For action fans looking for new movies to stream, there are plenty of car chases, explosions, and fist fights to sift through. We help by providing some streaming highlights.
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Lindy Lewis (Kate Beckinsale) has spent her whole life battling the tide. Diagnosed as a child with “intermittent explosive disorder,” high levels of cortisol run through his body, leading to advanced strength, endurance, speed and anger. Small troubles and big grievances set off his temper for violent outbursts. And in New York, where she lives, there are a lot of triggers. Fortunately, a therapist named Dr Ivan Munchin (Stanley Tucci) has developed a vest and pulse trigger that allows him to send electric shocks through the body.
The system keeps it under control. She even meets a nice guy (Jai Courtney) who accepts her condition. But when he is suddenly murdered by underworld men, Lindy decides to take revenge. She runs against two clumsy detectives. She kicks round and swings her fists wildly through condescending men. And does so with a confident and cynical mind. Tanya Wexler’s “Jolt” is a smooth, crazy B-movie filled with big stars, elaborate fights, and silly lines.
“The lost bullet”
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Writer-director Guillaume Pierret’s lean and explosive thriller is a sort of “Fast & the Furious” in French. Lino (Alban Lenoir) made time after a jewelry theft went wrong, mistaking the fall for his younger brother, Quentin (Rod Paradot). An expert at the wheel, Lino drives fast cars with ballet precision. His unique skills bring him to the attention of Detective Charas (Ramzy Bedia), who heads a roadster police unit that works to stop drug traffickers plying the country.
“Lost Bullet” doesn’t focus on cartoonish driving stunts. Instead, it relies on ground speed and the thrill that cars inherently offer. Charas’ squad succeeds by working as a team in their vehicles: they dive, dodge, and dodge baddies at high speed.
But Lino’s buyout offer is reversed when corrupt members of his team assassinate Charas, the only man who believed in him, and blame the murder on Lino. The only way he can clear his name is to find a bullet lodged in a missing car, which makes for an intense joy ride in a movie.
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I can’t pass up a movie with Mickey Rourke, even in his advanced years. He’s one of those actors who are able to take advantage of his publicly documented hustle and bustle to inform his on-screen presence, adding an extra layer of real pathos to his performances. This ingrained poignant character often makes his villainous turns all the more confrontational. In “Take Back” by director Christian Sesma, Rourke plays Jack, the psychologically injured leader of a human trafficking ring who still longs for the one who fled.
This one is Zara (Gillian White). She is a wise lawyer who defends farmers against big business. With a supportive husband (Michael Jai White) and a steadfast stepdaughter (Priscilla Walker), Zara is passionate about kickboxing. She puts those skills to the service of defending a woman in a convenience store, making her an overnight sensation and bringing her to Jack’s renewed attention.
Sesma shapes “Take Back” in the mold of “The Long Kiss Goodnight”, in which Zara’s ideal suburban existence is shattered, forcing her to face her past. It’s a thrilling film filled with big karate chops and quick kicks, and a lively performance by Rourke that recalls his ever-present talent for playing heels.
“Time to hunt”
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Jun-seok (Lee Je-hoon) has a dream: he wants to retreat from the dystopian streets of South Korea to the quiet beaches of Kenting, Taiwan. When he was incarcerated for a burglary, he entered with the assurance of a golden parachute. Now released from prison, the money he stole three years ago is no longer worth anything. Rising inflation has plunged the country into crime, deep poverty and frenzied gambling. Jun-seok decides to reunite his former team of childhood friends for one last job: robbing their local casino.
But Jun-seok’s crew gets more than they expected when a ruthless bounty hunter (Park Hae-soo) arrives to assassinate them. Rapid shootings ensued. Cars crisscross the rusty haze of the city. Horrific deaths, like the bloody execution of a hostage, take place.
However, South Korean writer-director Yoon Sung-hyun’s “Time to Hunt” isn’t just a meticulous heist film. It is about income inequality and tells the story of poor people who fight for their worth. The film perfectly balances the tension-filled action with socially conscious themes for a sensational, thought-provoking piece of cinema.
I don’t often recommend feature-length doubles: But the aforementioned “Time to Hunt” and director Adrian Teh’s Malaysian fight film “Wira” would make a great couple. They both equally mix savage action and brutal social commentary.
With a screenplay by Anwari Ashraf, “Wira” follows Hassan (Hairul Azreen), a prodigal son who returns to his dead end village to help his stubborn father (Hilal Azman) and stubborn brawling sister (Fify Azmi). Returning from a seven-year stint in the army, Hassan finds his family in debt to Raja (Dain Said), a local gang leader who sells methamphetamine. Years ago, the corrupt Raja plunged the city into poverty, pushing its native inhabitants into a crime-ridden skyscraper. Hassan also once worked for Raja, fighting for bloodthirsty participants in the Drug Lord’s Gladiators boxing ring. Hassan must team up with Zain to fight Raja if they want a better future.
Resembling “John Wick,” “Wira” features full shots (by cinematographer Yong Choon Lin) and minimal cuts (by editor Lee Pai Seang) for smooth melee footage. The climax of the film takes place in a sharp, streamlined battle in which Hassan faces off against a horde of Raja’s minions on his own.