By: John M Jerva
Well it’s been a hell of a week and I’m happy to say that hopefully things are returning back to normal and since I missed last week’s installment of Firepower Fridays, I thought that I would combine it this week with Foot Fist Fridays to create the awesome spectacle that is known as FOOT FIST FIREPOWER FIDAYS! That’s right boys and girls, why just do one when you can have the best of both world’s in one week. I think I’m going to do this regularly now and I think my man Robb Antequera would approve.
This week, I have chosen a special movie for you that not only has some pretty bone jarring fisticuffs but it also has some heavy durty firepower as well and I’m talking about the instant classic from 2019 that is Triple Threat. If you don’t know me well then let me tell you that this movie was one of my favorites from that year or any year and it will always be on top for me when I’m talking about action films and what the best ones are. A movie that combines the master class talents of Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White certainly deserves to be mentioned when talking about some of the greatest action films or action cast ever assembled.
Now normally I have included the fights between Scot Adkins, Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais in my Foot Fist Friday but today I’m focusing on some of the other brutal matchups from the movie. I’m talking about Michael Jai White taking on Iko Uwais and MMA bad boy Michael Bisping throwing down with Tiger Chen. These fights might be a little brief but they are a must watch for any hardcore martial arts fan and with spectacular choreography from the one and only Tim Man, these four on screen fighting masters look the best they ever have. Uwais and White gets to demonstarte some of the awesome kicking abilities with Uwais dazzling us with his speed and ferocity while Chen versus Bisping delivers the same as these altercations are a classic example of David versus Goliath. Chen is smaller and quicker but Bisping is simply a force of nature and the two distinctly different fighting styles compliment each other as you have trademark Hong Kong style moves from Chen and Bisping is just pure power and strength.
White is a true example that you can be big and still move lightning fast and his beatdown with Uwais is fast and furious (pardon the pun) as Uwais is half the size as his opponent. White unleashes some raw power in his hands and feet and he always brings the absolute pain in his scenes. Uwais represents his deadly art of Pencak Silat just like he always does and moves like water in his flawless executions. It just goes to show you that you don’t have to be the biggest boy on the block as we all know the outcome to both of these fights. Check them out below!
Now comes the time to represent the Firepower portion of this special edition as we have the assault on the police station as Adkins and his mercenaries launch their offensive to get at Xian played by Celina Jade. The scene which is shown in two clips, is filled with thousands of rounds of ammo and it culminates in Dominiquie Vandenberg going down in a blaze of glory and Jeeja Yanin meeting a very gruesome and epic fate. There is some fisticuffs in here as well but firepower is the name of the game and director Jesse V. Johnson makes the most out of old school, practical effects just like they did it in the 80’s and 90’s.
This movie was shot as an homage to those glory days of filmmaking when CGI hadn’t taken over yet and to see all the wonderful explosions and bullets fly for real is a real treat for action afficionados. Revel in all the mayhem below as an endless supply of ammo was spent to entertain us!