ISTJ on the Myers-Briggs® Personality Test scale is a person who uses common sense and is confident but does not want to waste time or be overly demonstrative. It stands for Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging, and this personality type can be characterized as reserved and orderly.
People who fall under this personality type are usually skilled with their hands and pragmatic; consequently, they would appreciate movies where a lot of dexterity is shown. Here are five action movies that this personality type will love, along with five they will hate.
10 Love: The Fugitive
In this film, Harrison Ford's Dr. Kimble is wrongly accused and is on the run from U.S. Marshall Sam Gerard, played by Tommy Lee Jones. ISTJs will enjoy The Fugitive because it is a straightforward duel to prove what actually happened; furthermore, the film keeps viewers interested from start to finish.
There are no over-the-top performances and the action is strong with little in the way of excess and the viewer will not feel like there is anything missing.
9 Hate: Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot
Sylvester Stallone tries out some comedy in this attempt to pad out his resume; unfortunately, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot falls short when it comes to both thrills and laughs. The action sequences are not enough to support the lackluster performances and this movie would not be recommended for the ISTJ personality.
The movie is overblown and loud; therefore, for someone who prefers the quiet, it will feel like a chore to get through Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot.
8 Love: The Hunted
In this action movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, a retired special forces consultant is called back in to take down his former star pupil after he has gone AWOL.
The Hunted will suit the ISTJ personality because it is about two lead actors who are playing skilled and pragmatic tacticians. Both are highly adept at maneuvering in the wild and ISTJs will appreciate the skill that is demonstrated throughout the film.
7 Hate: Aquaman
Along uneven acting and a disappointing plot, Aquaman tries to be like a Marvel blockbuster but does not quite stick the landing. While excessive use of special effects might not disappoint some personalities, for ISTJs, Aquaman will feel like a monstrosity of effects.
For reserved people, it could be tedious to get through this bloated movie, especially since superhero movies do not always have the most engrossing stories. Aquaman is also superficial, which will hurt the film's entertainment value for someone with an ISTJ personality.
6 Love: Mission Impossible
After Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) IMF team is taken out while on a mission, he has to put together his own team and finish the job he started in order to clear his name.
This intense spy thriller will fit well with the methodical ISTJ personality type because the characters move swiftly and get right to business. The dialogue is crisp and, while somewhat exaggerated, Mission Impossible's internal logic makes sense, allowing ISTJs to just enjoy the plot.
5 Hate: The Glimmer Man
In this 1996 action flick, Steven Segal delivers his typical type of entertainment in a movie that bombed at the box office. Steven Segal has been parodied a lot over the years but some of it is deserved.
In his movies, Seagal often portrays personalities who are verbose and arrogant, certainly not the same as an ISTJ type. Other movies of his might work for the ISTJ but this film will not get the job done for someone with a reserved personality.
4 Love: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
An American spy and Russian KGB officer have to team up and take down a terrorist group with Nazi leanings during the Cold War era. This suave film will provide a good aesthetic for people who like a story with a sense of adventure that still adheres to the popular tropes of the action genre.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s cast have great chemistry and the humorous parts also blend well with the more action-heavy sequences. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. feels like a throwback to '60s spy thrillers, something ISTJs are likely to appreciate.
3 Hate: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Cruise misses on this sequel to very good action movie. In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Reacher gets mixed up in a military cover-up while discovering he might be a father; unfortunately, none of it really works.
The first installment of this film series was great but the lead up to the second movie did not deliver. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is convoluted and the plot stumbles at a few different points, things that will not mesh well with a logistician who likes things to be in order.
2 Love: Predator
An elite military team is called in by the CIA to save a missing ambassador, but they end up facing off against an alien hunter that is on safari on Earth and looking to bag a bunch of human trophies.
The skillset that Predator's soldiers demonstrate while moving through the jungle will be fun to watch for people who like to lead and silently handle vicissitudes. It is a classic action movie that will not disappoint if it is selected for a movie night.
1 Hate: Killing Season
John Travolta and Robert De Niro team up in this disappointing 2013 action movie that has them play ex-soldiers battling it out in the mountains.
ISTJ personalities will not really enjoy Killing Season because the movie delivers no real lasting impact and leaves viewers craving something more substantial that also gets to the point. While seeing these two huge movie stars in the same movie is initially exciting, the script and film do not deliver enough thrills or character depth to keep detail-focused people engaged.
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