Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai has landed a number 6 spot in Entertainment Weekly’s list of the very best action films. The movies were selected by the magazine staff.
Based on a Reuters news release, the top 6 are:
1. Die Hard
3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
5. The Matrix
6. Seven Samurai
According to the magazine, the fact that the fourth instalment of Die Hard, Live Free or Die Hard, is conveniently opening in two weeks’ time had no influence on the choice of the top action film.
18 June 2007
It really is kind of odd to see Seven Samurai amongst that list of films. Not going to deny it is an action film, because along with John Ford Westerns, I consider it the archetype/blueprint for modern day fare, but it feels like they put it on this list for the sake of having something older then 25 years being listed, rather then the former reason of it being the action granddaddy.
And on another note, I’d take Raiders Of The Lost Ark at #1 any day of the week over Die Hard and Aliens. Those movies were just loud, constant machine gun chatter in my mind, while Raiders was always inventive and exhilarating with its action. The fact that Raiders is generally my 2nd favorite all around film after Seven Samurai has no influence on the choice of it being my top “action” movie.