Hitchcock once said, “What’s drama but living with the boring bits out of it?” You can extend the quote to any genre of storytelling, but I want to focus on action movies today. Action movies have a tricky balancing act to undertake. If every action sequence focused on capturing violence with 100% authenticity, the sequences would either end quickly or get bogged down in intense wrestling sessions. Anyway, most action movies are still trying to hold on some of the reality of violence while amplifying the less entertaining bits.
The prevalence of Kung Fu and similar martial arts only exacerbates Hollywood’s authenticity problem. Even when movies hire martial arts choreographers, creative license always trumps legitimacy. In the video linked above, Uriah Hall, the owner of one of the scariest knockouts in UFC history, lends his expert look at some of the most exciting fight scenes in cinema.