Not sure how I missed this video by Chris Stuckmann titled “The Problem With Action Movies Today”, but I’m glad I inevitably discovered it.
In the following analysis, Stuckmann ticks off a list of things that have become all too common place in the action genre. The absence of vulnerable heroes, stuntwork being replaced by CGI, and the dreaded shaky cam are checked off… but that’s just the beginning.
It’s a great analysis. Unfortunately, it also solidifies my fear that the action genre is metamorphosing into a flaccid version of its former self. However, it’s important to remember that Stuckmann made this a few months before the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, a film that continues to give me hope that it will inspire action filmmakers in the future.