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Thursday 18 September 2014

Daniel Radcliffe: Action movies lack good storylines

Criticism: Daniel Radcliffe

Hollywood star Daniel Radcliffe has criticised today's action movies - saying that they are not being made as well as they used to be.

The actor said that he used to enjoy blockbuster action films such as Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis, and The Matrix, featuring Keanu Reeves.

But the former Harry Potter star, set to appear in new rom-com What If, complained that the films were now formulaic and lacked decent stories.

"People think that the romantic comedy genre (has) had a bad time recently, and I get that, but I don't think it's as bad as the action movie... there is never a character involved in any of those films," he said.

"And I like action movies, I feel like there used to be lots of really witty ones, like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, and those kind of films."

He pointed to "a couple of good action films" such as The Bourne Identity, "the great action movie of our time", but complained that they were now "few and far between." Radcliffe said that while today's action movies were laden with "incredible, impressive" special effects, they lacked character and stories.

"Ultimately what makes the action movies... that I love, like Die Hard and Matrix, are movies that have amazing stories and amazing characters and characters that you're rooting for and thrilled by all the time."

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