Scene of the Week: The Musketeer – Ladder Fight
I have to confess that I actually enjoyed the 2001 version of classic Alexandre Dumas tale. Mainly because of the unique action scenes and let me be completely honest, not because of the good acting or script. Those are just terrible. But, I liked the fact that the action sequences had a much more Eastern flair and this scene in particular reminded me so much of the Jet Li series Once Upon a Time in China. The reason for that is because the stunt choreographer for the film was Xin-Xin Xiong, who worked on the Jet Li series as an actor, stunt man, and also an Assistant action director. It is clear that the sword play and combat used in this scene aren’t historically accurate to the time but by God they are pretty sweet. The film is directed by Bulletproofaction favorite Peter Hyams, who also did Timecop, Sudden Death and Enemies Closer. If you haven’t seen the movie it is worth spending a late night checking it out but don’t expect greatness, just expect to be entertained. For starters, go ahead and check out this fight scene, spoilers be damned.
Plot: In 17th century Paris, young swordsman D’Artagnan seeks to join the legendary musketeer brigade and avenge his father’s death, but he finds that the musketeers have been disbanded. Single handedly, he battles his father’s killer and attempts to free the imprisoned Queen Anne of France and her lady-in-waiting.