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Friday 22 February 2013, 11:51

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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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 1.

    this was a hilarious blog dr - i just assumed it was one big ploy to sell more 'Expendables' dvd's

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    AND rumour has it that Harrison is signing up to get back in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon.

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    No mention of Tough Guys....?

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    Absolutely hilarious! I have no problem with watching older people on screen but they need to quit doing action movies. They're ruining my memories of some of my favourite films, such as the Indiana Jones trilogy. It's the equivalent of seeing Madonna gyrating in a G-string.....She needs to quit that too!!

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    Geriaction is nothing new whatsoever, and the one person I'm going to blame for the rise of the sub-genre is Charles Bronson. The Death Wish sequels he did in the 80s for Cannon (remember them?) are just terrible. Bronson clearly looked tired and fed up running around and shooting everything from a .22 Beretta to a Rocket Launcher, and the films themselves looked gaudy, cheap and were just ridiculous.

    That's not to say that geriaction can work. Clint Eastwood in Grand Torino, Michael Caine in Harry Brown, and last but not least Sean Connery in The Rock. The films themselves maybe average or lower, but they are saved by the fact that the main protagonist is played by a brilliant actor and said protagonist is given a half believable motive in being caught up in the situation of said film.

 

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