Who knew that revenge flicks could have their own legion of fans? If you’re feeling a little angsty this week, there are apparently a lot of revenge action films that can help you relish in all the tense feelings.
From high-flying stunts to extreme martial arts, these movies will definitely bring you the most exciting stories. Have a look at a couple of these films for a ride of a lifetime.
Wicked, disturbing, but horrifyingly thrilling, Oldboy is a neo-noir classic that will have you at the edge of your seat. It revolves around Oh Dae-su, a man mysteriously imprisoned in a room for 15 years. He doesn’t know what he’s done or who put him there, but he sure will spend the rest of the movie finding out. The film won the Grand Prix (the second most prestigious prize) at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, so be sure to come prepared to watch a good one.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
When has Gerard Butler not brought on the action? In Law Abiding Citizen, he plays a father scorn, hellbent on bringing down the killers of his wife and child, as well as the entire criminal justice system. This film will bring you mind games and intense action scenes — perfect for your next movie night in.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Another Korean action thriller, The Man from Nowhere defines the revenge genre. The film follows Cha Tae-sik, a quiet man who goes through hell and back to bring home the one person of value to him. It’s a violent, action-packed movie that will certainly leave you wanting more.
The Equalizer (2014)
Denzel Washington gears up for two hours of hardcore action in The Equalizer, where his character, a former U.S. Marine, goes on a killing spree against the Russian mafia to save a friend. Critics praised the film’s direction and acting, noting that the violence might be a bit too much for the faint of heart.
John Wick (2014)
If The Man from Nowhere defined the revenge genre, John Wick certainly popularized it. After the death of his wife and murder of the puppy she gifted to him, the silent but deadly John Wick goes on a vengeance-fueled rampage searching for the culprits. The film was an immediate hit, mostly due in part to its complex stunt choreography and visual style. Fans of Keanu Reeve will also get to see a completely different side of him in this dark film.