The Equalizer 2 (2018, dir. Antoine Fuqua)

McCall vows to take revenge on the rogue CIA element who killed his friend. Clunky sequel that struggles to find meaningful things for its protagonist to do. One of those series entries that has to invent new backstory to make its plot-points stick. Kinda disappointing.

The First Purge (2018, dir. Gerard McMurray)

Staten Island is chosen as a Purge trial zone; residents have to fight to survive the night. Effective prequel (and fourth in the series), upping the social commentary and overtly satiric elements while drawing also on blaxploitation and action/horror tropes. Perhaps the best in the series yet.

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.

Want a second opinion? Here’s Lemonsquirtle’s review.

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.