Action Elite Awards

November 29, 2012

The Action Elite Awards 2012

2012 has been a surprisingly strong year for the action genre, with several Hard R action movies making their mark.

The time has come to celebrate the year in action and talk about our favourite movies, music scores, fight scenes, heroes and villains. The winners receive… absolutely nothing except our undying support. So, Let the games begin!






Best Fight Scene: Scott Adkins vs. Andrei Arlovski – Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning. I was blown away by this fight scene for the visceral brutality on display here. Adkins really gets to show off his martial arts prowess and the scene is just a pure adrenaline rush.

Runner up: Mad Dog vs. The 2 Brothers – The Raid: Redemption. This was one of the most brutal and ass kicking martial arts movies of recent times and this fight scene just kept going. The finale had the entire cinema screaming with joy. No shaky cam, amazing choreography and everything an action fan could want.

Best Action Scene: The Expendables 2 opening scene. The first 15 minutes was action movie nirvana and the rest of movie couldn’t live up to this assault on the senses.

Runner up: The Restaurant scene in Safe – Nothing compares to Jason Statham destroying bad guys from every direction and then using one to break his fall as he jumps out of the window.

Action Hero of the Year Award: Guy Pearce (Lockout) – Sure the film was a letdown but Pearce played an old-school, John McClane style badass who chain-smoked and wise-cracked his way through the movie. Snow is my favourite character of 2012.

Runner up: Scott Adkins – El Gringo, Universal Soldier and The Expendables 2 all in one year shows how devoted to the action genre Adkins is. For the love of God, give this man a big budget franchise as he is  the best martial artist working in Hollywood today but he can also act.

Villain of the Year: Jean Vilain (JCVD) – Expendables 2. Yeah, he should have had a bigger role but just seeing him on the big screen again and having that final battle with Sly was the stuff of legend. His bad guy didn’t have much to do but what he did get to do was pretty awesome.

Runner up: Bane – The Dark Knight Rises. I know everyone loves to bitch about his voice, but I personally loved it and thought Hardy was a great physical presence in the role.

Best Explosion: The Bridge explosion from the opening of The Expendables 2. I just love the whole opening sequence and the explosions look real rather than CGI.

Runner up: The football stadium sequence from The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a mixture of live action/CGI but it looks really cool and rather than being awesome it’s really more shocking than anything.

Straight-to-DVD Movie of the Year: 6 Bullets – 2012 has been a fantastic year for Jean-Claude Van Damme and this was a real return to form for him. An excellent story, career best performance from JCVD and a strong script make this essential for all fans of Van Dammage.

Runner up: One in the Chamber – This gets a nod purely for Dolph Lundgren’s scene stealing performance as the most likable hitman in the business, who isn’t afraid to break fingers and kick some ass in-between looking after his wee doggy.

Biggest Surprise of the Year: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning – One of the oddest and most original films of the year, didn’t skimp on brutality and deserves credit for creating something truly unique.

Runner up: The Sweeney. I had no expectations for this film, but was blown away by how awesome it was and Ray Winstone really proved that he is tough as nails, not that we needed convincing.

Best Action Movie Music Score: The Expendables 2. Brian Tyler knocks it out of the park once again in an ass-kicking action extravaganza with pounding orchestra, the return of The Expendables theme and proves that he is one of the best in the business for action movie music.

Runner up: The Dark Knight Rises. Hans Zimmer returns to create Bane’s amazing chant theme and tracks like Gotham’s Reckoning and the Rises are just spectacular.

Action Movie of the Year: Safe – Jason Statham rules and this film should have made a hundred million easily. A 70’s style crime thriller, it has exciting fight scenes, emotionally involving characters and a good story. It was tough for me to choose between this and The Expendables 2, but Safe has no cringe inducing dialogue and the action scenes make the most of the limited budget.

Runner up: The Expendables 2 – Sure, there were better films, but they just didn’t have the cast that this does. I mean Van Damme, Adkins, Arnie and Chuck F**king Norris are all in it. Respect is due.

Martial Arts Movie of the Year: The Raid: Redemption. Some of the best fight scenes you’ll ever see and the film will thrill, shock and disturb you all at the same time.


About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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