2014 Fight of the Year Winner

The Raid 2

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The Raid: Redemption was a strong contender in this category when it came out two years ago, but it ultimately lost to a superhero film.  I wasn’t sure about that decision then and I’m not sure about it now, but there’s no such dilemma this year because this fight from The Raid 2 is something of a masterpiece of fight staging.  Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman are both fantastic martial artists of course, but the real star here is director Gareth Evans who seems to have found a way to use a frantic handheld camera style without being remotely disorienting and capturing the fight in an amazingly dynamic way.

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