The Best Action Movies to Make You White-Knuckle Your Seat in 2020
There's nothing boring about a year that kicked off with impeachment drama, a long election preamble, and a possible pandemic. But, that's not the type of action that's in any way enjoyable. No, we want our action to be entertaining, and, more importantly, fictional.
So let's escape into some action movies this year, where it's clear that this will be a year of Vin Diesel, a new CGI dog, a live-action version of Mulan, and another chance for Daniel Craig to show off his best sultry James Bond voice. Above all, this year’s action movie lineup drives home one thing that American audiences really love: remakes of popular films from the 1980s and ’90s. We love to see an old hero return back to the screen and to hear a familiar grizzled voice talk about duty, purpose, and saving the world.
This year also gives us a new host of action-superheroes, in addition to allowing Game of Thrones actors to take on new roles that are just as bad-ass. It’s also the year for Tom Cruise to resurrect his famous 1980s pilot role as Maverick in Top Gun. Does Maverick still have it? Check on those box office stats in June to find out. Until then, bring on the action, 2020.
The Call of the Wild (February 21)
This story follows Buck, a domestic dog who finds himself in the wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the late 1800s. Based on the 1903 Jack London book of the same name, the movie stars Harrison Ford as Buck’s owner, John Thornton.
The Hunt (March 13)
Loosely based on the 1924 Richard Connell short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” this film is about a group of 12 strangers who wake up in a field, but aren’t sure exactly how they got there. Soon after that, they discover that they are the prey in a hunting game designed by a group of elites.
Mulan (March 27)
The live-action adaptation of the 1997 Disney animated movie follows the story of a woman who fights in the Imperial Chinese Army in place of her ailing father. No, there is no talking lizard voiced by Eddie Murphy in this version.
No Time to Die (April 10)
Daniel Craig returns for one last outing as James Bond, who emerges from retirement to square off against Safin, a dangerous villain who may or may not be Dr. No.
The New Mutants (April 3)
Maisie Williams stars as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, one of several teen mutants who are just discovering their powers while being hidden at a secret facility.
Black Widow (April 24)
Natasha Romanova (aka Black Widow), portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, is given to the KGB at birth, and she’s trained to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill Black Widow. As an adult, she is now working alone as a secret operative in the U.S.
Fast & Furious 9 (May 22)
Also known as F9, the follow-up to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious picks up with Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto, who is now in semi-retirement on a farm and has a kid named after the late Paul Walker’s character. Charlize Theron and John Cena also star in the ninth movie of the franchise.
Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5)
Gal Gadot returns as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. This time, the story is set in the 1980s, where the fashion features lots of shoulder pads. Wonder Woman will face off against Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig in villain mode.
Free Guy (July 3)
In Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds plays a bank teller who realizes he is a background character in a video game called Free City that is about to go offline. So far, the film looks like 2020’s version of The Truman Show. Oscar winner Taika Waititi and Jodi Comer (Killing Eve) also star.
Top Gun: Maverick (June 26)
Tom Cruise suits up as Maverick again in this 2020 sequel to the 1986 classic, where Pete Mitchell (Cruise) has been one of the Navy’s top aviators for more than 30 years.
Morbius (July 31)
Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) tries to cure himself of his rare blood disease, but instead he gives himself a form of vampirism. Something says he maybe wasn’t aware of that potential side-effect.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (August 28)
Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Morgan Freeman star in a story about bodyguard Michael Bryce, who is friends with assassin Darius Kincaid. They work together to save Darius’s wife, Sonia (Hayek), from new threats.
Godzilla vs. Kong (November 20)
Alexander Skarsgård and Millie Bobby Brown star in this movie about two of the world's most powerful monsters, Godzilla and Kong, as they finally face off in a blockbuster-sized battle.
Tenet (July 17)
Director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming action-thriller features John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh in a story about a secret agent who has been given the mission of preventing a potential World War III through what looks to be (at least from the mysterious first trailer) time travel.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.