Adventure-packed action movies are never out of style, and we are simply stating the obvious. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Hollywood is back in full swing and kicking into high gear! There are tons of action films currently in production, and some of them are ready for your viewing pleasure.
2022 promises to be a year filled with exciting and spectacular entertainment, and we are here to watch it all. It’s been abounding with high-octane action flicks that offer high-adrenaline exhilaration, power-packed adventure, high-speed chases, multiverse-spanning superheroes, and some mind-bending storylines. Aside from superhero and sci-fi fantasy action, with the return of senior action icons, Hollywood is about to serve us with everything. In addition to new and old superhero franchises, we will see a few highly anticipated sequels to classic action movies with a rampant fan following!
This year offers an extraordinary, awe-inspiring ensemble of renowned, talented actors striving to set new milestones. Our favorites include stars like Brad Pitt, Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Lady Gaga, Jim Carrey, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Robert Pattinson, as well as Avatar-famed director James Cameron returning with an upcoming sequel later this year.
Our excitement is soaring, and we are screaming our lungs out. What about you? Whether you’re keeping an eye out for sequels or browsing new options from the slate of the latest action movies, this is your guide to what are sure to be the best action movies of 2022!
The Lost City
The Lost City is a forthcoming action-adventure comedy surrounding an adventure novelist, a book cover model, and a billionaire on a quest to find a long-lost treasure in an ancient city. The story unfolds as the novelist (played by Sandra Bullock) gets kidnapped by the billionaire, who wants to find a hidden treasure, and Alan sets out to rescue her as he strives to be a real-life hero outside his book character. As they find themselves plunged deep within a jungle, they will have to rely on one another to make it through the wilderness to find the ancient treasure before it is too late. The exhilaration fills us with excitement, and the thrill-seeking is intense. It leaves us thinking: What is in the ancient treasure? Could it be hiding some secrets or a twist they failed to see coming? Will they discover a real treasure or get lost forever in the ancient city?
Directed By: Adam Nee and Aaron Nee
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez
Release Date: March 25
How many of you remember the Ocean film franchise packed with full of action, suspense, and an intricate heist plot? Heist movies are among our favorites to watch, and the upcoming American action-thriller film Ambulance evokes the exhilaration of classic heist films. But this time, *spoiler alert*- a simple heist doesn’t go as planned and fails drastically, leading to a high-speed chase to save their lives and those around them. They are desperate to make it out alive without being caught, so they must soon figure out a way to elude the cops. The movie plot piqued our interest with its thrills, suspense, chase, and action-packed scenes, and we’re looking forward to seeing if they survive.
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González, Garret Dillahunt, Keir O’Donnell, Moses Ingram, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and Kayli Tran
Release Date: April 8, 2022 (USA)
Jurassic World Dominion
Are there any Jurassic World and dinosaur fans around? If so, we have a surprise for you. Prepare yourself for Jurassic World Dominion, and get ready to immerse yourself in the epic conclusion to the Jurassic era. After a long cliffhanger, the upcoming sci-fi/action-adventure film embarks on a bold, timely, and breathtaking new adventure that picks up four years from the last movie. With dinosaurs living alongside humans, we are determined to see how this conflicting, complex balance plays out, as well as who survives to live another day.
We don’t need to say anything; the excitement for the movie and its massive fan following speaks for itself. Jurassic World Dominion takes you on a thrilling adventure and explores the unexplored. The fast-paced, action gameplay and breathtaking visuals make the movie even more impressive to watch. The previous milestones set the bar too high, but we are hopeful, and the new film looks promising and steers to smash previous records and make new ones.
Directed By: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Sam Neil, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Dichen Lachman, Daniella Pineda, Kristoffer Polaha, Omar Sy, BD Wong
Release Date: June 10 (USA)
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
With Sonic The Hedgehog 2, you’ll experience a new kind of adventure and fun – this time around, Sonic will stop at nothing to prove his heroic quality and courage. The challenge is to stop his nemesis, Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, who returned with Knuckles the Echidna on the quest for an emerald that has potentially world-ruining powers. Sonic teams up with his friend, Miles “Tails” Prower, and the two race against Eggman and Knuckles to find the jewel. Whether he succeeds in his mission or Eggman takes control of the world, you will have to wait and go to the theater to see it!
The original screenplay was fantastic, and we have been huge fans ever since. This adventure rollercoaster is an absolute must for us, and we can’t wait for it to unroll, hop on it, and travel around the world with him. You can experience the excitement of the fans in this tweet:
Directed by: Jeff Fowler
Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Shemar Moore, Idris Elba, Colleen O’Shaughnessey
Release Date: April 8, 2022. (USA)
Batman has returned, and the DC Universe is in a whirlwind again. The upcoming movie is a reboot of the Batman film franchise, bringing back the adventures of Gotham City. Batman is a vigilante who rescues Gotham City’s citizens from a notorious serial killer. Although he is not a superhero, he relies on his high-tech gadgets and intellect to fight and survive. However, the secrets have doubled, and the challenges have stepped up. So without giving too much away, he will have to form new alliances to catch the killer and avenge the corruption that has afflicted the city for far too long, bringing justice.
When we heard Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman, our curiosity heightened. Our excitement was high when we saw the trailer that looked dark, brutal, and full of action with many familiar DC villains. There is a lot of positive buzz surrounding the movie, and we’re looking forward to seeing Pattinson and some new faces in the film.
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Keoghan, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro, Paul Dano, and Colin Farrell
Release Date: March 4, 2022
The Contractor marks Chris Pine’s return to the big screen after staying out of the spotlight for the past few years, and we’re glad to see him back. Chris plays an ex-Special Forces Sgt. James Harper, now discharged from the Army and cut off from his pension after a covert mission. Out of sheer desperation and financial instability, he lands a contract with a private underground military force. But things don’t go as planned as his first mission goes awry, and he gets caught up in a dangerous scheme. He must now fight to survive and go home to discover the truth and take revenge for his betrayal. As a film with excellent filmmaking talent and a terrific cast, The Contractor is a thrilling, action-adventure-packed, nail-biter, and brilliant cinematic experience that keeps you on the edge of your seat. We can’t wait to see how this story unfolds, but we are already blown away by it.
Directed by: Tarik Saleh
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Florian Munteanu, Gillian Jacobs, Kiefer Sutherland, Eddie Marsan, and JD Pardo
Release Date: April 1, 2022
Next up is Brad Pitt in Bullet Train, an all-star-studded action movie based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by Kōtarō Isaka. With its compelling, twisting premise, you can expect plenty of high-octane, explosive, and riveting action to make this one of the biggest smashing hits of the year. The story takes place on a Japanese Bullet Train on a high-speed journey from Tokyo to Morioka. There are five assassins aboard, each with their own style, working on their assignments and unaware of one another. As the story progresses, it appears that their missions might be interconnected, setting off a dangerous game. After realizing what is really going on, the killers must fight for their lives to find out what lies ahead before reaching their destination. With such a strong, talented cast and intriguing plot, we’re looking forward to seeing what kind of action prowess they’ll showcase.
Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Joey King, Lady Gaga, Andrew Koji, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Bad Bunny
Release Date: July 15, 2022
Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick is the upcoming highly-anticipated sequel to the 1986 classic action drama film Top Gun. Finally, Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer will return to the silver screen after a long wait as Maverick and Iceman, which is sure to please fans of this classic movie. In the little that we know about the plot, Maverick trains a new group of young Navy aviators for an extremely dangerous special mission. The situation gets complicated as he must face his innermost fears and past while he attempts to embrace an uncertain future.
*spoiler alert* As we’re letting you in on a secret, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly might even recreate the famous motorcycle scene from the first movie, so that’s a bonanza for us. With impressive maneuvers in the air, spectacular action and stunts, and flying real fighter jets instead of CGI, the film promises to be an unforgettable experience and make it memorable for its long-standing, loyal fans.
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Glen Powell, Jean Louisa Kelly, Ed Harris, Manny Jacinto, Jon Hamm
Release Date: May 27, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows the groundbreaking, powerful and heartwarming superhero action film Black Panther from Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel fans will return to the ethereal, majestic realm of the MCU as they travel to Wakanda after four years, and as predicted, Shuri and Ironheart will continue the narrative. There will undoubtedly be a void left by one of our favorite superheroes, Chadwick Boseman. Nevertheless, we are confident that this superbly talented cast will carry on the legacy of MCU admirably and brilliantly. Obviously, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we’ll scream with excitement at the spectacle of the high-adrenaline chase, action, and adventure.
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaaluya, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, and Angela Bassett
Release Date: November 11, 2022
An upcoming sequel to the highest-grossing and blockbuster hit, Avatar, Avatar 2, is an action-adventure-packed sci-fi action movie that takes us back to the lives of Jake Sully and Ney’tiri. We saw Jake falling in love with Ney’tiri and befriending the Na’vi after joining the Avatar Program. He led them to victory in their conflict with humans and became the new leader of the Omaticaya. Now, Jake lives with his new family on Pandora, doing everything to stay with Ney’tiri. But what is he going to do when an old enemy shows up to fight the Na’vi? With all the top-notch, breathtaking visuals, all the hype, and the high stakes, watching him figure out how to fight and win this war against humans would be fascinating, so why don’t we wait and watch?
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Vin Diesel, and more.
Release Date: December 16, 2022
We will once again meet the “Speed Force,” aka The Flash, in this upcoming action-superhero film, known for his superspeed, which is faster than light. The movie plot has not been revealed and is mostly under wraps. According to what we know, Barry Allen will travel back in time to alter some past events to save the future. However, as the saying goes- actions have consequences– he must also pay for his actions to survive. What will he do to fix this situation and get back to the present? Or will this cause turbulence throughout the DC Universe? Questions remain but with no answers, and we eagerly await them.
Directed by: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton
Release Date: November 4, 2022
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