Published Nov. 25, 2019
Top 10 One Man Army Heroes
10. Dae - Oldboy
Run time: 2 hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Audience Score: 94%
We're not talking about the 2013 version with Josh Brolin, this is the original. This one is in Korean.
A man simply named Dae, played by Choi Min-Sik, was captured by unknown criminals for an unknown reason. They kept him in a small hotel-like room for fifteen years without fresh air. When Dae finally builds up the bravery to escape, he starts searching for the man who took fifteen years of his life.
This movie is very violent, but it's story calls for it. Dae goes around killing anyone that could possibly have a connection to his capture. One scene shows Dae going against a large group of criminals using his primary weapon, a hammer. Although this movie is brutal and in Korean, it's defiantly worth a watch.
9. Hellboy - Hellboy
Run time: 2 hours
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
Audience Score: 51%
For this one, we're not talking about the old 2004 version, we're talking about the newer 2019 version that looks like they actually put more effort into it.
Hellboy, played by David Harbour, is a creature from Hell. A man named Professor Broom, played by Ian McShane, found Hellboy in a very early state, probably a toddler, it never says in the movies. He took him in as his son and raised him to fight evil. Now, Hellboy has a new problem, Nimune, played by Milla Jovovich, is some evil queen that wants to kill Hellboy because he is in her way of doing...evil things.
The two original movies were both PG-13, so the director, Neil Marshall, wanted to make his version of Hellboy very bloody, and that's what he did. He shows Hellboy killing off all the evil in his way, mostly with ease. Once he pulls out his gun or punches with his stone hand, he's a one man army.
8. Robert McCall - The Equalizer
Run time: 2h 12m
Rotten Tomatoes: 59%
Audience Score: 76%
Robert McCall, played by Denzel Washington, is a helpful and good person. When a criminal organization abuses one of his friends, he feels he must do something about it. He starts with a negotiation, when that doesn't work, he starts to kill.
What makes Robert a one man army is that he can take down many groups of criminals with his secret and most powerful weapon, no, not his gun, his mind. What makes this movie different than the get-a-well-known-actor-and-give-him-a-gun-for-box-office method is that Robert doesn't need a gun, he plans every move in his head in less than a second. When you see the screen start to go into slow motion, you know Robert is thinking and the bad guys are going down.
7. Judge Dredd - Dredd
Run time: 1h 35m
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Audience Score: 72%
In a world that feeds off of violence and crime, there needs to be a more brutal police force. The police officers are called judges. One judge named Dredd is the ultimate police officer. He is no different than the other judges, just more violent and intense. Karl Urban plays Dredd and we have to give him some recognition for keeping his face a perfect frown throughout the movie. He never smiles.
Dredd is taking a rookie cop with psychic abilities on a ride along when they get trapped in a very tall building called the Peach Tree. These tall buildings can hold a small city in them. The Peach Tree is run by violent drug lords due to neglect by the judges. Both Dredd and his rookie cop get trapped in the building and have to take on the drug lord army.
Somehow, Dredd can calmly survive anything and kill anyone. He kills many large groups of criminals with ease.
6. The Gunslinger - The Dark Tower
Run time: 1h 35m
Rotten Tomatoes: 16%
Audience Score: 45%
Idris Elba plays The Gunslinger. His name is actually Roland, but
The Gunslinger sounds better.
Based off of a Stephen King novel, just like every other movie, a boy named Jake starts having weird dreams. Jake is played by Tom Taylor.
These dreams turned out to be visions, and when Jake actually sees the evil beings in his visions, he runs. He runs until he sees a random portal that leads him to the land in his visions. When he gets there, he sees Roland. Jake has the mind to defeat the evil in that world.
Oh yeah....the dark tower is just a tall building on another world that holds all of the evil. When it falls, the evil is released.
Roland has full control of his guns. He can aim without looking, reload in less than a second, and has no hesitation to kill.
5. Vlad - Dracula Untold
Run time: 1h 32m
Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
Audience Score: 58%
Vlad, played by Luke Evans, is the prince of Wallachia and will be under attack soon by the Ottoman Empire. He finds a stream of water that leads to Broken Tooth Mountain. At the top, there is a dark cave and an unknown creature inside. The creature talks to Vlad and claims that he is a vampire and has many powers that he can give to him. Desperate for help to defend his land, he makes a deal with him to claim his powers. All he has to do is drink his blood. When he does this, he later has the powers of a vampire.
So maybe not everybody likes Dracula, (look at the Rotten Tomato score) but everyone knows him. Everyone can agree that he is one of the most powerful beings in fiction. Vlad can easily kill any soldier without even thinking. One scene shows Vlad taking on the first army of Ottoman soldiers. He kills all of them.
4. King Leonidas - 300
Run time: 1h 57m
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Audience Score: 89%
Sparta is at war with the Persians. Sparta needs a warrior as their leader. King Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, was raised to never retreat or surrender. His life was based on combat and violence. He also later became the king. How many people did he take to the battlefield to defeat the massive army of Persians? Only 300. The 300 men have so much bravery and dedication to fighting for their country that they come out of many battles with very little casualties.
King Leonidas basically kills the entire Persian army. His motivation is anyone's guess, but his kill count is well over the number of soldiers that he brought to battle.
3. Neo - The Matrix
Run time: 2h 16m
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Audience Score: 85%
Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is a computer hacker that becomes confused about reality when he meets a man named Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne. Morpheus tells him that reality is not truly reality and that he can show Neo the truth. This is the famous red or blue pill scene. As we all know, Neo chooses the red pill. He goes on this big adventure in actual reality...we know the story. Let's get to the violence.
There are many scenes throughout the movie involving Neo and guns. What's so special about that? Well, Neo is powerful, he knows how to use guns and he can stop bullets with his mind. Worthy of this list.
2. John Rambo - First Blood
Run time: 1h 33m
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Audience Score: 85%
Believe it or not, the first Rambo movie had no "Rambo" in the title. It was just called First Blood.
John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, crosses through a town and gets arrested. John thinks that it was for no reason, so he goes against the town and just demolishes everything. A general named Trautman, played by Richard Crenna, comes and talks to the police saying that he trained Rambo and he is one of the greatest soldiers he knows. Now everyone comes to the scene, the police force, The National Guard, and basically everyone who knows John. Watch as he tears through the soldiers and makes clever traps to be a true one man army. Nobody can kill Rambo. Nobody.
1. John Wick - John Wick
Run time: 1h 41m
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Audience Score: 81%
Keanu Reeves gained so much more respect than he already had with these movies.
He plays John Wick, a retired assassin, who hunts down the criminals who took his car and killed his dog. Why were both of these things so important to him? First, wouldn't your car be important to you? His dog was a gift from his wife before she died. Yeah, it's pretty important to him. Back to the plot, he tries to hunt down the criminals and kill anyone in his way. When we say "kills anyone" we mean "kills literally everyone."
This guy can't be stopped. He can use any and every gun or weapon he comes across. Everyone is just a man in his way. He gets shot, he walks it off. The ultimate one man army.