Face-to-face action movies to watch after the gray man

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Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans seem like perfect enemies in the upcoming film, The gray manrealized by Avengers: Infinity War and End of Game filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo. Gosling plays Court Gentry (also known as Sierra Six), an elite CIA mercenary who is hunted down by numerous assassins, including former colleague Lloyd Hansen (Evans), after discovering dirty secrets hidden behind the agency.

Over the years, there have been some terrific one-on-one battles, from Al Pacino and Robert De Niro going head-to-head in Michael Mann’s crime drama, Heatto John Travolta and Nicolas Cage fighting to the death (and exchanging faces) in John Woo’s Front/Off.

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In the futuristic feature film of the 90s, the wrecker, Stallone plays tough Los Angeles cop John Spartan who goes after a dangerous killer and criminal named Simon Phoenix. While Spartan and Phoenix are enemies on both sides of the law, both end up being convicted of crimes against humanity and placed in cryosleep for decades. They wake up in the year 2032 in a new dystopian Los Angeles (now called San Angeles), where crime is almost non-existent.

Stallone and Snipes are both funny and charismatic in their roles, while displaying high-octane action sequences including gunfire, explosions and hand-to-hand combat. Sure, as Phoenix, Snipes has the edge over Stallone’s Spartan due to his speed and martial arts expertise, but like many of Stallone’s memorable characters, Spartan is a fighter who keeps coming back and fight until the end. Not only are the showdowns between Spartan and Phoenix entertaining, but it’s also fascinating to see how a 20th-century career cop and criminal can adapt to a future with rules they’re not used to. follow (no foul language, no violence, no tobacco, no toilet paper).


Martin Scorsese directed this gritty crime drama about a Boston cop named Billy Costigan (DiCaprio), who goes undercover to investigate Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) and the Irish mob. Colin Sullivan (Damon) is a Massachusetts State Police sergeant but secretly works for Costello and his crew. When the two slowly discover each other’s true identities, murder and mayhem ensue.

DiCaprio and Damon are two of the best actors of their generation and are capable of playing intense and tough characters. Costigan is a skilled undercover cop who comes from a family involved in crime but hates his stressful job due to anxiety and fear of getting killed. Damon (who usually plays good guys but sometimes tackles bad guys like The Talented Mr. Ripley) makes Sergeant Sullivan appear as a charming and charismatic detective, until he slowly reveals himself as a conniving traitor who primarily cares about his own interests. Costigan and Sullivan barely have any scenes together but are entangled in a chase sequence, a few mysterious phone calls, and a dynamic face-to-face confrontation in which Costigan physically overpowers Sullivan (but also ends in a bloody mess).


Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight Trilogy faced several powerful villains, including mentor and traitor Ra’s al Ghul, the enigmatic Joker, Harvey ‘Two-Face’ Dent, and the creepy Scarecrow. However, when dealing with a villain who is both physically tough and methodical in his plan to destroy Gotham, Bane has proven to be Batman’s greatest enemy in this series. Batman and Bane are also a perfect match as they were both trained by Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Shadows, meaning both foes have skilled fighting styles.

Bane obliterates Batman in their first fight scene by breaking his mask and breaking his back. Despite a tough battle, the Caped Crusader underestimates Bane’s strength. However, during their final fight, the Bat is able to handle Bane’s punches and defeats the villain by dealing his own hard blows, including a smack on Bane’s mask with his gauntlet. Batman’s fight against Bane is a fight of redemption and old-school brute force.

Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo has arguably made his biggest American feature to date in the form of the hardcore sci-fi action thriller Front/Off. In the film, Travolta portrays FBI agent Sean Archer, who is nearly killed after being shot by terrorist Castor Troy (Cage). Archer has been determined to take down Troy since his young son, Michael, was unexpectedly killed by the terrorist during the assassination attempt on the FBI agent. As Archer defeats Troy in their initial shootout at the start of the film, leaving the terrorist in a coma, the FBI man is forced to literally become Troy in order to find a bomb the terrorist planted somewhere in Los Angeles. Angeles.


Travolta is tough and emotionally driven as Archer, while Cage is maniacally dangerous and darkly funny as Troy, but when the two actors swap roles later in the film, the story becomes more twisted and intense. Troy gains the upper hand since he has Archer’s stronger face and body, able to bully everyone in Archer’s life, including his wife, daughter, and co-workers. Archer, as Troy, is more vulnerable as everyone believes he is the enemy and has to go through huge obstacles to defeat the real Troy and regain his identity. In addition to violent fight scenes, massive explosions, and gunfights, Travolta and Cage play both hero and villain roles very well, inspiring the concept of dual identities in later films such as the feature film Hong Kong. Hellish Affairs (and the American remake of Scorsese, The dead).

Michael Mann not only wrote and directed one of the greatest crime dramas ever made, but he also assembled a terrific cast, bringing together two of the finest acting legends to ever grace the screen. In Heat, Pacino stars as Vincent Hanna, an LAPD detective who leads an elite police unit to investigate and track down professional thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) and his team. Vincent and Neil do their jobs very well, but are unable to maintain a serious relationship, no matter how hard they try.

Neil and Vincent share only a few brief moments together, as well as an intense shootout during a bank robbery. They both know how to handle guns and weapons, and are skilled old-school fighters who know how to interrogate and take down anyone who stands in their way. The best part about Vincent and Neil’s rivalry is that it’s not a fight over good versus evil, but a battle between a cop and a criminal who each have their own principles and agendas, as well as mutual respect l for each other (like two sides of the same coin). Both men are professionals with meaningful stories, but only one can make it out alive in the end.

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