THE ACTION FIX: “Before We Get Started, Does Anyone Want to Get Out?” The Elevator Fight Scene from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER!

By: John M Jerva

With all the talk of big time filmmakers dissing comic book movies and saying that they’re not cinema, I felt that it was best to make my next Action Fix a scene from one of my favorite CB films which is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I can’t believe that we are even talking about this and I feel that the box office says that we pretty much don’t care what any one of these directors thinks. After all, if these films aren’t cinema, then why do they get some of the bigesst actors, actresses and directors to make them? This film alone has the iconic Robert Redford in it! I’m pretty sure that these films are considered cinema. After all, wasn’t Black Panther nominated for a Best Picture Oscar?

I consider Captain America: The Winter Soldier to be one of those rare films like Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens where a sequel is better and far superior than the original. Just watching this one entry in the MCU alone pretty much proves that these films are cinema. Even though this is a “comic book movie,” it still has a realistic and unsettling nature to it that echoes the real world we live in and even though there are larger than life characters in it and extraordinary circumstances, you can still pinpoint how it symbolizes what we deal with today. Plus it’s just flat out entertaining. Isn’t that why we go to the movies. Just because the source material is a comic book, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be more than that. Comic books are literature too and they’re not just for kids. It’s art too pure and simple. Movies are supposed to entertain as well as leave us with messages and these types of films do both just like others so yes they are cinema. Sorry Mr. Scorsese. You’re a brilliant filmmaker but you’re way off on this subject.

Enough of that! Let’s talk action! This film is also, hands down, one of the best fight films around and I consider it to be a martial arts film in disguise as a comic book movie. This one film contains some pretty epic fisticuffs, from the opening sequence to the slam bang finale and star Chris Evans is at the top of his game as Steve Rogers/Captain America.

The scene I chose for this week’s Action Fix is the rousing elevator fight scene where Rogers single handedly takes out an elevator full of Hydra agents led by the great Frank Grillo who plays Brock Rumlow. The scene is pretty damn near perfect and as Rogers realizes that he is in the thick of it as more and more agents enter the already crowded elevator, he calmly utters what I feel is the best line of the movie. “Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?” With that line alone, Evans enters the hallof fame of bad assery as he then begins to pummel each and every one of his assailants with frightening ease. The scene just screams to be watched again and after Cap lays waste to everyone, he kicks up his shield back onto his arm and exits the elevator in super cool fashion. Anyone who loves fight flicks should consider this scene as the pinnacle of awesomeness.

The scene has some pretty brutal fight choreography and the fact that it takes place in a confined space like an elevator just adds even more tension to the proceedings and the CQB aspect rocks.

Don’t take my words for it though, check out the full clip below!

Take a peek at a bonus Action Fix of the opening fight sequence where Evans takes on MMA legend Georges St. Pierre in another kick ass fight scene where both men bring it with some pulse pounding fists and feet! This is another one of my favorite scenes and it is Action-Flix Approved! Enjoy!

About The Author: John M Jerva is the owner and editor-in-chief of and is a DIE HARD fan of everyhting Action! From the glorious past to the thrilling future, John lives and breathes action!

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