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Two new Netflix action movies are storming the charts for very different reasons

by Stewart Cole

Netflix's top 10 has two new action movies – both are a great watch, but for very different reasons.

While risible Lift is still at the top, according to Flix Patrolthe second and third places are occupied by Sixty Minutes and Badland Hunters.

Both are Netflix Originals and have action at their heart, but that's where the similarities end.

The first is Sixty Minutes. If you like your action movies to be frantic and fast then this German film is for you.

The premise: “Mixed martial arts fighter Octavio (Emilio Sakraya) has just 60 minutes to get to his daughter's birthday party – or risk losing custody forever.

“But when he abandons a race to get there, he finds himself on the run from dangerous criminals, in a race against time across the city.”

The best thing about this movie is that it plays “Run Lola Run” in time, with the movie playing almost in real time – complete with a timer – as Octavio uses all his parkour skills to try to reach the his daughter.

It currently has just 56% on Rotten Tomatoesbut this is a movie that seemingly came out of nowhere, so there aren't many reviews for it (yet).

Reviewers call it “Basically a 'Run Lola Run' riff with MMA and parkour trimmings” (Movie Nation) and Fiction Machine says: “It's definitely a derivative film – you can spot the influences and it separates the work really well of European action cinema inspired by Besson – but to borrow an old phrase it 'does what it says on the tin' and does it extremely well'.

While Everything's Interesting says “Emilio Sakraya is amazing; this is his movie, forever.”

Next up is the soon-to-be cult classic Badland Hunters – which is second in Netflix's global top 10 right now. This South Korean film stars action king Ma Dong-seok (who also starred in Train To Busan).

It's an apocalyptic action film that sees Seoul transformed into an apocalyptic wasteland. Dong-seok plays a hunter who tries to save a friend from a deranged scientist.

If you're a fan of high-concept thrillers, then this one's for you – and the reviews it's received are pretty glowing. Although it hasn't received a huge number of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, sitting at a cool 87%.

Movie Nation says: “The action beats are top-notch, the fight choreography next-level, and the trash talk…it's the ultimate in B-movie pithy.”

Ready Steady Cut calculates: “Badland Hunters is thrilling from start to finish, full of action, danger, brutality and a bit of humor to top it off.”

But why Tho? He notes: “Badland Hunters isn't high art, but it's laugh-out-loud fun that gets stronger with each subsequent act.”

Both Sixty Minutes and Badland Hunters are streaming now.

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