Three 90’s Action Movies Reviewed as Fast as Possible

Updated: May 26


Point Break

Point Break is a film starring Keanu Reeves as an FBI Agent going undercover as a member of a group of surfers who he suspects to be the criminal group “The Ex-Presidents” (a group of bank robbers). Point Break is definitely not a masterpiece. Instead, it is just a dumb action movie, but it’s a fun time. Point Break doesn't have stunning cinematography or action scenes that could rival the shootout in films like Heat, but if you are somewhat interested in surfing then you will probably enjoy this, since surfing is one the most important aspects of this film. 

The great thing about Point Break is its self-awareness. It knows that it’s a dumb action movie that’s just meant to be a good time.

Overall Point Break is a fun time and maybe even a 90s classic, but if you haven't seen it already you are not really missing out on anything. If you’re craving a cheesy action movie to watch with your friends, however, then this movie may just be what you are looking for.


B-



Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (T2 for short) is one of the greatest action films ever made. 

T2 stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, and Edward Furlong as John Connor. It is co-written and directed by James Cameron. T2 is not just an action movie, it’s a tale of the friendship between a robot and a troubled young boy. 

One of the best parts about T2 is the special effects, which at that time were revolutionary. T2’s special effects were so great and revolutionary that I would argue that this technology allowed characters like Ultron from the Marvel Comics series to exist on the big screen. 

Robert Patrick’s T-1000 (one of the two robots of the film) is one of the greatest villains in cinematic history because he not only looks frightening but when he fights our protagonists, you actually feel like he might win. You can feel the stakes in this film. This movie accomplishes something that very little films can do: it makes you genuinely worry that these characters may not make it out of this alive. 

Overall T2 is definitely a classic and a must-watch for anyone who enjoys good stories in general or great action (or both). This film can be both enjoyed by cinephiles and casual movie fans.


A




Desperado

Desperado is a sequel film about a Mexican anti-hero called “El Mariachi”. In this film, our protagonist goes around a Mexican town looking for the identity of a man named Bucho so he can avenge the death of his lover. Desperado is pretty average at almost everything (script, cinematography, etc.). The only above-average aspect of this film are the characters and the action. The 3 main characters El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), Carolina (Salma Hayek), and Buscemi (Steve Buscemi) are all incredibly entertaining, especially Buscemi. This movie also has some excellent side characters which are as entertaining as the main characters, especially since those side characters are played by Quentin Tarantino and Danny Trejo. Another above-average aspect of this film is the action, which is hilariously over the top.

Overall Desperado is an over the top action movie with interesting characters and some enjoyable action. I wouldn’t recommend watching this unless you are watching all of Robert Rodriguez’s work or if you really liked El Mariachi (the film prior to this).


C


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