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Marvel's Daredevil, Oldboy, and Fight Scenes
The release of Marvel's Daredevil this past April was met with so much praise that -- at first -- I couldn't believe critics liked my favorite comic book hero.
Months later, people who have seen the Netflix series still talk about one scene in particular. The "Hallway Fight Scene". The scene is often compared to another scene in Park Chan-wook's 2003 neo-noir revenge thriller Oldboy.
Let's take a look at both scenes and figure out why they're both so engaging. Quick warning though, both scenes are pretty violent so if that's not your thing you might want to skip them. I don't mind.
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Pretty intense, right? Now let's move on to Daredevil's fight scene.
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Whoa, that was pretty intense too. Now let's explore why both of these fight scenes work so well.
First off, the similarities between both scenes are almost endless. They both establish a confined space before the fight starts, they both have one man taking on a slew of other men, and they both include moments of humor -- even if though it's kind of dark.
The two similarities that make both of these scenes stick out in your mind are: the way it was shot and the way the protagonists of each scene show their fatigue.
Most action movies film their fight scenes in snippets then edit them all together. Sometimes, these edits can take away from the actual fight. Fight scenes that are over-edited tend to leave the viewer wondering what's happening. Both Daredevil and Oldboy use the one-take to perfection. They allow the viewer to see what's happening on the screen while still giving them the ability to follow what is going on.
The fatigue and overall tiredness that each protagonist shows through their respective scenes does things for the audience that, again, most Hollywood action movies stray away from. Their fatigue humanizes them, it reminds the audience that the protagonist is human. It shows the audience a "realistic" depiction of a fight instead of one that is just a power fantasy.
What do you guys think? Did these scenes work you? Or are there any other fight scenes that like this that stick out in your mind? Let me know in the comments below!
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What really amazes me about the Daredevil scene is that it was all done in like.... three days or less. Coordinating a fight like that, taking place in one shot is REALLY difficult. And the result is amazing
@shannonl5, Totally! I think I re-watched that scene like 12 times while I was on the phone with a bunch of people telling them how awesome it was before I moved on to the next episode, hahaha. I was in a constant state of "no way" for that whole scene
There's a really popular Korean movie called New World that has a crazy fight scene similar to these too. Particularly everything that goes on in the elevator in this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejbThokzkTo
@beywatch That had to be one of the most violent, most spectacular, and most engrossing fight scene I've seen in a long time! I'm definitely going to be sharing that one with all of my friends. And yeah, the sequence in the elevator was giving me goosebumps! Talk about enclosed spaces, eh?
I'm glad you liked it! You should watch it sometime. 99% sure it's still on Netflix, and a majority of the leads are pretty much considered to be the country's A-List.