10 Frequently Ridiculed Action Flicks You Know You Secretly Adore

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Jean-Claude Van Damme in Hard Target (1993) Movie Image

Here’s the thing — I secretly like Stephen Sommers’ “G.I. Joe”. Although I hated every minute of the film during my initial viewing, I have found myself popping the DVD in the ol’ player on several occasions, particularly when I need something as background noise. Somewhere along the way, I began to appreciate the film for what it was: a big, stupid, loud-mouthed action flick. Was this much-maligned adaptation of my favorite childhood cartoon show dumber than a box of rocks? Of course it was; I don’t think anyone will argue with that. However, there’s entertainment value to be had, especially if you just let yourself go with it. I’m sure a few of my friends are getting a kick out of this.

Below you’ll find a small gathering of films that, I think, most people secretly enjoy. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but, deep down, you know I’m right. Of course, you don’t have to admit such things if you don’t feel comfortable. We totally understand.

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Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • Doubleh55

    I can’t tell you how much I hate Shoot ‘Em Up. I tried re-watching it and I couldn’t get by how terrible the action scenes are.

    The uncut Hard Target is one of the finest action movies ever made.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      IMO The problem with Shoot’em Up is that it simply tried too hard to be “cool” that it ended up looking desperate.

      • Patrick Danford

        I think you misinterpret the flick. Noway the meant for shootem up to be cool or serious.

        • DrZanz

          Sadly it seems this is something nobody understands

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      I forgive Shoot em up. They got monica bellucci naked, which is more than I can say for the Matrix.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        Dude, EVERYONE has gotten Monica Bellucci naked. She isn’t exactly shy. :D

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        Dude, EVERYONE has gotten Monica Bellucci naked. She isn’t exactly shy. :D

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          lol. That’s true. Time for me to get in line!

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          lol. That’s true. Time for me to get in line!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYQYNBN3FG7NMK3YNVQFGMAQV4 Quit Being Stupid

      The stupid use of the carrot speaks volumes about the movie.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=886595407 James Vetzal

      the entire point of that movie is to be over the top and satirical of the action genre, and after recently watching it most of the action isnt impossible, you’d just have to be that damned good,
      it’s a comedy action movie and even listed as such on imdb, but satire is often lost on the masses

    • Witchdoktor

      I own the movie on dvd and I’ve still only seen it once. Im not good with movies that remind me of Airplane!! and Top Secret. I like comedies but I hate intentionally tongue in cheek movies.

    • Karan

      Who cares. Monica was hot as always!

  • Charlene Zaozers

    mdrrrrrrrrr, en bas ya marqué ne pas attaqué l’auteur alkors que lui se gène pas pour attaquer de bon films…..encore un mec frustè qui a que sa a foutre et de perdre de l’energie a inventé un site pareil.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Ok I’m just a sad individual then cause I love like half this list:
    Shoot ‘em Up- I love it more for Giamatti than Owen, but the drving scene where he takes down the guy not using his turn sgnal is awesome and EVERY driver has had that moment!

    DOA- Had nice Eye candy, decent fights but ultimately a let down. Still better than “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li,” and “King of Fighters” And again, nice eye candy!

    Equilibrium- actually a great film! Loved it the first time I saw it and I thought the sociio-political commentary was a breath of fresh air for a sci-fi/action flick. Plus as “Wizard Magazine” stated, it was the best portrayal of Batman in a non-Batman movie…played by a future Batman no less.

    Passegener 57- “Always bet on Black!” NUFF SAID!!!

    Hard target- John Woo goes US+JCVD!, NUFF SAID!!!

    Only The Strong- I’m a Dacascos fan, but damn! LOL.

    Judge Dredd- If Rob Schnieder hadn’t been in it it could’ve been good! I’ll watch “Demolition Man” instead.

    • Falock

      demolition man had rob Schnieder as well FAIL, as well equilibrium does kick ass, and i know shoot em up is nothing but mindless action, but with a title like shoot em up what do people expect, its like drive angry, snakes on a plane or even pirahnas. know your movies going in and try not to push this idea of it has to be oscar winning or the hell with it

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Yes but alot LESS Schneider so I like it more. LOL.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Yes but alot LESS Schneider so I like it more. LOL.

    • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

      For Shoot’em Up, I always forget about the absurd sex scene in the middle, and had a really awkward moment with my parents.

  • sadako

    ? Why is Passenger 57 up there…Just for the entertainment and the shoddy camera angles it doesnt deserve to be in the list….

    please replace it with Taking of Pelham or some other kak!

  • Brent

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I love almost all of these (though I’ve never actually watched Shoot Em Up)

  • SeeL

    Everyone is right on the money..except Fire down Below (not seen yet). Hey Nix, you are on fire with this one!!

    Hope to hear more.
    SeeL

  • Ethomas

    I loved Mark Decascos in Drive- another silly but fun action movie

  • Ethomas

    I loved Mark Decascos in Drive- another silly but fun action movie

    • http://twitter.com/scornsorrow James C Leslie

      I agree.. Mark Decascos was actually pretty brilliant in Drive, and I think it’s the best he’s ever done in a film as a martial artist, with Brotherhood of the Wolf being a close second. Other movies he’s done, even the ones that were supposed to showcase his abilities, it’s seemed like they actually played him down a lot.

  • Doubleh55

    The obvious movie that was not mentioned is Roadhouse but I guess he choose Next of Kin to represent Swayze.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Todd

      Everyone I know enjoys “Roadhouse”, but “Next of Kin” seems to divide a lot of people. It was a toss-up between that and “Steel Dawn”.

      • Doubleh55

        Next of Kin is a better choice because it also has Liam Neeson and Steel Dawn doesn’t.

      • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

        Next of Kin is actually my favorite on this list. Liam Neeson was awesome. And all the brothers packing up to fight at the end…i always stop for this moving when channel surfing.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/IHSIZ53CFYSSUJT7KOLCX3WY3M Alison

          Nice list. I actually love Judge Dredd and will give the others another try

      • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

        Next of Kin is actually my favorite on this list. Liam Neeson was awesome. And all the brothers packing up to fight at the end…i always stop for this moving when channel surfing.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      Roadhouse shouldn’t be on this list, it’s a bona fide hit across the board.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      Uncommon Valor if you want to represent swayze. “You can’t keep me from this mission!”

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      Uncommon Valor if you want to represent swayze. “You can’t keep me from this mission!”

  • shaw

    No judge dredd actually sucked, so did fire down below, as well as DOA. Only the strong was actually good….when i was 10.