Modern Action Star Memento 3: Vin Diesel

February 17, 2012 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

Vin Diesel has played a tough guy in almost all of his movies. Hollywood has tried to breed this man to be the new Arnold or Sly, but have they been successful? Well to start let’s explore these actors early works.

Arnold began his career with a couple of duds, i.e. Hercules in New York, but really rose to fame when portraying the T-800 in The Terminator. This movie was not only a great action movie, but a great movie overall. It has been deemed a culturally significant film even close to 30 years after it was first released. Outside of the Terminator Franchise, there have been films like Predator, Eraser, True Lies, and even End of Days (the last one is a bit of a guilty pleasure). There was even a certain charm to films like Commando, or The Running Man, which made them watchable and enjoyable.

Sly’s two most acclaimed movies were Rocky and First Blood, both of which are not overhyped at all. These films are both classic, and Stallone’s monologue at the end of First Blood, is one of the more powerful in cinematic history. Even with terrible films such as Stop of Mom Will Shoot or Judge Dredd, Stallone has a few amazing notches on his belt, and even in horrible movies, Stallone still has that undeniably charismatic screen presence.

Vin Diesel’s early works constituted XXX, The Fast and the Furious, and Pitch Black. None of these were great movies, and they were campy as action movies at best. So when he did The Pacifist, the credibility VD had accumulated was not on the same level as Arnie’s prior to filming Junior.

I actually do enjoy Vin Diesel for the most part, but he really is not an amazing on-screen presense. For now, Vinny Baby is probably the best we have, which is a sad reminder of what used to be.


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