Action films have been on a decline since the heydays of the 1980’s and 90’s. Action stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have been replaced by non-specialists like Liam Neeson and Matt Damon. Practical effects (and the creativity-inducing limitations that come with them) have been replaced with overdone, sterile CG.
These two factors combine to make films feel like their editors were being paid by the cut. Action films of the last 15 years have had such a break-neck pace to their editing, it’s become impossible to tell what is going on a good portion of the time (Transformers) and makes it possible for any actor to fake their way through action scenes (Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2). (more…)