Ultimate Action Class Ranking!
Nicolas Cage established himself as an incredibly talented actor in the eighties – early nineties. He had a great natural appearance, a very recognizable face, and was also famous for his intense performances, which often crossed the threshold and became almost caricatural.
These properties also make it an ideal choice for action shoots. Since the mid-1990s he has played a role in high-profile productions, some of which have become classics in the genre. His last action film, Jiu Jitsu, is scheduled for the 20th. November will be published. In this context, we thought it would be a good idea to give you an overview of his top ten action rounds in this article.
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10) Next (2007)
The following film is based on a story by Philip K. Dick, and many major films such as Total Recall and Blade Runner are based on his work. Cage plays the role of Chris Johnson, who works as a show wizard in Las Vegas. He has a supernatural ability to predict the future, but can only predict the next few minutes. His skills are used by the FBI to track down a group of terrorists who are also interested in his abilities.
Then there is a very interesting starting point, but for some reason it never comes to fruition. The first half is long enough, the story just blinks, nothing happens. The other half has a higher speed, because Johnson often uses his powers to escape bullets and crashing cars and to get rid of his enemies.
The acting performances of all the actors, including Nicholas Cage, are a bit overwhelming and the film never creates any real excitement. One of the most mediocre transformations of Philip K. Dick’s work follows, but it is still fascinating enough to prevent it from failing completely.
9) Stolen (2012)
After creating their magnum opus Con Air, Simon West and Cage reunited in 2012. The production values and overall quality are not the same as when they started working together, but stolen is still more than a solid old-fashioned action. Head thief Will was released after eight years in prison for a failed robbery.
He’s eager to meet his daughter Alison, but she’s been kidnapped by his former assistant Vincent. Vincent wants $10 million in exchange for Alison’s life and sends Will on another flight. Stolen – a normal fight thriller, but it never pretends to be anything other than 90 minutes of mostly harmless fun. It’s a good ride from start to finish, with a lot of excitement, because Will has to outsmart his opponent and the police at the same time.
The kits are not as luxurious as those of Con Air, but from a production point of view everything looks decent enough. Cage is in good shape, like a cunning but good-humored criminal who comes back against his will. The stolen copy also marked Cage’s temporary farewell to the activists on the big screen. Since then he has been involved in many low-budget productions, where his participation was often the only redeeming quality.
8) Wind farms (2002)
Windtalkers is the second collaboration between Nicholas Cage and John Woo after their masterpiece Face/Off. It is based on the true story of Navajo recruits who broadcast encoded messages in their native language in the Pacific theatre during the Second World War. Cage plays Corporal Joe Enders of the U.S. Naval Corps, who must protect the young Navajo soldier Ben Yahzi at all costs against falling into enemy hands.
The plot of Windthalkers develops around a series of battles that took place during the conquest of the Japanese island of Saipan. In between the battles many interpersonal dramas await us, drooling over the clichés of the war films of the last 50 years. But Cage’s grim portrayal of a wounded and weary soldier is actually quite convincing. However, this is not the John Woo function for dialogue, but a number of epic action scenes.
And there’s a whole series of huge battles with a lot of chaos and destruction. The U.S. and Japanese forces fight fierce battles and the film is Wu’s bloodiest and deadliest work since his temporary departure from Hong Kong cinema. Windtalkers is not the best we’ve seen in Wu of Cage, but it’s an exciting war drama with enough spectacle to keep the adrenaline levels of the audience high.
7) Disappeared in 60 seconds (2000)
Welcome to Grand Theft Auto: Movie. Memphis Raines, a retired car thief, is called to action because his brother’s life depends on the theft of 50 luxury cars within 24 hours. He gathers his former team and starts working while avoiding some vigilant policemen who believe they can convict him this time. Disappeared in 60 seconds, Cage describes the exciting and adventurous life of a professional car thief. He plays with calmness and certainty, together with the good-humoured cast, including Angelina Jolie and Robert Duval.
The film isn’t about the whole action, but there’s always something funny and exciting to see, including some fun chase scenes. And the last thirty minutes are just one explosion when Memphis tries to bring the last car to the unloading site during a run by guards and police. Gone in 60 Seconds has bright cars, funny lines and cool characters and shows that Cage offers another very interesting performance.
6) Archers (2010)
Without power, there is no responsibility. This quote by Kick-Ass is a striking description of his ironic take on the superhero genre. The film tells the story of Dave, a comic strip nerd, who decides to become a Kick-Ass superhero. Despite the fact that he has no superpower, he managed to make a name for himself after a successful self-defense campaign.
This not only attracts the attention of the local crime boss, but also of two real superheroes who are not really fascinated by his attempts to copy him. Some kind of transvestism: Kick-Ass has his heart in the right place. He shows sympathy for all the characters, and even the villagers are quite careless. However, this does not prevent them from dying in a violent and serious way. Watch the interrogation scene with a microwave oven the size of a man, which goes terribly wrong.
Cage only has a second role, but his role and the film as a whole are too good not to be mentioned on this list. He plays a slightly neurotic superhero, Big Daddy, who’s also a single father. His daughter Mindy (also known as Hit Gearl) is a 12-year-old fighting specialist who effortlessly defeats entire groups of established gangsters. Kick-Ass is an intelligent and charming product with lots of humour and bloody violence.
5) Phantom conductor: Spirit of revenge (2011)
The phantom driver: The spirit of revenge appeared at a time when Marvel’s cinematic universe really began to unfold. Fortunately, and I apologize for perhaps expressing too strong a personal opinion here, this is not part of this sober new branch of Marvel features. Spirit of Vengeance is a sequel to the first, rather boring Ghost Rider and becomes much more interesting with the participation of Mark Neveldin and Brian Taylor of Crank as directors.
Johnny Blaze is a ghost fighter, a former stuntman who is sometimes possessed by a vengeful spirit. John’s job is to protect Danny’s son from the grip of the devil, who thinks Danny is the perfect barrel for him to walk on. The phantom driver: The spirit of revenge is saved by a strange atmosphere, a wealth of humour and tireless action. It also shows that Cage is sinking into total madness with too much grimacing and screaming like no other movie on this list.
The action scenes bear the signature of Neveldin and Taylor, the camera constantly moves next to the main characters and the images are shot from impossible angles. The phantom driver: The spirit of revenge is one of the most eccentric and adorable manifestations of the Marvel universe on celluloid.
4) Malicious driving (2011)
The bloody cold from dusk until dawn meets the dirty, octagonal action of the last Boy Scout in Angry. Milton escapes from hell in a car and tries to crush the leader of the sect responsible for his daughter’s death while Milton’s granddaughter is in captivity. Milton’s desire for revenge complicates the task of the police and the mysterious accountant whose mission it is to bring Milton back to the wrong world. Cage is a grandfather from hell who spends half the film with a bullet in his eye.
He can shoot a lot of villagers during sex and is the undisputed master of the chaos of self-activity. Add to that an ironic self-confidence that leads to a lot of ridiculous moments, a cool soundtrack and we get a masterpiece of baser instincts. Cage’s play is as breathtaking as it gets, but the film is made even better by William Fichtner’s role as a somewhat eccentric but cultivated darling of hell who simply controls every conversation he has. Drive Angry is literally a great movie that explodes in your face.
3. Person/exit (1997)
The power of stars Nicholas Cage and John Travolta met the visionary style of legendary director John Woo in Action-Fantasy Face/Shutdown. Psychopathic terrorist Castor Troy has planted a bomb somewhere in Los Angeles that will go off in a few days. FBI agent Sean Archer seized Troy and agreed to break into his gang and use Operation Troy to trade Troy’s face for his.
Troy gets Archer’s face back, but he wakes up from his coma and can escape from prison with big plans for revenge. What happens when your personality is exchanged with someone else’s is an interesting thought experience on many levels. And it’s great to see how Cage and Travolta play their respective characters. The two are the highlight of their face-to-face game, and especially their picture of the mad killer Castor Troy is hilarious. Jong-woo twists his elegant shots between Troy and the archer and has created some of the most spectacular action scenes you can find in a film from the 1990s.
Each series is a pure surprise from Maestro Wu, from a helicopter chasing a plane, to the many pogroms of Gang Fu and an explosive boat chase, perhaps the best in the history of the hunters. Face/Off is perfect for all levels and is the undisputed classic of all time. By the way, could there be a restart? More information can be found here!
Nicholas Cage in The Face/Turn-off – A 90s hero we never knew what we needed (part 3).
2) Rock (1996)
The Rock was Cage’s first role in the action film and immediately led to the masterpiece. His playing style in the rock seems to have created a model for many later roles: a fun but somewhat stupid character with great determination. A group of angry marines are demanding compensation for the families of their fallen comrades.
They occupy the former prison island of Alcatraz and threaten to destroy San Francisco with poison gas missiles. It depends on the chemist Stanley Goodspeed (played by Nicholas Cage) and the former spy John Mason (played by Sean Connery), the only one who ever escaped from Alcatraz to save the city from destruction. In the film Rock, Alcatraz has become one of the most spectacular playgrounds for characters and villains, where one of the best chases in the history of the action takes place – it is only an opening for all the next. Director Michael Bay has made an elegant tour of monumental proportions.
In Rock Non-Stop there are chills, shootings and explosions, which are amplified by Hans Zimer’s pompous soundtrack. Nicolas Cage and Connery form a great team, complemented by a rich portrait of General Ed Harris, disillusioned with the U.S. Army. The Rock is the definition of a successful film and at the same time one of the best examples of the old school.
Nicholas Cage in The Rock is a ’90s hero we never recognized.
1) Con Air (1997)
More, more, more, Con Air! After Cage’s great success with The Rock, he returned to the action genre and even surpassed his predecessor’s show, albeit with a small lead, to be honest. Once again he is a great hero, this time with a charming southern accent, wild hair and the high monument of John McClain. He plays Cameron Poe, a decorated soldier who was unjustly sentenced to several years in prison and is looking forward to reuniting with his family.
For his return journey he flies with the nations of the worst criminals, who have their own ideas about the final destination of the flight. With Con Air, director Simon West and producer Jerry Brookheimer have distilled the essence of classic action films and created a hell of fire, bullets and sweat. The amount of destruction caused by this film is nowadays taken for granted because of the overkill of CGI, but in Con Air it’s (almost) all real things that explode and collapse! Cars fly through the air, planes crash into buildings, and it’s amazing the chaos a fire truck can cause!
While Cage is at the center of the film to sympathize with, John Malkovich, in the role of psychopathic genius Cyrus Virus, directs an incredible collection of villains. Everything in Con Air is delicious and the film produces a fresh, cheesy lining within a minute. This is the culmination of the spectacular films of the late 1990s and the brilliance of action films in their purest form.
Nicolas Cage in Con Air – Heroes of the 90s, we never knew what we needed (part 2).