New book on action cinema arrives

‘Contemporary Action Cinema’, written by Lisa Purse, has arrived in bookstores this week. Focussing on action cinema of the 2000s, the book explores issues of visual style, narrative, representation and the various contexts of production through a diverse series of case studies including ‘Avatar’ (2009), ‘Casino Royale’ (2006), ‘The Hurt Locker’ (2008) and ‘Banlieue 13’ (2004). Yvonne Tasker, Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, has described this as an ‘impressive, intelligent book which takes account of the genre’s past but focuses attention on its present. Both rigorous and engaging, Purse brings our understanding of action up to date.’ Read more about the book here: