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Elysium (2013)
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Elysium (2013)

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory allegory cyberpunk dystopia heist martial arts 
Themes:
man versus robot fear of death utopia radiation unlikely hero artificial intelligence police brutality self sacrifice childhood home invasion surveillance sadism robbery torture drinking politics betrayal rape kidnapping death friendship murder  (See All)
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
space station outer space slum earth space rooftop city elevator bus los angeles california helicopter swimming pool hospital 
Characters:
mother and daughter human versus robot death of hero younger version of character mother daughter relationship employer employee relationship daughter secretary villain interracial relationship tough guy thief hostage nurse police officer girl singer tattoo doctor friend  (See All)
Period:
22nd century future 
Story:
child with leukemia surveillance drone earth viewed from space radiation poisoning parole officer earth orbit sleeper agent missile attack missile launcher brain surgery childhood flashback grenade launcher laptop computer defense secretary factory worker secretary of defense spaceship crash human in outer space hand grenade secret agent sick child space shuttle set in future murder of a child dark future humanoid robot talking robot death of child child in peril stabbed with a sword assault rifle sideview mirror rearview mirror breaking a mirror broken mirror helicopter crash looking at oneself in a mirror death by explosion knife fight male doctor friend killed pointing a gun at someone's head verticle take off and landing aircraft brain machine interface screwdriver the tool woman with long hair stabbed with a glass shard smelling someone long haired woman hand gun threatened suicide sitting on a swing bloody bandage devastated landscape face blown off ex criminal opening credits jammed door strapped down one percenter distorted sound blurred vision original story industrial accident throwing a bottle ecological disaster shuttle craft saviour exoframe implanted memory exo suit human versus machine futuristic aircraft projectile vomiting long haired man download power armor post punk hooded sweatshirt potted plant stabbed with glass tattooed man armoury man murders a woman 2100s power tool christ figure air pollution car flip burka advanced technology overturned car class conflict glass shard male with long hair tanning bed homeland security short haired female south african shantytown stabbed in the belly droid hitting a woman man punches a woman implant beer bottle citizenship flash drive body armor shaky cam coup long haired male overpopulation shack messiah fight the system megacorporation head ripped off force field dragging a body regeneration bilingualism armory locket exploding ship corrupt official hoodie hospital bed parole male protagonist ex con sense of smell monitor dna computer hacker crash landing leukemia bearded man smuggler billionaire drone armored car deportation head blown off sarcasm crutches stabbed in the hand taser marijuana joint tracking device satellite illegal immigrant death of protagonist tragic hero broken arm lens flare cane capture healing hologram exploding head heart dark hero title appears in writing stabbed in the neck medication gun battle evacuation spanish explosive trapped social commentary street life bald man death of friend android teddy bear orphanage blockbuster stabbed in the stomach villainess security camera agent lifting someone into the air spacecraft captive coma sociopath machete grenade loyalty missile pickup truck terminal illness machismo ak 47 surgery henchman subtitled scene class differences graffiti ex convict mercenary exploding body laptop pig government pursuit president bodyguard race against time mission fugitive champagne factory character repeating someone else's dialogue locker room microphone pilot flash forward on the run immigration fictional war spaceship no opening credits anti hero child nun exploding car weapon stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement stabbing mansion bound and gagged assassin orphan subjective camera shot in the back f word robot place name in title running tears rifle falling from height brawl sword drink written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun face slap shot in the chest mirror machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout song crying pistol surprise ending chase knife singing explosion title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title flashback blood fight gun violence  (See All)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Subgenre:
christ allegory heist martial arts 
Themes:
self sacrifice home invasion surveillance robbery torture betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Locations:
rooftop city elevator bus helicopter hospital 
Characters:
younger version of character tough guy thief hostage police officer tattoo doctor 
Story:
hand grenade murder of a child death of child child in peril looking at oneself in a mirror flash drive coup fight the system armory hospital bed billionaire armored car tracking device satellite tragic hero lens flare cane dark hero evacuation explosive trapped social commentary orphanage blockbuster villainess security camera sociopath loyalty missile ak 47 henchman class differences mercenary exploding body laptop bodyguard race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run fictional war no opening credits anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest impalement mansion bound and gagged assassin orphan subjective camera shot in the back rifle falling from height brawl written by director punched in the face shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph bare chested male flashback fight  (See All)

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Chappie (2015)
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Chappie (2015)

In Johannesburg, the police department reduced the high rating of criminality using robots from the Tetravaal Company, designed by the engineer Deon Wilson. The former military Vincent Moore is envious of Deon, since he has developed another project called Moose, but neither Tetravaal nor the police department is interested. Deon has just developed an Artificial Intelligence but the Tetravaal's CEO Michelle Bradley asks him to abort the project. Deon decides to bring the damaged Robot 22 that was sent to be crushed to test his A.I. However he is kidnapped by the criminals Ninja, Yo-Landi and Amerika that want him to stop the robot cops. When they see the damaged robot in the van, they force Deon to program it to heist banks with them and they call it Chappie. However, Chappie acts like a child and need to be trained to learn and grow. Meanwhile Vincent follows Deon and plots an evil scheme to activate his robot. (Read More)

Subgenre:
heist 
Themes:
man versus robot artificial intelligence self sacrifice surveillance robbery torture betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
slum helicopter 
Characters:
human versus robot employer employee relationship hostage police officer tattoo 
Period:
future 
Story:
grenade launcher humanoid robot assault rifle hand gun human versus machine tattooed man south african flash drive megacorporation armory drone armored car tracking device broken arm title appears in writing social commentary death of friend android security camera sociopath grenade ak 47 mercenary exploding body laptop race against time factory character repeating someone else's dialogue no opening credits child exploding car weapon stabbed in the chest impalement subjective camera shot in the back f word robot written by director slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title flashback blood violence  (See All)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
unlikely hero surveillance sadism torture politics betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
rooftop helicopter hospital 
Characters:
tough guy hostage nurse 
Story:
secretary of defense hand grenade child in peril assault rifle helicopter crash knife fight homeland security drone armored car stabbed in the neck trapped security camera agent missile machismo ak 47 subtitled scene mercenary exploding body president bodyguard race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue fictional war anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death bound and gagged assassin subjective camera shot in the back f word falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol chase knife explosion title spoken by character cigarette smoking bare chested male blood fight violence flashback  (See All)

Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
police brutality self sacrifice surveillance sadism torture betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
space station outer space helicopter 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage nurse tattoo doctor 
Story:
secret agent space shuttle assault rifle knife fight billionaire armored car tracking device satellite healing hologram heart stabbed in the neck spanish stabbed in the stomach security camera machete missile ak 47 surgery henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body president bodyguard race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin shot in the back f word falling from height brawl sword punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph bare chested male blood fight flashback violence  (See All)

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The Purge: Election Year (2016)
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The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. (Read More)

Subgenre:
dystopia martial arts 
Themes:
self sacrifice home invasion surveillance sadism politics betrayal kidnapping friendship murder death 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
rooftop helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
hand grenade assault rifle knife fight south african fight the system drone taser tracking device stabbed in the neck social commentary death of friend security camera sociopath machete ak 47 class differences mercenary exploding body laptop president bodyguard race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward on the run no opening credits anti hero stabbed in the chest stabbed to death bound and gagged shot in the back f word rifle brawl sword written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol chase knife explosion photograph bare chested male violence fight blood flashback  (See All)

Total Recall (2012)
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Total Recall (2012)

For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia 
Themes:
artificial intelligence surveillance torture betrayal murder death 
Locations:
elevator helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy 
Period:
future 
Story:
factory worker secret agent knife fight implanted memory man punches a woman body armor fight the system megacorporation corrupt official stabbed in the hand taser lens flare hologram stabbed in the stomach villainess grenade exploding body fugitive factory character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run no opening credits anti hero assassin shot in the back robot falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion title spoken by character bare chested male violence flashback  (See All)

Terminator Genisys (2015)
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Terminator Genisys (2015)

When John Connor ('Jason Clarke (I)' (qv)), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese ('Jai Courtney' (qv)) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor ('Emilia Clarke' (qv)) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured time-line. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian ('Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv)), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk 
Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice betrayal death murder 
Locations:
los angeles california hospital 
Characters:
human versus robot tough guy police officer doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
grenade launcher dark future child in peril helicopter crash human versus machine fight the system megacorporation regeneration armory drone head blown off taser lens flare hologram social commentary android teddy bear blockbuster security camera exploding body race against time mission fugitive factory character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run fictional war exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin orphan subjective camera shot in the back robot brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion photograph bare chested male flashback  (See All)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. (Read More)

Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice torture politics betrayal kidnapping death friendship murder 
Locations:
space station outer space space elevator 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage 
Period:
future 
Story:
spaceship crash secret agent space shuttle child in peril assault rifle opening credits droid long haired male fight the system force field exploding ship crash landing bearded man death of protagonist broken arm capture hologram evacuation social commentary death of friend blockbuster lifting someone into the air spacecraft captive sociopath grenade subtitled scene ex convict mercenary exploding body race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue pilot flash forward on the run fictional war spaceship no opening credits anti hero weapon stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement subjective camera shot in the back robot falling from height brawl sword shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun shot to death shootout pistol chase explosion title spoken by character fight violence flashback  (See All)

Suicide Squad (2016)
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Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Subgenre:
heist martial arts 
Themes:
unlikely hero self sacrifice surveillance sadism robbery torture betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
rooftop elevator helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy thief hostage tattoo 
Story:
assault rifle helicopter crash knife fight implant regeneration armory exploding ship armored car head blown off taser tracking device satellite tragic hero exploding head dark hero stabbed in the neck evacuation explosive blockbuster villainess security camera sociopath machete missile ak 47 henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body government bodyguard race against time mission fictional war no opening credits anti hero exploding car weapon stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin subjective camera shot in the back falling from height brawl sword written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion title spoken by character photograph bare chested male violence flashback fight  (See All)

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice surveillance torture politics betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
outer space rooftop helicopter 
Characters:
employer employee relationship tough guy hostage police officer 
Story:
grenade launcher hand grenade space shuttle child in peril assault rifle helicopter crash futuristic aircraft flash drive body armor dragging a body bilingualism exploding ship computer hacker crash landing smuggler billionaire drone armored car tracking device satellite death of protagonist lens flare dark hero evacuation explosive death of friend blockbuster sociopath missile ak 47 henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body laptop bodyguard race against time flash forward fictional war spaceship anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement mansion bound and gagged orphan rifle falling from height brawl sword punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion photograph bare chested male blood flashback fight violence  (See All)

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Jason X (2001)
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Jason X (2001)

Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
space station outer space earth space 
Characters:
villain tough guy doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
earth viewed from space grenade launcher spaceship crash human in outer space man murders a woman regeneration armory crash landing tracking device hologram exploding head android stabbed in the stomach spacecraft machete surgery mercenary exploding body race against time pilot flash forward spaceship stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement shot in the back robot rifle falling from height punched in the face shot in the head shotgun face slap shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion bare chested male violence fight blood flashback  (See All)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

When the USS Enterprise crew is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our space heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
radiation self sacrifice surveillance torture politics betrayal death friendship murder 
Locations:
space station outer space space elevator hospital 
Characters:
villain tough guy doctor 
Story:
spaceship crash human in outer space secret agent sick child child in peril male doctor opening credits shuttle craft regeneration exploding ship corrupt official male protagonist crash landing death of protagonist broken arm lens flare capture hologram death of friend blockbuster spacecraft sociopath subtitled scene exploding body pursuit bodyguard race against time mission fugitive on the run fictional war spaceship no opening credits anti hero weapon stabbed in the chest assassin shot in the back falling from height brawl sword punched in the face shot in the head shot in the chest fistfight shot to death shootout chase knife explosion bare chested male violence fight  (See All)

Robocop (2014)
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Robocop (2014)

The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit - is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk 
Themes:
artificial intelligence police brutality surveillance torture politics betrayal death murder 
Locations:
rooftop city elevator helicopter hospital 
Characters:
tough guy hostage police officer doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
brain surgery grenade launcher hand grenade set in future child in peril assault rifle human versus machine shaky cam fight the system megacorporation armory drone armored car taser tracking device tragic hero hologram dark hero explosive social commentary android security camera ak 47 subtitled scene mercenary exploding body factory no opening credits anti hero exploding car subjective camera shot in the back robot falling from height shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun shot to death shootout pistol chase knife explosion title spoken by character one word title gun violence flashback  (See All)

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The Machine (2013)
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The Machine (2013)

Two artificial intelligence engineers come together as they work to create the first ever self-aware artificial intelligence. A veteran AI engineer secretly hopes to develop technology to help his diseased daughter, even if it means funding comes from the powerful Ministry of Defence (MoD). His new partner, a young woman gifted in the field of AI, is brought on after her breakthroughs are recognized by the MoD. Things go wrong when the MoD takes over and advances the researchers' work to the next level, teaching the AI to kill and follow MoD instructions with its new and nearly indestructible body. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice surveillance betrayal death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
elevator hospital 
Characters:
daughter hostage tattoo doctor 
Story:
hand grenade secret agent assault rifle opening credits man murders a woman implant fight the system computer hacker taser broken arm lens flare hologram stabbed in the neck social commentary android grenade surgery mercenary bodyguard race against time fictional war no opening credits weapon stabbed in the chest stabbed to death bound and gagged assassin subjective camera shot in the back robot brawl slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion title spoken by character cigarette smoking bare chested male fight blood violence flashback  (See All)

Criminal (2016)
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Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:
unlikely hero home invasion surveillance robbery torture betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
bus helicopter 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage doctor 
Story:
brain surgery secret agent child in peril assault rifle looking at oneself in a mirror implanted memory implant flash drive bilingualism computer hacker armored car taser tracking device satellite security camera agent sociopath missile subtitled scene mercenary laptop bodyguard race against time mission fugitive on the run no opening credits anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement bound and gagged subjective camera shot in the back f word brawl punched in the face shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title violence flashback blood fight  (See All)

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
self sacrifice surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping friendship murder death 
Locations:
outer space earth space hospital 
Characters:
villain tough guy thief hostage 
Story:
human in outer space knife fight force field exploding ship crash landing smuggler broken arm lens flare hologram android blockbuster spacecraft ex convict mercenary exploding body fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue pilot on the run fictional war spaceship anti hero stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin orphan shot in the back falling from height brawl sword written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character bare chested male flashback fight violence  (See All)

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Jason Bourne (2016)
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Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne, who went under and now works with a man who's a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA's black ops. Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops, including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent, discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He orders Parsons be found and, hopefully, Bourne, too. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
police brutality home invasion surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
rooftop elevator bus helicopter hospital 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
secret agent assault rifle looking at oneself in a mirror knife fight flash drive shaky cam fight the system computer hacker billionaire armored car tracking device satellite tragic hero dark hero stabbed in the neck evacuation social commentary blockbuster security camera agent subtitled scene laptop pursuit bodyguard race against time fugitive on the run no opening credits anti hero exploding car assassin subjective camera shot in the back falling from height brawl punched in the face shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph bare chested male violence flashback fight  (See All)

Tomorrowland (2015)
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Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Subgenre:
dystopia martial arts 
Themes:
utopia unlikely hero artificial intelligence self sacrifice home invasion surveillance betrayal death murder 
Locations:
outer space space elevator bus swimming pool 
Characters:
girl doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
earth viewed from space space shuttle child in peril force field bilingualism crash landing drone taser hologram title appears in writing explosive social commentary android security camera agent pickup truck mercenary exploding body bodyguard race against time mission fugitive factory character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run spaceship no opening credits weapon assassin subjective camera robot falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the chest fistfight shootout surprise ending chase explosion title spoken by character photograph one word title violence gun fight flashback  (See All)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
self sacrifice surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping death friendship murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
helicopter hospital 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage singer tattoo 
Story:
grenade launcher hand grenade secret agent assault rifle looking at oneself in a mirror knife fight flash drive fight the system bilingualism armory computer hacker drone armored car tracking device broken arm hologram explosive social commentary death of friend android villainess security camera sociopath missile henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body laptop bodyguard race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue no opening credits anti hero exploding car impalement mansion assassin subjective camera shot in the back f word robot rifle brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife singing explosion title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male flashback gun violence fight blood  (See All)

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)

After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime. Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert", buys an old truck and upon examining it, he thinks it's a Transformer. When he powers it up, he discovers it's Optimus Prime. Later, men from the unit show up looking for Optimus. He helps Yeager and his daughter Tessa escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
man versus robot artificial intelligence surveillance betrayal kidnapping death friendship murder 
Locations:
outer space elevator helicopter 
Characters:
daughter secretary villain 
Story:
hand grenade secret agent talking robot assault rifle exploding ship billionaire drone armored car lens flare hologram exploding head explosive death of friend blockbuster spacecraft agent grenade missile pickup truck subtitled scene mercenary exploding body race against time fugitive factory character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin shot in the back robot running falling from height brawl sword punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol knife explosion fight flashback violence  (See All)

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. (Read More)

Subgenre:
dystopia 
Themes:
self sacrifice home invasion surveillance kidnapping murder death 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
bus los angeles california hospital 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship daughter tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
hand grenade assault rifle armored car tracking device lens flare machete ak 47 class differences mercenary laptop race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run no opening credits anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death mansion shot in the back f word written by director slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion photograph bare chested male violence blood  (See All)

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice surveillance robbery torture politics betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Locations:
space station outer space city bus 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Period:
future 
Story:
secret agent space shuttle assault rifle fight the system force field exploding ship crash landing drone tracking device hologram evacuation explosive social commentary spacecraft missile subtitled scene mercenary exploding body pursuit president bodyguard race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward fictional war spaceship anti hero stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement shot in the back robot running rifle falling from height brawl sword written by director punched in the face slow motion scene face slap shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shootout pistol surprise ending chase explosion title spoken by character bare chested male flashback violence gun blood fight  (See All)

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

CIA chief Hunley (Baldwin) convinces a Senate committee to disband the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), of which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a key member. Hunley argues that the IMF is too reckless. Now on his own, Hunt goes after a shadowy and deadly rogue organization called the Syndicate.

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Locations:
helicopter swimming pool 
Characters:
tough guy hostage 
Story:
secret agent assault rifle knife fight car flip flash drive computer hacker taser tracking device capture evacuation blockbuster sociopath ak 47 henchman subtitled scene laptop bodyguard race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward on the run exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death assassin subjective camera shot in the back falling from height brawl written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife title spoken by character photograph bare chested male violence flashback  (See All)

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory 
Themes:
surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
outer space earth space elevator bus helicopter 
Characters:
human versus robot employer employee relationship secretary villain hostage 
Story:
laptop computer secretary of defense secret agent space shuttle talking robot human versus machine head ripped off exploding ship computer hacker crash landing drone tracking device satellite lens flare exploding head explosive blockbuster security camera spacecraft grenade missile mercenary exploding body bodyguard fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car weapon stabbed in the chest mansion shot in the back robot falling from height brawl sword punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun face slap shot in the chest machine gun shot to death shootout pistol chase explosion bare chested male violence fight blood flashback  (See All)

Logan (2017)
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Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory cyberpunk dystopia martial arts 
Themes:
self sacrifice home invasion sadism torture betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
helicopter hospital 
Characters:
tough guy hostage nurse girl doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
hand grenade dark future child in peril assault rifle looking at oneself in a mirror fight the system megacorporation regeneration bilingualism dna drone armored car head blown off death of protagonist tragic hero lens flare dark hero stabbed in the neck social commentary bald man sociopath pickup truck henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body pursuit race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin orphan subjective camera shot in the back f word running brawl sword written by director punched in the face shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest mirror machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph bare chested male one word title blood violence gun fight  (See All)

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London Has Fallen (2016)
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London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:
self sacrifice surveillance torture politics betrayal kidnapping friendship murder death 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
earth helicopter 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage 
Period:
future 
Story:
grenade launcher hand grenade death of child assault rifle helicopter crash knife fight flash drive armory drone armored car tracking device satellite security camera agent sociopath machete missile machismo ak 47 henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body laptop president bodyguard race against time character repeating someone else's dialogue exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin subjective camera shot in the back f word brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion violence  (See All)

Serenity (2005)
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Serenity (2005)

In the future, a spaceship called Serenity is harboring a passenger with a deadly secret. Six rebels on the run. An assassin in pursuit. When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an awesome action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything - or anyone - to get the girl back and the bloodthirsty creatures who roam the uncharted areas of space. But, the greatest danger of all may be on their ship. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
robbery death friendship 
Locations:
outer space space 
Characters:
thief girl doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
earth viewed from space spaceship crash human in outer space death of child body armor megacorporation exploding ship smuggler broken arm hologram trapped android spacecraft grenade loyalty pursuit fugitive pilot on the run fictional war spaceship anti hero stabbed in the chest impalement assassin shot in the back sword face slap shot in the chest blood splatter shot to death shootout chase explosion bare chested male  (See All)

Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence police brutality self sacrifice home invasion surveillance sadism torture betrayal rape kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
rooftop city elevator bus helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo doctor 
Story:
grenade launcher hand grenade implant shaky cam bilingualism armory crash landing armored car head blown off stabbed in the hand taser marijuana joint tracking device exploding head gun battle villainess sociopath machete machismo ak 47 henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body bodyguard fugitive on the run anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin subjective camera shot in the back f word robot falling from height brawl sword written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion cigarette smoking bare chested male flashback blood violence fight gun  (See All)

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American Ultra (2015)
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American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
unlikely hero home invasion surveillance sadism betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
elevator helicopter 
Characters:
hostage police officer tattoo 
Story:
earth viewed from space sleeper agent hand grenade secret agent assault rifle fight the system bilingualism drone armored car stabbed in the hand taser marijuana joint satellite capture stabbed in the neck social commentary teddy bear security camera mercenary bodyguard race against time fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward on the run no opening credits anti hero exploding car weapon stabbed in the chest impalement assassin shot in the back f word brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun face slap shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion bare chested male flashback blood fight violence  (See All)

Alien: Covenant (2017)
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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:
unlikely hero artificial intelligence surveillance sadism betrayal death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
outer space earth space 
Characters:
interracial relationship hostage doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
grenade launcher assault rifle looking at oneself in a mirror 2100s armory crash landing armored car head blown off tracking device hologram exploding head stabbed in the neck evacuation death of friend android security camera spacecraft sociopath mercenary exploding body laptop race against time mission pilot spaceship stabbed in the chest impalement subjective camera shot in the back f word robot falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male gun fight flashback violence blood  (See All)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence home invasion surveillance robbery torture politics betrayal kidnapping friendship death murder 
Locations:
rooftop bus helicopter 
Characters:
secretary villain tough guy hostage 
Story:
sleeper agent grenade launcher hand grenade man punches a woman force field bilingualism armory crash landing billionaire drone armored car tracking device lens flare hologram dark hero evacuation explosive social commentary android blockbuster security camera machete missile ak 47 henchman subtitled scene ex convict mercenary exploding body government bodyguard race against time mission fugitive flash forward on the run no opening credits exploding car stabbed in the chest assassin orphan subjective camera robot falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph bare chested male fight flashback violence blood  (See All)

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia martial arts 
Themes:
radiation artificial intelligence betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
rooftop los angeles california 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship hostage police officer 
Period:
future 
Story:
surveillance drone dark future looking at oneself in a mirror opening credits distorted sound implanted memory man murders a woman stabbed in the belly man punches a woman implant fight the system megacorporation bilingualism crash landing drone tracking device death of protagonist hologram social commentary orphanage missile subtitled scene exploding body mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue flash forward on the run no opening credits exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death subjective camera shot in the back f word falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout crying pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking fight violence flashback blood gun  (See All)

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice surveillance betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
rooftop city 
Characters:
hostage doctor 
Story:
hand grenade helicopter crash implant flash drive fight the system megacorporation armory armored car satellite hologram evacuation social commentary security camera sociopath machete missile ak 47 henchman mercenary exploding body race against time mission locker room fictional war no opening credits exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement subjective camera shot in the back running falling from height brawl sword written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion fight violence blood flashback  (See All)

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
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The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance betrayal kidnapping death friendship murder 
Locations:
rooftop city helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
missile launcher hand grenade secret agent child in peril helicopter crash flash drive armory computer hacker armored car taser tracking device satellite explosive bald man blockbuster villainess security camera sociopath grenade missile ak 47 henchman subtitled scene ex convict mercenary bodyguard race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue pilot anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest bound and gagged assassin subjective camera shot in the back falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun face slap shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion bare chested male blood flashback fight violence  (See All)

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Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)
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Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)

30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
unlikely hero torture betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Locations:
space station outer space elevator 
Characters:
death of hero mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage nurse 
Story:
spaceship crash human in outer space humanoid robot talking robot advanced technology droid bilingualism exploding ship crash landing smuggler lens flare hologram explosive death of friend blockbuster spacecraft henchman subtitled scene race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue pilot on the run fictional war spaceship no opening credits anti hero stabbed in the chest assassin orphan shot in the back robot falling from height brawl written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head face slap shot in the chest fistfight shot to death shootout surprise ending chase explosion gun blood violence fight  (See All)

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping friendship murder death 
Locations:
helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy hostage 
Story:
grenade launcher laptop computer hand grenade assault rifle knife fight dna drone armored car tracking device satellite lens flare healing explosive death of friend security camera grenade missile ak 47 mercenary exploding body president bodyguard race against time factory character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run no opening credits exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin shot in the back falling from height brawl sword punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion bare chested male violence blood flashback fight  (See All)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory cyberpunk dystopia 
Themes:
self sacrifice surveillance politics betrayal murder death 
Locations:
hospital 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage nurse tattoo doctor friend 
Period:
future 
Story:
dark future death of child child in peril assault rifle shaky cam fight the system armory armored car tracking device capture hologram evacuation explosive social commentary class differences mercenary exploding body president mission fugitive flash forward on the run fictional war no opening credits anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement mansion rifle falling from height brawl slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol chase knife explosion photograph fight violence  (See All)

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Lockout (2012)
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Lockout (2012)

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping murder 
Locations:
space station outer space space helicopter 
Characters:
daughter tough guy hostage 
Period:
future 
Story:
earth viewed from space earth orbit human in outer space space shuttle helicopter crash armory exploding ship head blown off lens flare death of friend security camera spacecraft agent missile exploding body president bodyguard character repeating someone else's dialogue spaceship stabbed in the chest stabbed to death shot in the back brawl punched in the face shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character cigarette smoking bare chested male one word title flashback fight  (See All)

Inception (2010)
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Inception (2010)

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk heist martial arts 
Themes:
torture betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Locations:
rooftop elevator los angeles california helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy thief hostage 
Story:
grenade launcher hand grenade assault rifle breaking a mirror broken mirror looking at oneself in a mirror armored car tragic hero dark hero gun battle explosive blockbuster grenade henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body pursuit bodyguard race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run no opening credits anti hero child exploding car stabbed in the chest bound and gagged assassin shot in the back falling from height brawl written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head face slap shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph one word title fight violence flashback gun blood  (See All)

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Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia martial arts 
Themes:
utopia surveillance politics betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
earth rooftop city elevator 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Period:
future 
Story:
child in peril assault rifle devastated landscape shuttle craft fight the system force field armory crash landing drone armored car hologram stabbed in the neck explosive social commentary security camera missile henchman race against time mission fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue pilot on the run fictional war no opening credits anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement orphan subjective camera shot in the back falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character bare chested male one word title fight violence blood  (See All)

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The Dark Knight (2008)
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The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory heist martial arts 
Themes:
police brutality self sacrifice home invasion surveillance sadism robbery torture politics betrayal kidnapping friendship death murder 
Locations:
rooftop city elevator helicopter hospital 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship secretary villain tough guy thief hostage nurse police officer tattoo doctor 
Story:
hand grenade child in peril assault rifle helicopter crash fight the system billionaire armored car crutches tragic hero lens flare dark hero evacuation explosive social commentary death of friend blockbuster lifting someone into the air sociopath grenade ak 47 henchman subtitled scene exploding body bodyguard race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue no opening credits anti hero exploding car impalement bound and gagged assassin subjective camera shot in the back rifle falling from height brawl written by director punched in the face slow motion scene shotgun face slap shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character bare chested male fight violence blood  (See All)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Tony Stark creates the Ultron Program to protect the world, but when the peacekeeping program becomes hostile, The Avengers go into action to try and defeat a virtually impossible enemy together. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together once again to protect the world from global extinction.

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
artificial intelligence self sacrifice death murder 
Locations:
space station city elevator bus 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
secret agent humanoid robot talking robot child in peril assault rifle verticle take off and landing aircraft futuristic aircraft south african force field regeneration armory billionaire drone armored car tracking device satellite hologram evacuation android orphanage blockbuster sociopath missile ak 47 mercenary exploding body race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue no opening credits exploding car orphan shot in the back robot falling from height brawl slow motion scene shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death pistol surprise ending explosion bare chested male flashback violence  (See All)

Jupiter Ascending (2015)
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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory martial arts 
Themes:
unlikely hero home invasion torture betrayal kidnapping friendship murder death 
Locations:
outer space earth rooftop 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
earth viewed from space human in outer space looking at oneself in a mirror shuttle craft force field regeneration exploding ship crash landing drone tragic hero hologram dark hero android spacecraft subtitled scene mercenary race against time mission on the run fictional war spaceship no opening credits anti hero exploding car assassin robot falling from height brawl written by director slow motion scene shot in the head face slap shot in the chest fistfight shootout surprise ending chase knife explosion bare chested male fight gun violence  (See All)

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Furious Seven (2015)

Dominic and his crew thought they'd left the criminal mercenary life behind. They'd defeated international terrorist Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw, is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde and a shady government official called "Mr. Nobody" are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called "God's Eye," that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God's Eye program while caught in a power struggle between the terrorist and the United States government. (Read More)

Subgenre:
heist martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance kidnapping death friendship murder 
Locations:
bus los angeles california helicopter hospital 
Characters:
tough guy hostage 
Story:
grenade launcher hand grenade assault rifle helicopter crash futuristic aircraft flash drive computer hacker billionaire drone armored car tracking device bald man death of friend blockbuster coma grenade missile ak 47 subtitled scene mercenary exploding body laptop government bodyguard race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue anti hero exploding car weapon mansion shot in the back falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol explosion bare chested male flashback violence  (See All)

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
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Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (Read More)

Themes:
surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
rooftop bus helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo doctor 
Story:
secret agent assault rifle helicopter crash knife fight car flip megacorporation armory computer hacker tracking device bald man security camera agent mercenary exploding body laptop bodyguard race against time mission fugitive factory on the run anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement assassin orphan shot in the back falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending knife explosion photograph flashback violence  (See All)

The Expendables (2010)
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The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
surveillance torture betrayal kidnapping murder 
Mood:
gore 
Locations:
city helicopter swimming pool 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
beer bottle shaky cam head blown off lens flare exploding head title appears in writing stabbed in the neck explosive security camera sociopath machete grenade missile machismo ak 47 henchman subtitled scene mercenary exploding body laptop bodyguard mission character repeating someone else's dialogue fictional war anti hero exploding car stabbed in the chest stabbed to death impalement bound and gagged assassin shot in the back f word falling from height sword punched in the face shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion cigarette smoking bare chested male violence fight blood  (See All)

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The 5th Wave (2016)
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The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
dystopia 
Themes:
self sacrifice surveillance betrayal kidnapping friendship murder death 
Locations:
earth bus helicopter swimming pool 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship tough guy hostage nurse police officer 
Story:
sleeper agent death of child child in peril assault rifle knife fight fight the system drone armored car tracking device evacuation social commentary teddy bear spacecraft grenade ak 47 race against time mission character repeating someone else's dialogue fictional war spaceship no opening credits anti hero exploding car subjective camera shot in the back rifle brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun shot in the chest machine gun fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph bare chested male gun fight blood violence flashback  (See All)

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Elysium (2013)
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Blood Father (2016)

Themes:
self sacrifice home invasion surveillance betrayal kidnapping friendship death murder 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Story:
hand grenade assault rifle looking at oneself in a mirror one percenter man punches a woman ex con stabbed in the hand dark hero death of friend sociopath pickup truck machismo ak 47 henchman ex convict exploding body race against time fugitive on the run no opening credits anti hero assassin subjective camera shot in the back f word rifle brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun face slap shot in the chest machine gun blood splatter fistfight shot to death shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph bare chested male fight blood gun violence  (See All)

Brick Mansions (2014)
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Brick Mansions (2014)

Subgenre:
martial arts 
Themes:
police brutality home invasion surveillance sadism torture betrayal kidnapping murder death 
Locations:
rooftop elevator 
Characters:
tough guy hostage tattoo 
Period:
future 
Story:
hand grenade corrupt official armored car taser tracking device satellite security camera missile machismo ak 47 henchman ex convict mercenary race against time mission no opening credits anti hero falling from height brawl punched in the face slow motion scene shot in the head shotgun machine gun fistfight shootout pistol surprise ending chase knife explosion title spoken by character photograph cigarette smoking bare chested male fight violence flashback  (See All)

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