American Assassin (2017, dir. Michael Cuesta)

A headstrong young man joins a CIS black ops team to get revenge on the terrorists who killed his fiance. Straightforward basic training and first mission movie (adapted from the Vince Flynn novels) which escalates awkwardly from fisticuffs to stolen nukes and an iffily CG-ed armada. Patchy.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969, dir. Peter Hunt)

Bond again battles Blofeld; this time up to germ warfare. Despite the awkwardness at times of lead Lazenby, this is perhaps the best all-round Bond; bags of action, some self-aware humour, lovely design work and excellent direction and editing.

I, Robot (2004, dir. Alex Proyas)

In 2035, a robot-hating detective investigates the suicide of a tech genius. CG-heavy SF action thriller based very loosely on Isaac Asimov stories. Some interesting production design, but linear and clunky plotting make this hollow, despite star Will Smith’s obvious charisma.

Free Fire (2016, dir. Ben Wheatley)

A weapons deal goes bad. A contrived but slick, funny, and thoroughly entertaining action/horror hybrid that makes no bones about its B-movie borrowings. Everyone involved is clearly having fun; Wheatley’s best film to date.

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The Hunter’s Prayer (2017, dir. Jonathan Mostow)

A jaded hitman protects a teenager from assassination. Clunkily-scripted but well-directed pan-Europe chase thriller with bags of well-choreographed lo-fi action. A hugely competent job done with very average raw materials.

Hard Target (1993, dir. John Woo)

A homeless sailor disrupts a scheme where rich hunters prey on down-and-out Vietnam veterans. This take on The Most Dangerous Game is a B-movie joy: superb stylised action, swaggering villainy, and a glimmer of social conscience.

Killer Elite (2011, dir. Gary McKendry)

A team of mercenaries fall foul of a SAS death squad. Brisk and intriguing 1980-set thriller with bags of action, based on a then-controversial Ranulph Fiennes book. More action than sense at times, but still plenty of genre fun.