When action sequences suck they can be a huge detractor to the overall film. Why? Well, because the action should serve the story and the story should serve the action. When the two are not in unison, the end result is the equivalent of blue balls. Sorry, but it’s true.

The good folks at samandniko understand this perfectly, and their recent video essay outlines why that is in glorious detail. It’s an action-packed 8 minute breakdown that might as well serve as the official checklist for what makes an action film sing. Check it out below.

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Troy-Jeffrey Allen writes about action/adventure for Action A Go Go. He is a comic book writer whose works include BamnComics.com, The Magic Bullet, Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse of Tall Tales, and the Harvey Award nominated District Comics. In addition, Allen has been a contributing writer for ComicBookBin.com, OfNote Magazine, and ForcesOfGeek.com. His work has been featured in the City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, Bethesda Magazine, The Examiner, and The Washington Post. Yes, he wrote this bio.