Action and carnage feature heavily in each of these films, screening Wednesdays throughout June on SBS Viceland.
SBS Movies

5 Jun 2017 - 2:32 PM  UPDATED 8 Jun 2017 - 10:34 AM

Wednesday 7 June

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman


United States, 2013
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Language: English, Romanian
Director: Fredrik Bond
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Montserrat Lombard, Vanessa Kirby, Aubrey Plaza, James Buckley, Melissa Leo, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, Mads Mikkelsen
What's it about?
Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) falls for Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen), her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. 

Wednesday 14 June

Man of Tai Chi


United States, 2013
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: Keanu Reeves
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Tiger Hu Chen, Karen Mok
What's it about?
A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.

Man of Tai Chi: Keanu Reeves interview
Man of Tai Chi Review

Ip Man 2


China, Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, History, Drama
Language: English
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, Lynn Hung
What's it about?
Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong. Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan (Sammo Hung).

Wednesday 21 June

Smokin' Aces


United States, 2006
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Joseph Ruskin, Common, Alicia Keys, Jason Bateman, Peter Berg, Ray Liotta
What's it about?
Mob boss Primo Sparazza (Joseph Ruskin) has taken out a hefty contract on buddy 'Aces' Israel (Jeremy Piven) – a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn states evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody under the supervision of two agnet (Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta) dispatched to Aces' Lake Tahoe hideout. When word of the price on Aces' head spreads into the community of ex-cons and cons-to-be, it entices bounty hunters, thugs-for-hire, smokin' hot vixens and double-crossing mobsters to join in the hunt. 

8 Assassins


Morocco, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Action
Language: Arabic, French
Director: Said C. Naciri
Starring: Mohamed Elachi, Sarah Kazemy, Affif Ben Badra, Anas El Baz, Dioucounda Koma, Karim Saidi
What's it about?
A young thief is pursued by bloodthirsty thugs from Marrakech to the harsh Moroccan wilderness. Trying to find shelter he only finds a beautiful woman, a tyrannical warlord and 8 assassins.

Wednesday 28 June

Shoot 'Em Up


United States, 2007
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Michael Davis
Starring: Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, Julian Richings
What's it about?
A gritty, fast-paced action thriller, Shoot 'Em Up kicks into high gear with a memorable opening scene and never relents. Clive Owen stars as Mr. Smith, a mysterious loner who teams up with an unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) to protect a newborn baby from a determined criminal (Paul Giamatti) who hunts them throughout the bowels of the city.

Shoot Em Up Review

(followed by) 

A Million

South Korea, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Park Hee-soon, Shin Min-ah, Cho Min-Ho
Starring: Hae-il Park
What's it about?
Eight strangers are led to believe that they have been selected for a Survivor-style television reality show in the Australian Outback to compete for a million-dollar prize. However, as eliminated contestants start turning up dead, they realise the game has life-or-death consequences.