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Top 5 action movies that'll make your heart pump

September 30, 2008|By RYAN BARRY / Pulse Correspondent

I've watched some pretty great action movies lately and I think you'll like these movies too. Here is my top five list.

5. "Crank." rated R, released in 2006. This film is about a hit man, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham), who is planning to quit his dangerous job to be with his girlfriend Eve (Amy Smart). But he gets troubling news that crime boss Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo) has had Chev injected with a vicious poison that will kill him if he doesn't keep his adrenalin up.

4. "Independence Day," rated PG-13, released in 1996. One of my favorite alien movies, "Independence Day" is about hostile creatures invading Earth on the Fourth of July.

The large objects coming for Earth were first thought to be meteors, but ex-scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) discovers they are giant spacecraft. The U.S. government tries to communicate to the aliens, but when the spaceships start destroying major cities around the world, it's up to Capt. Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and crew to defend the planet.

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3. "I, Robot," rated PG-13, released in 2004. In the year 2035, robots are household things. They are programmed to do as their master tells them and live alongside humans in peace. But when Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell), the creator of the robots, commits suicide Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) is sent to investigate. He suspects that the robots might not be so peaceful after all and humans are starting to lose control of them, but will anyone believe him?

2. "Smokin' Aces," rated R, released in 2006. This is a great movie, because it's kind of funny as well as action-packed. The so-called magician Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) is a Las Vegas performer looking to make some money. When the FBI offers him a fair amount of cash to testify against the Vegas mob, trouble starts.

Mob boss Primo Sparazza (Joseph Ruskin) offers a large amount of money to whoever can kill Aces before he testifies, which lures out almost every hit-man and gangster in Vegas to try and pull off the job. Now it's just a race to see who can kill Aces first.

1. "The Matrix," rated R, released in 1999. This one is a classic, and I'm sure most of you have seen it before. Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), is a computer hacker who meets Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne).

Eventually Morpheus reveals to Thomas that the world he is living in is fake. That the real world was destroyed because humans over farmed its resources and advanced androids took over the planet. The androids created a virtual world dubbed "The Matrix" for the humans they captured to live in and the surviving humans fled underground where they live in relative safety.

Now it's up to Thomas, who happens to be the chosen one, to destroy the Matrix and save humankind.

Hope you enjoy the action. Join me later as I write about my top five Halloween films.

Ryan Barry, 13, lives in Boonsboro and is a ninth-grade home-schooler. He enjoys watching movies on the big screen.

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