The two leads butt heads and are forced to work with each other to stop a nuclear plot by a wealthy socialite (Elizabeth Debicki). One memorable action sequence sees Hammer overtaken by guards in an intense boat chase, while Cavill watches in the foreground and eats a sandwich. Several moments in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” carry that humorous tone; the film is just as funny as it is action-packed. Although “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” didn’t become part of a huge franchise like many of its contemporaries, Ritchie’s film is considered to be a cult classic, often held up favorably next to other modern action films and sparking demand for a sequel.
Audiences don’t have to think too much while watching a Fast & Furious movie. Christopher Nolan’s movies, on the other hand, require careful attention. And yet, there’s a surprising amount of overlap between “Inception” and the Fast Saga. For one, both borrow elements from ensemble heist and spy films, and they both put breathtaking, impossible action scenes front and center.
In “Inception,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Dom Cobb, has a chance to win his freedom and reunite with his family after being falsely accused of murdering his wife (Marion Cottilard). And so, he assembles a crew of specialists played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, and Tom Hardy to break into people’s dreams and steal valuable intel.
As cerebral as the writing can be, “Inception” is a set piece-driven action movie at its core, with memorable moments that include a hand-to-hand fight sequence in a rotating hallway. If nothing else, “Inception” popularized the use of heavy bass and percussion in musical scores for action movies, thanks to composer Hans Zimmer. Action movies haven’t sounded the same since.
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