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Five Action Movies to Stream Now

The selections for this month include Indian spy games, a humorous swashbuckling French adventure, and more.

‘Deadland’

Not quite a bust-em-up, shoot-em-up movie, filmmaker Lance Larson’s “Deadland” is a border story that appropriately blurs the lines between slow burn, thriller, horror, and action. When border patrol agent Angel Waters (Roberto Urbina) brings a nameless, nearly lifeless immigrant (Luis Chávez) he found floating in the water to base, it works on a more subdued psychological level. Cruz (Julieth Restrepo), a coworker of Waters’s, attempts to assist the victim, but is shot and killed by Ray Hitchcock (McCaul Lombardi), an overzealous police officer.

“Deadland” is a tense movie that uses well-timed jump scares, intense standoffs, and insane nightmare sequences to depict the police officers’ fracturing bonds. Even after burying the man’s body, these cops are unable to hide their wrongdoing. He haunts them even now, and the suspenseful ending pierces the pain felt by a ghost who never got the simpler life he so desperately wanted.

‘All-Time High’

Youssef (Nassim Lyes) is a dishonest person with a bad luck story, a gambler, and a purveyor of phoney high-end handbags. His wealthy girlfriend believes he works at an office job, therefore he is pulling these tricks to win her over. She leaves Youssef after he tells her the truth, exposing his bald head beneath his wig. Soon, Youssef will be dating a card shark with a cryptocurrency fortune named Stephanie (Zoé Marchal). However, his compulsive gambling catches up to him, and some men are dispatched to find him.

“All-Time High,” a comic swashbuckling adventure directed by French writer-director Julien Hollande, follows Youssef and Stephanie, a couple whose dull disputes invariably culminate in raucous sex. A sweeping camera records the two of them fighting their way through an underground card game. Later, they engage in an exhilarating motorbike chase in which they recklessly shoot at their assailants. It serves as a reminder that the funniest action heroes aren’t always the most skilled ones.

‘Khufiya’

“Khufiya” by Vishal Bhardwaj starts out strong when Heena Papon Rehman (Azmeri Haque Badhon), also known as Octopus, shows up at a fancy party with plans to kill Brig. Saqlain Mirza (Shataf Figar). Despite her best efforts, Mirza is not fooled by the gorgeous Rehman, and he ends up stabbing her to death. There is obviously a mole within her ranks. Her lover and boss, Tabu (Krishna Mehra), starts her own investigation. Soon after, a suspect named Ravi (Ali Fazal), an intelligence agent, comes to light.

The thrilling spy film “Khufiya” is based on Amar Bhushan’s book “Escape to Nowhere.” The well calibrated mechanisms that propel this picture are ulterior reasons, conflicting geopolitical goals between India and the US, and a sequence of flashbacks that explain how Rehman got into Mirza’s orbit. The movie is also good at giving the impression that you are living on the brink of death; the thrills are provided by Bhardwaj’s swift, unrelenting assassinations, which include targets poisoned by food and innocent bystanders struck by cars.

‘Your Lucky Day’

Flipping through a magazine at a convenience store, Sterling (Angus Cloud), a small-time drug dealer, hears an affluent customer celebrating winning the $156 million Mega Ball prize. With haste, Sterling rips a page off the magazine, wraps it around his head to hide his identity, takes out a gun, and points it at the client. A shooting breaks out when a policeman shows up, killing both the customer and the cop. A creative solution is needed to clean up the messy robbery, so Sterling offers the owner and a young couple, among others, a share of the jackpot in exchange for helping him hide the crime.

‘Malbatt: Misi Bakara’

If you’ve seen the 1993 film “Black Hawk Down” starring Ridley Scott, you’re certainly aware with the true account of the Black Hawk crew’s 1993 rescue from Mogadishu, Somalia. The same scenario is told in the frantic war movie “Malbatt: Misi Bakara” by Adrian Teh, but from the viewpoint of the 19th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment, which was sent to help with the mission.

Although these Malaysian soldiers volunteered for this hazardous duty, their American counterparts do not regard them; to them, the Malaysians are merely a means of transportation, not fellow combatants.

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