: Wagner MouraAndré RamiroCaio JunqueiraFernanda Machado;

At first this film may seem like City of God meets S.W.A.T. but it is more nuanced, while you watch it you realise that’s more like Homicide: Life on the Street or season 1 of The Wire. This is the story of Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) in 1997, who is a member of the BOPE, the elite police corps of Rio de Janeiro, highly trained in what is basically urban warfare. They are the answer to a two-fold problem: rampaging violence linked to the drug trafficking in Rio’s favelas and endemic corruption and poor training of the regular police. The BOPE uses rather extreme tactics to fight the drug dealers and they certainly have never heard of human rights or the Geneva Convention. On the other hand, drug lords have assault weapons and no restrain in using them, so it is indeed open war in the streets. Nascimento is good at his job but saying that he is tired and stressed is an understatement; he doesn’t want to die and leave his unborn son fatherless. He needs to find a replacement for his position before he can quit while making one of the favelas safe for the visit of the Pope. So telling his story is also telling the tale of Matias (Andre Ramiro) and Neto (Caio Junqueira), two young and honest policemen who decide to join the BOPE to do the right thing. In this way the director is able to show us, in a very compelling manner, disparate aspects of the life of Rio’s inhabitants: regular policemen, drug dealers and their cronies, middle-class students, NGO operators and, of course, BOPE men. The performances of the actors are convincing and intense, special kudos to Moura and Ramiro. It is a raw and gritty film, probably too strong for some but it’s worth your time. Riveting —8/10

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