A few weeks back we posted a poll for everyone to vote for their favourite Scott Adkins films so now it’s time to tally up the winners and I have to say there are some baffling choices on here.
I’ll admit that the movie that had the most votes was Zero Dark Thirty so obviously someone involved in the film had got their pals to vote for it. As Scott only has really just a cameo then it’s been removed from the list but will get an honourable mention. No love for Savage Dog or The Tournament? For shame…
10. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Plot: John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.
This is a very different movie from the 1992 JCVD vs. Dolph Lundgren classic and is an acquired taste but it has some of the best fight scenes of the series and is easily the most violent of the franchise. I’d like a sequel personally.
9. Doctor Strange
Plot: Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Nice to see Scott’s turn in Doctor Strange get some love as I really enjoyed this film and his ethereal fight with Benedict Cumberbatch was very imaginative.
8. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear
Plot: After his wife is brutally murdered, a martial-arts master (Scott Adkins) teams up with an old friend (Kane Kosugi) to sharpen his battle skills and seek revenge.
This should be near the top of the list as it’s better than several other films on here but hey, this isn’t my list.
7. The Legend of Hercules
Plot: As the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and a mortal woman, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is blessed with extraordinary strength. Caught in a forbidden love, Hercules is exiled by his stepfather, the king, and sold into slavery. The legendary strongman endures harrowing battles and death matches in the gladiators arena, and must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom, overthrow its traitorous ruler and restore peace to the land.
So… people think this movie is better than Ninja II? Can I have whatever you’re smoking please? The Tournament should be here instead…
Plot: Travis specialises in finding and protecting rare species. He arrives in China to track down a legendary creature known as a Cryptid, but soon after arriving, he is joined by a ruthless hunter who will do anything to get his hands on the beast.
Is someone taking the piss? Who voted for this? Really? Whatever…
5. Undisputed II: Last Man Standing
Plot: Imprisoned in Russia, a man (Michael Jai White) relies on his street-fighting skills while fighting boxers in the ring.
My favourite of the series has Scott Adkins face off against Michael Jai White and for me this is number 1.
4. Accident Man
Plot: Mike Fallon is a seasoned hit man who is known for making his target’s death look like an accident. When Fallon’s girlfriend turns up dead, he goes after his old colleagues to find the one responsible.
One of Scott’s more recent films has received a lot of praise and it’s nice to see fans embrace something a little different.
3. Close Range
Plot: A rogue soldier turned outlaw is thrust into a relentless fight with a corrupt sheriff, his obedient deputies, and a dangerous drug cartel in order to protect his sister and her young daughter.
I really enjoyed Close Range and would welcome a sequel with more ass kicking antics from Colton MacReady.
2. Boyka: Undisputed
Plot: Boyka (Scott Adkins) accidentally kills an opponent in the ring, forcing him to question everything he’s worked for. When he finds out his opponent’s widow is in trouble, he becomes her champion in a series of seemingly impossible fights.
I’m glad this got a lot of votes; considering it’s the 4th entry in the series you’d have thought it would start looking tired but it’s quite the opposite and the perfect ending for the Boyka Saga. Personally I don’t want another movie and would prefer Ninja III instead.
1. Undisputed III: Redemption
Plot: A champion fighter gets transferred to a Ukrainian facility to fight in a prison tournament.
What a surprise! I never saw this coming; it’s funny as I consider Part 2 easily the best but I guess people like Boyka as the hero rather than the villain. This is still a damn fine movie with some stunning fight scenes.