The A Team

  • Directors: Joe Carnahan
  • Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jules Daly, Stephen J Cannell 1
  • Writers: Skip Woods, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson

Like the original series, the story follows the adventures of three United States soldiers who were arrested for a crime they did not commit. After managing to escape from military prison, the three join forces with Captain H.M. Murdock, their reconnaissance pilot, as a team of soldiers of fortune.

3 10 to Yuma

  • Directors: James Mangold
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Screenplay, Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Western
  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster

Dan Evans (Christian Bale), an impoverished rancher and Civil War veteran, awakens to find his barn in flames, set ablaze by two men working for Glen Hollander, to whom Evans owes money. The next morning, as Evans and his two sons herd, they stumble upon outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his gang using Evans’ cattle as a road blockade to ambush an armored stagecoach. As he loots the stage, Wade discovers Evans and his two sons watching from the hills. Acknowledging that they pose no threat, Wade takes their horses telling Evans that he will leave them tied up on the road to Bisbee.

Wade travels with his gang to the town of Bisbee, Arizona to enjoy a celebratory drink at the local saloon. Meanwhile, the railroad guards find Evans and his sons with Byron McElroy (Peter Fonda), a Pinkerton agent and lone survivor of the ambush. Evans reveals Bisbee as Wade’s likely destination, where the guards immediately return, joined by Evans and McElroy. While Doc Potter (Alan Tudyk), the local medic/veterinarian, treats McElroy, Evans tries negotiating with Hollander, who reveals his intentions to sell the land to the railroad rather than grant water rights to Evans. Enraged at the loss of his livelihood, Evans tries confronting Hollander in the nearby saloon where he finds Wade, whom he distracts long enough for the railroad guards to ambush and arrest him.

Wade’s gang set up positions around the station as the train approaches. William, observing the events, stampedes a herd of cattle (echoing a similar act performed by Wade earlier in the film) that provides cover for Evans to push Wade onto the train. As Wade boards, he congratulates Evans. At that moment, Prince steps up and shoots Evans four times, despite Wade’s shouted order to stop. Wade steps off the train and catches the gun belt Prince tosses him. After a tense moment of silence, Wade abruptly executes Prince and the rest of his gang. William appears and draws his gun on Wade but finds he can’t kill him, instead turning to his dying father. Wade boards the train politely and surrenders his weapon. As the train pulls away, he whistles for his horse, who perks up his ears and immediately canters after the running train into the distance.

2 Fast 2 Furious

  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Producers: Lee Mayes, Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, James Remar, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Devon Aoki, Amaury Nolasco

Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), the disgraced cop from the first film, is on the run because he let Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) escape. He goes to Miami to start a new life. Here he makes new friends Tej Parker (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) an ex-street racer and well-known car tuner Jimmy (Jin) as well as Suki (Devon Aoki) – also a street racer. O’Conner is now known by his street name “Bullet” (a Steve McQueen reference), and competes with fellow street racers in high stakes races to win money utilizing the skills he learned as a member of Toretto’s now disbanded team.

One night after winning a race, he is caught by US Customs agents after his car is disabled by the fictional harpoon-like ESD (Electronic Disruption Device) that is deployed by US Customs Agent Markham (James Remar). He is arrested and his former boss FBI Agent Bilkins makes a deal with him saying that if he accepts to take part in a mission, his criminal record will be wiped clean.

O’Conner and Bilkins then travel to Barstow, California where O’Conner proposes the deal to his childhood friend and ex-con Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). Together their mission involves working undercover as street racers for a South American (Argentine) drug lord – Carter Verone (Cole Hauser), with help from Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) an undercover U.S. Customs agent who becomes Carter’s love interest. They win a highly charged “audition” race and strike a deal with Verone, who stated, “Drive the package to the Keys and I’ll personally hand over 100Gs($100,000) at the finish line”. Roman Pearce requests that the prize be $100,000 for both himself and O’Conner.

Later on that night O’Conner and Pearce arrive at Verone’s nightclub so Verone can torture a police detective named Whitworth into keeping the local police away from O’Conner and Pearce so they may transport the money. The next morning they embark on the mission in their Mitsubishis with Verone’s money in the trunks and two of his henchmen riding along. During the transportation of Verone’s money the corrupt Detective Whitworth calls in the army of police units he has waiting nearby. During the chase they lead the police to a warehouse complex. The police surround the front of the garage area so O’Conner’s and Pearce’s street racer friends create a “scramble” diversion allowing O’Conner and Pearce to sneak away in the Camaro and Challenger to continue their mission and Brian allow Tej to drive his Evo VII and allow Suki to drive Roman’s Eclipse Spyder. First to be driven out from the garage were 4 Dodge Rams to ram the police cars, then hundreds of cars, including O’Conner and Pearce. As the drama unfolds, Verone tries to escape aboard his yacht after informing Monica that he knew she was an undercover U.S. Customs agent. While aboard the yacht he scolds her on her slip-up for informing U.S. Customs agents about Verone’s intention to flee the country via a secluded airfield. The finale occurs with O’Conner’s Camaro jumping off of a nearby ramp and landing on the top of the yacht to save Monica. At the end Verone is arrested and the duffel bags carrying his drug money are recovered by the FBI, save for an undisclosed amount secretly stolen by Pearce. As Monica walks away, she looks back to catch O’Conner’s eyes and gives him a meaningful smile. Brian surprisingly shows Pearce that he himself has stolen some of the money and then Pearce does the same, Pearce decides to stay in Miami with Brian and the latter suggests opening a garage with the stolen money.

Wanted

  • Directors: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Producers: Marc Platt, Jason Netter, Jim Lemley
  • Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Common, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp

A young man named Wesley Gibson works at a dead-end desk job with an overbearing boss, takes anti-anxiety medication for panic attacks, and has a live-in girlfriend who cheats on him with his best friend. During one of his trips to the pharmacy, Gibson is told by a mysterious woman named Fox that his father was a recently murdered assassin, and the killer, Cross, is behind him. Cross and Fox engage in a shoot-out followed by a car chase in the streets of Chicago. Fox brings Gibson to the headquarters of The Fraternity, a thousand-year-old secret society of assassins. The group’s leader, Sloan, explains that Gibson’s panic attacks are actually the untrained expression of a rare superhuman ability; when stressed he has drastically increased heart rate and adrenaline levels that result in bursts of superhuman strength, speed and reflexes. The Fraternity can teach him to control this ability, so Gibson can follow in his father’s footsteps as an assassin, beginning by inheriting his fortune. Gibson is initially reluctant and returns to work, only to finally snap when discovering his online bank account balance is over 3 million dollars. He tells off his boss in front of the entire office and on his way out, hits his “friend” Barry in the face with his keyboard. The keyboard breaks apart, and 6 keys and one of Barrys teeth spell “Fuck you”. Fox is waiting outside to take him back to the Fraternity headquarters – an unassuming textile mill.

Gibson, penniless once again, does not know what to do with himself. While Gibson provides a voice-over, the audience sees a man sitting in front of a computer much like Gibson did at the beginning of the film. Sloan appears and points a gun at back of the man’s head. At that moment, the man turns around and is revealed to be a decoy. Sloan is then killed by Gibson using a long-distance untraceable bullet. Similar to the comic,[2] the film ends as Gibson turns to the camera and breaks the fourth wall, saying, “This is me taking back control of my life. What the fuck have you done lately?”