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Modern Adventure: 3 Movies Since 2000 That Shaped the Genre

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 01:11 PM

There’s no better way to get the blood pumping at the movie theater than a good modern adventure movie. From extreme car chases to love affairs gone wrong, the action grabs viewer’s attention, but writers and directors also have to focus on reality, creativity, and plot devices.

Not all adventure films make the cut. Some are winners, others losers, but, rarely are they catalysts to a new breed of action and adventures. These movies, though, had a part in shaping the modern adventure movie genre.

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Dark Knight Trilogy

While not technically one movie, the Dark Knight Trilogy opened new doors on an idea in dire need of refreshing. Batman movies were a dime a dozen, and the creativity for this brand had lost its luster long ago.

However, Rolling Stone reported the movies took a deeper look into Bruce Wayne/Batman’s darker and lighter sides. It is the first time the comic book hero was depicted as a villain, and Dark Knight goes beyond the traditional hero vs. villain concept commonly found in modern adventure films.

Rolling Stone said this movie influenced action and adventure films in the future by showing there was nothing wrong with mixing it up a little.

“Open Water”

Loosely based on a real life event, “Open Water” was not your traditional adventure film. And, while it follows both the psychological horror and action of two tormented souls, the movie proved it doesn’t take elaborate twists, daredevil stunts, or a million-dollar budget to create a successful adventure film, according to IMDb.

IMDb reported the movie made a tremendous return on investment in the modern adventure movie genre, with an investment of just $500,000. It earned more than $55 million worldwide, Box Office Mojo said.

Producer’s attributed their success to the filming techniques. Instead of the computer-generated stunts used in most adventure films, “Open Water” was exclusively filmed live on location. No computerized or animatronic sharks for this set. The cast endured live sharks encircling them – and without a safety cage.

“Kill Bill”

Another pair of adventure movies that strayed from traditional plots and reversed the role of villain and hero was “Kill Bill,” both volumes 1 and 2. But this martial arts style modern adventure movie isn’t all win; it had some serious complications.

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The directors did one thing right. They chose top Hollywood stars. However, the rest of the movie was a confusing mismatch of plot strategies and devices, according to the Guardian. In fact, BBC reported “Kill Bill’s” two releases were examples of how not to stage movies. It taught future adventure writers and producers that, while creativity may be a good solution, a roadmap is needed to lead the audience.

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