Summer Blockbusters: Top 8 action-packed films of the summer

By Carol Dwyer
August 24, 2011


Starting out the summer, Chris Hemsworth teamed up with Oscar-winners Natalie Portman and Sir. Anthony Hopkins in a tale about Marvel Comic thunder god “Thor.” After being cast from the other-worldly Asgard for rekindling an ancient war, his reckless behavior lands him on Earth, without his hammer or powers.

Once banished, Thor finds himself fighting for both human friends (Portman), as well as the entire human race.

“Thor” scored a 6.7 out of 10 on



Johnny Depp returned to his swashbuckling Jack Sparrow character in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” This time, Sparrow’s adventures continue with Oscar-winning Penelope Cruz as Angelica, a swashbuckler with famous pirate bloodlines. They seek the Fountain of Youth and throughout the adventure, mythical creatures are encountered. For more about “On Stranger Tides,” check out Entertainment Weekly.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” scored a 5 out of 10 on


In “X-Men: First Class,” the fifth installment of the series, we see the story of society rejects with super-human abilities,

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence and Oliver Platt make for an all-star cast against impressive special effects. After coming to grips with their powers, the X-Men fight off the efforts of an evil leader plotting to bring about the next world war.

“X-Men: First Class” scored a 7.4 out of 10 on


The magical world of Hogwarts came to an end with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Part 2” in mid-July. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson gave audiences one final magical experience as students of wizardry.

In this closing installment, Harry and spellbinding friends Ron and Hermione set out to finish their battle against evil Lord Voldemort. According to Yahoo! Movies, ticket sales beat all competition.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Part 2” scored a 8.4 out of 10 on


Chris Evans headed a strong cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugo Weaving as defender of the American way.

After Steve Rogers, played by Evans, is initially turned down by the military, he is approached by a secret military branch conducting an experiment to build the perfect soldier.

Once going through with the experiment, Rogers becomes super-human Captain America. His mission: save the world from the evil HYDRA organization.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” scored a 6.9 out of 10 on


Science fiction clashed with the western genre to make a hybrid of sorts as villainous out-of-this world creatures waged war in “Cowboys & Aliens.”

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star as two tough cowboys who must defend their town from a menacing attack in the New Mexico Territory.

As aliens reign down on the town of Absolution, Jake Lonergan, played by Craig, and Colonel Dolarhyde, played by Ford, must protect Absolution and Lonergan just may remember something from his past that will help.

“Cowboys & Aliens” scored a 5.6 out of 10 on


A cure for Alzheimer’s disease sets the stage for apes to take over in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Andy Serkis (“Lord of the Rings”) and his high-tech motion-capture performance as Caesar created Oscar buzz around the web. Caesar is raised and cared for by Will Rodman (James Franco), a scientist who sees the effects of Alzheimer’s within his own family.

But when the ape is locked away, Caesar begins to plot his every move and it positions him as the leader of an ape revolt. In the meantime, a negative effect of the Alzheimer’s drug starts to unfold.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” scored a 7.2 out of 10 on


The popular vampire theme gained another fang-filled mouth as Colin Farrell played a modern creature of the night in “Fright Night.”

This is also an addition to the list of recent remakes of 1980s horror aimed at a new generation’s appetite for a timeless monster. In this “Fright Night,” Anton Yelchin is a teen who has suspicions that his neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire. Suspicions turn into reality and a fight for survival against the bloodsucker ensues.

“Fright Night” scored a 6.4 out of 10 on

For more information about these movies, go to IMDB.

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