12 Best Aaron Taylor Johnson Movies You Must See

May 12, 2018
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When Aaron Taylor Johnson ended up winning the 2017’s Golden Globe award for best supporting actor over Maharshala Ali, many people were surprised. Apart from Kick Ass and his Quick Silver performance in the Avengers-Age of Ultron, he was fairly unknown to the general audience.

However, research on the young man’s career will leave you impressed with his acting credentials. At just 27, Aaron Taylor Johnson has proved to be one of the most promising stars on the rise. His choices of roles have been interesting and bold, and seem to be cautiously walking the fine line between being artsy and commercial. Here is the list of top Aaron Taylor Johnson movies.


12. The Wall (2017)

The Wall is a 2017 American war thriller film directed by Doug Liman and written by Dwain Worrell. It follows two American Soldiers who are trapped by a lethal Iraqi sniper. Only an unsteady wall stands between the two sides.

You may think that ‘The Wall’ is a typical action war film, but it is way more than that. The movie itself is an Intelligent thriller with realistic dialogue and contains tremendous acting performances. The setting and the general atmosphere for the place was perfectly made to carry out the story. Brilliantly directed and efficiently shot, it is a thriller film capable of making you hold your seat tight.


11. Anna Karenina (2012)

Anna Karenina is a 2012 British historical romance film directed by Joe Wright. It is adapted by Tom Stoppard from Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel of the same name. The story follows the titular character Anna Karenina, who is married and has a son, meeting Count Vronsky while visiting her brother. Their mutual attraction leads her to grief and tragedy.

Many hard-core Tolstoy fans were not happy with the film for the liberties that it takes and understandably so. But one can’t deny the boldness of the filmmakers in attempting to recreate one of the most respected piece of literature. The cinematography is breathtaking and every shot is a visual feast. The acting performances in the film are memorable especially Law who commands ever scene he appears in.


10. Kick-Ass 2 (2012)

Kick-Ass 2 is a 2013 superhero black comedy film based on the comic book of the same name and Hit-Girl, both by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The sequel to the 2010 original, it yet again follows Kick Ass and his fellow costume people fighting against injustice. When an evil Red Mist learns about it, he plans to take revenge on Kick-Ass.

First and foremost, this is nowhere near as good as the original. It lacks the novelty and charm, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun film. Kick Ass 2 is as ambitious and bold as the original, with the return of all the unforgettable characters. Some of the new characters are interesting as well and compliments the story greatly. The fight sequences are hilarious and amazing to watch.


9. Godzilla (2014)

The latest Big Budget depiction of Godzilla was released in 2014, co produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. The film directed by Gareth Edwards was a commercial and critical success, which prompted Toho to make a reboot of their own. The film follows the rise of the ancient behemoth Godzilla to fight against the monstrous creatures classified as MUTO.

After the disappointment of the 1998 Godzilla, Hollywood had to redeem itself in concern with the lizard monster. Edward’s ‘Godzilla’ however is a fantastic homage and is a feast to the eyes. The film remains loyal to the origins of the story unlike the 1998 film and fans of the original will not be disappointed. The film drags a little in the middle and there’s too much screen time for the humans, but apart from that, it is fantastic entertainment.


8. Shanghai Knights (2003)

Shanghai Knights is a 2003 American-Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film. It is the sequel to the very successful Shanghai Noon. The film stars Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson as Choy and Roy respectively as theu travel to London to avenge Chon’s father’s death. They team up with Chon’s sister and discover that there is a worldwide plot to murder the royal family. Aaron Taylor Jones plays the part of Charlie Chaplin in the film.

Chan often working best with a sidekick, finds a perfect match in Owen Wilson. The duo’s chemistry is undeniable and keeps the film jolly and uplifting. As you can always expect from Chan, fight scenes are well choreographed and looks super cool. The Sherlock Holmes gag with the author and Taylor Johnson’s Charlie Chaplin is one of the highlights of the film.


7. Savages (2012)

Savages is a 2012 American crime thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It is based on Don Winslow’s novel of the same name. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Blake Lively, Selma Hayek, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor Johnson, John Travolta and Benicio Del Toro. In the film two weed dealers rely on a controversial anti-narcotic government official to liberate their kidnapped girlfriend from a ruthless Mexican drug cartel.

Savages is a gritty, brutal film that is able to well balance the action and the drama. Despite the poor dialogue writing, the film contains a great plot that will keep you at the edge of the seat. Everyone performs well in the film except Blake Lively, who also happens to narrate the film. The cinematography is worth a nod for its unique capturing of a gritty violent drama.

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