#EngKnowledge: History of action movies

What’s your favorite movie genre, fellas? Drama? Comedy? Action? A combination of the three of them? Today is #EngKnowledge: History of Action Movies.

Action movies went way back to the 1920s-1930s. The most notable theme was swashbuckling (petualangan). The setting normally sits in the Age of Renaissance where a lot of sword fightings happened. The earliest version of Robin Hood and The Mark of Zorro are associated with this era.

In 1940s-1950s, as it coincided with the WWII, the theme shifted to war and western cowboy. Sean Connery rose to fame and popularity because of his role in the first five James Bond Movies. In 1970s, James Bond got new competitors. The main theme from this era was detective and police officer stories. Also, there was an introduction of martial arts to western audiences. Bruce Lee in the Enter the Dragon got a lot of attention. In the late 70s, Bruce Lee’s disciple, Chuck Norris, played a role that combines martial arts with cops and robbers. Other notable movies were The Godfather trilogy with Al Pacino and Marlon Brando epic performances.

1980s were the Golden Period of action movies genre. This genre took over Hollywood and dominated it. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and most of the actors from The Expendables were huge hits in this period. The first Rambo and Die Hard were very popular back then. Harrison Ford also rose to fame because of his role as Han Solo and Indiana Jones in this era.

The 1990s were the era of sequels, prequels, and the hybrid of the subgenre action movies. Action Comedy, Action Horror, and Sci-Fi Action were amongst the most popular subgenres. Jackie Chan, Will Smith, and many other senior actors in our current period rose to fame in in 1990s. 1990s were also the birth of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) which revolutionized the action movies genre. CGI, in the 2000s, grew to be an importance to the world of cinemas, included but not limited to action movies genre. CGI, in the 2000s, grew to be an importance to the world of cinemas, included but not limited to action movies genre. Action Movies in the 2010s are mostly consist of cross-over of science fiction and action. Most of you wouldn’t agree with my choice of the best action movie in 2010s so let’s say we hang on to that until 2020s. :p

Compiled by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 20 November 2015.

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