Everyone has an inner adventure junkie. Really! It’s just that for some, it takes a lot of convincing, reassurances, and even bribery before that part of themselves comes out.
If you’re one of those people, maybe these five films can convince you to let out your adventurous side. They’re packed with adrenaline-pumping, death-defying action that will definitely keep you on your toes. You’ll definitely be reminded that sometimes, it’s worth living life on the edge.
Ready to find out what these five films are? Keep scrolling and keep reading! Promise, no major spoilers!
1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Life can be a series of misadventures and one film that perfectly captures that is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller stars as Walter Mitty, who is tasked by his company to look for the missing negative of a photo to be used as the company’s final magazine cover. To find the missing negative, he decides to track down the photojournalist who took the picture, Sean O’Connell (played by Sean Penn).
What follows is a hilarious adventure that brings Walter Mitty to places like Iceland and the Himalayas. He also ends up in pretty silly situations too, like using a longboard as a mode of transportation and jumping from a helicopter and missing the boat below.
While it definitely packs all the right comedy punches, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty showcases some of the world’s most beautiful places and will definitely make you want to travel. It’ll also remind you that life, like any other adventure out there, has its ups and downs and what matters most is how you look at it.
2. Blue Crush (2002)
With places like La Union, Baler, and Siargao, it’s no surprise that there’s been a growing interest in surfing here in the country. However, the idea of riding high waves may be daunting for some so if you need some inspiration, try watching Blue Crush first!
Kate Bosworth plays Anne Marie Chadwick, who was once poised to be a rising star in surfing. A near-drowning incident causes her to develop a fear of going back to actively competing. That’s until she, in serious need of money, signs up for a surfing competition that will take place in a popular surf spot called Pipeline.
Does she win the competition? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out!
3. Point Break (1991 and 2015)
Point Break, in a nutshell, is about a series of robberies and the FBI’s attempt to catch the group of men behind them. What makes this film more action packed and adrenaline charged is the special set of skills these bank robbers have.
In the 1991 original film, which stars Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze, the robbers are actually a group of surfers who can manage these robberies successfully in 90 seconds flat.
But if you’re up for even more action and adventure, the 2015 remake that stars Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez takes it to a whole new level. Expect to see some wingsuit flying, snowboarding, and solo rock climbing (with no safety equipment!).
4. xXx (2002)
You know who else has another special set of skills? No, not Liam Neeson. We’re talking about Xander Cage!
For those not familiar with the xXx franchise, Xander Cage (played by Vin Diesel) is actually a professional extreme sports athlete turned wanted criminal. In the 2002 xXx film, he accepts the offer from the National Security Agency to infiltrate a terrorist group and in exchange, his criminal record will be wiped clean. Not a very hard decision to make for someone like Xander Cage.
With the character’s extreme sports background, the movie definitely does not lack in that department. You get extreme motorcycling, snowboarding, and even skydiving!
5. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Mountaineers in particular will find the biographical film Seven Years in Tibet very relatable. It stars Brad Pitt and David Thewlis as Heinrich Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter, two real-life mountaineers whose story provides the basis of the movie.
The story happens during World War II and they are first imprisoned by British-Indian authorities because of their German citizenship. Harrer and Aufschnaiter manage to escape but they eventually realize that they’re faced with an adventure neither of them expected: mountain climbing their way to freedom by reaching Tibet. Definitely not an easy thing to do, especially when you take into account how rugged and dangerous the mountains in the area could be.
They eventually succeed and the rest of the film chronicles their (particularly Harrer’s) seven years in Tibet. Go and watch the film to see what happens in those seven years, including Harrer’s meeting with Dalai Lama (yes, it happened in real life).