In preparation for my release of the next installment of the Weir Codex series, THE KABUL INCIDENT novella (available in print and digital formats August 17, 2014!), I wanted to take a couple of minutes and talk about some of the influences behind my writing. As anyone familiar with me knows, I am an action film junkie. Since childhood, I’ve had an insatiable hunger for action, sci-fi and martial arts films. That love — starting with films like “Enter the Dragon,” “Black Belt Jones,” and “Star Wars” in the 70s, to “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Predator,” and “Terminator” in the 80s, and anything with Jean Claude Van Damme or Brandon Lee in the 90s — has continued to blossom and grow ever since.
Those films, and a steady diet of Chinese Kung-Fu movies and action-Anime from Japan, are the core, the essence, and the inspiration for the hardcore action-adventure stories I write.
Now, without further ado, here is my list of…
9 Bad-Ass Action Flicks That Inspired The Weir Codex!
9. New Police Story: My favorite of the “serious” Jackie Chan films, this has some amazing action sequences in it.
8. The City of Violence: This Korean-made film is one of my favorite, kick-ass, hardcore action flicks of all time.
7. Six-String Samurai: Martial arts, post-apocalyptic rockabilly, cannibals, and a dude that looks like Buddy Holly on the run from Death as he tries to claim Elvis’s Las Vegas Throne. What more do you need?
6. Hard Boiled: If I need to explain why this movie is here, then you are beyond my help and have no testosterone in your body at all.
5. The Raid: Redemption: This film is what I like to call a “third act” movie. It is essentially two hours of what would have been the final act in most other action films. It’s all the most intense fight and action scenes tossed together with just enough story to keep it from being a music video. Great stuff.
4. Fist Of Legend: This is a crappy US version of the trailer for a fantastic film. Jet Li stars in this incredible remake of the classed Bruce Lee film, Fist of Fury.
3. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: I probably lost you here, but the big musicals of the 50s were a major influence on the way later Chinese martial arts films were choreographed and this film is one of the best examples of it. Watch how its sequences are shot and then watch martial arts movies with a new eye. Do it now!
2. Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Ok, so not technically a movie, this is one of the best recent examples of bad ass action on US television. Amazing action sequences, fantastic acting and some incredible directing/editing all make the first season of Spartacus essential watching for any action fan.
1. Rapid Fire: Unarmed and Extremely Dangerous. I loved this movie – had some spectacular fight sequences in it. Brandon Lee had incredible charisma. Barry Blair once said to me “Imagine the Matrix if Brandon Lee had been Neo.” Ruined the Matrix for me.
If you take these films, mix in some high-powered weaponry and cybernetics, then you’ve got a good idea of the sort of tales I enjoy putting together. Lots of action, lots of explosions, and a whole lot of ass-kicking fun.
For more information on the new Weir Codex novella, THE KABUL INCIDENT, make sure to drop by my Author Page on Amazon.com. It will be available for order on August 17, 2014. Don’t miss out on the latest action-adventure rollercoaster ride from the author of the #1 Best-Selling Science Fiction novel, THE CESTUS CONCERN.
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius