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The Matrix (1999)
Action, Sci-fi

The Matrix (1999)

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion. (Read More)

Themes:evolution, revolution, philosophy, deception, escape, torture, betrayal, religion
Locations:elevator, nightclub
Characters:christianity
Period:future, 1990s
Story:computer hacker, artificial reality, hacker, programmer, reality, computer, jumping between buildings, first of trilogy, energy source, alternative energy, questioning reality, false reality, grim reality, simulated reality, truth, energy, part of trilogy, alternate reality, government agent, virtual reality

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Action, Sci-fi

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Six months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has discovered his superpowers including super speed, ability to see the codes of the things inside the matrix, and a certain degree of precognition. But a nasty piece of news hits the human resistance: 250,000 machine sentinels are digging to Zion and would reach them in 72 hours. As Zion prepares for the ultimate war, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity are advised by the Oracle to find the Keymaker who would help them reach the Source. Meanwhile Neo's recurrent dreams depicting Trinity's death have got him worried and as if it was not enough, Agent Smith has somehow escaped deletion, has become more powerful than before and has chosen Neo as his next target. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy, religion
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:oracle, false reality, simulated reality, part of trilogy, alternate reality, virtual reality, human versus computer, hand to hand combat, action hero, technology gone amok, brain in a vat, bullet dodging, human versus machine, utopia quest, sentinel, war against machines, man versus machine, morphing, parallel world, wire fu

Total Recall (2012)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:government agent, elevator shaft, hand to hand combat, police shootout, action hero, dream sequence, gatling gun, lasersight, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, strong female lead, rebellion, swat team, agent, stylized violence, strong female character, dystopia, exploding body, opening action scene, tough girl

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Action, Sci-fi

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Neo discovers that somehow he is able to use his powers in the real world too and that his mind can be freed from his body, as a result of which he finds himself trapped on a train station between the Matrix and the Real World. Meanwhile, Zion is preparing for the oncoming war with the machines with very little chances of survival. Neo's associates set out to free him from The Merovingian since it's believed that he is the One who will end the war between humans and the machines. What they do not know is that there is a threat from a third party, someone who has plans to destroy both the worlds. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Period:future
Story:false reality, part of trilogy, alternate reality, virtual reality, self sacrifice, human versus computer, female hero, hand to hand combat, police shootout, action hero, technology gone amok, brain in a vat, human versus machine, utopia quest, sentinel, war against machines, humanity in peril, flying man, oracle, wire fu

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture
Locations:elevator
Story:alternate reality, self sacrifice, female hero, helicopter crash, hand to hand combat, action hero, laser cutter, subterranean, bullet time, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, mexican standoff, gun fu, red dress, virus, hypodermic needle, stylized violence, dystopia, exploding body, tough girl

The Terminator (1984)
Action, Sci-fi

The Terminator (1984)

A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector - Kyle Reese - also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg ? This is why The Terminator (1984) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Period:future
Story:self sacrifice, pump action shotgun, hand to hand combat, police shootout, action hero, computer, technology gone amok, human versus machine, war against machines, tech noir, shot through a wall, 555 phone number, lasersight, artificial intelligence, m 16, cyberpunk, gun fu, blockbuster, first part, dystopia

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Story:self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, chosen one, altered version of studio logo, christ allegory, subterranean, bullet time, knife throwing, mentor, prophecy, slave, rebellion, blockbuster, slavery, head butt, stylized violence, traitor, exploding body, opening action scene

Ghost In The Shell (2017)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:evolution, philosophy, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:nightclub
Period:future
Story:computer hacker, government agent, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, virtuality, tech noir, metal detector, hacker, bullet time, gatling gun, lasersight, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, gun fu, strong female lead, hypodermic needle, stylized violence, obscene finger gesture

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Story:subway station, hand to hand combat, action hero, shot through a wall, spiral staircase, gun fu, stylized violence, obscene finger gesture, opening action scene, tough girl, one against many, shot in the forehead, one man army, disarming someone, no opening credits, subway, mixed martial arts, foot chase, showdown, falling from height

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture
Locations:nightclub
Story:pump action shotgun, police shootout, action hero, subterranean, beretta, gatling gun, lasersight, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, agent, head butt, opening action scene, one against many, training, one man army, no opening credits, police car, telephone, combat

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? This is why Knight And Day (2010) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Story:energy source, hand to hand combat, action hero, battery, hit by a train, code, energy, lasersight, knife throwing, swat team, agent, head butt, one against many, one man army, disarming someone, police car, foot chase, handcuffs, interrogation, sunglasses

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Over 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun... (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:elevator
Period:future, 1990s
Story:alternate reality, self sacrifice, telephone booth, pump action shotgun, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, police shootout, action hero, dream sequence, technology gone amok, human versus machine, man versus machine, morphing, gatling gun, lasersight, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, gun fu, swat team, blockbuster

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

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)

Themes:betrayal, deception, escape
Story:computer hacker, government agent, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, electromagnetic pulse, gatling gun, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, head butt, opening action scene, tough girl, one against many, one man army, disarming someone, security guard, truck, mixed martial arts

Blade (1998)
Action, Horror

Blade (1998)

In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Locations:elevator, nightclub
Period:1990s
Story:part of trilogy, pump action shotgun, hand to hand combat, police shootout, action hero, bullet dodging, blown to pieces, chosen one, bullet time, mentor, prophecy, gun fu, hypodermic needle, stylized violence, first part, exploding body, one against many, shot in the forehead, one man army, disarming someone

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal, religion
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, wire fu, hit by a train, subterranean, christ allegory, knife throwing, cyberpunk, head butt, stylized violence, strong female character, dystopia, exploding body, tough girl, one against many, post apocalypse, transformation, fictional war, one man army

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up of her intention. . However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation? This is why X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:elevator, nightclub
Period:future
Story:sentinel, hand to hand combat, action hero, time freeze, trilogy, metal detector, bullet time, gatling gun, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, blockbuster, hypodermic needle, strong female character, dystopia, exploding body, tough girl, post apocalypse, transformation, fictional war, no opening credits

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Thriller

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.

Themes:revolution, deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Story:self sacrifice, female hero, hand to hand combat, police shootout, action hero, altered version of studio logo, christ allegory, subterranean, metal detector, truth, gatling gun, dead boy, swat team, blockbuster, hypodermic needle, head butt, stylized violence, exploding body, opening action scene, tough girl

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

Themes:philosophy, deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:nightclub
Period:future
Story:hand to hand combat, tech noir, shot through a wall, freedom fighter, trenchcoat, altered version of studio logo, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, dystopia, exploding body, opening action scene, shot in the forehead, disarming someone, no opening credits, mixed martial arts, police car, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, gunfight

Suicide Squad (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator, nightclub
Story:government agent, self sacrifice, subway station, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, electromagnetic pulse, hit by a train, altered version of studio logo, subterranean, spiral staircase, gatling gun, lasersight, reality, swat team, blockbuster, agent, hypodermic needle, head butt

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:computer hacker, self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, shot through a wall, gatling gun, gun fu, virus, hypodermic needle, head butt, stylized violence, traitor, obscene finger gesture, exploding body, opening action scene, one against many, shot in the forehead, disarming someone, no opening credits, security guard

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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. This is why G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal
Story:hand to hand combat, action hero, subterranean, gatling gun, mexican standoff, gun fu, red dress, stylized violence, traitor, obscene finger gesture, exploding body, opening action scene, tough girl, training, no opening credits, security guard, mixed martial arts, foot chase, handcuffs, interrogation

Killer Elite (2011)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire ('Jason Statham' (qv)) and Hunter, his longtime mentor ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Story:jumping between buildings, government agent, subway station, hand to hand combat, action hero, beretta, mentor, m 16, agent, head butt, shot in the forehead, one man army, subway, foot chase, brawl, tough guy, punched in the face, rescue, shot in the chest, machine gun

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:agent, code, government agent, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, shot through a wall, shot multiple times, gatling gun, punched in the stomach, m 16, swat team, stylized violence, traitor, strong female character, first part, exploding body, one against many, shot in the forehead

Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Themes:escape, torture
Story:self sacrifice, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, hero, humanity in peril, flying man, altered version of studio logo, christ allegory, gatling gun, artificial intelligence, blockbuster, head butt, sacrifice, first part, exploding body, one against many, fictional war, one man army

Central Intelligence (2016) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:1990s
Story:hand to hand combat, action hero, code, knife throwing, mexican standoff, swat team, agent, head butt, traitor, one against many, transformation, one man army, disarming someone, no opening credits, security guard, mixed martial arts, handcuffs, interrogation, sunglasses, showdown

Blade Runner (1982)
Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner (1982)

In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she's a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what's human and what's not human. This is why Blade Runner (1982) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:elevator, nightclub
Period:future
Story:jumping between buildings, hand to hand combat, police shootout, action hero, technology gone amok, artificial human, non person, man versus machine, tech noir, 555 phone number, trenchcoat, christ allegory, shot multiple times, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, slave, slavery, dystopia, disarming someone, foot chase

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:computer hacker, self sacrifice, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, dream sequence, electromagnetic pulse, flying man, christ allegory, subterranean, gatling gun, artificial intelligence, strong female lead, blockbuster, head butt, stylized violence, strong female character, exploding body, opening action scene

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Story:self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, chosen one, altered version of studio logo, subterranean, hypodermic needle, opening action scene, transformation, one man army, disarming someone, no opening credits, security guard, subway, mixed martial arts, police car, foot chase, combat, sunglasses, showdown

Spy (2015) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:nightclub
Story:hand to hand combat, knife throwing, mexican standoff, agent, head butt, stylized violence, opening action scene, tough girl, one against many, shot in the forehead, mixed martial arts, foot chase, handcuffs, interrogation, vomiting, falling from height, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, punched in the face

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Period:future
Story:self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, time freeze, hit by a train, christ allegory, gatling gun, cyberpunk, swat team, virus, hypodermic needle, stylized violence, dystopia, exploding body, opening action scene, one against many, shot in the forehead, one man army, disarming someone, truck

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Period:future
Story:self sacrifice, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, trilogy, altered version of studio logo, christ allegory, gatling gun, lasersight, blockbuster, virus, traitor, dystopia, exploding body, opening action scene, post apocalypse, fictional war, no opening credits, combat, interrogation, sunglasses

Transporter 3 (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Transporter 3 (2008)

Toxic waste bubbles in a ship waiting permission to dock in Odessa. Frank Martin turns down a job in Marseilles, referring it to a pal. A short time later, the pal, wounded by gunfire, crashes his car into Frank's living room and dies, leaving a young woman in the back seat. The employer of the dead man shows up, forces Frank to take the job, snaps a bracelet on his wrist that will explode if Frank gets more than 75 feet from his car, and sends Frank on a journey east with the young woman and a trunk full of something. She's Valentina, nearly mute. Can Frank figure out what's going on, deliver the package, and escape alive? And what does the ship have to do with it? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:nightclub
Story:part of trilogy, hand to hand combat, action hero, pill, m 16, stylized violence, obscene finger gesture, exploding body, opening action scene, one against many, shot in the forehead, one man army, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, punched in the face, hero

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:pump action shotgun, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, rescue, freedom fighter, chosen one, gatling gun, knife throwing, blockbuster, first part, exploding body, one against many, one man army, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, foot chase, combat, interrogation

Rambo III (1988)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Themes:escape, torture
Story:helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, rescue, freedom fighter, knife throwing, rebellion, blockbuster, head butt, exploding body, one against many, one man army, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, combat, interrogation, showdown, brawl, gunfight

Death Race (2008)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Death Race (2008)

In 2012, amid economic chaos and high unemployment, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars on Terminal Island. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. On the day he loses his job, steelworker Jensen Ames is arrested for his wife's murder. Sent to Terminal Island, he's offered an out by the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey - race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain. As the three-stage race approaches, he realizes that the whole thing may be a set up - can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Story:hand to hand combat, action hero, gatling gun, punched in the stomach, swat team, first part, dystopia, exploding body, opening action scene, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, combat, showdown, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, punched in the face, shotgun, hero, shot in the chest

Desperado (1995)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. This is why Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Period:1990s
Story:part of trilogy, pump action shotgun, hand to hand combat, action hero, knife throwing, m 16, gun fu, stylized violence, exploding body, opening action scene, tough girl, one against many, shot in the forehead, one man army, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, showdown, falling from height, gunfight, tough guy

Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

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)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:future
Story:alternate reality, self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, laser cutter, electromagnetic pulse, time freeze, chosen one, altered version of studio logo, subterranean, energy, lasersight, artificial intelligence, strong female lead, agent, stylized violence, strong female character, dystopia, exploding body, no opening credits, security guard

Inception (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Story:simulated reality, energy, alternate reality, virtual reality, elevator shaft, female hero, lucid dream, hand to hand combat, dream, dream sequence, virtuality, hit by a train, deja vu, altered version of studio logo, belief, bullet time, cyberpunk, reality, strong female lead, blockbuster

Red 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:pump action shotgun, helicopter crash, hand to hand combat, action hero, gatling gun, gun fu, swat team, agent, hypodermic needle, stylized violence, exploding body, tough girl, security guard, mixed martial arts, foot chase, kung fu, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, gunfight

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Story:self sacrifice, action hero, gatling gun, lasersight, punched in the stomach, head butt, strong female character, exploding body, tough girl, one man army, no opening credits, foot chase, combat, vomiting, falling from height, gunfight, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene, rescue

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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. This is why Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Story:computer hacker, government agent, exploding helicopter, human versus machine, sentinel, christ allegory, spiral staircase, gatling gun, lasersight, mentor, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, head butt, traitor, exploding body, fictional war, no opening credits, security guard, truck

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, betrayal
Story:self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, battery, subterranean, truth, energy, gatling gun, mexican standoff, gun fu, blockbuster, stylized violence, sacrifice, exploding body, opening action scene, tough girl, training, transformation, fictional war, mixed martial arts

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Story:government agent, hand to hand combat, action hero, reference to alice in wonderland, shot through a wall, watermelon, truth, shot multiple times, gatling gun, mentor, obscene finger gesture, opening action scene, one against many, shot in the forehead, training, one man army, disarming someone, no opening credits, security guard, mixed martial arts

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Period:1990s
Story:elevator shaft, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, electromagnetic pulse, flying man, subterranean, spiral staircase, gatling gun, lasersight, artificial intelligence, mexican standoff, swat team, blockbuster, head butt, stylized violence, exploding body, opening action scene, tough girl, shot in the forehead

Terminator Genisys (2015) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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)

Themes:deception, betrayal
Period:future
Story:government agent, self sacrifice, human versus computer, helicopter crash, exploding helicopter, hand to hand combat, action hero, human versus machine, subterranean, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, blockbuster, head butt, exploding body, tough girl, post apocalypse, shot in the forehead, transformation, fictional war, one man army

Jason Bourne (2016)
Action, Thriller

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. This is why Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Locations:elevator
Period:1990s
Story:computer hacker, truth, government agent, agent, hand to hand combat, action hero, spiral staircase, swat team, blockbuster, head butt, strong female character, one against many, one man army, disarming someone, no opening credits, security guard, mixed martial arts, police car, foot chase, interrogation

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Themes:betrayal
Story:first of trilogy, self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, wire fu, dojo, christ allegory, punched in the stomach, rebellion, blockbuster, stylized violence, first part, one against many, fictional war, one man army, disarming someone, mixed martial arts, kung fu, combat, falling from height

Insurgent (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Insurgent (2015)

One choice can transform you-or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships. Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape, torture, betrayal
Period:future
Story:simulated reality, truth, self sacrifice, hand to hand combat, action hero, virtuality, altered version of studio logo, simulation, spiral staircase, cyberpunk, mexican standoff, strong female lead, hypodermic needle, head butt, traitor, strong female character, sacrifice, dystopia, tough girl, post apocalypse

Equilibrium (2002) is one of the best movies like The Matrix (1999)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Equilibrium (2002)

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, philosophy, betrayal
Period:future
Story:government agent, pump action shotgun, hand to hand combat, bullet dodging, cyberpunk, gun fu, rebellion, agent, stylized violence, dystopia, one against many, post apocalypse, shot in the forehead, fictional war, one man army, truck, kung fu, handcuffs, interrogation, showdown

The Equalizer (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Themes:deception, torture
Story:hand to hand combat, action hero, exploding body, one against many, shot in the forehead, one man army, disarming someone, no opening credits, security guard, mixed martial arts, foot chase, handcuffs, interrogation, brawl, gunfight, tough guy, punched in the face, slow motion scene, shot in the chest, machine gun

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