9. Red Dawn
A remake of the classic and personal favorite 1980s Cold War fear film, this slick update features a handsome cast in much cleaner clothes utilizing much newer weapons. Gone is a lot of the dramatic heaviness of the original, but so is much of the melodrama. The film definitely feels whittled down (a director’s or extended cut is definitely warranted), but this update packs in a lot of excitement and a bunch of bullets. And did I mention the handsome cast?
Director Steven Soderbergh continues his risky casting decisions, moving away from unknowns and hardcore porn stars to Mixed Martial Arts sensation and beautiful bombshell Gina Carano. A bit more grounded in reality than many of the other films on the list, this film embraces a lot of the tropes and cliches of the typical spy film, but is ultimately entertaining and thrilling thanks to the face-crushing performance of Carano and a deep pool of co-starring talent.
7. The Expendables 2
Improving upon the original, Sylvester Stallone‘s love letter to the 80s packs a bigger punch, a bigger budget, a bigger cast, and a bigger death toll. With expanded roles for Schwarzenegger and Willis and the introduction of the Lone Wolf himself, Chuck Norris, The Expendables 2 is essentially more of the same done better. Jean Claude Van Damme turns in an excellent performance as the films antagonist and the constant stream of blood and exploding bad guys is enough to satisfy anyone’s blood lust.