Tuesday, November 5, 2013

TOO MUCH BOYKA?: My Thoughts On Scott Adkins And The Undisputed Franchise

Donnie Yen vs. Scott Adkins...

A single would believe that this kind of screenfighting milestone would earn a majority of the consensus amongst martial arts cinema fans who enjoy what both these actors do. That said, I locate some of the uber fanfare to be a little ridiculous, particularly when it comes to everyone's favorite fictional Russian kickboxer, Yuri Boyka.

Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, director Isaac Florentine's sequelized 2006 direct-to-DVD martial arts take on the 2002 prison boxing drama, Undisputed, managed to win the hearts and minds of a bigger cult audience with action star Michael Jai White inheriting the part of boxing character George "The Iceman" Chambers from actor Ving Rhames. The present trilogy, as it stands is primarily based on a narrative that follows a cycle of underdog-stories that in the end led to the production of components two and 3, with lead action star Scott Adkins reprising his function as Boyka in Undisputed 3: Redemption, a character which, to Adkins' credit, has grow to be a household name amongst fans beyond borders worldwide.

As exhibited by his signature style of kickboxing and MMA coordinated by fight choreographers J.J. Perry and Larnell Stovall, the character, Yuri Boyka, became a cult icon for fans who have given that waited patiently to see the character return in a fourth Undisputed film. And not for absolutely nothing either, as Adkins had currently announced there would be a fourth film numerous years ago, which Adkins has still maintained updated interest on its developement by way of Facebook posts and Twitter tweets, with his most recent tweet in the embed above this paragraph.

Although I adore and admire Adkins' devotion to the character, I am left wondering at instances if fans even deserve yet another Boyka film. Undisputed three ended up a commericial failure due to all of the illegal downloads that the film suffered from, as Adkins stated in a 2011 Q&A (Which also explans his tweet from Monday embedded above this paragraph). Yes, cash is an issue. And the matter that fans financially invest in these films is crucial. So with regard to the Undisputed franchise, I locate it Very fortunate when a studio maintains its interest in a specific unique action film character, and with 1 such as Yuri Boyka, I can purely see how his character would be deserving of far more screentime.

That mentioned, following possessing a opportunity to watch Undisputed three in the last few days (count on a Film Of The Week evaluation before the end of the year), I honestly feel that the character Yuri Boyka has come complete circle in the Undisputed canon. So if we are to get yet another film, I think the character ought to get a standalone feature, so that the Undisputed franchise doesn't suffer from also considerably Boyka, lest we forget the original narrative in which the Undisputed franchise was rooted.

In addition, if anything, the character does deserve at least a short look in the next Undisputed film with a NEW underdog character to root for, which is something I think would unquestionably give other gifted actors and screenfighters a chance to shine whilst Adkins' maintains the nourishment of his own career with roles other than Yuri Boyka.

And on that note, with Particular ID coming out in a couple of weeks, and a sequel garnering interest for actor Donnie Yen with boxer Mike Tyson, I would in fact prefer to see Adkins go toe-to-toe with Yen in a film. I believe this would be a single of the most prolific screenfighting match-ups to date, and I refuse to believe anyone in their appropriate mind would disagree. Plus the new trailer for Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear, and the significantly-hyped help he received for a part in Rapidly And Furious 7, and director Zack Snyder's Batman/Superman in current months, are a direct perpetuation of the truth that Adkins is a better, much more versatile actor than some fans are prepared to think beyond Boyka's tattoos, definitive beard and crewcut hair style.

Do not misinterpret me right here. I like sequels as a lot as the subsequent fan of fantastic films, which is why I am behind the push sequels to Dredd, and have long been in assistance for sequels to films like The Princess Blade (2003) which starred actress Yumiko Shaku, and the 2010 film reboot, The A-Group, directed by Joe Carnahan...the list goes on. In addition, following seeing the Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear trailer, I would not thoughts a Ninja trilogy, but that is just me.

At any price even so, I've been trying to place some of these thoughts with each other for a few months now, in the hopes to drive a conversation that influences fans to think about how they treat actors and faved franchises. All I am saying is, let Adkins flourish as an actor, and appreciate his craft by getting these motion pictures at their price. And that is if you happen to be actually as much of a fan as you say you are.

Really feel totally free to share your thoughts on that as properly, since your opinion does matter, for what its worth. Just try not to limit it to the usual 1-word "BOYKA!" responses. -)
Query: What do you consider of the notion of a Yuri Boyka spin-off? And would you like to see Scott Adkins take on Special ID in a sequel if a single moves forward? Comment beneath and share your thoughts, and share the post with buddies and see what they consider.

TOO MUCH BOYKA?: My Thoughts On Scott Adkins And The Undisputed Franchise
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