Blood-soaked, profanity-doused and bare-chested are just a few of the double-barrelled words attributed to the late 80's/early 90's action genre; guns fired bullets that ripped through bodies spilling near-fluorescent blood, sex scenes existed and shown their good share of breast (art), and action heroes weren't teen pin ups - they were men.
Cinema's collective balls fell off - that's what happened.
Carolco Pictures (the guys responsible for the Rambo series, Robocop, Terminator 2, etc.) came up with some stinkers which resulted in bankruptcy - this potentially put a couple of nails in the coffin of the action genre, but surely there was someone else out there ready to swing their giant balls and say "Yeah, I've got big balls and I'm going to make an action movie with an 18 certificate, and I don't fucking care because the right people are going to watch it". I'm the right people. I think I'm hard done by, and I want someone to get on this now. Where's The Running Man of '09? Where's the next Robocop?
I want 2009's answer to Total Recall.
It's not too much to ask is it?