The Best Action Movies of 2022 (So Far)

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Explosions, drama, hand-to-hand combat, romance—the action movie has it all. Though rarely recognized by the Academy outside of awards for visual effects or sound design, action movies are always there to guarantee audiences a good time.

They may not always be cinematic triumphs, but you know what to expect with an action film and so rarely do they ever let you down. Outlandish adventures, daredevil stunts, and cheesy, righteous heroes—nothing draws audiences to the movie theaters like a good old fashioned blockbuster. (Seriously though: Fans were swinging fists at the ticket booth just to get a presale ticket to Spider-Man: No Way Home last year, and now it’s one the top ten highest-grossing films of all time.)

Including superhero stories, buddy comedies, and video game adaptations, below you’ll find a round-up of our six favorite action films of the year (so far).

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

A zany, action comedy and indie favorite from this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Everything Everywhere All at Once features the legendary Michelle Yeoh in one of her greatest starring roles yet. A multiverse adventure that’s simultaneously a layered family drama, Everything Everywhere is quite literally all things at once—action-packed, humorous, bizarre, and heartwarming.

Read our full review.

The DC hero is back and grittier than ever in Matt Reeves’ dark, punishing The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson as a young, emo Bruce Wayne just beginning to navigate the deadly streets of Gotham. Over the film’s nearly three-hour runtime, Batman revs his Batmobile, cozies up with Zoe Kravitz’ Catwoman, and beats down baddies such as Colin Farrell’s Penguin and Paul Dano’s Riddler.

Read our full review.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ambulance sees director Michael Bay in top form action movie mindset. The Armageddon and Transformers franchise filmmaker returns for a non-stop ride about two bank robbers who hijack an ambulance as a means of escape.

Read our cover story with Jake Gyllenhaal.

While on a book tour with her Fabio-parody cover model (Channing Tatum), a romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped when a deranged billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) believes her titular “Lost City” is not only real but full of gold. Brad Pitt also makes a hilarious cameo as a CEO operative tasked with rescuing them from a remote, volcanic island.

A brooding and violent Viking tale, Robert Eggers’ The Northman is a brutal tale of revenge and folk savagery. The film stars an absolutely raging Alexander Skarsgård alongside Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Dafoe, and Icelandic singing sensation Björk as “the Seeress.”

Based on the popular PlayStation video game franchise, Uncharted partners Mark Wahlberg with Tom Holland as a seasoned fortune hunter and his young protege. Like National Treasure but with more falling out of planes and less historical puzzle solving, the two adventurers embark on a perilous journey to uncover a hidden fortune that would make Indiana Jones’ head spin.

Read our full review.

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The Best Action Movies of 2022 (So Far)

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