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2013 Action Movie Preview

What Can Fans of the Action Genre Expect in 2013?


A lot of familiar faces from the genre return to star in action movies in 2013, including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, and Vin Diesel. Plus, the hammer wielding demigod returns, the final frontier is explored again, and Bruce Willis just might be yelling his signature line in another Die Hard in 2013. Check out this list of action films coming to theaters in 2013 listed in alphabetical order.

1. '2 Guns'

© Universal Pictures

Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward and Edward James Olmos

The Plot: For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.

Release Date: August 2, 2013

2. '47 Ronin'

47 Ronin
© Universal Pictures

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi

The Plot: From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

Release Date: December 25, 2013

3. 'A Good Day to Die Hard'

© Universal Pictures
© 20th Century Fox

Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Patrick Stewart

The Plot: Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack–unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.

Release Date: February 14, 2013

4. 'After Earth'

After Earth
© Columbia Pictures

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Zoe Kravitz

The Plot: A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

Release Date: May 31, 2013

5. 'Bullet to the Head'

Bullet to the Head
© Warner Bros Pictures

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, and Sung Kang

The Plot: Based on a graphic novel, Bullet to the Head tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a Washington D.C. cop (Sung Kang) who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners.

Release Date: February 1, 2013

6. 'The East'

The East
© Fox Searchlight

Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Brit Marling

The Plot: Brit Marling plays an agent who infiltrates an eco-terrorist group known as The East and then falls for the group's leader. Skarsgard plays the leader, with Page playing Skarsgard's former girlfriend who's also a member of The East.

Release Date: May 31, 2013

7. 'Elysium'

© Columbia Pictures

Starring: Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, and Alice Braga

The Plot: In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt (Foster) will stop at nothing to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium – but that doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. Max (Damon) agrees to take on a life-threatening mission, one that could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

Release Date: August 9, 2013

8. 'Ender's Game'

Ender's Game
© Summit Entertainment

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld

The Plot: In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Release Date: November 1, 2013

9. 'Fast and Furious 6'

Fast and Furious 6
Photo Courtesy of Vin Diesel's Facebook Page

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, and Luke Evans

The Plot: The gang's back together racing around in hot cars and taking part in dangerous adventures.

Release Date: May 24, 2013

10. 'G.I. Joe Retaliation'

GI Joe Retaliation
© Paramount Pictures

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrienne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Ray Park, and Bruce Willis

The Plot: In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Release Date: March 29, 2013

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