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action film

n. (alternative name of: action movie)

Action film

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists end up in a series of challenges that typically include violence, close combat, physical feats and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which generally concludes in victory for the hero.

Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects.

The genre is closely associated with the thriller and adventure film genres, and it may also contain elements of spy fiction and espionage.

Usage examples of "action film".

The Cygnans moved in a sequence of disconcerting skips, like a stop-action film.

He was like a man dubbing a sound track on an action film and unable to make it convincing.

Pleasantville contains more than 1700 digital effects shots, hundreds and hundreds more than any other live-action film to date.

Nests bloomed rapidly, one after another like roses in a speeded stop-action film.

His hands were so quick that I was reminded of a stopped-action film, the fruit seeming to peel itself in a series of jerks without anyone there.

The hero in an action film, larger than life and only a figment of the imagination.

Deal hadn't been in court since an action film star had sued him over a broken pump motor in a custom-built Jacuzzi.