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2014 Action Movies

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Captain America, Spider-Man, X-Men, the Ninja Turtles, and transforming robots return to theaters in 2014 along with the third film of The Expendables franchise, two movies about Hercules, and two about Frankenstein. 2014's action movies also include a reboot of the Jack Ryan, Godzilla, and Robocop franchises and the launch (if they catch on at the box office) of two new franchises based on young adult books (Divergent and Vampire Academy).

Here's a preview of 2014's action movies in release date order:

'The Legend of Hercules'

The Legend of Hercules
© Summit Entertainment

Starring: Kellan Lutz, Liam McIntyre, Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, and Jonathan Schaech

The Plot: In the epic origin story The Legend of Hercules, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

Release Date:  January 10, 2014

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit
© Paramount Pictures

Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh

The Plot: The story follows Jack Ryan from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Costner). When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancée Cathy (Knightley).

Release Date:  January 17, 2014

'Ride Along'

Ride Along
© Universal Pictures

Starring: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, and John Leguizamo

The Plot: For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he's more than just a video-game junkie who's unworthy of James' sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he's earned the seasoned policeman's respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.

Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner's rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.

Release Date: January 17, 2014

'I, Frankenstein'

Aaron Eckhart Stars in I, Frankenstein
© Lionsgate

Starring:  Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney

The Plot: Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.

Release Date:  January 24, 2014

'The Monuments Men'

The Monuments Men
© Columbia Pictures

Starring:  George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett

The Plot:  Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Release Date:  February 7, 2014

Read the Review: The Monuments Men review

'Vampire Academy'

Vampire Academy
© The Weinstein Company

Starring:  Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Danila Kozlovsky

The Plot: Vampire Academy tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa – a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest, Dimitri (Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa’s guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.

Release Date:  February 7, 2014

'Robocop'

Robocop
© 2013 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste

The Plot: In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Release Date:  February 12, 2014

Read the Review: RoboCop review

'3 Days to Kill'

3 Days to Kill
© Relativity Media

Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, and Amber Heard

The Plot: The thriller explores a story about Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner who discovers he's dying and decides to retire in order to reconnect with his estranged family. But when the Secret Service offers him access to an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment, he soon finds himself trying to juggle his family, his mission, and the drug's hallucinatory side-effects.

Release Date:  February 21, 2014

'Pompeii'

Pompeii

Starring: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Lucas, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

The Plot:  Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo (Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Release Date:  February 21, 2014

'Non-Stop'

Non-Stop
© Universal Pictures

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Anson Mount, and Michelle Dockery

The Plot:  During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.

Release Date:  February 28, 2014

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