Geriaction is the word that has recently been coined to describe a genre of movies starring some of the senior citizens of the film world. Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis are all in cinemas at the moment but it's nothing new for old duffers to be doing this kind of stuff...

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by youngian

    on 2 Apr 2013 13:58

    Emma D-s - if you cringed at Moore in View to a Kill, stay clear of Ray Winestone's love scenes with Hayley Atwell in the Sweeney.

    Best hard arsed pensioner was in a TV outing, Edward Woodward in the Equalizer. Its hard to believe he's even doing however much you watch it.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by LSJShez

    on 25 Feb 2013 21:40

    I understand that Bullet To The Head was brain-under-the-seat fodder, and the action was probably "cut around" Sly, but I thought he kicked arse in it. I enjoyed it not because it took me back to a bygone age, but because old Sly looked more the part than most of the new breed. And that's not me being sentimental.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by Emma D-s

    on 24 Feb 2013 21:45

    A View To A Kill went horribly wrong by having a wrinkly, 58 year old Roger Moore sleep with the film's Bond girl (who looked as though she could have been his granddaughter). Much as I love the film, I can't help but cringe every time I watch it. I have no problem with older stars in action films, so long as there is a certain amount of emphasis on the fact that they aren't young.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Heather Martin

    on 24 Feb 2013 17:38

    Someone mentioned John Wayne in their comment. It got me thinking about two films he made when he was 'geriatric' but played on that. "True Grit" and "The Shootist" showed that he could still make genre films, both films being Westerns.But the scripts at least explored the idea of the hero becoming old, grouchy and flawed. Yes, the hero "wins" but there is a sense of reflecting on the cost of the winning. Much prefer them to the conveyer belt turnout of the more recent offerings from old action 'heroes'.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by PJ Hughes

    on 24 Feb 2013 16:09

    Speaking of geriaction.

    Has anyone else seen "Song for Marion" yet?

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by rshakey

    on 24 Feb 2013 09:05

    And now with the advent of sci-fi gereanimation films such as MIB III and Looper, younger actors are now forced to imitate their venerable peers. Spooky.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by philphan

    on 24 Feb 2013 01:51

    This is true: Last night, I had a dream that I saw a trailer for the next Mission Impossible staring Bruce Willis.

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by jayfurneaux

    on 23 Feb 2013 23:42

    A question? Is CGI ruining Hollywood action movies?

    Take the 'A Team' (Please, and bury it). Big on effects - the tank parachute scene, the container port ending... Or any of the Transformers movies. Or the Marvel Superhero movies.

    Great action movies - or just eye candy?

    Die Hard has gone the same way. Big on CGI. Low on characters/plot one can relate to.

    Expendables at least keeps it 'old school', and shows there's still an appetite for that kind of movie.

    I now really like east Asian action movies: The Raid, IP Man, Red Cliff etc. True they haven't yet found anyone with the charisma/impact of Bruce Lee, but genuinely interestingly to watch. (As are their horrors, thrillers, historicals etc.) Ditto Scandinavian movies e.g. Head-hunters.

    Part of the success of Nolan's dark Knight trilogy lies (I think) in its focus on character rather than spectacle. (and Nolan isn't the greatest of action directors.)

    The Raid 2 has started shooting. I'm excited.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by jayfurneaux

    on 23 Feb 2013 23:15

    #20. Yeah... "Luke, use the... Nivea".

    Have you seen how Mark Hamill looks today?
    More Jabba than Luke:
    http://i.huffpost.com/gen/1001895/thumbs/o-MARK-HAMILL-570.jpg?1

    Of the oldies Stallone seems to be doing the best with the nostalgia reduxes.
    Willis has the healthiest career; he seems to turn up in several movies a year.
    Arnie has the hardest task - a geriatric Terminator (he's signed up apparently).
    How they'll explain a wrinkly Terminator is anyone's guess.

    However - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is worth a watch.
    Uber violent. A plot that makes no real sense. Cameos by Van Damme & Lundgren ( Scott Adkins does the heavy lifting here), though both get one good fight each near the end; but done with some panache given it's budget and that it's an umpteenth sequel. Worth a look, if you don't mind exploitation flicks.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by RussiansEatBambi66

    on 23 Feb 2013 17:40

    I think what it comes down to for me is really two things:

    As time has gone by we now see Gerard Butler, Christian Bale Jason Statham smashing up the screen but with this time has come the old:

    "They don't make em like they used to" effect and we want our old classic cars back e.g Arnie was very much missed after he quit for politics and really there hasn't been any screen presences like him since.

    Take The Rock - he's got a good CV but he can't hold a candle to Arnie's screen presence and I find all his films missable frankly.


    The second thing is that I find today's action films to be completely disposable and the Die Hard and Terminator franchises are prime examples of this.

    They get the brand name and the star back together and today's directors simply can't reach the heights that McTiernan and Cameron did with the material.


    We do do have promise showing from films like The Raid and The Dark Knight that there are guys out there that can still get us excited but the problem is that it doesn't seem to be flowing as thick and fast now as it did in the 80s-90s.


    No wonder they brought Arnie and Sly back!

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