Regardless of what you might think about the quality of the modern action movie, it's clearly still a very strong genre in terms of popularity and sales.
We've had quite a few films that covered pretty diverse ground... from the superhero-focused Avengers and Dark Knight Rises, to the throwback Expendables 2, to more original films such as Looper. This year we also got remakes like Total Recall, and uh, well, Battleship.
I haven't seen them all, but I still got out to see most of the major action films released in 2012. So far, my vote for the best would go to Dredd, which was a really tightly focused film that I enjoyed immensely.
What would get your pick, and why? Think action movies are getting better, or was this a bad year overall for this kind of thing?