What Makes a Great Action Film?

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Online slots provider Betway Casino recently looked into popular film franchises. As well as looking at which ones did the best at the box office, they explored awards won and even what film fans are searching for online. It won’t come as much of a surprise to know that action films came out on top of many of the lists. Films that have made the most money at the box office to date include the Marvel franchise, the Star Wars films and of course, Harry Potter. All of these films have more than a splattering of action, so what is it that makes a great action film?

Strong Characters

Every film needs characters that are relatable and lovable, action films are no exception. Action films generally have a goodie and a baddie and both of these need to be strong characters. The idea is that the people watching the film care about what happens to the characters and feel invested in how the story ends. This tends to be something that Marvel and their superhero action films do incredibly well.

A Little Revenge

Of course, no decent film would be complete without a little revenge and some twists and turns along the way. We want to see some sort of revenge or someone wanting to get their own back on someone. It is these scenes that have us on the edge of our seats as we see who comes out on top and what the consequences are for everyone involved.


If there is one thing that fans of action films are going to be expecting is a little adrenaline. We want to see fast car chases, cliff-hangers and fight scenes that leave us worried about what the outcome will be. Car chases are extremely popular but even on foot chases like that in the blockbuster film Point Break are important and prove very popular.

A Final Showdown

Action fans also love a showdown between two main characters. This often comes towards the end of the film, as we see the two forces that have been fighting throughout the film come head to head. The right storyline and character building will mean that by this stage viewers are well invested in the characters and will already have an idea of what they want the final outcome to be.

Special Effects

All of this needs to come together with some amazing special effects and high-quality production finishes. Although action films are all about fast-paced, out-of-the-ordinary events, the idea behind great production is that they are still believable. Producers want viewers to feel as though they could be caught up in a car chase or saved by a superhero as they go about their day-to-day business.

The action film genre is one that proves popular time and time again and it is all these elements that helps it to be one that people want to continue watching – and that doesn’t look set to change any time in the future.

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