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10 Action Movies You Need to See Before You Watch Triple Threat

February 24, 2019

Triple Threat

When Triple Threat is released on March 19th I’m going to be the first person in line (at my house) to buy the digital copy. I’ve been waiting to watch it for a long time, and I’m hoping it lives up to the hype that I’ve built up in my head. Why do I want to watch Triple Threat? It features Scott Adkins (Accident Man), Tony Jaa (The Protector), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite), Iko Uwais (The Raid), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi), Michael Bisping (xXx: Return of Xander Cage) and JeeJee Yanin (Chocolate) fighting each other!

It’s gonna be life changing.

In honor of Triple Threat, I decided to put together a list of movies you should watch before the March 19th release.

1. Accident Man (2018)

Accident Man is a very fun action-comedy that features legit brawls and Scott Adkins best performance yet. It helps that he adapted the screenplay from a popular comic book and brought in other big names like Ray Stevenson, Michael Jai White, Ray Park and David Paymer to act alongside. Adkins is best known for his amazing fight choreography in independent action movies and you might’ve seen him in supporting roles in larger films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine,  Dr. Strange, and American Assassin. It makes me happy that he is fine-tuning his acting skills while perfecting his face kicking craft.

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2. The Raid: Redemption (2014)

The Raid was directed by Gareth Evans and stars martial arts dynamo Iko Uwais. It was made for a dirt cheap $1,000,000 and can best be described as survival horror meets Ong Bak . The cops survive by using the fighting style Pencak Silat which is similar to Muy Thai but nothing like it. The characters use elbows, knees, fists, shins, feet and many weapons to inflict carnage to the bodily organs. People get thrown down stairwells, other get their throats slit and the lucky ones get riddled with bullets. It’s the best action film of the 21st century (I said it), and you kinda need to watch it.

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3. Chocolate (2008)

Chocolate showcases the fighting skills of Jeejee Yanin perfectly, and itf you are into grueling action movies you will really dig this film.  The closing action sequence, which is way-awesome-long, reminded me of longer fight scenes in The Matrix: Reloaded or the opener from Jet Li’s Fist of Legend or, to beat a dead horse, a Tony Jaa movie closer.  It was inspired, exquisitely done, and had one of the most painful looking sets (for a bad guy) I’ve seen in a while.  Lots of nasty looking falls.

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4. Black Dynamite (2009)

Black Dynamite is awesome, and it pains me that more people haven’t watched it. We love every second of Michael Jai White’s movie, and we’re 100% certain you will love the humor, deductive reasoning and kung fu featured in Black Dynamite.

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5. The Night Comes for Us (2018)

The Night Comes for Us is an epic action film. Blood finds its way onto the screen with similar creative inspiration as to how Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Scott Adkins bring creative techniques and maneuvers. This isn’t just any violent shoot’em up or stab-and-grab. Chunky gory flesh wounds abound! With all manner of unique stabbings and innovative holes being blown and cut through people, this is every bit as brutal as The Raid: Redemption (2011) and an absolute blast for any gorehound or ultraviolent cinema fan.

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6. Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)

You need to watch Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing because of the final fight between Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins. It is a brawl for the ages, and features two badasses at the height of their power.

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7. The Protector (2005)

The Protector features one of the greatest one-take action scenes of all time. Tony Jaa and his lethal elbows and knees absolutely destroy countless henchmen during a massive brawl inside a hotel. If you are a fan of beautifully orchestrated violence, you need to watch The Protector.

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8. Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)

In a world where some of us grow tired of the same old kick flicks Ong-Bak (Read our review! It’s great) is the fleck of gold you pray to find amid weather-worn pebbles and sand in your sifting pan. This is the movie that unleashed Tony Jaa upon the world as a star rather than a stunt man. In clothes Jaa may not look like much. But he fights like a wiry-muscled rabid Outbreak monkey and tumbles like a Soviet gymnast as he displays his utterly savage mastery of elbow blunt force trauma to the head.

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9. The Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Keanu Reeves made this film for his friend Tiger Chen whom he worked with on The Matrix sequels. He studied the Chinese culture and worked meticulously to give his leading man the best choreography possible. Reeves enlisted Yeun Woo-Ping (The Matrix) to choreograph the fights and it shows during the brawls. Tiger fights his way through many styles and each battle has a different personality.  I love how Tai Chi has been re-imagined as force of pain and it’s glorious to watch as Tiger uses it against his many foes.

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10. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2017)

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is a bonkers action fest that features Vin Diesel, Tony Jaa, Donnie Yen and Michael Bisping beating the crap out of each other. It’s much better than it has any right to be, and if you haven’t watched it I totally recommend you check it out on Amazon Prime.

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