For action fans looking for new movies to stream, there are tons of car chases, explosions, and fistfights. We help by providing some streaming moments.
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Based on the real hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight 421 by Pakistani terrorists in 1984, director Ranjit M. Tewari’s thrilling spy film Bell Bottom follows an apparent clerk who is not only aware of past air hostage situations. Anshul Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) is the titled Bell Bottom, codenamed because of his pants. A few years earlier, his mother had died during a hijacking by Doddy (Zain Khan Durrani). Since then, Malhotra has made it his mission in life to prevent the repetition of such tragedies.
While Doddy is also behind the new terrorist attack, Malhotra is fighting a more serious foe. Domestic politicians, hoping to preserve the fragile peace between India and Pakistan, are working against it behind the scenes. From crazy music to chic fashion, Bell Bottom is inspired by 1970s James Bond. The culminating covert operation is a sandstorm car chase, augmented by a sharply edited melee scene between Malhotra and the terrorists. The film provides India’s gripping take on the spy film genre.
‘Fire Dragon: Silver Dragon’
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Director Tomer Ashed’s animated adventure Fire Dragon: The Silver Dragon is a mythological past in which humans and dragons lived in harmony until humans began to hunt them. Dragons are currently in hiding. Fire Dragon (voiced by Thomas Brodie-Sangster), a young dragon, one day notices a factory near their isolated hideout. In an attempt to save his species, he sets out with his best friend Sorrell (Felicity Jones), a fox, to find the “end of the sky”, the legendary resting place of dragons.
Adapted from Cornelia Funke’s German children’s novel Dragon Rider, this bizarre film makes no secret of its influence (there’s a winking hint of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy). While traveling Fireredrake, he meets a metal man-eating dragon, Nettlebrand (Patrick Stewart). He also teams up with Ben (Freddie Highmore), an orphaned troubled teenager posing as the Fire Rider, a man who can ride dragons.
This animated gem shows how families are created and delves into self-discovery. The flamboyant, fast-paced flight between Nettlebrand and Firedrake is the film’s biggest source of excitement, culminating in a battle in the forging of gold.
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The Nollywood Nigerian action film Kwama Money, directed by Kayode Kasuma, is a sequel to the 2018 film New Money. He follows a security-turned-millionaire known as Sweet Boy Q (Falz). Called The “patron saint Swaga”, the self-proclaimed “most committed bachelor” in Nigeria, made his fortune on cryptocurrency. Now the nouveau riche fisherman Q spends his nights in vain. One evening he meets a disturbing shark: Ozzy (Nse Ikpe-Etim). She leads a group of scammers, The Lender Boys, mistaking a flamboyant Q for every cent he has.
Soundtrack to music inspired by Ennio Morricone, traces Q across Nigeria to find the people who stole his money. Faltz gives an inspirational comedic performance, talking to a quick huckster, confident, like a millionaire who has achieved his own success. He also endows the clownish character with real seriousness and pathos. In the later stages, the film switches to a robbery film in which villains brandishing pistols seek to intimidate Q and Nigeria’s wealthy elite into submission. The surprising twists and turns of Chinaza Onuso’s funny, outlandish script kept me guessing until the very end.
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A post-apocalyptic western set in the near future, John Keyes’ film uses the Covid-19 pandemic as a prerequisite for the fall of civilization. In Matthew Rogers’ lean scenario, 592 days have passed since the outbreak of the Delta strain, a highly contagious and very deadly version of the virus. To combat the outbreak, the US government has established isolation camps for the uninfected. One of these outposts, Camp Bastion, is experiencing an attack of illness. The sole survivor is Aaron (John Malkovich), the psychotic messianic cult leader of marauding land pirates.
Aaron, however, is not the protagonist of The Survivor. That honor goes to Ben (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a former FBI agent who has taken in the pursued Sarah (Ruby Modine). Aaron’s gang believes that Sarah, whose immunity to the virus makes her the perfect test subject, could end the pandemic by ridding them of the hellish landscape of the end of the world. In a shootout at the farm, Ben fights alone against Aaron’s death squad. Malkovich plays a menacing role in a film filled with battering rams, lots of bullets and the last bloody execution.
“SAS: Rise of the Black Swan”
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Grace Lewis (Ruby Rose) is part of the Black Swans, a family military organization run by her father William (Tom Wilkinson) and brother Oliver (Owain Yeoman). The Trinity are facing war felony charges after video of a massacre they staged to clear space for an oil pipeline at the Gveli Pass in the Republic of Georgia went viral.
Their employer, the British government, decides to burn them, sending Tom Buckingham (Sam Heughan), a millionaire, SAS operator, and military commander George Clements (Andy Serkis), to do the job.
After her father is killed by the SAS, Grace wants revenge by taking hostage the train carrying Buckingham, his fiancée and other passengers. Filmed by director Magnus Martens, the shootings, especially the initial massacre, are shot clearly in this film as Benji Merrison’s stretched soundtrack kicks in. The heaviest melee between Grace and Buckingham takes place in the claustrophobic constraints of a train tunnel, making well-organized tactical hand-to-hand combat possible in this bloodthirsty quest for revenge.