In The Raid 2, the latest movie from Welsh action maestro Gareth Evans, we’re treated to some of the most inventive and darkly funny fight sequences since, well… since 2011’s The Raid. Set in the criminal underworld of Jakarta, the sequel sees our hero punch and kick dangerous criminals in locations as varied as prison yards, night clubs, and even between cars.
To mark the release of the arrival of The Raid 2 on blinkbox, we’ve put together a list of some ridiculous fights from films we love. They might be ridiculous for different reasons, but these scenes have all left their impression on us.
1. ‘Delayed Departure’ – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Hopelessly overmatched by a massive Nazi thug, Indy also has to contend with the whirring propellors of an out-of-control airplane. Should’ve just shot the guy, right?
2. ‘The Throat Rip’ – Road House (1989)
We only put this fight on here for one reason: Patrick Swayze’s gruesome signature move.
3. ‘Scuffle in the men’s room’ – Casino Royale (2006)
Our first introduction to Daniel Craig’s vicious take on the immortal spy sees 007 dispatch his victim in the least glamorous of locations.
4. ‘The Hall of Mirrors’ – Enter the Dragon (1973)
While this was hardly Bruce Lee’s most challenging fight sequence, his climactic show down at the end of Enter the Dragon certainly the most iconic scene in his short career.
5. ‘Periodical violence’ – The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Jason Bourne’s greatest quality is his ability to improvise. That’s why he’s able to bring a magazine to a knife fight and come out on tops.
6. ‘Shopping Maul’ – Police Story (1985)
Our favourite Jackie Chan movie ends with a bravura action sequence that sees Jackie fight thugs all over a department store. Cue: multiple shots of bad guys being put through plate glass windows and thrown down escalators. The whole thing finishes with Jackie sliding three stories down a metal pole, earning him 2nd degree burns.
7. ‘Let off Some Steam’ – Commando (1985)
Playing the villainous Bennett, Australian actor Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2) hams it up like crazy with his thick moustache and see-through chain mail. In essence, he’s the perfect foil to Schwarzenegger’s taciturn hero. Of course, he loses the fight when Arnie pushes a steam pipe through his chest. Let off some steam, indeed.
8. ‘Stop. Hammer time’ - Oldboy (2003)
When your only tool is a hammer, treat everything as if it were a nail. That’s the attitude our protagonist takes when confronted by dozens of armed gangsters in a cramped corridor.
9. ‘The Landlords vs The Beast’ - Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Stephen Chow’s salute to martial arts and gangster movies is the closest thing we’ve ever seen to a live-action cartoon. When a mob of big city gangsters try to evict the inhabitants of a vibrant slum, their Landlords are forced to step up and confront their most dangerous thug: The Beast.
10.’Posh-on-Posh Violence’ - Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
A thoroughly English dust-up.
11.’Search your feelings’ – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The duel between Luke and Darth Vader in Cloud City is probably the finest action sequence in the whole Star Wars saga. Plus, it gets bonus points for ending with a massive revelation.
12. ‘Hotel Hallway Beatdown’ - Inception (2010)
Christopher Nolan’s preference for not using CGI where possible meant that Inception’s technical department had a build a rotating set from scratch. Click here to see how this was done
13. ‘The Ballad of Baseball Bat Guy and Hammer Girl’ - The Raid 2 (2014)
There are too many awesome fights to choose from here, but Rama’s corridor scuffle with the movie’s two most colourful characters must surely take the cake. Plus, the fight ends with a beat that had the entire cinema chuckling with delight.