The best action adventure movies of 2008 include a crowd of superheros. Comic books came to life in the movies bringing life to our favorites and unending action and intrigue to the big screen.
Best Action Movies of 2008: Batman: The Dark Night
Not only is this the ultimate comic hero action film, it will forever be a classic because of the untimely death of Heath Ledger, the Joker, prior to the movie’s release. Heath Ledger played the best Joker in the history of batman television and movies.
Written by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan and directed by Christopher Nolan, Batman: the Dark Night is an action packed adventure which keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat with twists and turns. It is the story of Batman’s vigilance to protect and clean-up Gotham city with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and newly appointed district attorney Harvey Dent. Batman goes up against mobsters and gangs, but is challenged by the psychopathic criminal known as Joker.
Joker is the most dangerous, insidious criminal who has yet to shower chaos on Gotham City. Not only does the sadistic Joker plague the city, but he also pushes Batman to the edge in the ultimate battle of good and evil.
Batman: the Dark Night is easily the best action movie of 2008 and will likely end up the top grossing movie of the year. Imbd.com has voted Batman: the Dark Night the best action movie of all time.
Best Action Movies of 2008: Iron Man
Ironman was brought to life on the movie screen by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Comics. The movie follows the story of Ironman’s origin. When terrorists turn his business trip to sell weapons into a mandate to create a missile for them, Tony Stark uses his genius to develop a rudimentary iron suit with which to escape. Changed by the incident the inventor plans to perfect his suit and use his knowledge to work for peace. Meanwhile, his business partner prefers the idea of making money from the Iron Man design.
Movie goers are treated to the classic struggle of a masked superhero who must decide upon his life’s call and what that implies for him and those around him. Yet, in Ironman, the common theme doesn’t get old. The action moves along with wit to keep viewers engaged.
Best Action Movies of 2008: Hancock
Hancock is another superhero action movie, but we never grew weary of them during 2008. John Hancock is a calamitous superhero. Despite depression and drunkenness Hancock continues to save lives at the expense of costly damages to the city and infrastructure of Los Angeles. His last big criminal apprehension cost the city $9 million in damages. LA is tired of the cost of hosting a superhero in their city, until he saves Ray Embrey, an executive who makes it his project to fix Hancock’s image. That’s no small challenge, especially when Hancock veers toward a relationship with Embrey’s wife.
It sounds more like a drama, but that’s just the background for an action-packed adventure starring Will Smith. It’s edgy, sharp, and offers a new perspective of the standard super-hero action movie.
Best Action Movies of 2008: Wanted
It probably will not surprise you to know that Wanted is loosely based on a comic book by the same name. The movie stars Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman,Thomas Kretschmann, and Terence Stamp.
Wesley Gibson is brought by Fox, Angelina Jolie, to the secret society of assassins. He is ushered there from his depressing life following a shoot-out between Cross, the man who shot Gibson’s father, and Fox. It is at the secret society, known as the Fraternity, where Gibson learns of his special skills. He tries to return to his mundane job, but finds he can’t, so he ends up at the Fraternity.
A complex and evil web is spun in this intriguing action film. Device lies, fate, and ultimately truth play a role in the unraveling of who and what the society of assassins really are, and what Gibson and his father have to do with the Fraternity.
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“Top Rated Action Titles,” imbd.com