Top Five Adventure Films

In Features by FilmJuice

Who doesn’t love an adventure film? Something that grips you from the opening scenes and takes you on a rollercoaster journey that leaves you awestruck, exhausted and completely satisfied. Trash – out this week – Trash tells the story of three young friends who discover a dark secret while foraging in piles of trash in their Brazilian slum. What follows is an incredible adventure that sees the boys fighting for their friends, their neighbourhood and even their lives.

In celebration of the release of Trash, we take a look five of the best adventure films to have hit the cinemas in recent years …

Life Of Pi
One boy, one Bengal tiger, one hyena, one broken legged zebra and an orang-utan find themselves stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What follows can be described as nothing other than an adventure of the highest order, as 16-year-old Pi fights to survive aboard his new home. This 3D adventure, based on Yann Martel’s extraordinary book of the same name, takes viewers on a journey like no other, as we watch our hero take on the ultimate challenge. An adventure movie like no other that met with enormous critical acclaim.

Into The Wild
Based on the book of the same name, Into The Wild, tells the true story of Chris McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch), as he ventured away from his family and his home to discover himself, and ultimately to test his survival skills in the depths of the Alaskan wilderness.

Along his way, he makes friends, enemies and painful discoveries, right up until the extraordinarily gripping and painful to watch climax. Teamed up with an incredible supporting cast, including Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart and Hal Holbrook, this is an adventure film not to be missed.

127 Hours
Most of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, takes place in one location, with one character. So it may be difficult to view this as an adventure film. However, the journey that adventure-junkie Aron Ralsten (played by James Franco), goes through while trapped by a boulder in an isolated canyon is simply incredible. From the moment he realises his predicament, James Franco shines in this harrowing true-life tale, which ultimately leads him to make a very big decision in order to survive. 

Sherlock Holmes
An adventure with a twist, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law bring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creations to life as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in this gripping, yet hilariously funny tale. Fighting against the clock, old friends and colleagues Holmes and Watson must work to stop a series of murders from happening, with a fantastic supporting cast including Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong.

The Book Of Eli
A post-apocalyptic neo-Western action adventure, The Book of Eli, tells the story of Eli (Denzel Washington) as he travels to the west coast of America on a mysterious mission, carrying with him a book that holds the key to save civilisation. On his journey, Eli makes many enemies intent of halting him in his journey and stealing the book for themselves.

An adventure in a world we’ve never known, Washington carries our attention throughout, with the help of co-stars Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals.

And for something a little more light hearted, action comedy adventure Sahara hit our screens in 2005. This story follows Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz on their quest to Africa to search for a ship, containing the last of the Confederacy’s treasury, that had mysteriously vanished back in 1865, following the discovery of a rare gold coin that had come from the ship. Romance, hijackings, fighting and laughs follow the three on their epic adventure to discover the lost secrets, buried within the Sahara. An adventure with a sense of humour.