Adventure movies have always been a staple of Hollywood studios since the beginning of cinema. Directors like David Lean, Robert Zemeckis, Howard Hawks and Ridley Scott, to name a few, have made a name for themselves making adventure movies. Most often, these films have a basis in reality. They are either based on first-person accounts or adapted from fictional versions of events that actually took place. Such films give directors a chance to explore nature and therefore contain great photographs. Filmmakers love to step out of studios and place their cameras in the great strangers, capturing the wild and haunting beauty of the outdoors. We can say that nature, in essence, becomes the central character of many of these films. They relate the efforts of man in the face of the harshness of nature. Such films show the resilience of the human spirit, where men and women are tested to the limits of their endurance. That’s not to say they don’t contain human drama. Man is the most violent outside of civilization. This is where the darkness of the human heart comes in. It becomes one with animals and its true face is exposed. Such films also take us back in time and familiarize us with the struggles of our ancestors. We can see unfamiliar sites and experience and breathe dangers that we will never face in our day to day life. So, buckle up in your seat belts and scroll through our list of some of the Best Hollywood Adventure Movies being out of Hollywood in the past decade.
1. Hollywood Adventure Films – The Way Home (2010)
Director: Peter Weir
Actors: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell
The film is based on The Long Walk by Stephen King ÂÂÂÂ ?? awomir Rawicz. When the Soviets forcefully snatch his wife’s confession that he is a spy, Janusz (Jim Sturgess) finds himself in a remote Siberian labor camp. Faced with brutal conditions inside and out, Janusz is determined to escape. A snowstorm provides him with the perfect opportunity, and he and a small group of fellow inmates Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), an American engineer; Khabarov (Mark Strong), actor; Valka (Colin Farrell), a hardened Russian criminal; Tomasz (Alexandru Potocean), a Polish artist; Voss (Gustaf Skarsgård), a Latvian priest; Kazik (Sebastian Urzendowsky), a Pole with night blindness; and Zoran (Dragos Bucur), a Yugoslavian, take a break. The escape, however, is the easy part, as Janusz and his companions face a 4000-mile hike through the frozen landscape before they can truly be free.
2. Hollywood Adventure Films – The Life of Pi (2012)
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Adil Hussain and Gérard Depardieu.
This adventure film is based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel in 2001. After deciding to move to Canada, PI’s parents board a Japanese freighter with their sons and the animals they own. A terrible storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels’ teenage son Pi (Suraj Sharma) as the only human survivor. After the storm, Pi wakes up in the lifeboat with the zebra and is joined by a resourceful orangutan. A spotted hyena emerges from under a tarp covering half the lifeboat and attacks Pi, forcing him to retreat to the end of the boat. The hyena kills the zebra and later the orangutan. Richard Parker emerges from under the tarp, killing the hyena before retreating to cover himself for several days. As days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other in order to survive. The film is also a parable about human wants and desires and also comments on human depravity.
3. Hollywood Adventure Films – The Gray (2012)
Director: Joe Carnahan
Actors: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale
The film is based on the book Ghost Walker by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers. John Ottway (Liam Neeson) is a sniper for an oil company in Alaska, killing gray wolves that threaten drillers. On his last day of work, he sees a wolf chasing a driller and shoots him, listening to the wolf’s last breath. That evening, Ottway writes a letter to his wife, Ana (Anne Openshaw), explaining his plans to kill herself, but does not follow up. The next day, he accompanies the workers who return home, but the plane transporting them crashes due to a sudden storm. The only way to survive is through the wilderness. As they march toward civilization, Ottway and his companions must battle deadly wounds, the frozen elements, and a pack of hungry gray wolves.
4. Hollywood Adventure Films – Black Sea (2014)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Actors: Jude Law, Konstantin Khabensky, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, David Threlfall
Shortly after losing his rescue job, former naval officer Robinson (Jude Law) assembles an unsuitable crew of unemployed British and Russian sailors for a risky mission. They must find a sunken Nazi submarine, believed to contain a fortune in gold. They travel to the port of Sevastopol and acquire an archaic Foxtrot-class submarine. By promising everyone an equal share, Robinson leads mixed British and Russian crew to comb the depths of the Black Sea. They manage to find the sunken gold and retrieve it from the submarine. But, greed seizes a crew already divided along linguistic and cultural lines. And, they also face betrayal from Robinson’s former bosses, as well as the Russian Navy.
5. Hollywood Adventure Movies – Everest (2015)
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Actors: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Jake Gyllenhaal
The film is based on real events. Baltasar Kormákur directed the film, about the disastrous 1996 expedition to climb Mount Everest, which was scripted by Simon Beaufoy and Mark Medoff. On the morning of May 10, 1996, mountaineers from two expeditions, including Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), who popularized Everest trade missions, heads Adventure Consultants; Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the chief guide of his rival, Mountain Madness. Rob’s clients include Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin), an experienced climber; Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), a former letter carrier chasing his dream; rock climbing veteran Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), who hopes to complete her final ascent of the Seven Summits; and Outside magazine reporter Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly) began their final ascent to the top of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a severe storm hits the mountain, engulfing adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, teams must endure high winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible obstacles.
6. Hollywood Adventure Films – The Revenant (2015)
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter
This gritty film is based on the book The ghost by Michael Punke. Forester guide Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) guides Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) trappers through hostile territory. While he and his half-son Pawnee, Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), hunt, the company camp is attacked by an Arikara war group who seek to retrieve the kidnapped daughter of their leader, Powaqa. Many trappers are killed in the fight Guided by Glass, the survivors walk to Fort Kiowa. Glass suffers fatal injuries from a brutal bear attack. When trapper John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) wants to kill him, he is interrupted by Hawk. Hawk is then killed by Fitzgerald, who believes Glass is also deceased. But Glass is not dead and swears revenge. He somehow survives and using all of his hunting and tracking skills, reaches the fort where Fitzgerald is hiding for revenge.
7. Hollywood Adventure Films – The Lost City of Z (2017)
Director: James Gray
Actors: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Franco Nero
It is based on the 2009 book of the same name by David Grann and describes actual events surrounding British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who was sent to Brazil and made several attempts to find a supposed ancient lost city in Amazonia. He uncovers evidence of a previously unknown advanced civilization that may once have inhabited the region. Though he is ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous people as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case. He was later reported missing and presumed dead. However, his wife believes he lives with the Amazon tribes and swears to follow him.