The rise of the action heroine, against a type more commonly found in pre-90s cinema, has seen a well-earned spotlight in the public eye in recent years and has paved the way for spectacular female-led action thrillers. Take a look at the shortlist of action heroines below and then witness the next great action heroine in The Rhythm Section as Blake Lively sets out to avenge her family, now available to Download & Keep.
The Rhythm Section (2020)
Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively) lost her family due to a plane crash but once she finds out that it wasn’t an accident, her grief transforms into determination. With the help of Iain Boyd (Jude Law) her focus turns into a single goal: kill everyone responsible. When her own safety is not a concern, doing what it takes to succeed is all that matters.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
In this French production Anne Parillaud plays the role of Nikita, a teen who kills a police officer. After being forced to leave her troubled life behind, Nikita reluctantly joins a government initiative that turns her into a professional assassin. With her newly acquired identity and skills, Nikita is forced to do the government’s dirty work. Will she ever be able to leave this life behind?
What would happen if people were able to use the full capacity of their brain? Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) was hired to do a simple delivery job but she gets into trouble with the wrong people who plant a new drug into her stomach that she’s supposed to deliver without alerting anyone. When the bag breaks, the drug starts to leak and allows Lucy to start using an increasing percentage of her brain. With her new powers, she’s trying to figure out who’s behind this and get some payback. With the help of Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) she manages to evolve even further. What happens when Lucy reaches hundred percent? Director Luc Besson creates a truly gripping and thought provoking action film.
Atomic Blonde (2017)
MI6 operative, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is tasked with an impossible mission. Her job is to secure an invaluable document out of Berlin at the time of great political and economical unrest, using every spy trick in her arsenal. Lorraine’s only ally is the undercover station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) who’s thirst for the mind altering substances is unquenchable. Equipped with exquisite action sequences, a perfectly fitting soundtrack and a truly gripping story, this is a must see.
Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a 16-year-old girl, who’s father raised her in the nordic wildlands to be the perfect assassin. Once she’s ready her skills are truly put to the test. A group of ruthless agents on her heels, Hanna’s only option is to adapt and survive in the world she’s never known. Throughout her journey, she starts to question her existence and purpose just as she closes in on her target.
Red Sparrow (2018)
Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a ballerina in Russia. Suddenly her life and dreams turn upside down when she’s forced to use her body as a weapon and seduce an enemy of the state. The “date” goes wrong and Dominika is faced with a choice: die or become a Red Sparrow, a highly skilled secret agent. Learning psychological manipulation, seduction and withstanding all kinds of physical and mental circumstances, her first mission is to seduce a CIA agent. In this game of deception the two agents find love and decide to work together to try and do what’s right.
Wonder Woman (2017)
Gal Gadot starring as the famous Amazonian warrior, Diana, Wonder Woman brings one of the biggest surprises in DC comic movie adaptations. Upon finding out about the ongoing World War I in the outside world thanks to a crash landing pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), Diana decides to take action and leave the Amazonian island, Themyscira to put a stop to the world-wide suffering of innocents. Using her god-like powers, she introduces herself to the world in style and makes a lasting statement. Throughout the journey she finds love for the first time but does love matter in a world like this?
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