2023’s Must-See Action Movies: From Blockbusters to Indie Gems

Action films encompass a wide-ranging genre of movies that are often associated with the anticipation of explosive events. Within the realm of cinematic productions, several genres have emerged, including the monster flick, science fiction movie, action-thriller, superhero film, gritty war picture, and explosive spy movie. In the year 2023, a diverse range of action films have been released, including titles such as "Cocaine Bear," "The Killer," and "John Wick."  

For enthusiasts of action films, there is no need for concern as several exceptional action films, blockbusters and indie, recently came out. Presented here is a selection of the finest action films of the year that are now ready for viewing.

Polite Society

There is a plethora of films that one might potentially draw comparisons between Polite Society, the inaugural feature indie film directed by Nida Manzoor, and. The narrative amalgamates elements from John Wick, Bend It Like Beckham, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, resulting in an exaggerated tale centred around familial conflicts. However, it is important to note that this entity possesses distinct characteristics that set it apart. Moreover, it consistently provides an exhilarating experience from start to finish.

The presence of a narrative twist necessitating a significant cognitive leap is discernible, yet it is easily overlooked due to the compelling nature of the Polite Society. This captivating quality is derived from several elements, including the unexpectedly polished action sequences and the formidable antagonist portrayed by the exceptionally talented Nimra Bucha. However, the comedic and emotionally resonant portrayal by Kansara serves as the cohesive element that unifies the many components of the picture.


John Wick: Chapter 4

The film "John Wick: Chapter 4" possesses a mesmerising quality that engrosses viewers, so its box office success should come as no surprise, amounting to a substantial $427 million. According to sources, it has been observed that the picture has several references to renowned cinematic works, including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Kill Bill." The director, Chad Stahelski, has a background as a professional stuntman, which uniquely qualifies him to orchestrate the intricate and imaginative battle sequences observed in his films.

While it isn’t quite as thrilling as the latest casino sites operating in New Zealand, the poker scene in John Wick 4 is one of the most absurd yet beautifully comical moments. In a game of Five Card Draw, John goes up against Caine and Mr. Nobody, but instead of being cliché and giving the cool and collection Mr. Wick a straight flush, he ends up with the worst hand before slicing the dealer's neck with one of those cards. 

Since its inception, the "John Wick" film series has significantly altered the landscape of action cinema. Even in its forthcoming fourth instalment, the franchise continues to challenge the conventional boundaries of the genre. The film "John Wick: Chapter 4" explores the possibility of integrating vibrant, neon colours within the context of a gritty action genre. 

Who posits that the art of battle cannot possess the elegance akin to that of dancing? Who asserts that it is incapable of being humorous to a great extent? If any of those elements pique your interest, then "John Wick: Chapter 4" is certainly a suitable choice.

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant

The Covenant, directed by Guy Ritchie, unfortunately coincided with the release of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which dominated the box office and overshadowed its performance. That said, Ritchie skilfully created one of the most outstanding action thrillers of the year by narrating the tale of Master Sergeant John Kinley (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal) and his Afghan translator, Ahmed Abdullah Yousfi (played by Dar Salim).

In the last stages of the conflict in Afghanistan, Kinley sustained severe injuries as a result of a Taliban ambush. Despite encountering significant personal risk, Ahmed demonstrates exceptional leadership by guiding the injured Kinley to a place of safety. Nevertheless, Ahmed and his family are refused visas that may potentially provide them with protection from the retaliatory actions of the Taliban. Motivated by profound indignation against the perceived inequity of abandoning Ahmed, Kinley embarks on a journey back to Afghanistan to repay the debt he owes to the one who bravely rescued him from peril, preserving his existence.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Many prominent action films slated for release in 2023 have derived their inspiration from existing intellectual properties. Notably, Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves is a significant endeavour to revitalise the well-recognised role-playing series. 

The film revolves around Edgin Darvis, portrayed by Chris Pine, who is depicted as a charismatic rogue. Darvis is seen gathering a group of societal misfits to embark on a quest to retrieve a mystical object. Throughout the movie, a clear homage is paid to the established mythology of the game series. 

Honour Among Thieves effectively incorporates several elements of fantasy mischief and Dungeons & Dragons references while maintaining its astute comedic sensibility. The film effectively presented the information in an easily understandable manner for all viewers, including those unfamiliar with the subject matter. It skillfully avoided becoming overly focused on trivial aspects. 


It is widely acknowledged that witnessing the defeat of Nazis is an immensely gratifying experience. The level of satisfaction experienced in the Indiana Jones franchise was comparable to that seen in the film Inglourious Basterds. However, the most significant achievements have been observed in the context of the Sisu phenomenon this year. 

The concept of sisu is characterised by its untamed nature. The Nazis are subjected to various forms of violent retribution, including the act of having mines hurled at them, knives forcefully embedded in their skulls, and in one instance, an individual is affixed to a bomb and subsequently ejected from an aircraft. The subject matter is characterised by its intense and captivating nature, resulting in an impressive and commendable quality. Sisu is an action film that should not be overlooked.

The Killer

Believe it or not, one of the noteworthy combat scenes in The Killer stands out as a rare contemporary action sequence that rivals the calibre of John Wick: Chapter 4. 

In the film "The Killer," the protagonist, portrayed by Michael Fassbender, assumes the role of an unidentified assassin embroiled in a global pursuit after a failed assassination attempt. The most recent film by acclaimed filmmaker David Fincher, known for his expertise in the thriller genre, is a sombre and calculated production released on the Netflix platform. While it incorporates several characteristic elements of Fincher's unique approach to filmmaking, The Killer also marks his notable venture into the action genre, a departure from his initial foray in this realm with his controversial debut feature, Alien 3.

Although The Killer is predominantly placed within David Fincher's thriller genre, there is a notable departure in the form of a meticulously planned battle sequence showcasing the central assassin character, which may be classified as a full-fledged action scene. Furthermore, the sequence is rapidly gaining attention as one of the most exceptional battle scenes of the year. Although it was originally assumed that the film John Wick: Chapter 4, known for its exquisite and extravagant nature, was the clear frontrunner for the title, there is a chance that a particular captivating sequence preceding the conclusion of The Killer may surpass the Keanu Reeves series in terms of its ability to provide a fresh and innovative experience.


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