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Genre research Action

The action genre is one of the most popular genres in modern film
alongside comedy, adventure and drama which have generated the most
box office revenue between 1995 and 2005. The plot of an action film has
a hero/band of heroes being forced into challenges against a villain. The
film concludes with the hero eventually becoming victorious thus the film
ends. Action films tend to have extended scenes of violence, fighting,
chases and a faster pace than other genres.

The action genre crosses over with other film genres as well. These
-Comedy (21 Jump Street)
-Superhero (X-Men)
-Spy (James Bond)
-Sci-Fi (Terminator)

Generic Traits/Conventions
Action films generally follow a similar plot. They start with equilibriums the world of the film is safe until something threatens it. This is the
disruption of the equilibrium. It is then the protagonists job to go against
the antagonist and stop him. After this, the antagonist is defeated and the
equilibrium is restored. Action films compliment Todorovs theory of
equilibrium disruption of equilibrium restoration of equilibrium. Films in
the genre are mostly targeted at typically male viewers aged 15 40,
however younger males are the majority of the mass audience who watch
action films.
Why is it primarily males who enjoy action films? The generic conventions
of the action genre stay persistent throughout the action genre. Male
viewers are drawn into watching action films because of their fast-paced
scenes, use of weapons such as guns and knives, the use of pyrotechnics
to create explosions, the intense binary opposites (Hero vs. Villain), and in
some cases the use of CGI to create images that the production team
could not.

History and development

Many people think that the 1960s was the
decade in which action films were introduced to
audiences, and consider The Great Train
Robbery (1963) to be the first ever action film.
Since then, the action genre has seen many
films become successful enough to branch out
into a franchise; notably the James Bond series which dominated cinemas
worldwide in the 60s, the Lethal Weapon franchise in the 80s ad 90s, and
the Star Wars saga in the 70s and 80s. The 1980s and 1990s are
proclaimed the best years for action films, as they generated consistent
successes. Prime examples of successful films and franchises of these

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decades were the Indiana Jones films, the two Terminator films (Terminator
1 released in 1984 and Terminator 2: Judgement Day released in 1991)
and the continued James Bond films starring Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye
(1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999)). As
well as these film sagas doing well in the box office, Tim Burtons Batman
released in 1989 was followed by Batman Returns in 1992. With the
success of both films, the action genre had found a viable sub-genre the
comic-book movie. In present day action films, computer-generated
imagery (CGI) is used frequently to replace a lot of the work stunt doubles
would have to do back in the day. This does not mean that stunt doubles
arent present The Expendables series is a prime example of how CGI is
rarely used and how practical stunts are done to create a more realistic
vibe to action films. CGI, despite its advancement and popularity within
audiences worldwide can also be criticised if films contain a substantial
amount of it. People complain that CGI has transitioned from a last-minute
resort to a necessity, and prefer effects and stunts to be done practically
rather than digitally. The crossover of action with comic book heroes and
stories, as well as science fiction, continued with making movie
adaptations of many Marvel and DC comic book characters. Christopher
Nolans Dark Knight trilogy proved to be one of the best film trilogies since
2000, and Marvels cinematic universe have also received billions of
dollars in revenue, most recognisably Avengers Assemble released in
2012 which is the 4th most highest grossing film of all time, and Iron Man

The Top-10 best action films of 1980-2015 (rated by

-Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
-Rambo: First Blood (1982)
-Lethal Weapon (1987)
-Die Hard (1988)
-Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
-Point Break (1991)
-Bad Boys (1995)
-The Matrix (1999)
-The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
-The Raid (2012)