One click on the TV screen is all it takes to transport oneself into a new world. Whether its in magical worlds, dreamscapes, or dystopian societies, the adventure genre allows the audience to explore even the furthest corners of the universe. The 2010s, in particular, saw a boom in the genre, some standalone films, and some returning sequels. Here are some of the best adventure movies of the 2010s:
8 The Revenant (2015)
Many will remember The Revenant as the film that finally got Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar and marked the end of the Leo Oscar memes. Based on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, the movie follows frontiersman Hugh Glass, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he goes on an expedition on the upper Missouri River facing off various obstacles including an Arikara war party and a furious grizzly bear.
DiCaprio’s acting skills aren’t the only memorable thing about the movie. It received 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu. The cinematography is definitely a treat for the eyes with snow-capped peaks and mossy green forests with tall trees.
7 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow is a thrilling sci-fi action film with a lot of high-tech heavy weaponry and a dash of time travel. The film is set in a world where the US Army is trying to fight off alien invaders. Fans that are used to seeing Tom Cruise play the charming, good guy will be surprised by his character William Cage, a major in the US army. Unlike low-ranking soldiers that fight on the front line, Cage uses his good looks and charms to sell the war to the world. Things take a turn for the worse when Cage, who is more used to being on TV than on the battlefield, is sent to join the rest of the soldiers on the field.
Only, it seems that fate decides to show Cage a little mercy; every time he’s wiped out by an alien invader, he wakes up 24 hours before the event. He ends up living through the battle again. Eventually, he tries to use the time loop to his advantage to prevent the invasion.
6 Deadpool (2016)
With news of Deadpool 3 spreading over the internet, there’s no better time than now to go back to the first installment. Deadpool is a spin-off of the X-Men series and follows Wade Wilson, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, who attains mutant abilities after being a part of a secret program. Scarred, both physically and mentally, Wade creates his Deadpool persona to hunt down the man responsible for the secret program.
The film does a great job of capturing the tone of the original Deadpool comic. Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool has the same ragged charm as the one in the comic. A good example of this is seen in the initial scenes of the film. Deadpool clarifies that he’s not a good guy; he’s just a mercenary, a bad guy who gets rid of the worse guys. Much like the comic book Deadpool, Ryan’s Deadpool also breaks the fourth wall to directly speak to the audience. In addition, the movie does well to balance dramatic or poignant moments with comedic relief.
5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
What’s truly remarkable about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is that fans who were kids when they first watched the first Harry Potter movie, returned to the cinema as adults to watch the final installment in the series. The movie has sentimental value because it’s not just the fans that grew with the characters, but also the cast.
The final movie follows the golden trio Harry (Daniel Radcliff), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they continue their quest to find and destroy the last of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. As with most of the movies in the franchise, the CGI is quite remarkable, portraying various aspects of the wizarding world with flying broomsticks, magical illusions, and magical creatures. However, what sets Deathly Hallows: Part II apart from the other installments is that it’s darker and grittier. Perhaps it is the darker tones of the overall film that help elevate the magic during battle scenes.
4 Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe reached a major turning point with Avengers: Endgame. Not only does it tie up the narrative threads from Avengers: Infinity War, but it also closes the book for certain characters. Endgame takes place after Thanos, portrayed by Josh Brolin, destroys half of the universe’s population with a snap of the Infinity Gauntlet. The surviving Avengers try to find the Mad Titan in an attempt to undo Thanos’ snap. Of course, things don’t go according to plan, and they’re forced to re-examine their plans.
MCU fans who were initially disappointed by the limited screen-time of some of the original Avengers in Infinity Wars will be pleased with Endgame. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) all play pivotal parts in the film.
3 The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is the bookend to his Dark Knight trilogy. Set eight years after the previous film, the audience finds Batman, portrayed by Christian Bale, in a self-imposed exile. However, the superhero is forced to make a reappearance when Bane, portrayed by Tom Hardy, wrecks havoc in Gotham City.
The Dark Knight Rises is a dark ensemble drama with some magnificently choreographed action sequences. Nolan takes extra care to ensure the audience is all caught up with the instances of the previous films and has all the information to piece all the puzzles together to view the bigger picture. He also gives the audience a further glimpse into Bruce Wayne’s character, touching upon darker themes related to his childhood trauma.
2 Interstellar (2014)
Interstellar is another outcome of Christopher Nolan’s brilliant mind. The epic science fiction film is set in a dystopian future where humanity is struggling to survive on Earth. A group of astronauts is sent through a wormhole on Saturn to find a new home for humankind. Interstellar could be described as an intricate tapestry that weaves together various themes. On the one hand, there’s the personal and emotional story of Cooper (Mathew McConaughey), the NASA pilot. While on the other, there’s the wider plot that comprises humanity’s desperate attempts to find a new home. The sci-fi elements of the film that deal with space and time travel are a bit complex. One blink, and you might miss a major chunk of information. However, when one is able to piece all the information together, the impact and emotions are worth it.
1 Inception (2010)
The audience gets a glimpse into Christopher Nolan’s creative mind with Inception. The basic premise of the film revolves around dreaming and human consciousness. It follows Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a professional thief who specializes in extracting information through a person’s consciousness. Cobb does so by invading the victim’s dream. He’s hired by a Japanese businessman Saito, portrayed by Ken Watanabe, to plant an idea into Robert Fischer, portrayed by Cillian Murphy, the heir of a rival company.
As the line between dream and reality blurs, the audience along with the characters begin to question what is real and what isn’t. One particular scene that’s quite memorable is the gravity-defying hallway fight with Cobb and his team trying to fight off Arthur’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) consciousness.