So, I don’t know about you, but I watched Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video at least four times in the hour after it premiered. Chock full of stars, action, weapons and female assassins, the video was everything I could have ever wanted – except it was only four minutes long.
Luckily, we don’t have to wait for a Bad Blood movie to come out – though I will be writing one ASAP – because there are already several great films that will satisfy your craving. Gather your own friends, put on one (or more) of the movies below and you’ll have your own “mad love” party!
“A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility.” (IMDB).
So if you’ve heard anything about Sucker Punch, you’ve probably heard that it’s either a. controversial, b. terrible, or c. both. But during the entire Bad Blood video, all I could think about was this movie. The fantasy sequences, which are more or less all of what I remember of the film, feature Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung as a group of girls who take on everything from dragons to soldiers from World War I.
If you liked the action sequences of Bad Blood and how ridiculously over-the-top they were, particularly that last one with London falling to pieces behind everyone, then give Sucker Punch a try.
“A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.” (IMDB).
While Hanna unfortunately lacks the all-girl team-up of Bad Blood, the movie makes up for by giving its teenaged assassin near single-minded purpose. Played by Saoirse Ronan, Hanna Heller was raised to find and kill CIA officer Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett).
Both a coming-of-age movie and an assassin story, Hanna will provide you with the backstory that Bad Blood can’t go into in four minutes. And of course, there’s still non-stop action. Will Hanna succeed in her mission? Watch the movie and find out.
“The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her – a team she was once part of.” (IMDB).
At the heart of the Bad Blood music video is a story of betrayal: Arsyn (Selena Gomez) takes Catastrophe’s (Taylor Swift) score and pushes her out a window. We can assume the two were once on the same side as assassins but that falling out leads to the climatic final battle. A similar story is played out in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and to a lesser extent, its sequel.
Once a member of the almost all-female Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, the Bride (Uma Thurman) tried to get out of the assassin life, and her “friends” tried to kill her for her trouble. Most of the movie follows the Bride as she tracks down these assassins one-by-one to get her revenge.
Like Bad Blood, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 has a huge number of stars, including Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, and Daryl Hannah. So Kill Bill: Vol. 1 has everything that Bad Blood has – stars, action sequences, female assassins – and it’s much longer.
“While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.” (IMDB).
Although not the best of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife is the most reminiscent of Bad Blood. Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, who could be at this point deemed an assassin of sorts, and joining her from the third movie is Ali Larter as Claire Redfield.
The two must, of course, take on zombie hordes, and the film’s best battle sequence between Alice, Claire and the Axeman is worth watching the whole thing. If you like your movies with a bit more substance, try the second movie in the series Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which also features a team-up between Alice and one of the video game characters, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory).
“In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary ‘Battle Royale’ act.” (IMDB).
For contemporary American audiences, Battle Royale will be reminiscent of The Hunger Games, but this Japanese movie is way better – that is, if what you want is to watch kids killing each other. The film was nominated for several Japanese Academy Awards when it came out and won the Popularity Award.
Packed to the brim with death, blood and violence, Battle Royale is nonetheless a meditation on friendship, forcing viewers to confront what they would do in a similar situation. Other than simply the violence and themes of friendship, Battle Royale resembles Bad Blood in its focus on female killers – including one played by actress Chiaki Kuriyama, who takes on a similar role in both Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
“Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.” (IMDB).
Now, Charlie’s Angels may not seem like it belongs on this list, but I figure after a whole day of watching movies with violent, deadly action sequences, you could use a little levity. The movie stars Liu, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz as a group of crime-fighters who are assigned to rescue the kidnapped Eric Knox (Sam Rockwell).
Like Bad Blood, this movie features action and women helping women, but it does so in the context of a comedy, making it the perfect choice to finish off this list – a palate cleanser, if you will.
Of course, when you’re doing watching all the movies on this list, you can watch Bad Blood again, which is what I’ll be doing. And maybe someday soon that movie based on the video will be hitting theaters.
Any suggestions for what else to watch? Put them in the comments! I’m always up for watching more movies, particularly ones with female assassins and tons of action.