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C'mon Hollywood: Get back in the Fight!

Jan. 8, 2013by: Paul Shirey

In the summer of 1989, a little movie by the name of BATMAN came out. I was 12 years old, immersed in comics, and ready to have my mind blown on the day that I finally got to the theater to see Tim Burton’s vision come to life. The theater was jam-packed on the afternoon I went and as I got to the ticket counter I saw my best friend exiting his screening, looking like he’d just seen naked boobies for the first time in his life. I approached him with much anticipation, because he held the answer to the burning question that would make-or-break my BATMAN experience. “Does Batman punch the Joker?” I asked, like the world depended on it. He could only nod, as he was still rendered speechless. I sighed with relief.

Now, it may seem silly that the simple action of a fist to the face could mean the difference between loving or simply liking a movie, but when it comes to the struggle between protagonist and antagonist in an action movie, it should be a top priority. It doesn’t have to happen in every single action movie made, but for those that create a dynamic between good and evil that makes you surge with bloodlust, I think it’s a crime to exclude a worthy mano y mano brawl.

When I think of the all-time best fight scenes, it barely scrapes past 2004. They’ve gotten so few and far between, with things like PG-13 ratings and the slow decline of the old-school action movie, creating bloodless, passionless bouts that end like the last stage of a rated-E video game, rather than a brutal, tension-filled scrap. To me, the best fight scene of all time is Bruce Willis vs. Alexander Gudunov in DIE HARD. It’s personal, it’s vicious, it’s bloody, and doesn’t feel choreographed like a ballet. It’s a fight you feel you have a stake in.

Similarly awesome, epic fight scenes include Patrick Swayze’s brawl with Jimmy in ROAD HOUSE, the throwdown between Mel Gibson and Gary Busey in LETHAL WEAPON, the alleyway match between Roddy Piper and Keith David in THEY LIVE and KILL BILL: VOLUME II’s battle royale between The Bride and Elle Driver. And who can forget Arnold vs. the PREDATOR in McTiernan's masterpiece?  Those were all personal fights, each carrying weight within the story, each character having a grudge to work out. They create those, “F*ck, yeah!” moments that make fight scenes so engrossing. Sure, it’s fun to see henchmen dispatched at random, but after awhile, you want to see something of substance; you want to see the boss-level fight that’s worth the wait.

Too often these days, we’re shouldered with fight scenes that are choreographed so delicately that it’s more like watching a play than a personal conflict. There are exceptions; Neo vs. Agent Smith in the first MATRIX film is one of the few that gets down and dirty, while being choreographed to the fullest. Daniel Craig's Bond in his last three films, especially SKYFALL has done a bang-up job (literally), as have the BOURNE films. So, to, THE RAID: REDEMPTION, the most recent example of a worthy fight scene that benefitted from building up both the protagonists and antagonists to create a match that you wanted to see; one that you cared to see.

The modern-day action movie, across all genres (superhero, straight action, thriller, etc.) seem to have calmed the conflict and opted for over-before-you-know it bouts, complete with bloodless rounds of combat that come to a close before you can even start to care. There are tons of examples, but to name a few that should have delivered, I’ll start with SUPERMAN RETURNS, a movie that should have been the reintroduction of one of the most iconic and strongest characters in the medium. And what is his big finish? Well, after getting has ass handed to him by henchmen, he picks up a giant rock and throws it into space. Roll credits.

The same with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Finally, Cap vs. Red Skull, surely a fight to get excited about, right? Nope. They just kind of float around and throw some jabs, like two brothers wrestling over a GI Joe. Or IRON MAN 2, when Crimson Dynamo [edit: Whiplash] lands, finally decked out in his suit and ready for action. I sat back in the theater, ready to settle into an epic fight. Then, there was a flash of light and it was over, as if it never began.

Even THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, which built up the dynamic between Batman and Bane for two hours, had Bruce Wayne do some push ups and jump onto a ledge in order to prepare for a battle that BROKE HIS BACK. For the big finale rematch, the fight started off okay, but ended abruptly and with a very anti-climactic finish. Daniel Laruso at least went back to Mr. Miyagi to learn some new tricks each time he had to face a stronger opponent. Not Batman. Push-ups are all that’s needed.

One of the coolest things I saw last year was the beatdown of Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme in THE EXPENDABLES 2. It was reminiscent of those classic good-guy-bad-guy brawls of old, where they both hated each other for good reason and took it to the mat. It’s so rare to get to that point these days, with energy power blasts and philosophical cliffhangers leaving us without the satisfaction of a well-rounded conflict (i.e. street brawl). It’s time to remember what makes going to these types of movies fun, and oftentimes it’s as simple as the main characters beating the shit out of each other. Is that too much to ask?

Extra Tidbit: Although not popular with the masses, I felt the scrap between Henry Cavill, our future Superman, vs. Mickey Rourke in Immortals was a brutally good bout. Check it out!
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10:16AM on 01/08/2013
Agreed, I miss brutal one-on-one fights and also the ones I can actually see (f#cking shaky-cam) which is why the fights in DKR and THE RAID give me hope again.
Agreed, I miss brutal one-on-one fights and also the ones I can actually see (f#cking shaky-cam) which is why the fights in DKR and THE RAID give me hope again.
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10:19AM on 01/08/2013

Few errors in the article.

Iron Man 2 did not feature Crimson Dynamo. It was Whiplash. And Bane did not break Batmans back in TDKR. He merely dislodged a vertebra.
Iron Man 2 did not feature Crimson Dynamo. It was Whiplash. And Bane did not break Batmans back in TDKR. He merely dislodged a vertebra.
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3:49PM on 01/08/2013
A Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique was sorely missed at the end of TDKR. And don't get me wrong. I really dig the movie, but have some big gripes in a lot of areas. It's an imperfect slice of awesome. A great cheeseburger with a stale bun.
A Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique was sorely missed at the end of TDKR. And don't get me wrong. I really dig the movie, but have some big gripes in a lot of areas. It's an imperfect slice of awesome. A great cheeseburger with a stale bun.
2:44PM on 01/08/2013
Batman should have met one of the guys in prison who trained Bane or something and knew a special move that would always work on him, I don't know- maybe the ghost of Ra's showed him the 5 finger death punch, haha
Batman should have met one of the guys in prison who trained Bane or something and knew a special move that would always work on him, I don't know- maybe the ghost of Ra's showed him the 5 finger death punch, haha
11:45AM on 01/08/2013
I was being snarky more than anything there. I think the point is that the juice was not worth the squeeze. Batman never did anything other than some push ups to prepare for his final battle with Bane, like learn how to break ice chunks with a karate chop. There should have been some realization (that was shown onscreen) where Batman got the upper hand (another complaint against the film, as it virtually robs the detective aspect from Bats) using his brain and brawn together. Instead, it
I was being snarky more than anything there. I think the point is that the juice was not worth the squeeze. Batman never did anything other than some push ups to prepare for his final battle with Bane, like learn how to break ice chunks with a karate chop. There should have been some realization (that was shown onscreen) where Batman got the upper hand (another complaint against the film, as it virtually robs the detective aspect from Bats) using his brain and brawn together. Instead, it just felt like round 2, rather than, "Awwww, shit, here we go!"

That was my feeling, anyway.
11:19AM on 01/08/2013
Slipping a disc can vary from just pushing it back in and letting it heal to major surgery to remove a crushed disc and then the vertebrate are fused together.
breaking your back means snapping the vertebrate in your spine.
In TDKR if he'd broken Batman's back then he would have been fighting him from the Batrascal Mobility Scooter at the end.
Slipping a disc can vary from just pushing it back in and letting it heal to major surgery to remove a crushed disc and then the vertebrate are fused together.
breaking your back means snapping the vertebrate in your spine.
In TDKR if he'd broken Batman's back then he would have been fighting him from the Batrascal Mobility Scooter at the end.
11:07AM on 01/08/2013
Yes, you are correct, it is Whiplash. Is dislodging a vertebra an easy fix? Like Martin Riggs and his shoulder?
Yes, you are correct, it is Whiplash. Is dislodging a vertebra an easy fix? Like Martin Riggs and his shoulder?
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10:21AM on 01/08/2013
That's what's been echoing in my head for the past years. The Marvel movies (except for The Incredible Hulk) are the biggest offenders of them all.

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I also was disappointed in Skyfall in that respect. What should have been a mano-e-mano fight between Bond and Silva, i.e. Goldeneye, ended up with Bond just throwing a knife in his back.
That's what's been echoing in my head for the past years. The Marvel movies (except for The Incredible Hulk) are the biggest offenders of them all.

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I also was disappointed in Skyfall in that respect. What should have been a mano-e-mano fight between Bond and Silva, i.e. Goldeneye, ended up with Bond just throwing a knife in his back.
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6:14AM on 01/09/2013
I don't know. While Javier Bardem might be able to pull off a gritty mano a mano fight, I don't think that Silva fit the bill to to so, especially after having his body wrecked by cyanide. I'm sure the next Bond villain will have a worthy climactic fight scene.
I don't know. While Javier Bardem might be able to pull off a gritty mano a mano fight, I don't think that Silva fit the bill to to so, especially after having his body wrecked by cyanide. I'm sure the next Bond villain will have a worthy climactic fight scene.
11:48AM on 01/08/2013
Couldn't agree more on the end of Skyfall. I loved every other thing about that movie with the exception of that lazy kill.
Couldn't agree more on the end of Skyfall. I loved every other thing about that movie with the exception of that lazy kill.
10:24AM on 01/08/2013

YES...

...totally agree, I miss the epic throwdowns and I'm so tired of the quick-cut fights. John Matrix vs. Dillon in Commando is another epic fight.
...totally agree, I miss the epic throwdowns and I'm so tired of the quick-cut fights. John Matrix vs. Dillon in Commando is another epic fight.
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10:35AM on 01/08/2013
I agree with you and the choreographed fight scenes being an exception. Bourne being the greatest fight scenes I've seen in a long time. Chinese cinema never lets down when it comes to a fight. Most martial arts movies end with a bang. But that is a whole another plate. American cinema lacks that mission. And I hope films get more of this. Great article man!
I agree with you and the choreographed fight scenes being an exception. Bourne being the greatest fight scenes I've seen in a long time. Chinese cinema never lets down when it comes to a fight. Most martial arts movies end with a bang. But that is a whole another plate. American cinema lacks that mission. And I hope films get more of this. Great article man!
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10:48AM on 01/08/2013
Agree with the article. I think it's just us schmoes that want to see old-school brawl on screen between the hero and the villain. The good 'fight' scene I last saw was the fight between Tom Cruise and Dougray Scott on the beach in Mission Impossible 2. Sure, the fight ended with gun fight but the brawl led up to it was pretty good. The fight scene in The Matrix Revolution was good too but in some scenes you can clearly see that it's CGI. Now I'm looking forward to Keanu Reeves movie (can't
Agree with the article. I think it's just us schmoes that want to see old-school brawl on screen between the hero and the villain. The good 'fight' scene I last saw was the fight between Tom Cruise and Dougray Scott on the beach in Mission Impossible 2. Sure, the fight ended with gun fight but the brawl led up to it was pretty good. The fight scene in The Matrix Revolution was good too but in some scenes you can clearly see that it's CGI. Now I'm looking forward to Keanu Reeves movie (can't remember the title) that he mentioned opting for a special camera movement that would capture the very nature of martial art.
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11:16AM on 01/08/2013
This is one of those things I haven't thought so much about until you bring it up. And yes, I miss the mano a mano fight scenes. Actually, Ghost Protocol had a pretty good one between Cruise and Michael Nyqvist, even though it's overshadowed by the spectacular scene climbing the tower, and some inventive chase sequences.

Probably one of my favorite throwdowns of the last decade is in Pinapple Express, when they tear up Danny McBride's house.
This is one of those things I haven't thought so much about until you bring it up. And yes, I miss the mano a mano fight scenes. Actually, Ghost Protocol had a pretty good one between Cruise and Michael Nyqvist, even though it's overshadowed by the spectacular scene climbing the tower, and some inventive chase sequences.

Probably one of my favorite throwdowns of the last decade is in Pinapple Express, when they tear up Danny McBride's house.
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11:16AM on 01/08/2013

agreed

Love your examples of great fight scenes. Last decent one i saw in a blockbuster was Rock vs Diesel in Fast 5 but nothing like the Lethal Weapon/ Road House glory days. Hopefully Hollywood turns it around.
Love your examples of great fight scenes. Last decent one i saw in a blockbuster was Rock vs Diesel in Fast 5 but nothing like the Lethal Weapon/ Road House glory days. Hopefully Hollywood turns it around.
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11:31AM on 01/08/2013

I agree totally

It's something I've noticed for a while. The endings are more like abrupt conclusions and the villains lose way too fast. Jack Reacher was very guilty of this. The end scene between the sniper and Tom Cruise punching it out should have been way longer. Then The Prisoner should have had SOME physical engagement. Anything other than sitting there.
It's something I've noticed for a while. The endings are more like abrupt conclusions and the villains lose way too fast. Jack Reacher was very guilty of this. The end scene between the sniper and Tom Cruise punching it out should have been way longer. Then The Prisoner should have had SOME physical engagement. Anything other than sitting there.
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11:33AM on 01/08/2013

The best fight of 2012

Ted vs. Johnny in "Ted"
Ted vs. Johnny in "Ted"
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1:25PM on 01/08/2013
Every now and then we get some gems, such as THE RAID which was a blast from the get-go.. with my personal favorite being the fight between Mad Dog and Jaka... Damn it was cool, raw and "simple". It felt emotional and personal.

Totally agreed with this article!
Every now and then we get some gems, such as THE RAID which was a blast from the get-go.. with my personal favorite being the fight between Mad Dog and Jaka... Damn it was cool, raw and "simple". It felt emotional and personal.

Totally agreed with this article!
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1:39PM on 01/08/2013

Hear Hear!

Completely agree, except for a few of the examples you used. But seriously, the Bourne Trilogy definitely proved that choreographed fights don't have to look like ballet...they can be real gritty, bloody affairs that has us personally invested in the character. This is a weird example, but the 1st Lord of the Rings movie had this to an extent. Then by the 2nd and 3rd movies, all it took was a weak swipe at the fully armoured chest of an orc, and they were down. Weak. Besides that, I loved that
Completely agree, except for a few of the examples you used. But seriously, the Bourne Trilogy definitely proved that choreographed fights don't have to look like ballet...they can be real gritty, bloody affairs that has us personally invested in the character. This is a weird example, but the 1st Lord of the Rings movie had this to an extent. Then by the 2nd and 3rd movies, all it took was a weak swipe at the fully armoured chest of an orc, and they were down. Weak. Besides that, I loved that trilogy though. And as for using TDKR as an example, I think a lot of people missed the point. It had more to do with the fact that Wayne had to FEAR death again, not the push-ups or stupid back punch remedy. Everything about the 1st fight was doomed from the start. Wayne's reasons for coming out of early retirement were flawed. It's why he failed so miserably. I agree the anti-climactic ending with Catwoman coming to the rescue was VERY weak, but that doesn't take away why Bruce had the upper hand in the 2nd fight. He learned to actually feared death again. And it's great irony and brings the story full circle, when you consider what the main theme of the 1st movie was about.
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3:30PM on 01/08/2013
I can't agree with you more friend!
I can't agree with you more friend!
3:17PM on 01/08/2013
I absolutey agree with what you said about TDKR mate! I was about to write that myself! The most important part of Bruce Wayne's "training" in the cave was not the push ups, but the fact that he realised that he had to jump onto the ledge that Paul mentioned, without the safety rope.
I absolutey agree with what you said about TDKR mate! I was about to write that myself! The most important part of Bruce Wayne's "training" in the cave was not the push ups, but the fact that he realised that he had to jump onto the ledge that Paul mentioned, without the safety rope.
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1:47PM on 01/08/2013
Agreed. I have to look to mostly asian action films to get a satisfying beatdown. The Raid is the best action film I have seen in a long, long time, better than any action film from Hollywood I was able to see last year. Not sure what my favorite is, but I've seen plenty of fantastic fights, the majority of which come from martial arts scenes. The final fight between Donnie Yen and Collin Chou in Flashpoint comes to mind. It's pretty brutal:
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Agreed. I have to look to mostly asian action films to get a satisfying beatdown. The Raid is the best action film I have seen in a long, long time, better than any action film from Hollywood I was able to see last year. Not sure what my favorite is, but I've seen plenty of fantastic fights, the majority of which come from martial arts scenes. The final fight between Donnie Yen and Collin Chou in Flashpoint comes to mind. It's pretty brutal:
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1:50PM on 01/08/2013

The Fight is there...

what happens is that the fights are part of history and no longer placed at the end of the movie as they used to. the big fight at the end of the movie, though entertaining became a cliche for its overuse. a good example is the bane vs batman fights.
although I understand your point where you create an expectation of these fights and leave us with a bad taste in the mouth, for example: Iron Man 2.
what happens is that the fights are part of history and no longer placed at the end of the movie as they used to. the big fight at the end of the movie, though entertaining became a cliche for its overuse. a good example is the bane vs batman fights.
although I understand your point where you create an expectation of these fights and leave us with a bad taste in the mouth, for example: Iron Man 2.
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2:39PM on 01/08/2013

Fuckin' rights

Mickey Rourke vs. Frank Stallone in Barfly. End of story.
Mickey Rourke vs. Frank Stallone in Barfly. End of story.
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2:44PM on 01/08/2013

Fuckin' rights

Mickey Rourke vs. Frank Stallone in Barfly. End of story.
Mickey Rourke vs. Frank Stallone in Barfly. End of story.
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3:10PM on 01/08/2013

Adkins vs Ludgren!

I think that the best fight of the year and one of the best I have seen in a long time, was between Scott Adkins and Dolph Ludgren in Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning. It was really inventive, they used all kinds of weapons, wrecked a lot of stuff and they did some pretty nasty things to each other. Check it out. Also, even though The Hunted is a pretty mediocre movie, there is a pretty badass fight near the end, where Tommy Lee Jones squared off with Benicio Den Toro. It's pretty gruesome
I think that the best fight of the year and one of the best I have seen in a long time, was between Scott Adkins and Dolph Ludgren in Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning. It was really inventive, they used all kinds of weapons, wrecked a lot of stuff and they did some pretty nasty things to each other. Check it out. Also, even though The Hunted is a pretty mediocre movie, there is a pretty badass fight near the end, where Tommy Lee Jones squared off with Benicio Den Toro. It's pretty gruesome and very well shot. You can check it out here: [link]
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4:05PM on 01/08/2013

Rock vs Vin Diesel: Fast Five

Probably the best mano a mano fight ever in recent history. Also Eric Bana vs Brad Pitt in Troy was pretty bad ass. Heh theres so many, Mel Gibson vs Jason Isaacs in The Patriot was also pretty sweet.
Probably the best mano a mano fight ever in recent history. Also Eric Bana vs Brad Pitt in Troy was pretty bad ass. Heh theres so many, Mel Gibson vs Jason Isaacs in The Patriot was also pretty sweet.
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6:48PM on 01/08/2013

Haywire

had some pretty decent fights in it. And, surprisingly, Mark Wahlberg vs. Ted was a nicely physical melee round.
had some pretty decent fights in it. And, surprisingly, Mark Wahlberg vs. Ted was a nicely physical melee round.
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8:27PM on 01/08/2013
The problem is there are not many actors that really want to actually fight on camera. Stallone and Van Damme are two of the last guys who seriously know how to fight on camera and have the scars to prove it. The latest leading men are too busy hiding behind stunt doubles and trick photography punches to actually take a serious punch. That's why some of the fights at time look so fake or are so choreographed its ridiculous. None of the actors really want to take a knock out punch just to help
The problem is there are not many actors that really want to actually fight on camera. Stallone and Van Damme are two of the last guys who seriously know how to fight on camera and have the scars to prove it. The latest leading men are too busy hiding behind stunt doubles and trick photography punches to actually take a serious punch. That's why some of the fights at time look so fake or are so choreographed its ridiculous. None of the actors really want to take a knock out punch just to help sell the scene for a movie. That's why if you really want fights like that you have to look to the rare few who actually are willing to take a punch to help sell a movie. Those are the guys you can count on for a good fight. Everyone else will more likely sell you a cheesy cgi fest rather than a realistic knock you on your ass crying like a b!tch fight.
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11:35PM on 01/08/2013
Granted that's probably true, but I'd still like to hear some examples, since I can think of a few actors off-hand who don't seem to mind the occasional scuffle. Not Expendables, either.
Granted that's probably true, but I'd still like to hear some examples, since I can think of a few actors off-hand who don't seem to mind the occasional scuffle. Not Expendables, either.
1:08AM on 01/09/2013

agree on the marvel fights

marvel needs to get their shit together on the epic battle front. I want to see these iconic characters beat the hell out of each other! But batman did have an awesome battle with bane right in the middle of the dark knight rises. Skyfall was good with the fight scenes too
marvel needs to get their shit together on the epic battle front. I want to see these iconic characters beat the hell out of each other! But batman did have an awesome battle with bane right in the middle of the dark knight rises. Skyfall was good with the fight scenes too
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2:57AM on 01/09/2013
The Raid: Redemption hands down!
The Raid: Redemption hands down!
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4:24AM on 01/09/2013

Very nice topic

Hollywood Action relies mostly on Car chases,Explosions,gun shoot outs.Hollywood actors wont take risk of doing brutal kickass one-on-one/two fights like asian martial arts fighters like Jackie chan.jackie chan's fight with two guys in 'Who am I' climax is one of the alltime best fight scenes.in hollywood,Bourne series has set the trend of realistic brutal one-on-one fights.Bourne vs Desh in Bourne Ultimatum is the best.Daniel craig's Bond films have some good fights.in hollywood,Jason statham
Hollywood Action relies mostly on Car chases,Explosions,gun shoot outs.Hollywood actors wont take risk of doing brutal kickass one-on-one/two fights like asian martial arts fighters like Jackie chan.jackie chan's fight with two guys in 'Who am I' climax is one of the alltime best fight scenes.in hollywood,Bourne series has set the trend of realistic brutal one-on-one fights.Bourne vs Desh in Bourne Ultimatum is the best.Daniel craig's Bond films have some good fights.in hollywood,Jason statham is the best in ass-kicking.among recent films The Raid,Warrior are the best
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5:06AM on 01/09/2013

Nice article.

James Bond vs. Red Grant in From Russia With Love is one of my all-time favourite fights. Stallone/Van Damme was worth waiting for... just a little bit too short. I thought the fights in the first Taken were great. During the final sequences on the boat you'll be hard pressed to spot a double for Liam Neeson - he seems to be right in the thick of the action. I think that's one of the reasons the film was so popular, because of how rare that is these days.
James Bond vs. Red Grant in From Russia With Love is one of my all-time favourite fights. Stallone/Van Damme was worth waiting for... just a little bit too short. I thought the fights in the first Taken were great. During the final sequences on the boat you'll be hard pressed to spot a double for Liam Neeson - he seems to be right in the thick of the action. I think that's one of the reasons the film was so popular, because of how rare that is these days.
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7:57AM on 01/09/2013

Decent point, but....

You fail to realize that fights were either there to add tension, or to simply fill time. They have found new ways to add that emotion, or to fill time in an exciting way. I think fights are in the movies they belong in, and I will admit they arent as gritty as they used to be, but I dont think there is a lack of fighting. Batman had its share, as did other movies, so I dont totally follow what you are complaining about other than a slow "C'Mon Hollywood" week...

Could have just calle dit
You fail to realize that fights were either there to add tension, or to simply fill time. They have found new ways to add that emotion, or to fill time in an exciting way. I think fights are in the movies they belong in, and I will admit they arent as gritty as they used to be, but I dont think there is a lack of fighting. Batman had its share, as did other movies, so I dont totally follow what you are complaining about other than a slow "C'Mon Hollywood" week...

Could have just calle dit "C'Mon Hollywood... Give us something new to complain about!"
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10:03AM on 01/09/2013

Even though its totally NOT a fistfight...

and in a YA fantasy movie (of all things), I'd say the final Harry versus Voldemort duel is just the kind of mano-a-mano fight to settle the matter once & for all you're describing. Tons of emotional baggage, tons of buildup, and actually improves upon the book's rather short scene. The only thing I'd wanted more was to place the duel in the Great Hall in front of everyone, neverless, I think its worthy of just the type of boss-level final fight we're hoping to see more. Anyway, a really GREAT
and in a YA fantasy movie (of all things), I'd say the final Harry versus Voldemort duel is just the kind of mano-a-mano fight to settle the matter once & for all you're describing. Tons of emotional baggage, tons of buildup, and actually improves upon the book's rather short scene. The only thing I'd wanted more was to place the duel in the Great Hall in front of everyone, neverless, I think its worthy of just the type of boss-level final fight we're hoping to see more. Anyway, a really GREAT article (& a completely relevant point) man!
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