Movies: we all love the, we all live on them. Even though science fiction remains an under valued genre, that isn’t denying that it has produced some of the most monumental fight scenes in movie history.
Whether it be the typical comic book adaptation, or something original like Dark City, there’s no denying that sci-fi has established itself in film. Here are 10 of those monumental scenes.
Lobby Shoot Out (Matrix, 1999)
The Lobby shoot out scene was a seminal moment in cinema over all. Its slow motion actions has been imitated time and time again, but no director has surpassed it as of yet.
Nightcrawler’s Assault (X2, 2003)
The beginning of the second X-Men sequel exploded with a “bamf!” Our dreams of seeing everyone’s indigo mutant enter the silver screen exceeded our expectations. That was our last fond memory of the X-Men franchise before the sequels led it in the wrong direction.
Luke vs. Darth Vader (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)
The pivotal first stand between the Galaxy’s last hope and the Dark Lord of the Sith is ever ingrained in our hearts and minds. The revelation that Vader was Luke’s father further etched its place in stone.
Kaneda vs. Tetsuo (Akira, 1988)
“Kaneda!” “Tetsuo!” With those two differentiating whoops of opposition, the West begun its long lived love affair with Japanese Animation. Before Sailor Moon. Before PokÃ©mon. There was Akira.
Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock (Spider-Man 2, 2004)
With a rendezvous that began in a clock tower and continued on the tracks of Manhattan. The battle between the webbed wonder and his second nemesis was a roller coaster ride that wouldn’t stop even when you wanted it to.
Ripley vs. The Alien Queen (Aliens, 1986)
Armed with a mechanized power loader against a vengeful insectoid monarch, this battle was anything, but a simple cat fight. With its inception came about future figures of female empowerment in action cinema.
Dave vs. Hal (2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968)
While not an action scene per se, but Dave’s decision to dismantle Hal 9000’s hard drive was one of Kubrick’s most memorable scenes, albeit a long drawn one.
Dutch vs. Predator (Predator, 1987)
Forget the AvP franchise. Seeing the baddest hunter in the universe face off against Hollywood’s action icon was phenomenal before Danny Glover suspended our disbelief.
Murdoch vs. The Strangers (Dark City, 1998)
When Murdoch finally recovers his memories and unlocks his hidden potential, he goes into an all out battle against the city’s hidden oppressors. The Matrix may have been cinematically inspired by it, and Christopher Nolan has even cited this film as one of his inspirations for Inception.
Sarah Connor vs. the T-800 (The Terminator, 1984)
An explosion strips the T-800 free of its fleshy cover, revealing the chrome devil beneath. Its pursuit of the mother of humanity’s savior kick started a beloved franchise and imitated icon in other future works.