By: Braden White
Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the Action-Flix.com experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!
This week, martial artist and aspiring filmmaker Braden White serves up his inaugural Foot Fist Friday with a clip from the newly released action hit sequel Debt Collectors! Action star Scott Adkins is back again and this time he’s making the tried and true bar fight scene proud in the opening to the film that many are calling one of the best action flicks of the year. Adkins is taking out the trash in this week’s edition of Foot Fist Fridays!!!
One thing I love about a lot of recent action films, especially with lower budgets, is the fights are a lot cleaner, and with longer shots and wider angles. Jesse V. Johnson, being a former stuntman himself, shows us that he is no novice when it comes to shooting action. This is showcased perfectly, in my humble opinion, during the opening bar brawl in this year’s newest effort, Debt Collectors.
As the scene begins, it appears to be normal enough. We see a bunch of lads sitting around and having some drinks. We see French, portrayed by Adkins, sitting at the bar minding his own business when a group of men begin harassing him. At the head of his boss, French attempts to verbally deescalate the situation. However, after a bit more prodding, French lets loose in a glorious and gritty display of kickboxing prowess.
Adkins showcases a wonderful array of bad-ass kicks and punches in this scene while still maintaining a decent level of realism. A wide variety of techniques from a simple jab/cross boxing combo to taekwondo’s signature spinning heel kick and spinning back kick. I understand that Scott Adkins is a martial arts actor, but seeing how he trains on his youtube channel as well as fights like these make me want to ensure that if I ever meet him, I stay on his good side.
Scott Adkins has been on top of my favorites list ever since I first saw the Trailer to 2009’s “Ninja” at the ripe bold age of 14. That was a defining moment in my life, because it was then I decided to make a career in action/martial arts films. So, thank you, Scott, for inspiring a 14 year old kid and helping a 24 year old man achieve his dream.
About The Author: Braden White is a martial artist who is a 3rd Degree Black Belt, actor and screenwriter from Oklahoma. He is a self proclaimed action/martial arts film expert and is a part time contributor to Action-Flix.Com