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2010 Action Movie Preview(2)

2010 won’t have Spider-Man or Batman (we do get Christopher Nolan’s Inception) movies, but Iron Man returns, Robin Hood’s back to steal from the rich, and the long, long, long-awaited sequel to Tron finally arrives. 2010 also finds a new batch of superhero types heading to theaters in Jonah Hex and Kick-Ass. Plus, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Sam Worthington, and John Travolta have action films ready to launch in ’10.Check out this list of action movies hitting theaters throughout 2010, listed in order of release, to see if there’s something that might persuade you to take action and buy a ticket. 

11. ‘Clash of the Titans’

Clash of the Titans© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson 

What’s It About? I can watch the old Clash of the Titans over and over again – it’s just good campy fun and totally addictive. This remake has much better state-of-the-art special effects, probably better acting, but it retains the storyline as well as Medusa, Pegasus, and the Kraken. Sam Worthington, hot off starring roles in Terminator Salvation and Avatar, gets to do battle against mythical monsters as the son of a god who has to defeat Hades in order to save everyone.

In Theaters: March 26, 2010

12. ‘Repo Men’

Repo Men© Universal Pictures
Starring: Jude Law and Forest Whitaker 

What’s It About? Would you want to live in a world in which you could live longer by purchasing mechanical organs to replace your failing ones? It sounds kind of interesting, and it could help people suffering from fatal diseases return to full health. That’s the world of this action thriller based on the book Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia. There’s a catch though, and it’s a huge one. If you fail to make payments on your new organs, they are repossessed. That could really shorten your lifespan…

In Theaters: April 2, 2010

13. ‘The Losers’

The Losers© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Evans 

What’s It About? Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s last action film, Watchmen, found him playing one of the most despicable masked vigilantes ever created. As The Comedian, Morgan killed with impunity. Fortunately for his own mental well being, that’s not the sort of character Morgan’s playing in The Losers. Here, Morgan is part of a Special Forces unit set up by a powerful enemy. The team seeks revenge for the betrayal and must stop their adversary from implementing his ruthless plan.

In Theaters: April 9, 2010

14. ‘Kick-Ass’

Kick-Ass© Lionsgate Films
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Mark Strong and Chloe Moretz 

What’s It About? Writer/director Matthew Vaughn brought his film to the 2009 San Diego Comic Con to try and stir up some interest in this comic book-inspired action movie – and it worked. Comic Con attendees Tweeted about the presentation, blogged about it, and helped build the buzz around this independent production which Lionsgate ultimately snapped up. The story follows an ordinary teenager obsessed with comic books who decides to become a real superhero. The problem is he doesn’t have any real super powers.

In Theaters: April 16, 2010

15. ‘MacGruber’

MacGruber© Rogue Pictures
Starring: Will Forte, Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig 

What’s It About? The classic 1980’s TV series MacGyver starring Richard Dean Anderson spawned a running skit on Saturday Night Live, and that inspired a feature film. It’s a long and windy path to the big screen, but finally we get to sort of see a MacGyver-inspired movie. In MacGruber, Will Forte plays the crime fighter who can disarm a bomb using nothing more than just a paper clip, Q-Tip, and a pull tab.

In Theaters: April 23, 2010

16. ‘Iron Man 2’

Iron Man 2© Paramount Pictures
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, and Mickey Rourke 

What It’s About? Ex-Hollywood bad boys Mickey Rourke and Robert Downey Jr square off in this second outing of Iron Man, once again directed by Jon Favreau. The first film earned $102 million its opening weekend back in 2008, and pretty much immediately there was talk of a sequel. For a while it looked as though Favreau wasn’t going to be invited back, which wouldn’t have been a smart move by the studio. But Favreau’s back and he believes he’s got the right formula (the cast, the villains) to make Iron Man 2 as big a hit as the original Iron Man.

In Theaters: May 7, 2010

17. ‘Robin Hood’

Robin Hood© Universal Pictures
Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Strong and Cate Blanchett 

What’s It About? Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott reunite for their fifth film, bringing Sherwood Forest and all its merry inhabitants to the screen once more in this action drama written by Brian Helgeland. And a quick quiz: can you name the four previous Crowe/Scott films? …And the answer is Gladiator, A Good Year, American Gangster, and Body of Lies.

In Theaters: May 14, 2010

18. ‘Takers’

Takers© Screen Gems
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker and Idris Elba 

What’s It About? A gang of bank robbers is ready to pull off one last big job, but a detective is bound and determined to get in their way. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but this sounds awfully familiar. I’m pretty sure we’ve seen this story done before. Hopefully the cast will bring something new to an old tale.

In Theaters: May 14, 2010

19. ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time© Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton 

What’s It About? Jake Gyllenhaal sports a tan, and some pretty amazing abs, to play a prince of Persia (obvious, right?) in this Jerry Bruckheimer production based on a video game series. Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directed this action epic, which finds Gyllenhaal and Arterton racing against dark forces to keep a special dagger safe from those who’d do evil with it.

In Theaters: May 28, 2010

20. ‘The A-Team’

The A-Team© 20th Century Fox
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, and Rampage Jackson 

What’s It About? When they first announced an A-Team movie I thought, “Well, that’s it. They have run out of ideas.” But then they revealed the cast and I decided to cut it some slack. With Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan at the helm, this new, reinvigorated adaptation of the ’80s TV series keeps the same basic premise as the show that inspired it. That show centered around a group of Vietnam veterans who were falsely convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. The film version moves the action to more contemporary times, making the foursome Iraq war vets out to clear their names while helping people in need.

In Theaters: June 11, 2010

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