Summer is the time for big dumb movies with lots of explosions. Here are some belters it’s okay to love
Point Break (1991): This is an adrenaline-fuelled thrill-fest with more classic moments than Keanu could aim a surfer-dude ‘whoa’ at. Patrick Swayze wins a pacey chase through suburban back gardens, Keanu jumps out of a plane without a parachute, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis has his foot shot to pieces. Even more astounding, this awesome actioner is directed by a woman – The Hurt Locker-steering Kathryn Bigelow, no less – who has zero trouble turning the tempo to overdrive.
Con Air (1997): We weren’t sure they were kidding until Nic Cage hisses: ‘Put… the bunny… back… in the box.’ Then the plane crashes into Vegas.
33 Crank (2006): It’s the perfect dumb movie set-up: Jason Statham has to keep his heart rate up or a deadly poison will kill him, making high-octane high jinks compulsory.
The Running Man (1987): We still laugh when evil TV host Damon Killian collides with a billboard, causing an inexplicably enormous explosion. One for the Arnie archives.
Moonraker (1979): Surely the silliest Bond movie ever made (no small feat), undoubtedly the best scene is when Roger Moore’s gondola sprouts wheels on dry land.
Broken Arrow (1996): You know you’re in for high-stakes OTT madness when the huge nuclear explosion happens in the middle of the movie. John Woo continues to crank it up from there.
Speed (1994): Keanu’s second spot on this list is well-earned – making a bus jump over a 50ft gap is without doubt one of the silliest things we’ve ever seen.
Demolition Man (1993): Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme were originally set to appear in this silly sci-fi satire, but both dropped out when Van Damme complained he wanted to play the good guy.
Charlie’s Angels (2000): This action-for-girls effort pairs cartoony costume changes with fiercely fun fight scenes. Daftest of all is Drew Barrymore’s rubbish moonwalk.
True Lies (1994): James Cameron’s action spoof was the most expensive film ever made at the time, costing an estimated US$120 million. The director topped it three years later, blowing double on Titanic.