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Four Movie Scenes With Outnumbered Heroes: Who Handled It Best..?

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Writing articles that cause debate are always fun but can also lead to some concerned readers. Understand these are just some of my favorites and aren’t meant to be the definitive best scenes of outnumbered fighters. I mean, who am I to say what are or aren’t the best.. With that being said, let’s have some fun!

Matrix Reloaded (2003)

 

“The Burly Brawl” via Matrix Reloaded is by far my favorite outnumbered battle of them all. This scene began with Neo having a conversation with some copies of Agent Smith. Smith explains that the events of The Matrix “Set him free.” So to speak.

Obviously the convo doesn’t end so well.

Smith trying to code neo
Smith trying to code neo

The scene then whips into a frenzy of epic proportions. With Agent Smith calling as many copies of himself into battle as possible. Neo is all alone and has to find a way to defend himself.

Neo showing Smith's He is the one
Neo showing Smith’s He is the one

With the help of a trusty pipe he rips out of the ground, Neo reminds Agent Smith why he is the one In one of the greatest choreographed battles of all-time.

Neo vs Smith
Neo vs Smith

 

John Carter (2012)

Though John Carter didn’t seem to hold up well in the box office. It still is one of my favorite movies. In this scene we have John Carter, the human who has been teleported to Barsoom aka Mars. Due to bone density, and decreased gravity on Mars, Carter is endowed with the ability to jump extremely high and far. He also has apparent increased strength. Carter, who is trying to find a way home, is chased down by an angry clan of Tharks, and is forced to defend himself and his friends. With the aid of his trusty Woola a ten legged dog like creature who is vicious and can run up to speeds of 250 Mph. Carter and his martian dog engage in an awesome, wild, leaping, bloody battle that will most likely leave you speechless.

Carter vs Thark
Carter vs Thark

 

Fist of Fury (1972)

Fist of Fury obviously is a super old movie but it was one of the first of its kind to showcase “The Dragon” Bruce Lee at his best. This scene is the result of Bruce Lee’s Character Chen Zhen who vowed to never fight again but is forced into action when members of his family are murdered. Chen decides to pay the Japanese Dojo a visit, and teach some people who the Master is.
Bruce the Dragon Lee
Bruce the Dragon Lee

Chen Zhen ready for action.

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee

Last but not least, another martial arts epic in my opinion:

Ip Man (2008)

If you’ve never seen this movie, you definitely aren’t doing yourself any favors. As Ip Man 1 and 2 are equally epic, I decided to focus on part one. Just for those of you who haven’t seen it, These movies follow the story of the real life legendary trainer of the above mentioned Bruce Lee.
ip man
ip man

Ip Man centers around the story of Master Ip’s migration to Hong Kong in 1949, while he attempts to teach his discipline of Wing Chun to the world.

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In this scene, Master Ip is brought to a prison where he is forced to fight for rations in front of the Japanese general who has a flare for hand to hand combat. Ip decides it’s time to unleash his fury upon the soldiers for injuring his friends. Trust me folks, this is by far one of the greatest battles in martial arts movies!

What’s your favorite “One vs many” movie brawl? Let us know in the comments. Even if its cartoon or other!!

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  1. mathtuition88

    December 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    My favorite is Ip Man!

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One Thing ‘Trick’ Has In Bulk Is Gore

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Genre : Horror
Rating : Unrated
Director: Patrick Lussier

Cast:
Omar Epps
Kristina Reyes
Tom Atkins
Jamie Kennedy

It seems that few genres of film are as collaborative as horror. Despite being considered the black sheep of the film genres horror has produced some incredible creative teams over the years. Whether it’s Wes Craven turning Robert Englund into a bonafide icon or director Guillermo del Toro working with Guillermo Navarro to bring fairy tales to life there’s no denying that there is something about scary movies that brings people together. One of the most promising duos of the 2000’s was director Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer. Collaborating on 2009’s My Bloody Valentine 3D they would go on to cement their place in genre film history with the bats**t insane Nicolas Cage film Drive Angry. The two seemed to be on the verge of their big break with a sequel to Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 before going their separate ways. A decade after their first collaboration the two are back to try and make their mark on the slasher genre. Will this Trick be a disaster or more of a treat?

Considered a smart and quiet teenager Patrick Weaver goes on a stabbing spree at a Halloween party in 2015. Claiming several victims, he is able to escape despite capture, being shot several times and falling out of as second story window. Despite this Detective Mike Denver (Omar Epps) and Sheriff Lisa Jayne (Ellen Adair) are unable to find a body. Over the next four years a killer, now simply known as “Trick”, wreaks havoc every year on Halloween tormenting the two. Convinced that Patrick is behind these massacres Mike is back on the hunt, certain that he can capture the elusive killer.

 

 

Needless to say, it isn’t the most original of plots. Between Trick being a stand in for Michael Myers and Detective Denver as a new version of Dr. Loomis it would be easy to mistake Trick as Lussier and Farmer’s old Halloween script with a few name changes. They even have Tom Atkins from Halloween 3: Season of the Witch in a fun cameo as Mr. Talbot. Rounding out the cast are Ellen Adair as Sheriff Jayne and Kristina Reyes as Cheryl, a survivor from Trick’s initial killing spree. Despite being two very different characters the two put their all into the role with Sheriff Jayne being the consummate professional and Cheryl as your classic final girl. Aside from a poorly cast Jamie Kennedy in a supporting role the cast do all they can to carry Trick’s cliché-ridden script.

With visual effects from Jean-Francois Beaulieu and visual effects supervisor Pete Sussi the one thing Trick has in bulk is gore. With Trick utilizing a mix of Saw-esque traps and good old-fashioned slashing Trick accumulates a nice little body count. Each kill emphasized by some gnarly looking practical effects. This would be great if Trick had a great slasher of its own. With a painted face and a variety of masks Trick is somehow not only the smartest guy in the room but also the faster than Usain Bolt and more proficient with weaponry than three John Wicks. So instead of Myers we get a 13-year old’s version of what the coolest and most XTREME Halloween movie would be like. We get an explanation for this near the end of the film but by then it’s too little too late.

 

Watching Trick I couldn’t help but think of Mark Millar’s (writer of Kick-Ass and Old Man Logan) comic book Nemesis. Working with artist Steve McNiven the two created classics. Letting the two work on their own project without any continuity to worry about seemed like a perfect idea. Yet when left unrestrained and to their own devices they stumbled over their own feet. The same can be said of director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer with Trick. With one too many ideas without all the resources Trick ends up feeling more like a collection of cool scenes without a proper through line and instead of creating the next horror legend we get another horror what if.

 

Rating: 4/10
Links : IMDB

Trick is now available on VOD, DVD and Bluray

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Thriller ‘Knives and Skin’ Cuts Deeper Than Most

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Genre : Thriller
Rating : Unrated
Director: Jennifer Reeder

Cast:
Kate Arrington
Tim Hopper
Marika Engelhardt

A small rural town is turned inside out when local student Carolyn Harper goes missing. Despite the best efforts of the suburban sheriff and Carolyn’s mother she cannot be found. As the days go by a wave of fear and distrust slowly begin to seep into the town’s foundations. As more and more townspeople try to figure out how to deal with their shared trauma a collective awakening takes over the town’s youth.

As simple as that synopsis may sound Knives and Skin is so much more. Written and directed by indie favorite Jennifer Reeder (2017’s Signature Move), Knives and Skin is a hard movie to explain. What starts out as a conventional teen thriller becomes a surrealist take that’s two parts Twin Peaks, one-part Rian Johnson’s Brick with a dash of Heathers to help it all go down. And although Knives and Skin is a grounded mystery it tackles so much more including toxic masculinity, LGBTQ issues and shared trauma.

Just as unique is how Reeder and cinematographer Christopher Rejano present their tale of tragedy. Nostalgic for the bright and vibrant look of the 80’s Knives and Skin uses deep blues and reds feel like they belong more in an Argento film than grounded thriller. Just as intricate are the relationships and characterizations of the town’s inhabitants. Mostly focused on Afra (Haley Bolithon), April (Aurora Real de Asua) and Joanna (Grace Smith) the most compelling performance Carolyn’s mother Lisa (Marika Engelhart). Over the course of the film we watch Lisa go from choir teacher and concerned mother to unraveling mess to a weird kind of acceptance. Marika’s performance is able to straddle tightrope between tragic and touching all at the same time.

As unique as Knives and Skin is in presentation it has its drawbacks. By taking inspiration from David Lynch it also replicates his signature acting style. How his style could make a performance feel stacato and suddenly give off a burst of intensity. Or how someone who was a normal teenager in the scene before would do a complete 180 and feel like a nihilistic monster in the next. Although David Lynch has shown that this style of telling a story can work it can just as often feel off putting. Just as confusing is the narrative of the story. Although the story itself is straight forward I found the way it was being told to be a bit jumbled in execution. Needless to say, Knives and Skin isn’t the kind of movie you put on as background noise.

A bit of a sleeper on the festival circuit Knives and Skin emerges as one of the most unique thrillers of the year. Jarring in presentation and story it isn’t for everyone. And that is probably it’s biggest strength. Not only does writer-director Jennifer Reeder show a skill at genre conventions but she also shows a willingness to look at topics we don’t typically talk about in genre cinema. Whether you love it or hate it Knives and Skin will speak to you in some way.

Rating 7/10
Links : IMDB

Knives and Skin is now in theaters and on VOD

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Gary Oldman Boards a Sinking Ship in ‘Mary’

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Genre : Horror-Thriller
Rating : Unrated
Director: Michael Goi

Cast:
Gary Oldman
Emily Mortimer
Stefanie Scott
Jennifer Esposito

Things have been pretty rough for David (Gary Oldman) as of late. Working as the captain of a fishing tour boat he dreams of starting his own boating business to provide for his family. At a local boat auction he finds an old vessel, The Mary. Desperate and unable to resist the opportunity to be hi own boss he buys the ship despite the financial risk. With the help of his wife Sarah (Emily Mortimer) and daughters Lindsey (Stefanie Scott) and Mary (Chloe Perrin) are able to clean up the ship making it look as good as new. Joined by the young Tommy (Owen Teague) and David’s second in command Mike (Manuel Gracia-Ruflo) the family sets sail towards the Bahamas before the ship’s mysterious past comes to light.

 

 

Told in a series of flashbacks during a police interogation Mary should be great. In fact writer Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows) has proven that an ocean setting is more than enough to craft a compelling tale of terror. Using it as the backdrop for a haunted house story seems like a no brainer. Sadly that isn’t quite what we get. With Jaswinski and director Michael Goi seemingly unsure what they wanted we get a mix of terror and family drama that doesn’t quite commit to either.

For the most part Mary sticks to jump scares. Whether it’s doors banging by themselves or mysterious footprints appearing out of nowhere, Mary treads very familiar waters through most of it’s run time. There are moments of intrigue such as when the ship that haunts The Mary takes control of Tommy but any chances for development are quickly glossed over in the next scene with just as much care going into the dramatic scenes. With tensions high from the time David buys the boat, we get hints through the film before Lindsey confronts her mother about committing infidelity. Although hardly the revelation they want it to be the scene is sold beautifully by Emily Mortimer. In fact, Mortimer does a wonderful job throughout the film.

 

 

Her first horror movie in nearly a decade Emily Mortimer is more than ready to carry the film on her shoulders. Playing an unreliable narrator to a criminally underused Jennifer Esposito she gives Mary her all with a performance that wouldn’t be out of place in some of her best roles. She particularly pops when paired up with Gary Oldman. While not given too much to do besides look concerned there are glimpses of suspicion when David catches Sarah talking to Mike. The two are so good together that you can’t help but be disappointed we aren’t watching the two in a straight up dramatic movie.

Between the performances from Emily Mortimer and Gary Oldman and the shots emphasising the isolation of the ocean you can see glimpses of brilliance in Mary. But like the ocean itself these hope spots are swept away just as fast. Instead what we get is a cliche ridden mess that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. Leaving the door open for a sequel Mary has sunk before it even left port.

 

Rating 4/10 Links : IMDB

Mary is now on Bluray, DVD and on VOD

 

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