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Year in Review: The 12 Best Action Movies of 2012

6. Total Recall

Total Recall

Another remake that is inferior to the original but enjoyable in its own ways. Len Wiseman does his best to reinterpret the source material in a new way, abandoning Mars and the Muscles, replacing it with a slicker, shinier future full of really, really, super hot women in Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel. With fantastic production design from superstar designer and sometimes director Patrick Tatopoulos and a few imaginative fight sequences, Total Recall spreads the mayhem on thick.

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5. Skyfall

Skyfall

James Bond’s most recent outing garnered a ton of critical acclaim and was a hit with audiences worldwide, firmly establishing Daniel Craig as one of the best Bonds in history. Thanks to great cinematography and an entertaining villain, Skyfall fires on all cylinders, perfectly marrying old school Bond charm (komodo dragons!) in a slick, modern setting. While Pierce Brosnan may have killed the most of any Bond thus far, Craig does it with style and unparalleled brutality.

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4. Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

When the diminutive Tom Cruise was cast as the massive man monster Jack Reacher, fans of the books were incredulous – at least until they saw the movie. Fortunately, Cruise does have the physical presence of the novel character, he does manage to kick a lot of ass and drive a car like a madman. While much of the film is Reacher working to solve a mystery, when the action happens, it makes you feel oh so good.

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